Easter season: The resurrection victory

This is my story Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest; No, let us be thy guests: the feast is thine. George Wallace Briggs   Read Luke 24:28-35 This evening, after the Good News of the resurrection of Jesus, is a fine time not only to read this story, but to re-live it.…

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Easter Day

Scarily alive Christ the Lord is risen today: Hallelujah! Charles Wesley   Read Mark 16:1—7 ‘He has been raised.’ ‘He is not here.’ ‘He is going ahead of you.’ These words are for me tonight. Jesus is alive in the most literal, supernatural way. He’s not just a good idea given a new lease of…

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Holy Saturday: The man of sorrows

The body of Christ Then he laid the body in his own grave, and they mourned over him, Saying, “Alas, my brother!” 1 Kings 13:30   Read Matthew 27:57—66 I have one or two thoughts, only. Not many. So much is beyond thought now. Maybe my thoughts are mere speculations now, and I should hold…

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Lent: Jesus our high priest

The new and living way Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. Psalm 118:26   Read Hebrews 10:19—23 Sometimes when I come to pray there seems to be a curtain between me and God. I love this phrase, ‘new and living…

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Good Friday

The love that held him there Upon him was the punishment that made us whole, And by his bruises we are healed. Isaiah 53:5   Read John 19:16-30 This night I think upon the cross. I think upon its necessity. If only there was some way for Jesus to avoid it and to still carry…

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Holy Week: The man of sorrows

Peter’s denial They have all fallen away, they are all alike perverse; There is no one who does good, no, not one. Psalm 53:3   Read Luke 22:54—62 I know this story is told for my comfort. I’m sure of that. It encourages me in the light of this day’s failures, that I am in…

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Holy Week: The man of sorrows

The judgement of this world There was no other good enough To pay the price of sin. Cecil Frances Alexander   Read John 12:25—33 It was no trivial thing that troubled the soul of the Son of God. It is beyond me to grasp or imagine. It is a dark supernatural thing that I will…

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Holy Week: The man of sorrows

A heart drawn to Jesus For God alone my soul waits in silence; From him comes my salvation. Psalm 62:1   Read John 12:1—8 I notice in my New Testament that those who follow Jesus from the heart, who learn simplicity, that is, who live simply themselves and develop a generous and open spirit toward…

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Palm Sunday: Jesus our humble king

The journey that included me Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, Humble and riding on a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 Read Matthew 21:1—9 I could spend really fruitful time thinking and praying about what happened when Jesus made his final planned pilgrimage to Jerusalem. His friends were useless. His enemies were…

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