On the Wednesday of Holy Week we remember Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. Entering into the days of Holy Week is a good practice. Just as Christmas is all the more special when we prepare and enter into the anticipation of the season, so it is with Easter and this week.
To facilitate that, this week’s Daily Worship Devotions include readings and reflections that will walk us through each day of Jesus’ last week as he moved towards the cross. We following his path, and enter into our story:
On Wednesday, with Judas, we betrayed you. Save us from the evil that is within us. We desire to be the Kings and Queens of our own little Kingdoms and we pay the consequences of that daily. But, you have gone ahead of us and taken the consequences upon yourself.
On Thursday, you will wash our feet- our prideful, dirty, and rebellious feet. You will then feed us the Passover, and pray in agony in the garden. We will fall asleep while you agonize. We will abandon you when you are in your hour of need. Yet you didn’t turn back! Give us the courage and faithfulness that is birthed out of receiving your astounding love, grace, and sacrifice.
On Friday, your hands and feet will be nailed, your body will be broken, and your blood will be shed in order that we might be forgiven, made clean, and restored. Remind us that your costly love is your answer to our guilt and shame. Save us from our self-atonement strategies and our self-medicating.
On Saturday we will be afraid, numb, and in hiding. Find us, comfort us, and lead us.
Oh Father, our Father, remind us of your love in this week. Show us the depth of your care, the breadth of your hope, and the bedrock of your delight. Visit us with the truth of “why” you went through this: your love for us. Your love for me.
May God meet us all especially this week as we enter into the work, life, death, and resurrection of our Savior.
Yours in Christ,