Theme of the Week: Holy Week: Choosing the Cross
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Christ never sinned! But God treated him as a sinner, so that Christ could make us acceptable to God. (2 Corinthians 5:21, CEV)
Dig Deeper: John 18:1-14
During the arrest of Jesus, Peter lunges at the nearest temple servant and cuts off his ear. But Jesus intervenes. "Put the sword away," he tells Peter and steps over to touch and heal the injured servant.
Then Jesus says to those who came to arrest him: "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me" (Luke 22:52-53, NIV). He points out their deceit and cowardice. For years Jesus has acted and spoken openly in public. To treat him like a common criminal now is a shameful act.
Nevertheless, the soldiers seize him and bind his hands. Jesus does not resist. The one who measured the oceans in the hollow of his hands (Isa. 40:12) chooses to be powerless. As the disciples flee, the soldiers lead Jesus away under guard. The one who has 12 legions of angels at his command (Matt. 26:53) chooses to go with them.
Throughout his ordeal, Jesus will refuse to cling to his power. Instead, he will embrace weakness in order to expose the impotence of worldly justice. His debility will become our greatest strength. His guilt will purchase our innocence.
—Michael Card in A Violent Grace
My Response: Why is it difficult to admit powerlessness? When have I found God's strength in my own powerlessness?
Thought to Apply: If you reject him, he answers you with tears. If you wound him, he bleeds out cleansing. If you kill him, he dies to redeem. If you bury him, he rises again to bring resurrection.—Charles Spurgeon (British preacher)
Adapted from A Violent Grace by Michael Card (IVP, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Thank you, suffering Redeemer, for paying the price for my sin. ... And through me, in some small or large way today, bring your priceless redemption to others.—Michael Card
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