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Silhouettes of Three CrossesScripture  

Luke 22: 7-13

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.  So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.”

They asked him, “Where do you want us to make preparations for it?”

“Listen,” he said to them, “when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters and say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher asks you, “Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘   He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.”

So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

 

Prayer

Dear Lord,

You have prepared the way for us.  You have provided a room for us to share the last supper and saved a seat for each of us.  As you walk towards the cross, we will watch helplessly, wondering what we could do.  But even then, as you are nailed to that cross, it is you who is preparing the way for us.  Thank you Jesus.

Amen

Silhouettes of Three CrossesScripture 

Luke 22: 1-6 

Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near.  The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people.  Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve;  he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them.  They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money.   So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.

Prayer for the Day

Dear Lord,

Was it only for the money?   Would Judas still have betrayed our Lord had the price not been right?   What would be our price?  What tempts us today to walk away from Christ?    Strengthen us, we pray, in our discipleship and faith, and make us single-minded in our devotion to you.

Amen

Silhouettes of Three CrossesScripture Luke 19:41-48

As [Jesus] came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.  Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and surround you, and hem you in on every side. They will crush you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave within you one stone upon another; because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”

Then he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling things there; and he said, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’; but you have made it a den of robbers.”

Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him;  but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard.

 

Prayer

Dear Lord,

Do we make you weep today?   As we take a first step into this Holy Week, are we blind to your presence among us?  Do we truly live our lives as those who have been visited by God?   Help us to follow you in each place of our lives — from our house of prayer, to the school house, to our house of work, and in the house of our home.

Amen