Friday, 15 October 2010
Found in Him: Scripture for Chapter 5
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
1 John 4:9
Chapter 5, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” leads us from Jesus’ life into his death. Both are for us, his life, his death. The gift of our salvation is a coin with two sides: his perfect life, his atoning death. Having completed every thought, motive, word, and deed of a perfectly obedient life, Jesus is now ready to pay for every thought, motive, word, and deed of our disobedient lives.
This week, as you meditate on these Scriptures, rejoice! He did it gladly! He loves you! The joy that was set before him was having you as his bride!
Day 1: John 13:7, 19, 14:1, 18, 25, 27, 16:4. Write down each of the things in these verses Jesus says the night before his death to his disciples. See how he loves them? He knows what they are feeling, fearing, and he speaks the words they need. He loves you right now. He knows how you are feeling, what you are fearing. Receive these words of love to you today.
Day 2: Mark 14:32-42. Read this version of the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus going into battle for us, for you. See his distress and his courage. See his repeated prayers. See his struggle to bend his will to the Father’s. See his triumph as he leaves the Garden to go to the cross. What are you struggling with today? He is your victorious Savior over every battle in your soul. Watch him and pray to him.
Day 3: Matthew 26:62-68. Jesus came to die for us. Read this description of the phony trial and see how he both kept silent and spoke. He was intent on fulfilling God’s purpose. Every detail of that night and day was to one end, to suffer under man’s injustice and God’s justice. Are you suffering from injustice today? Look to him for sympathy and strength.
Day 4: Matthew 27:46, Isaiah 53:3-6. Write down everything Jesus bore for us from these verses. Which of these things are you most aware of today? Rejection by people? Your sins? your sorrows? God’s silence? Place today’s griefs and guilt on him and watch him bear it away. He is your Savior, yesterday, today, and forever.
Day 5: Isaiah 53:10-12, Hebrews 12:2. Jesus bent his will to the Father’s will that day. What was the Father’s will according to these verses? What did Jesus accomplish by this agony of soul and body? What was the joy set before him? You are his spoil, his portion, his joy, his reward! He died so you could live and be his! Bask in his joy and pleasure today.
Have a blessed week remembering his death for you. He loved you to the end. Open your heart and receive that love this week, dear sisters.