Corona Virus Weekly Devotions Week 31

Look for a Sign of Hope Today…
What Will Bring you Joy Today?…
Pray for our Teachers and School Administrators…
Covid-19 Numbers are Actually People…
Pray for the Staff and Residents of 7 Lakes ALH…
All Our Brothers and Sisters in the Path of Isaias,
Lord Have Mercy…
Blessings on All Returning Students…
Especially all the College Students…
Pray for Those in Danger from Wild Fires…
Pray for Those in Danger from Hurricanes…
Consider your Offering of Time, Talent, and Treasure…
Who Will You Invite to Zoom Homecoming, Sept. 27th…
It’s National Double Cheeseburger Day!!!…
Pray for those Recovering from Sally…
How Will you be a Beacon of Hope Today?…
God’s Glory is on Display Today…
Jesus is present…if you have eyes to see…

COVID-19 has forced Jesus
out of cathedrals into the world,
reminding Christians
that church is not a building.
Church is where 2 or 3 are gathered;
where Jesus is present in bread
that regular people bake, bless & break
at family tables & homemade altars.
Jesus is with us. Here.
Dianna Butler Bass,
Church historian, theologian, author

Scripture
Matthew 27:1-32

When morning came,
all the chief priests and the elders of the people
conferred together against Jesus
in order to bring about his death…
Then the people as a whole answered,
“His blood be on us and on our children!”

Over the last few years all of us have witnessed a rash of incidents where young, unarmed black men have been killed by police. Then after a long official inquiry, countless hours of testimony, and scrutiny by outside law enforcement agencies a report emerged. It was a tragic incident, perhaps even a grievous mistake, but there was no one to blame. It wasn’t really any one person’s fault.

Matthew has told the story of the events leading up to Jesus’ death in order to make the exact opposite point. Matthew says that it was indeed a tragic incident and it was everybody’s fault.

The chief priests have shown their true colors. Judas has realized his own guilt and killed himself to end the pain. Pilate tries to wash his hands of the matter but really he was just trying to do anything he could to hold on to power. Then the crowd joined in as they chose Barabbas. Finally, the soldiers are turned loose to have their cruel fun.

The point is that they all contributed…they all were at fault…they were all to blame. The crowd sealed the final verdict by shouting, “his blood be on us, and on our children,” but really everyone was complicit in the unjust death of an innocent Jesus.

As Matthew relates the vivid and shocking scenes leading up to Jesus’ death we realize that Barabbas would be the first person in history, but by no means the last, to discover that Jesus was dying in his place. Matthew is telling us that is what Jesus’ death is all about…and everybody, yes everybody was guilty…except Jesus!

Meditation

In this time of silence think about the only two who were faithful to Jesus in this story…Pilate’s wife and Simon of Cyrene. How do you plan to be faithful to Jesus to the end?

Closing Prayer

Almighty God, as the darkness closes around Jesus, help us, like Simon, to carry his cross…to be there with him to the end. Amen.

As you complete your time of meditation and prayer Tamara invites you to reflect on the words of this song…

May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore…
Pastor Paul