Easter Meditation | Week One
As we enter the month before Easter, let us take some time to slow down and meditate on what God has done for us. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will post passages of Scripture for reflection and meditation. We encourage you to read and reread and contemplate the goodness of Christ Jesus in the gospel. His love for us is truly astounding.
After reading, ask yourself two questions: 1. What does this passage say about God? 2. What am I called to do in response to my God?
Matthew 26: 36-56: Then Jesus went with [his disciples] to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to [them], “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.
Isaiah 53:3: He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
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