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Easter Meditation | Week Three

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During this month leading up to 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?

Reading 3:

Matthew 27:27-44: Then soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to be crucified.

As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. The Roman guards compelled this man to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. Then the guards sat down and kept watch over him. And on the cross over the head of Jesus they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. If he is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. If he trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if God desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

 

Isaiah 53:4-6: Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. He was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—everyone—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.