Special Holy Week Devotional - Monday, April 2, 2012
Welcome to Holy Week. Since the format of these devotionals is a little different, please take a moment to read these brief instructions.
First, read the Scripture passage. All five days include excerpts from the Gospel accounts of Jesus' last week before he was killed.
Then, watch the video. Each video includes a reflection on that day's passage and is hosted by a different member of our staff (Jonathan Ziman, Kellie Kammes, Gary Dausey, Calla Parker and Brian Hogan). We strongly suggest reading the Bible passage first before watching the video, or the video may not make sense.
Finally, underneath each video is a Psalm. God's words are more powerful and important than our words and these were chosen to be read as a form of personal reflection and prayer in response to the video devotional.We encourage you to read through these Psalms as if they were prayers,and allow yourself some time to really meditate on what God may be saying to you through them.
May God bless you this week as you turn to Him.
Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
(John 12:20-28, NIV)
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LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger,
or discipline me in your wrath.
Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint;
heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, LORD, how long?
Turn, LORD, and deliver me;
save me because of your unfailing love.
Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
Who praises you from the grave?
I am worn out from my groaning.
All night long I flood my bed with weeping
and drench my couch with tears.
My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
they fail because of all my foes.
Away from me, all you who do evil,
for the LORD has heard my weeping.
The LORD has heard my cry for mercy;
the LORD accepts my prayer.
All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;
they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.