Lord, today Christians celebrate the creation, your miracle that established you as the prime mover of everything in the world. It proved you to be the God of order, innovation, and creativity. It showed you to be the God of life and light. I worship you, through Jesus Christ. AMEN
Lord, often my prayers just seem like empty words. Help me to feel the words that I read as I pray to you and make my life one kind of prayer or another. Forgive me that my prayers are so weak but accept them as sincere and help me to do better. I ask through Jesus Christ. AMEN
Lord, Bless all people who work in banks today. help them to be friendly to all who come their way and to be patient with those who find it hard to use the new technology. When they are tired help them to carry on. In Christ’s name. AMEN
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to the power of sinners”.
Matt 26:45 GNB
The story of Jesus’ actions in the days preceding Good Friday and at the crucifixion itself make an interesting study in power and weakness. Now that we can look back in the light of the resurrection of Jesus we can see that what on Good Friday looked like weakness was, in fact power – the power of suffering love. The action of the guards who came to arrest Jesus in Gethsemane on the Thursday night looked like the bullying of a man who had done no wrong. When Jesus rose on Easter Day their power was re- vealed in all its stark human limitations.
Matthew describes the scene in Gethsemane as Jesus is arrested as the handing over of the Son of Man to the power of sinners. The truth of course is that here is thrown into stark relief just what power “the sinners” had over the Son of Man? Human power and divine power are seen against each other. On the Thursday night the sinners were the strong men. Three days later their power had evaporated and the power of God was evident in all its glory.
It is something that Christian believers need to reflect on long and deeply. We are often mesmerised by the powerful people of the world, especially when they strut their stuff and let the whole world tremble before them. But true power is seen as the durable love and working miraculous power of God when he raised Jesus from the dead – a death to which all the powerful of this world soon go. Well over two billion of the world’s population recognise Christ as the Lord of Glory. We should never lose our sense of that glory .
Lord, let me always honour you in your glory.
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