Sunday, October 21st


"When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.  “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” - John 18:22-23

Dear Jesus, on this day of all days, you endured three trials.  The first was in the wee hours of the morning, before Annas who was no longer the high priest.  When you tried to get him and his friends to see the error of their ways they struck you.  And you asked why?  "Why did you strike me?"  - I know why he struck you.  It was the hand of justice against my sin that struck you all day long until you shouted "It is finished."  You had to go this road alone.  None of us could walk it for you or for us;  You alone saved me.  And for that I owe you my love and my heart.  I will observe your great gift today by remembering you between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm.  It was those six hours that you endured the cross for me.  The only good that came out of that day was the only good that will last forever for me - I am redeemed.  Thank you Lord Jesus.  Help me reflect my love for you by giving me the strength to absorb the sins of others the way you have mine.  AMEN

"On this day, he did it all."