Prayer: As we keep watch with you, Lord Jesus, may we stay by you and love you to the end. Amen.
Reading: John 18: 1- 19:42 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Betrayal. Denial. Murder. Ears being cut off and men being wrongly accused. Judges making deals and family members in distress. Sounds like an episode of a Shondaland TV drama on Thursday nights, something like “Scandal” or “How to Get Away With Murder.” Even “Grey’s Anatomy” sounds tamer than our reading of the passion for Good Friday.
It’s one of the most solemn days of the year. It’s been my experience that at some point in this day, the skies will be a little bit grayer. Heads will be bowed a little more today as folks go about their daily routine.
The drama that played out on this day so many years ago was real. It wasn’t just being watched on a screen that could be turned off at the end of an hour. It was the savior, going to the cross, to die for you and me.
May you take time this day to remember this sacrifice and all the parts of this incredible story. May you keep watch with Jesus as you stand by the cross and see God’s biggest gift of love. –Chad Hershberger
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