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Maggie Jones

Maggie Jones

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Holy Week – Wednesday

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Experiencing Holy Week is to walk through Jesus’ most trying hours, contemplating the events that led to Easter.

Read and pray through Jesus’ prediction of his betrayal (John 13:21-32)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Remember:

Read: • Isaiah 50:4-9a • Psalm 70

Reflect:

  1. Jesus endured rejection, shame, betrayal, persecution, and more. We are not promised an easy road as believers. In fact, we’re promised that a life of following Christ will be difficult. So, how can you persevere in your journey to follow Jesus?
  2. How can you take hope and encouragement from the “great cloud of witnesses” to endure the race before you, with joy?
  3. How can we, in this environment of social distancing and isolation, still reach out to encourage fellow believers?
  4. How can you ‘throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles”, so you can step fully into the life God has planned for you?

 Respond in Prayer: Jesus, you suffered greatly for our benefit. You walked the hard road through shame, betrayal, persecution, rejection. Yet, you only desired good things for us. You came in glory to save us and redeem us from our sins. You came to offer us light and life, a hope in you that surpasses anything the world can offer. So, why do we too often turn our backs? Why do we give in to questions and disbelief when the road gets hard? Why do we look for easier paths to follow? Lord, lead me in your way, encouraging me to persevere on the hard days, remembering the great hope I have in you. Lord Jesus, you gave your  body to be whipped and your face to be spat upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through You. Amen.

Rejoice

Lyrics to Cloud of Witnesses: Watched them running down the aisles         Children’s time, Sunday morning       Preacher asks them who they love     They all smiled and started pointing  To their mom, dad, teacher from their kindergarten class   Each and every one, have just become    a  Cloud of witnesses      That would see them through the years    Cheer them with a smile      Pray them through the tears   Cloud of witnesses    That would see them to the end     Shower them with love that never ends     A cloud of witnesses        Stuck together through the years   Best of friends faith could foster       So when they found out one of them      Heard the news, he lost his father,           They ran to him, prayed and put their hands upon his head       Slowly one by one, have all become    a Cloud of witnesses     As they sent above a prayer        Took a hold of hands     Circled round a friend  Cloud of witnesses
With a faith just like a rock         Helped him give his father back to God    As a cloud of witnesses          So when it comes the time
Heaven calls, they’ll come running          To see the ones who’ve gone before      Ran the race, and made the journey home           To find waiting for them at the finish line, cheering happily           They will run, they will see         Cloud of witnesses Lined up on a street of gold       As they run the final mile        That leads them to the throne                    Cloud of witnesses They see God upon the throne       As they fall into his arms they know they’re home        In a cloud of witnesses    Surrounded by a cloud of witnesses    Watched them running down the aisles     ……..Children’s time, Sunday morning

It gives me great pleasure to post this Good News on behalf of my home church in Cape Town, South Africa:

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