Today's reading: Luke 22:1-24:53
I hope you all had a good Easter weekend, and trust that you benefited from reading the account of Jesus' arrest, crucifixion, burial and resurrection in Luke.
Before turning back to 1 Timothy, I decided to spend one final day considering what we took in through Luke 22-24. As I read through these chapters, God’s love for us was so evident leading up to Jesus' ultimate act of love through crucifixion. Here are some of Jesus' "I love you" actions and words that stood out to me.
- The caring and tender way Jesus interacts with the disciples in the upper room (Luke 22:14-23).
- How Jesus telling Peter that Peter will deny Him includes these reassuring words, "when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers" (Luke 22:32).
- Jesus showing compassion during his arrest by healing the guard's ear (Luke 22:51).
- The manner in which Jesus bears the hatred and cruel treatment that has come upon Him as He stands before Pilate and Herod and is taken away and handled by the soldiers.
- Jesus' care and concern for the women who were mourning his imminent crucifixion (Luke 23:28-31).
- Jesus' interaction with the criminal who asked Jesus to remember him (Luke 23:43).
- Jesus' words, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34).
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