Lenten Devotions Morning

LENTEN DEVOTION: Where Is The Room? by Johann Ernst von Holst

March 14, 2019

From The Crucified Is My Love Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.  So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.”  They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?”  He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you.  Follow him into the house that he enters and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ and he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.”  And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. (Luke 22:7-13) The [...]

LENTEN DEVOTION: Judas’s Bargain by Johann Ernst von Holst

March 13, 2019

From The Crucified Is My Love Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?”  And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.  And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him. (Matthew 26:14-16) Is it true that each Christian has a price for which he would sell his Savior?  Unfortunately it is only too true in the case of all who are not willing to break with sin.  It is true for those whose Christianity only serves to satisfy their Earthly desires, or who imagine they are able to combine it with serving the world.  We see what this must lead to in the shattering example of Judas. The closer his relationship with the Lord, the [...]

LENTEN DEVOTION: The Grain Of Wheat by Johann Ernst von Holst

March 12, 2019

From The Crucified Is My Love Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.  So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”  Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.  And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the Earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also.  If anyone serves me, the Father will honor [...]

LENTEN DEVOTION: The King Enters Jerusalem by Johann Ernst von Holst

March 11, 2019

From The Crucified Is My Love The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.  So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him.  Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields.  And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!  Hosanna in the highest!” As he was drawing near – already on the way down the Mount of Olives – the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that [...]

LENTEN DEVOTION: The Anointing by Johann Ernst von Holst

March 10, 2019

From The Crucified Is My Love Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.  So they gave a dinner for him in the house of Simon the leper.  Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table.  Mary therefore took a flask of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and poured it on Jesus’s head as he reclined at table, and anointed his feet and wiped them with her hair.  The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (John 12:2-3) The Lord was on his last journey from Jericho, the city of roses, to the peaceful little village of Bethany, whose name means, “house of palms,” situated on the Mount of Olives just an hour’s walk [...]

LENTEN DEVOTION: The Enemies Gather by Johann Ernst von Holst

March 9, 2019

From The Crucified Is My Love So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do?  For this man performs many signs.  If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” (John 11:47-48) Ever since the Lord’s first appearance, he encountered malicious opposition from the Pharisees and elders.  The higher the sun of his activity rose, the deeper grew their hostility.  For he had nothing in common with them, nor they with him.  They wanted a brilliant, political messianic kingdom; he demanded repentance and a change of heart.  They looked for pleasure and power; he demanded obedience and surrendered faith in his [...]

LENTEN DEVOTION: The Lord’s Road by Johann Ernst von Holst

March 8, 2019

From The Crucified Is My Love I came to cast fire on the Earth, and would that it were already kindled!  I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! (Luke 12:49-50) What kind of fire does Christ want to kindle on Earth?  It is the fire of the Holy Spirit, as John the Baptist already prophesied, “He who is coming after me will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire,” (Matthew 3:11).  Accordingly, the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost in tongues of fire.  This fire has a consuming power to begin with.  It is a fire that causes dissension and struggle, and the Lord throws it into the sinner’s breast to awake him from sleep and death.  As he said, “I have not come to [...]

LENTEN DEVOTION: The Lord’s Road by Johann Ernst von Holst

March 7, 2019

From The Crucified Is My Love And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished.  For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon.  And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” (Luke 18-31-33) As long as the Temple of Jehovah was standing in Jerusalem and the beautiful services of the Lord were celebrated there, every year when spring came and the Passover festival was drawing near, the joyful cry rang out, “We are going up to Jerusalem!”  It resounded in all the towns and villages, cottages and palaces of the Holy Land.  When [...]

LENTEN DEVOTION: The Lamb Of God by Johann Ernst von Holst

March 6, 2019

From The Crucified Is My Love The next day John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Isaac asked his father, Abraham, on that strange journey, (Genesis 22:7).  His father answered, deeply moved, “God will provide for himself the lamb.”  But the lamb that God the Lord would in fact provide as a sacrifice for the lost world was described in this way by the prophet Isaiah: “He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth,” [...]