Easter Sunday Devotional

Easter Sunday Key Scriptures: Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21; Acts 1:1-11; I Corinthians 15 Written by: Charlie Self Every Easter, around the world, billions of believers declare to each other, “He is Risen!” and respond with, “He is Risen, indeed!” “Every Sunday is Easter when believers realize they live in the Spirit and begin to experience new life today, even while waiting for the Return of the Lord.” (Gordon Fee). Here we see victory over every opposing power, especially death and the fear of death. In our Risen Lord, we see a preview of our future – real,

By |2020-04-12T08:52:39-06:00April 12th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Easter Sunday Devotional

Holy Saturday Devotional

Holy Saturday Key Scripture: Matthew 27:62-66; Luke 23:56 Written by: Dr. Charlie Self This Sabbath Day is a hush, a pause to catch our breath…and a critical moment of verifying that Jesus was not, “only mostly dead.” Jesus died on Good Friday and was hastily wrapped and placed in a borrowed tomb before the sundown on Friday. Political and religious leaders sealed the tomb and posted a guard, lest the body be stolen. Why does this day matter? Theologically, we know that Jesus’ work for our salvation was completed on the Cross (“It is finished”). In one sense, the Resurrection could

By |2020-04-11T07:30:52-06:00April 11th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Holy Saturday Devotional

Good Friday Devotional

Good Friday Key Scriptures: Matthew 27:1-61; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 18:28-19:42 Written by: Dr. Charlie Self Why is this moment of horrific, undeserved suffering called, “Good Friday” by all Christians? Because even though our Lord is condemned to a Cross, with a weak Roman leader capitulating to the paid-for-mob and jealous religious leaders, our salvation is secured though this deep suffering. Our Lord bears all of humankind’s sins and sorrows, sufferings and sicknesses, unspeakable evils and unanswered questions as he atones for humankind. “It is finished” indeed! At the very moment darkness appears to win, forgiveness and reconciliation are secured

By |2020-04-10T07:10:50-06:00April 10th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Good Friday Devotional

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday Key Scriptures: Matthew 26:26-75; Mark 14:22-72; Luke 22:14-71; John 17:1-18:27 Written by: Dr. Charlie Self We are now in the central act of this divine drama of salvation. Notice the extensive details in all the Gospels. Floyd McClung, summarizing our Lord’s Passion, declared, “The Lord used a criminal act of evil persons against an innocent man and turned this into the foundation of their forgiveness.” This is the moment of Jesus’ agonizing prayer and personal decision to take up the Cross. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we have a window into Jesus’ human feelings. Jesus knew it was God’s

By |2020-04-09T08:29:05-06:00April 9th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Maundy Thursday

Holy Wednesday Devotional

Holy Wednesday Key Scriptures: Matthew 26:1-5; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:1-6; John 13:21-30 Written by: Dr. Charlie Self Sometimes called “Spy Wednesday” – this is the moment Judas is paid to betray Jesus. The celebration known as Tenebrae (shadows, deepening darkness) occurs Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning. Religious leaders conspire to silence Jesus and there is a tangible tension as Jesus, aware of all these events, still washes feet and shares bread with his betrayer (Judas Iscariot) and future denier (Peter). The Gospels reveal Judas’ fiscal dishonesty and portray him in a negative light from the first lists of Jesus followers

By |2020-04-08T07:35:56-06:00April 8th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Holy Wednesday Devotional

Holy Tuesday Devotional

Holy Tuesday Key Scripture: John 12:20-50 Written by: Dr. Charlie Self In John’s Gospel, chapter 12 marks the final moments of Jesus’ public ministry before he retreats with the disciples to the Upper Room and spends several chapters ministering to “his own” (John 13:1-6).  Some believe that the early moments of John 13 may have occurred on Tuesday evening, though others place John 13-17 on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Beginning with verse 20, Jesus responds to some Greek inquirers and offers a brilliant summary of his true glory – his “lifting up” on the Cross and the healing that will flow

By |2020-04-07T08:08:35-06:00April 7th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Holy Tuesday Devotional

Holy Monday Devotional

Holy Monday Key Scriptures: Matthew 21:12-22; Mark 11:1-14; 14:3-11; Luke 19:45-46; John 12:1-11 Written by: Dr. Charlie Self On this second day of the week, scholars and church tradition place the anointing of Jesus with oil at Bethany here, along with the cursing of the fig tree and cleansing of the Temple. We also discover in John’s Gospel that some leaders are planning to kill Lazarus – Jesus’ friend he had raised from the dead – because Lazarus’ testimony was leading too many people to believe in Jesus. The anointing of Jesus with expensive perfumed oil was considered extravagant by the

By |2020-04-06T08:21:15-06:00April 6th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Holy Monday Devotional

Palm Sunday Devotional

Written by: Dr. Charlie Self From the 2nd Century AD to this moment, Christians of all nations and traditions have understood the Passion of Christ as the central narrative of the Gospel. From the triumph and tears of Palm Sunday to Jesus’ victory over death, hell, and the grave on Easter Sunday, Holy Week has been a part of the church’s devotional reflection and evangelistic mission. Each day we will follow our Lord as he walks in obedience. With the Help of the Holy Spirit, we can find new intimacy with the Lord, hope for our circumstances, and wisdom for navigating

By |2020-04-05T10:10:45-06:00April 5th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on Palm Sunday Devotional

A Different Kind of King on Palm Sunday

A long-kept desire of the people of God has been, and continues to be, the desire for a perfect king. Israel begged God for a king until he relented, and they ended up with King Saul—a fearful, wayward, usurper of God’s authority. To say that he was a disappointment to the people would be an understatement. From the time of King Saul (about 1,000 B.C.) all the way up to the days of Jesus, Israel continued in their quest for the perfect king. Over time, the picture of the ideal king changed as Israel faced God’s judgements and the dominance of

By |2020-03-26T13:59:04-06:00March 26th, 2020|Holy Week|Comments Off on A Different Kind of King on Palm Sunday
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