Reflections of Our Savior
Here's an Ash Wednesday/Lenten devotion
from Daily walk with God--meditations for every day, by Herman Gockel:
Read Matthew 26:17-25
The Last Supper
On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’”So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?”
Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “You have said so.” [Matthew 26:17-25 NIV84]
Is It I, Lord?
And they were exceeding sorrowful and began every one of them to say unto Him, Lord, is it I? [Matthew 26:22 KJV]
Lent is a time of self-examination. It is not enough that, in a general way, we rehearse the account of the suffering and death of the Savior and that we be reminded that He is "the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world."
It is so easy to slip unconsciously into the role of a mere spectator of the entire passion story, never really thinking of ourselves as participants. We accompany the Savior from the Upper Room to Gethsemane, to Pilate, to Herod, back to Pilate, to Herod, back to Pilate, along the Via Dolorosa, and out to Calvary, but we do so through a long-distance lens. We mislead ourselves into believing that the whole event is happening there-- not here
How important, then, that we bring the whole salvation event into a very close and intimate relationship with our own lives and that we see ourselves as participants in the unfolding, tragic drama. The question of the distraught disciples in the Upper Room will then become our own fear-filled question: Is it I, Lord?
We will hear our heart responding: Ah, yes, it is! I have caused Your sufferings in Gethsemane and Your agonies on Calvary. It was my sin that caused Your sorrow-my pride, my selfishness, my self-will, my disobedience.
I have betrayed You. I have denied You. I have forsaken You. I have mocked You. I have crucified You. O blessed Lord, it was my iniquity which nailed You to the cursed tree. O Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world, have mercy on me!
My burden in Thy Passion, Lord, Thou hast borne for me,
For it was my transgression That brought this woe on Thee.
I cast me down before Thee, Wrath were my rightful lot;
Have mercy, I implore Thee; Redeemer spurn me not!