40 Days of Lent: Day 39

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Day 39:  Pay it forward.  Say something affirming to someone.

 

 

 

Today is Good Friday.  This is the day that our Lord and Savior, Jesus was crucified.

You can read about this day in all four gospels:  Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19

 

Jesus sacrificed himself for our sins.  What we believe as Presbyterians about the crucifixion can be read from the Apostle’s Creed

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THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the

Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was

crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose

again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right

hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come

to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion

of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body;

and the life everlasting. Amen.

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So what does that have to do with our task for today?

Our mandate as Christians is to love one another as he loved us.  Jesus died for us.  Even though we were born nearly 2,000 years later, he died for each of us and our own individual salvation.  The thing that he asked us to do in return was to love one another.   “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34

So today, remember the sacrifice Jesus made asking in return only this.  Then, be deliberate in your day speaking affirmations to those around you, being kind, sharing love.  Being like Christ.

 

 

PCUSA suggested readings for Daily Readings in Lent–Lectionary Year A

Isa. 52:13—53:12
Ps. 22
Heb. 10:16–25
or Heb. 4:14–16; 5:7–9
John 18:1—19:42

 

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