God with Us in Our Pain

Jill VerSteeg

READ : John 19:1-30 There they crucified him . . . (v. 18) Today, in many churches altars are bare and crosses are shrouded in black to mark the darkest hour in history, when Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of the world. Isaiah foretold what was to come when God came in the person of Jesus to drink the cup of suffering in order to reconcile us to God. Jesus would be a “man of sorrows, …

Behold the Lamb!

Jill VerSteeg

READ : 1 Peter 1:13-21 Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29) Thirteen hundred years before Christ, the Israelites were living under bondage in Egypt. God speaks through Moses, “Go, select lambs for your families, and slaughter the passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood. . . . None of you …

Table-Setting Jesus

Jill VerSteeg

READ : Matthew 26 Is it I, Lord? (v. 22) It is the first day of Passover, and Jesus instructs his disciples to go into the city and prepare a room where they will eat the Passover meal. At the table he warns them about his impending arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death. Somewhere in the city stand a group of priests, carrying thirty gold pieces because that night they will finally get Jesus. They wait for Judas Iscariot, the betrayer, …