Lent 2020: Week 7 — Relive

Maundy Thursday, April 9th, 2020

So, what is Maundy Thursday and why is it important?

Some people call it Holy Thursday, others as Maundy Thursday. But what does the “Maundy” in “Maundy Thursday” mean? It’s certainly not a commonly-used word or something you’re likely to hear outside the context of Easter. What did this term mean, and where did it come from?

Etymologically, the consensus is that “Maundy” comes from the Latin word Mandatum (itself from the verb Mandare), which is translated “commandment.” * https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2011/04/what-does-maundy-thursday-mean/

If you have never experienced a Maundy Thursday service, you are missing out on a truly humbling experience. It is a service usually consisting of washing one another’s feet, although I have experienced the washing of one another’s hands as well. Both form feelings of vulnerability, at least they did for me. It is uncomfortable because most people are not at ease letting someone else touch their feet; let alone wash them. And, yet this is exactly what Jesus did for the disciples. The King of Kings, became a servant to them and washed their feet.

In this act of humility, Jesus was teaching the disciples. Jesus gave them a new commandment recorded in John 13:34-35

Maundy Thursday is important because Jesus showed us how to be his hands and feet in this world. Just as the disciples spread the word of Jesus and His Kingdom, we too are called to continue the work.

“And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.” ~Matthew 24:14

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” ~Mark 16:15

“…and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” ~Luke 24:46-47

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” ~Acts 1:8

Practice:

Whose feet do you need to wash? Sing or listen to “The Servant Song” (The Faith We Sing). Consider finding a Maundy Thursday service to watch or listen to during this time of “shelter in place” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Trust in God during these difficult days.

ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below. 

~Peace~ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻❣️

References:

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

https://www.biblegateway.com/

What Does “Maundy Thursday” Mean?

https://www.abingdonpress.com/

ACC Lent 2020 #acclife

Maundy Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Photo-a-Day Challenge Word for today is: MESSAGE

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: MESSAGE

• a communication in writing, in speech, or by signals

• an underlying theme or idea

• a verbal, written, or recorded communication sent to or left for a recipient who cannot be contacted directly

• a significant point or central theme, especially one that has political, social, or moral importance

Thinking about the Bible and all the many stories recorded in it, tells me God has been offering messages since the very beginning. The very creation of the world was the audible voice of God. And, God continues to speak with us today through many different modes of communication and use of messages. I’ve included verses below from Genesis chapter 1, 2 and 3 highlighting the first recorded voices in the Bible. As you continue through the Bible God uses Prophets to rely messages to His people.

The Four Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel

The Twelve Minor Prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi

What Does Prophet Mean?

The word prophet defines someone who gives the declarations of God. These men and women did not exist for their own glory but for the glory of God. The Hebrew word for prophet is Nebi, which is derived from the verb action, “to bubble forth” like a fountain. The English word for prophet comes from the Greek word prophetes which means to “speak for another, especially one who speaks for a god.”

*Reference: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/bible/who-were-the-major-and-minor-prophets-in-the-bible.html

Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26, 28, 29

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”

“And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.”

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.”

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.”

“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.”

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.”

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”

Genesis 2:16-18

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”

These are the first recorded words of man, speaking in the Bible.

Genesis 2:23

“And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

The first recorded words of Lucifer (the serpent) in the Bible, speaking to Eve

Genesis 3:1

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

Eve’s first recorded words in the Bible.

Genesis 3:2-3

“And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”

These were the messages of the Old Testament, in the New Testament we receive God’s message through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. He becomes flesh and lived among men.

John 1:1-5,10-11,14

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below.

~Peace~ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻❣️☀️

References:

https://disciples.org/

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.christianity.com/wiki/bible/who-were-the-major-and-minor-prophets-in-the-bible.html

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

ACC Lent 2020 #acclife

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Photo-a-Day Challenge Word for today is: LOOK

Hebrews 12:2

“Looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Psalm 121:1-2

“I lift up my eyes (LOOK) to the hills— from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: LOOK

• to ascertain by the use of one’s eyes

• to exercise the power of vision upon

• to direct one’s attention

• to gaze in wonder or surprise

The photo above is significant to me because I was visiting a friend, I had not seen in several months. We were celebrating at Universal Studios Florida. It’s a fun photo because we were ask to pose with our hands out with an expression of looking surprised! I think it turned out pretty good. Such fond memories.

As we continue our journey through this Lenten season, looking has become a daily adventure for me. Looking at photos especially for this particular activity my church is hosting online. The other “looking” I am pursuing is inward at myself and my relationship with God and others. I’ve also been looking through my bible at favorite scripture verses as well as looking up passages in my new Bible Commentary. The season of Lent is a journey we take for ourselves and is extremely personal. It is also a communal journey with other believers, as we RELIVE Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Every year we make this pilgrimage and though the scripture verses and the story remain the same, it is we who change with each passing year. I have celebrated many seasons of Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday services and not a single one was like another. Jesus remains “The Good Shepherd,” we the sheep of His flock return again and again, each year with new insights and a renewed spirit. I pray that you have heard the voice of your Shepherd this Lenten season. He is calling for you, be still and know!

~ Blessings to you!

ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below. 

~Peace~ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻❣️☀️

References:

https://disciples.org/

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

Lent 2020: Week 7 — Relive

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

https://wellspringchristianministries.org/john-13-21-26-27/amp/

Have you ever been betrayed?

Have you ever been the betrayer?

The few verses for today provides us with a lot of information. We have an opportunity to RELIVE the story of Jesus being with His disciples and he foretells them of His betrayal. As I was reading my Bible commentary today, I grasped something that’s always been there in the scripture but I had never given pause to it. *Judas, God did not love him less for being his betrayer.

Jesus was celebrating the Passover meal with His disciples, as we practice communion today. The breaking of the bread and the passing of the wine is an integral part of the Christian Faith and traditions. At my church, we say, “All Are Welcomed at the Table.” The communion table is remembering the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, it’s a reconciling of ourselves, with others and with God.

Jesus’ Ministry is filled with examples of spending time with sinners, the forgotten and marginalized people of his time. Should we not be surprised that Judas, the betrayer was welcomed at the Passover meal with Jesus.

Jesus knew that Judas would be the one to betray him and he still breaks bread with him. Jesus also washed the feet of the disciples including Judas, John 13:14, “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”

Reading these verses today, opened my eyes to a clearer vision of the Communion Table. Jesus, did not love Judas less because he was going to betray him, in fact I believe it broke Jesus’ heart. Jesus love for us is not dependent on what we can and cannot do. His love is not conditional. He loves us because we are his children, he created us, he gave us purpose and a plan. “All Means All, All Are Welcomed at the Lord’s Table.”

The Good News of Jesus Christ is this: Psalm 86:5

“For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.”

Practice:

Write a note or seek out a reconciling conversation. Without justifying your actions, own and apologize for your side of things.

ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below. 

~Peace~ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻❣️

References:

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://johnchristersopenheart.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/humble-servanthood-jesus-washing-the-disciples-feet/amp/

Thoughts on Judas Iscariot

https://wellspringchristianministries.org/john-13-21-26-27/amp/

http://www.jesuswalk.com/john/22_glorified.htm

https://www.abingdonpress.com/

ACC Lent 2020 #acclife

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Photo-a-Day Challenge fo today is: GREAT

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: GREAT

• of a kind characterized by relative largeness

• remarkable in magnitude, degree, or effectiveness

• in a great manner

ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed the below. 

~Peace~ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻❣️☀️

References:

https://disciples.org/

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

Dear friends, I posted the video below because it’s fun and its message about God is indeed true, God is GREAT, if you are offended by dancing and drinking alcoholic beverages please pass it by. It is not my place to approve or disapprove either for you. I can only be responsible for my own actions. I thank you for you support of this space, I believe in God and His GREATNESS. He is my Lord and Savior and I’m striving to share His Love to YOU! ♥️

Lent 2020: Week 7 — Relive

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

The Hour Has Come to Be Glorified

John 12:27-30

“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.”

Dear friends, I am once again touched by the power of God speaking to me and the world when we most need it. Rev. Sam with the power of the Holy Spirit has opened up our hearts and minds to the struggles of this life. Rev. Sam did not know when she wrote today’s devotional just how it would feel so personal and piercing as COVID-19 ravages its way around the globe. People all over the world are experiencing vulnerabilities off the chart, with fear and grief at the top of the list. The scripture verses for today tells us that Jesus’ soul was troubled. But Jesus did not pray to be saved from the hour (his death), no Jesus prayed that his Father would be glorified. Jesus wanted to fulfill the Will of God, and God answered Jesus in verse 28 of John chapter 12,”…Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

Jesus is with us during these troubling times of COVID-19, feelings of the unknown, unable to be with family and friends is causing great stress. People are missing their friends and loved ones, worse yet of those individuals hospitalized they too are alone because of risk factors for them and visitors. Alone, is a misrepresentation because God is always with us. This virus is highly contagious and leaves much destruction in it wake. The guidelines to stay in is as much for your own safety and protection as it is for others. Please try to abide by the guidelines set up for you in your particular areas. Doing so will lessen the spread to you and others not to mention the possible loss of life. Please be mindful that some people are required to put themselves in harms way in order to provide needed care and services for those infected by the virus.

Words from Rev. Sam, “I find these vulnerable feelings from Jesus comforting. Jesus understands and stands with us as we face situations that cause us to deeply question whether we have the strength or courage to get through them. Jesus knows what it feels like to not want to walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” *Or in our current situation stay in and let the shadow of death/evil pass by.

My prayer for you,

“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” ~Philippians 4:6-9

Practice: Read Psalm 23

ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below. 

~Peace~ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻❣️

References:

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

https://www.biblegateway.com/

http://www.jesuswalk.com/john/22_glorified.htm

https://www.abingdonpress.com/

Lent 2020: Week 7 — Relive

Friends, I am sorry for the delay in posting this. My internet was not working at home. I had to wait until I got to work to post. I pray for your safety and health!

Monday, April 6th, 2020

The scripture passage for today tells us of Mary anointing the feet of Jesus with expensive perfume. This beautiful gesture was met with rebuke from Judas, a disciple of Jesus. He did not recognize the manner in which it was given. Yes, indeed it was worth a lot of money and Mary’s selfless act of giving her best gift to Jesus was profound. Mary was ready and willing to give all she had to Jesus. This elaborate gift of perfume most likely took everything Mary had to purchase it, she trusted in a Jesus and whatever the future holds.

Questions we should be asking ourselves:

• Am I a Mary?

• Am I a Judas?

Are we ready and willing to give our all to Jesus? Rev. Sam asks these questions in her writing for today:

• Is there a piece of your future that you need to hand over to Jesus.

• Are there riches you are holding on to trust you could use to invest in the Jesus’ Kingdom?

• Is there an act of extravagant love you could do for Jesus?

The Bible tells us in Matthew 16:25, “Those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

Practice:

Take some oil and rub it on your wrist. If you are able, get down on your knees, as close to the ground as you can. Read John 12:1-8 aloud.

ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below. 

~Peace~ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻❣️

References:

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.melpyke.com/blog/102725/the-triumphal-entry

https://www.abingdonpress.com/