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March 24, 2018
Mar 24, 2018

Isaiah 53:4-9

4 Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.


March 23, 2018 Daily Reading and Devotion
Mar 23, 2018

Isaiah 52:13 - 15

13 See, my servant will act wisely;
    he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him—
    his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
    and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,
    and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
    and what they have not heard, they will understand.

Isaiah 53:1-3

1 Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

The Down-Side of the Good News
It’s amazing to me that there are more details revealed in prophecy about Jesus’ death, than there are in the eyewitness accounts contained in the gospels. Psalm 22 (yesterday’s reading) gives details about the crucifixion, hundreds of years before it was invented. Though there are many expressions of God’s grace, one that stands out to me is that Jesus would give us the bullet points of Psalm 22 while he hangs on the cross, as if to say, “Yes, this is about me and what I’m doing for you”.
When the movie “The Passion of the Christ” was released, many criticized it for the overwhelming violence it contained, yet when we read Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 we get that same sense of brutal torture. Even a cursory investigation of what Roman scourging and crucifixion was like, reveals how horrific it was. It’s design was second to none, for inflicting the most pain for the longest period of time, until finally resulting in death.
The described results of the torture are aptly portrayed in the movie. Verse 14 of chapter 52 says, “His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man”. 
Jesus, from his heavenly throne, sees this eventual future, and then chooses it. He does so quite intentionally, for you and for me. As it says in chapter 53:4-6, it was our weaknesses, our sins, our sorrows, our rebellion that he died for; that he was crushed for. “He was beaten, so we could be whole, he was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s path to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.”
This is the essence of the gospel. The only one equipped to die for our sins is the one who had no sins of his own. The ultimate injustice is the only thing that can satisfy the law, the law of sin and death.
When I read verse 11 I’m amazed. “When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.” Really?! Jesus went though all that for me and you...and then said “Good trade, it was worth it.”
The writer of Hebrews confirms this truth when he describes the exchange Jesus makes with this phrase, “For the joy set before him, he endured the cross”.
So, what’s the “down-side” of the Good News? Jesus himself, says “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me”. There are a lot of ways to do this thing called “following”. In the end, the most simple definition is to look at the actions of the one you’re following, and reenact them. None of us can sacrifice ourself for the rest of us, like Jesus did, because we all have our own sins to die for. But clearly, self-sacrifice is, as mentioned earlier, the essence of the gospel.
I wonder if you’d pray this prayer and listen hard for God’s answer: “God thank you for the truth of the good news. Show me how to not just receive it, but share it, through self-sacrifice”.
~Jeff Percival, Worship Pastor


March 22, 2018
Mar 22, 2018

Psalm 22:1-31

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.

3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.
In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

6 But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
    they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
    “let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
    since he delights in him.”

9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
    you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
    from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

11 Do not be far from me,
    for trouble is near
    and there is no one to help.

12 Many bulls surround me;
    strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions that tear their prey
    open their mouths wide against me.
14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
    it has melted within me.
15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

16 Dogs surround me,
    a pack of villains encircles me;
    they pierce my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
    people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.

19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
    You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver me from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
    save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

22 I will declare your name to my people;
    in the assembly I will praise you.
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
    Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or scorned
    the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
    but has listened to his cry for help.

25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
    before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek the Lord will praise him—
    may your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth
    will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the Lord
    and he rules over the nations.

29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
    all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
    those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him;
    future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,
    declaring to a people yet unborn:
    He has done it!


Yesterday we read how Jesus' opponents attempted to squash any chance at a revival of the Jesus movement. For a few final moments that Saturday, they believe that they have succeeded in crushing his revolution. The crucifixion has killed the revolutionary and extinguished the hopes of his followers. Now all that remains is to prevent a few fanatics from staging a last-ditch attempt at a resurgence. Just keep the body in the tomb… no problem. A little extra security will do the trick. Or so they believed.

For Jesus’ followers, the hours that Saturday pass in excruciating misery. They have backed the wrong messiah. The security at the tomb isn’t necessary; they are all too scared to attempt anything so daring. The despair is too deep to ever hope again. Or so they believed.

We all go through moments in life - or seasons of life - that feel like that Saturday. The bottom has fallen out. The loss is overwhelming. The enemy is too powerful, and seems to have anticipated our every response. God is dead. Or so we believe.

The thing about Jesus is that he never stays locked away. Death can’t contain him, much less a few guards and a big rock. The powers that seem to have defeated Jesus are exposed for the pathetic futilities they really are. So if you find yourself in the grip of dark Saturday, hold on. Sunday has the last word, not Saturday. So we believe!

~Jeff Cole, Community Life Pastor


March 21, 2018
Mar 21, 2018

Matthew 27:62-66

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.


March 20, 2018
Mar 20, 2018

Matthew 27:57-61

57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

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