Daily Devotional Library

Lent: Rejection and Repentance

March 1, 2017

His Own Turned Against Him

John 1:1-11
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

March 2, 2017

Murder Motive: Religious Hatred

Mark 3:1-6; Luke 13:10-17
The Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

March 3, 2017

Murder Motive: Power Politics

John 11:45-53
If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.

March 4, 2017

What Jesus Was Worth to Judas

Matthew 26:14-16; John 12:4-6
“What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.

March 5, 2017

“Even My Close Friend”

Psalm 41:5-9; John 13:18-30
Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me.

March 6, 2017

Promises, Promises

Matthew 26:31-35
Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”

March 7, 2017

The Kiss of Death

Matthew 26:47-50
The betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.”

March 8, 2017

Jesus, the Wanted Man

John 18:1-7
Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”

March 9, 2017

Quick Exit

Mark 14:44-52
Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

March 10, 2017

Promises Broken

John 18:12-18, 25-27
Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.

March 11, 2017

Looking for Evidence

Mark 14:55-59
Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.

March 12, 2017

Blind Injustice

Matthew 26:59-68
They spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”

March 13, 2017

Blame the Victim

John 18:28-31
If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

March 14, 2017

No Basis for a Charge

John 18:33-38
He went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.”

March 15, 2017

Not Guilty, but Sentenced to Die

Luke 23:13-25
Their shouts prevailed. So Pilate decided to grant their demand.

March 16, 2017

Law and Disorder

Matthew 27:27-31
The governor’s soldiers . . . twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head.

March 17, 2017

Noisy Execution

Matthew 27:35-44
Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying . . . “Save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”

March 18, 2017

“All for Sinners’ Gain”

Isaiah 53:3-7
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.

March 19, 2017

“How Great My Sin and Misery Are”

Luke 22:54-62
He went outside and wept bitterly.

March 20, 2017

In Secret No More

John 19:38-42
Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council . . . went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.

March 21, 2017

In the Darkness, False Claims

1 John 1:5-10
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

March 22, 2017

Field of Blood

Genesis 4:2-16
The Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

March 23, 2017

Is Pilate Innocent? Are We?

Matthew 27: 22-24
Pilate . . . took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said.

March 24, 2017

What’s Done Cannot Be Undone

Matthew 27:1-8
Judas threw the money into the temple and left.

March 25, 2017

Claiming It Never Happened

Matthew 28:1-4, 11-15
You are to say, “His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.”

March 26, 2017

Don’t Talk About This!

Acts 5:27-33
“We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said.

March 27, 2017

To All Who Believe

John 1:1-12
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. . . .

March 28, 2017

At the Crucifixion: Close to Jesus

Luke 23:39-43
“We are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

March 29, 2017

Recognizing God

Mark 15:33-39
When the centurion . . . saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

March 30, 2017

The Power of the Truth

Acts 6:1-7
The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

March 31, 2017

The Rejected One Returns

Acts 26:9-18
“I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied.”