Today's bible reading was very emotional. I read Mark 15:17-72, and there's so much that happens that I had to do some additional reading to fill in the blanks. I appreciate the brevity of the book of Mark but wanted to dig deeper.
Here's what's covered in today's passage: Jesus announces His betrayal, the first Lord's Supper, Jesus predicts Peter's denial, Jesus' prayer in the garden, Judas' betrayal of Jesus, Jesus faces the Sanhedrin and Peter's denial. Whew!
I'm thankful that today's reading broke me open. I'd been feeling a little detached and prayed yesterday that the Lord would help me to connect with His message here.
I found it interesting that I didn't fully feel anything until I picked up my physical bible and read from it. This was after reading it on my phone and reading commentaries. I know how I'm going to be reading the Word from now on.
It finally hit me after reading the last sentence - "Immediately a rooster crowed a second time, and Peter remembered when Jesus had spoken the word to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept." - Mark 14:72 CSB
I saw Peter's sad face in my mind and just lost it. I sobbed openly and said over and over, "It's just so unfair, Not about Peter's denial, but about the way Jesus is treated by those closest to Him and those He came to save.
The way He's treated now. The weight of that realization felt like a ton of bricks on my chest. Images of my Savior being spit on punched, slapped, and eventually whipped and killed flashed before my eyes as I cried. That might sound terrible to experience, but I'm glad it happened.
For the first time since I realized my need for Him, I began to comprehend the weight of Jesus' sacrifice for me - and you. The heavy burden He was born with that He carried as he ministered to and cared about those around Him.
Today is the last day of Lent for me, and I'm not sure if I'll continue to blog every day. I hope you'll stick around and find out. It's been a time of tremendous blessing, and I hope that you've enjoyed it and gotten something out of it.
Make time today to read this account in Mark 14 and then read Psalm 116-118, commonly known as the Hallel in Passover. I pray that it blesses you in the same way it blessed me. Consider playing this song as you read.
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