Holy Week: Thursday

REJECTION…

Part of being human is the need to be wanted, so few things wound us more deeply than being rejected. The experience of being rejected by others is often more than we can bear, the pain of it leads to isolation, anger, and despair. So, it is hard to imagine how Jesus felt as he watched and listened as his disciples deserted him and as the crowds that cheered his arrival in Jerusalem just a few days earlier shouted their angry disapproval. The One who longed to “gather the children of Jerusalem as a hen gathers her brood under her wings” is cast aside without mercy by the very people he came to save.


SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 27:15-26


AN ANGRY MOB…

Even Pilate knew Jesus was innocent, but he couldn’t bring himself to stand up to the crowd that was determined to vent their animosity toward Jesus. And so the Innocent One stood there beaten and bleeding; his ears ringing with the screams of the crowd… “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Worse than the pain of the blows and the humiliation of the spit and the thorns is the pain of being rejected by the people you love the most. “Hail, King of the Jews!” and they spit on him…   


CHILDREN’S PRAYER: “Jesus, I am sorry you felt so alone and unwanted. Help me love you. Help me follow you well.”

ADULT’S PRAYER: “Jesus please help me remember what my sin caused you to endure. Help me remember that you endured far more than just physical pain. Help me draw close to you as your child and to follow you as your disciple.”