Bible Friday 3/30: Sacrificed

Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?

Psalms 22:1-31. Verses 1, 8, 18, how can I really focus in the next few hours so that the astounding good news, "Christ died for me," is more real to me than ever before?

Lamentations 4:1-22. What if these horrors were happening in 2018 to me, my family, my friends, my country? Wouldn't our sins deserve it, but for Jesus' sacrifice in our place?

I Corinthians 5:6-8. What leaven or yeast of falsehood is subtly at work in me even as I go through the motions of Good Friday? How can I counter it with God's truth?

Matthew 26:57 - 27:61. Verses 75 and 56, if I had been among those cheering Jesus last Sunday, would I be near the cross or safely elsewhere today? Application for right now?

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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.