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Hosanna!

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Matthew 26:14 – 27:66
 
The death of Jesus was the most significant, momentous, important and wonderful death in human history.  Wonderful because through it he redeemed the world.
 
When you read the Passion today you could ask the Spirit to help you rejoice and glory in the events that are unfolding.  The Spirit leads us to see the instrument of torture, this sign of primitive brutality, as the sign of life.
 
The death of Jesus on the cross is not merely an historic event: it is made real and present to us when we celebrate the Eucharist.  But there is also a way in which the Spirit wants to make it real and present to us in our lives.
 
In other words, we can hope to understand it more deeply, enter into its mystery in a new way, grasp its significance and meaning more actively in our lives.  The key is to want this, desiring it and praying for it.  
 
In this way we can come to understand that the cross is a message with power: “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
 
Lord Jesus, you paid the price for our sin.  Teach me this week to glory in the cross and to bow down before you, the Crucified and Risen Lord.
 
Chris
 
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