I want to continue Saturday’s discussion and then raise a thought as we begin our last two weeks together.
I have noticed that I have become, particularly now when are getting so close to Easter, quite lax in maintaining my Lenten promise. — Reader
Let me first remind everyone that a great resource for meditation is a good sermon. I now have a full well once again. Thank You, Hannah.
This morning Hannah in a very eloquent way, answered our reader’s questions that I published Saturday. She too said that Lent is about realizing that we need God. Lent is not about the “Easter Chocolates” we sneak late in the evening. Lent is about understanding our rebellious nature and how much we need God.
Hannah also planted a grain of wheat with me today that I want to explore with you as we approach our remembrance of the last days of Christ.
As I listened to her talk about broken hearts, I found myself asking this question:
“ What was more painful for Christ — the physical torture, the lashes, the carrying the heavy cross, the piercing wounds, the broken legs, and the nails, or the broken heart he must have had knowing one of his dearest friends would and had betrayed him.” Just as we believe he died to forgive our sins, we must also believe he also died on that Good Friday to forgive and redeem Judas.
Take that thought into your meditation. Does that thought call you to any action? Can you forgive that person who broke your heart? Does just this concept give you a a smidgeon of an idea of how great God’s love is for us. Jesus died for Judas. Not just for the sins of Mary, Peter, and his loyal disciples — the “Easter Chocolates.” Jesus died to save Judas.