As we began Holy Week yesterday and look forward to Easter Sunday, may we approach each day leading up to this Resurrection Sunday with prayerful consideration of the Amazing Love that was shown by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are reminded in Isaiah 53:5 “But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed.” Not only did He take on our sins willfully and sacrificially, but Jesus alone was the only One capable of taking this burden as He conquered hell and the grave and arose from the tomb on the Third day.
The traditional hymn “Up from the Grave He Arose” comes to my mind as I think about Easter Sunday. “Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior, waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave He arose; with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; He arose a victor from the dark domain, and He lives forever, with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose! We indeed serve a risen Savior who is mighty and triumphant!
For this Holy week, I’d like to share with you some devotional scripture readings and excerpts that are taken from John Pipers devotional book titled “Love to the Uttermost”. The challenge for us is to read each day prayerfully and allow the Lord to speak to our heart as we consider how He Loves us to the Uttermost:
Palm Sunday (Luke 12:32) “God’s joy, His desire, His want and wish and hope and pleasure and gladness and delight, is to give the kingdom to His flock.”
Monday (Luke 9:51-56) “Jesus, who was the very embodiment of His Father’s love for sinners, saw that the time had come and set His face to fulfill His mission: to die in Jerusalem for our sake.”
Tuesday (Romans 5:6-8) “The ultimate freedom is joy. He rejoiced to do His redeeming work for us.”
Wednesday (John 13:19) “Jesus took up the principle of John 13:19 and foretold numerous details of what was going to happen to Him so that we might believe when they happened.”
Maundy Thursday (John 13:34) “Let us see the greatest love in action on Maundy Thursday and tomorrow on Good Friday. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. He loved us to the uttermost.”
Good Friday (Hebrews 7:25) “He magnifies His mercy by giving us free access through His Son, in spite of our sin, to the one Reality that can satisfy us completely and forever, namely, himself.”
Saturday (Luke 22:63-65) “I felt that if the rage of God would spill over onto those soldiers and sweep me away, too, justice would have been done. I wasn’t there, but their sin was my sin…..I do not deserve to escape, for I know my own heart. But I trust Christ, and so I know the judgement will be turned to joy.”
Easter Sunday (John 10:17-18) “I am alive to show you that I really loved you. I freely loved you. Nobody forced me to it. And I am now alive to spend eternity loving you with omnipotent resurrection love forever and ever.”
A full copy of this free devotional eBook “Love to the Uttermost” can be downloaded by following this link at DesiringGod.org.