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Gambling at the Cross

Week Five: Jesus Goes to the Cross
Lord, draw me closer to You and Your great love for me as I read Your Word today.

John 19: 17-24  

17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

 19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews."

 22 Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."

 23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

 24 "Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it."

   This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said,

   "They divided my garments among them
   and cast lots for my clothing."

   So this is what the soldiers did.


Jesus’ death is only a few hours away now. Meditate on his great love and his suffering for you.

What can you do for Jesus in light of what he did for you?
Lord Jesus, after all You did for me, help me to be willing to show my love by following You faithfully.

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