THURSDAY: Passion Week 2012

LONGING FOR A NEW WAY TO LIVE

Luke 21:5-6 – And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, “As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.”

Imagine yourself at the temple in Jerusalem during the Passion Week. Imagine overhearing what Jesus says, “There will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.” Do you understand how much this would startle you? The temple is the meeting place of God with His people. Year after year, you’ve come to this place to connect with Him. And now, everything changes. Jesus is talking about a spiritual revolution. Days from this moment, as Jesus breathes His last breath on the cross, the sacred veil leading to the Most Holy Place will be torn from top to bottom. The physical temple will no longer be needed. And now, you and I will become the dwelling place of God through His Spirit
(Ephesians 2:21-22).

We begin to put the pieces together. Six hundred years before, the prophet Jeremiah talks about this moment—this moment when God would put His Spirit inside of us, this moment when He would fulfill a new covenant. A new way to live. A new power to live the cross-centered life. A new vision for what life can look like with Jesus. As the pieces of God’s great promises fall into place, I pray that you would long for a new way to live. I pray that you would experience the power of the Spirit’s presence living in and through you. Because of the first Passion Week and Good Friday, which we celebrate tomorrow evening, everything has changed. There is a new way to live.

Questions for Reflection & Prayer

What would and can change in my life knowing that God the Spirit lives inside of me?

Where do I need the Spirit to empower and lead me today?

HOLY SPIRIT, produce Your beautiful fruit in my life today—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Show me the new way to live. Show me the joy of picking up my cross and following Jesus. Take control of my day today, every conversation, every meeting, every class, every quiet moment. Holy Spirit, today, lead me to a place of abundant life. I pray this because of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, Amen.

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