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Day 10: Christ’s Enemies Gather

Jesus once said, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). At no time was that truth more clearly displayed than in the hours of His passion. He was “a sign to be spoken against” (Luke…

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Day 9: Jesus Goes Willingly to Die

More than once in His public ministry, Our Lord had walked unharmed through angry crowds seeking to kill Him. But as the scriptures tell us, “His hour had not yet come.” Now, as the torch-bearing mob surrounded Him, He knew…

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Day 8: The Healing of the Slave

Those who came to arrest Jesus in the garden no doubt had heard accounts of His miracles. His power had caused people to speculate that He was Elijah, or John the Baptist, or some other prophet, or even the promised…

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Day 7: Judas’ Sins – and Ours

What sting is as sharp as the betrayal of a friend? And what insult is more bitter than betrayal through a kiss, the sweetest sign of friendship made poison? Worst of all, who could be so brazen, so wicked, so…

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Day 5: Christ’s Vision of a Scattered Flock

Attacking wolves can tear a shepherd’s flesh. But wayward sheep can cause an injury more bitter still: They will break a shepherd’s heart. Satan's harassing in the Garden, did not cause Him to bleed, it was the pain of ours…

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Day 3: “Remove This Cup”

Not long before this sorrowful night, Jesus had declared to His apostles: “Now is My soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’?” No, for this purpose I have come to this hour” (John 12:27).…

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Day 2: Satan’s Accusations and Temptations

As the sins of man crushed down on Our Lord, Satan saw an opportunity. What better opportunity than the agonized hours in Gethsemane? Jesus had withstood the onslaught of divine grief in the presence of human wickedness. Now the Devil…

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Day 1: Christ’s Vision of the World’s Sins

To ponder the passion of our Lord, we must begin, like the Stations of the Cross, in the Garden of Gethsemane. The physical torture Jesus endured began only after His arrest. But Jesus interior suffering began long before the whips…

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