Psalm 71:1-14

Centuries before Jesus began his last week on earth, the psalmist foresaw what Jesus would be experiencing in these days: “For my enemies speak concerning me, and those who watch for my life consult together. They say, ‘Pursue and seize that person …” (Psalm 71:10-11). In chapters 21-26, Matthew tells how the authorities challenge and dispute Jesus during the days after Palm Sunday.

During this time, Jesus remains steadfast. He knows he will be killed, but he urges the people not to succumb to the darkness: “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you” (John 12:35). On Friday, that light will be extinguished as darkness envelops the world, but on Sunday the light will shine again even more brightly, so that we today can live in its brightness.

Lord Jesus, we thank you that you are the light that guides our lives, that shines through our hardships and leads us into everlasting life. Amen.

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