5. Jesus Falls for the Second Time

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:23-24

23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Reflection:

When the day begins badly and then worsens, we feel like quitting. Jesus must have felt the same way, but he didn’t give up. He knew what had to be done and loved us too much to say, “I quit.”

Activity: 

Remember a time that others were depending on you and you didn’t give up. What was that victory like and what did it lead to in further hard times when once again others were depending on you? In the classic story of the ‘Little Engine that Could’, the little engine struggles to accomplish its goal while repeating the mantra, “I think I can, I think I can”. What would your mantra be that you repeat to yourself to keep you from quitting? 

Prayer: Lord, when things seem unbearable and I feel like quitting, strengthen me, especially when others are depending on me to keep on going. Amen.

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