Each year in the week before Easter I like to contemplate the life of Jesus day by day of the week leading up to His crucifixion.
This week as we study the following five stories from that all-important week, I will again contemplate these scenes. I will not only search the meanings and lessons, but I will place myself into each scene and watch the characters and listen to their words. I will smell the food being cooked in the next room, I will think of the weather, I will look at the simple clothing and I will look into the eyes of Jesus. I take each scene point by point and let my imagination vividly grasp the action from various perspectives.
I appreciate the counsel in this quote:
“It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ from the manger to Calvary. We should take it point by point and let the imagination vividly grasp each scene, especially the closing ones of His earthly life. By thus contemplating His teachings and sufferings, and the infinite sacrifice made by Him for the redemption of the race, we may strengthen our faith, quicken our love, and become more deeply imbued with the spirit which sustained our savior. If we would be saved at last we must all learn the lesson of penitence and faith at the foot of the cross,. . . . Everything noble and generous in man will respond to the contemplation of Christ upon the cross.” Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 4, page 374 (also Desire of the Ages, page 83)
The five scenes are:
- Mary’s expression of love for Jesus with expensive ointment
- The Last Supper
- Peter’s denial
Please share your comments and insights into these events throughout the week. Let us know what the Holy Spirit reveals to your heart.
I pray that this study of Jesus will increase our desire to be closer to Him and will transform our lives.
Join me this week and pray more and more. Come closer to the Father and Jesus and let the words of Matthew stir your soul.