Holy Week Devotion | David Montague
Though Jesus was in the form of God, he did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.¹ Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, he was buried, and he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.² After his suffering He presented himself alive to them by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.³ He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.⁴ After making purification for sins, Jesus – the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature⁶- was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.⁵ He then sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.⁶ God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.⁷ And, this Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.⁸
“Surely I am coming soon.” Come, Lord Jesus!⁹
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.10
¹ Philippians 2 | ² I Corinthians 15 | ³ Acts 1 | ⁴ I Corinthians 15 |⁵ Acts 1
⁶ Hebrews 1 | ⁷ Philippians 2 | ⁸ Acts 1 | ⁹ Revelation 22 | 10 John 20
Many thanks to our Holy Week Devotion contributors:
Luke Savidge, Tia Blasi, Nina Hefner, Alexia Young, Portia Owens, Rhoda Smith, Warren Grimm, and Josh Shelley.