Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries
Love’s Greatest Sacrifice
Using Luke’s account in chapters 22 and 23, Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Lenten devotions for 2016, Love’s Greatest Sacrifice, follow closely the final events of Jesus’ life. Written by Rev. Wayne Palmer, these meditations chart the difficult people and circumstances (corrupt high priests, sham Roman authorities, hard-headed and self-absorbed disciples, Judas’ betrayal, Peter’s denial) that Jesus encountered on His way to the biggest debacle of all: His crucifixion at the hands of sinners.
Still, the Savior saw through the grotesque travesty before Him and kept His eyes trained on the Father, all the while showing love to those who would either desert or execute Him. It was His unwavering commitment on our behalf, shining through even in His words on the cross. As Palmer writes, “For the Father to be able to forgive us, Jesus must step into our place and bear the divine punishment we all deserve. That makes this one of the most incredible prayers ever uttered in human history: ‘Father, forgive them’—by punishing Me instead.”
Love’s Greatest Sacrifice: made once—and for all people—on a hill outside Jerusalem.
Available to read online or as a podcast beginning February 10th, Love’s Greatest Sacrifice can also be received as an e-mail subscription throughout the Lenten season. Churches can also download, personalize and print them to give to congregation members or use as an outreach tool with guests and visitors. The audio version will begin February 10, 2016.