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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 3, 2021

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SATURDAY, July 3

Luke 23:33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.

Earlier in Jesus’ ministry, he ascends a mountain with three of his disciples, Peter, James, and John. There, Jesus is transfigured, appearing in clothes of dazzling white light. Two others appear in splendor beside him, one on his right and one on his left: Moses and Elijah, representing the Law and the Prophets. Peter, the Rock, offers to build a tent to keep everyone together. Then a voice from heaven speaks: “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him” (Luke 9:35).

Now, Jesus ascends another mountain, this time Calvary. It’s shaped like a skull. Jesus is alone, abandoned. The clothes that once were dazzling white have been stripped from him. To his right and his left are two criminals. Peter, the Rock, has denied Jesus three times, and when Jesus cries for his father, the answer he receives is silence.

Yet the mountaintop transfiguration foreshadows the glory of Cavalry: Jesus the Son of God becomes the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets, offering the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love.

MOVING FORWARD: These scenes depict both Jesus’ glory and suffering. What lessons can you learn from each about the nature of Christ?

PRAY for the Diocese of Cyangugu (Rwanda)

Ps 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104 | 1 Samuel 14:16-30 | Acts 9:10-19a | Luke 23:32-43

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