Daily Devotion, 3/25/18, Day 23: Sabbath
If you are doing this journey the 30 days prior to Easter, then today is Palm Sunday. For most of us, Sunday is our Sabbath, our day off from work, but so many times we rush past what God has called us to keep holy and fill it with just as much activity as the other days. Exodus 20:8 says, ”Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”
The Hebrew word for Sabbath is Shabbot. It means to cease, to pause, to stop, to come to an end. God gave the Sabbath as a pause from the normal rush of life. God took great care to create this gift of for us. A created gift of rest, tranquility, serenity, peace and repose all packaged in a day or set apart time in your schedule called Sabbath. Have you ever incorporated a Sabbath into your rhythm and routine of life?
Choose to not rush past this day. Practice a Sabbath. Quiet the noise of constant busyness. Pull back from routine. Set this day apart to rest your body, mind, heart or soul in some way. Let God fill you up so He can pour through you this next week. Give Him some specific time of focus and worship. At some point today, read through John 12:1-50. Prepare your heart to fully take in His gift of salvation.
John 12:12 "The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was coming on His way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet Him shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!"
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week or Passion Week where Jesus truly emptied Himself for our sake. As you read through the scriptures for this week, look for all of the ways Jesus sacrificed Himself on our behalf. Ask Jesus to reveal the full extent of His love for you in a fresh way this Holy Week. As we enter this profoundly sacred week, may we pray together “More of Him and Less of Me!”
Reflect and Record the experience of your Sabbath today and any thoughts about John 12.
From the 30 day devotional journey, "More of Him, Less of Me" written by Sharon Ardizzone.