the people stood watching

"The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, 'He saved others; let him save himself he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.'" – Luke 23:35

May we no longer stand watching, Lord. You gave your life and we watched– afraid and mezmorized by the horror, ignorant and angry at you, unable to avert but unwilling (and unable) to act.  

May we each take up our cross and follow you, Lord, even as others sneer. You took insults and injury for our sake because your love for us compelled you– Oh, how you loved us, stretching your arms as to let our watching eyes see just how much.

May we be counted as chosen by the Chosen One. You made Good Friday a rallying cry— "Forgive them!", a cry offered in humility, service and mercy– a cry that ushers peace and power in grace.  

Thank you, dear Jesus, for dying on the cross to save us from our sins. May we stop watching and may we start following you, carrying our cross, and offering your rallying cry to our world. Amen. 

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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