The Receptive Life

"We are beggars; this is true." (Martin Luther)

The Forty Day Journey: Full List of Daily Meditations

Here’s a full list of posts from the Forty Day Journey. I thought it might be helpful to have them all indexed in one place. As you read through the devotionals, use them as guides to help you focus on … the Person and Work of Jesus all of the gifts […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Sabbath of Resurrection

Sabbath Day of Resurrection “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24:5) He’s alive! Yet, all too many times, we insist on looking for the Resurrected Christ among the dead. We go to the tomb. We look at the burial […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 40

The Resurrected Christ Scripture Reading: John 19:38–20:18  Meditation  When Jesus dies, secret love goes public. Joseph of Arimethea, a wealthy yet discreet disciple, provided the tomb. Nicodemus, one of the Sanhedrin members who had earlier visited Jesus by night, brought the spices. Fear of the Jews had kept these two […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 39

The Dying Christ Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:45-56 Meditation It’s the sixth hour and the heavenly Father has just dropped his One and Only Son on the Devil’s doorstep. He has given him up, abandoned him, and forsaken him. The Son of God has become an orphan. And when the bell […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 38

The Crucified Christ Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:27-44 Meditation Rome reserved the cross for only the worst of criminals. It was a slow, painful, and degrading way to die. When Jesus reached Golgotha, the Place of the Skull, the Governor’s soldiers stripped him of his clothes. They threw him to the […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 37

The Sentenced Christ Scripture Reading: John 18:28–19:16  Meditation The Sanhedrin is the highest Jewish court in Jerusalem. It’s composed of the three groups of people that Jesus had said would deliver him unto death: the elders, chief priests, and teachers of the law. “From that time on Jesus began to explain […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 36

The Betrayed Christ  Scripture Reading: John 18:1-27 Meditation For Jesus, the Garden of Gethsemane is a familiar place. He and his disciples have gathered there many times. It’s quiet, still, and intimate. It’s also his favorite place: a place of peace and prayer, love and laughter, comfort and companionship. The […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 35

The Pleading Christ Scripture Reading: Mark 14:12-42  Meditation  It’s a night of sacrifice and, for Jesus, silence from the Father. As the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins, the Passover lambs are chosen, led out, and killed. In an upper room, Jesus, the Passover Lamb, gathers with his disciples. In the […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Sabbath of Reception

Sabbath Day of Reception “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8) We live most […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 34

The Interceding Christ Scripture Reading: John 17:1-26  Meditation Prayer lifts hands and head toward heaven. And because the eyes are looking up, they can’t look around at the many worries that the world brings. They can’t look down in depression. They don’t close in despair. When one prays up, the […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 33

The Serving Christ Scripture Reading: John 13:1-38   Meditation Century after century, year after year, and month after month, the pages of the redemptive calendar have been turning. But now the long awaited day is almost here. The clock of Jesus’ crucifixion is about to strike fulfillment. The bell of his […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 32

The Triumphant Christ Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:1-11  Meditation No two issues are more volatile than politics and religion. On the day Jesus rides into Jerusalem, the hammer of nationalism hits the flint of messianic expectation and sparks begin to fly. Ever since the glory days of King David and the […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 31

The Anointed Christ  Scripture Reading: Mark 14:1-11 Meditation The foul odor of foul play is in the air and the stench is coming from the chief priests and teachers of the law. They’re saturated with anger. They reek of hypocrisy, deceit, and decaying spirituality. They’re salivating at the thought of […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 30

The Commanding Christ  Scripture Reading: John 15:1-27 Meditation As Jesus moves closer to his death, he moves closer to his disciples. The final moments that he shares with them are sacred treasures. He wants to bury these treasures deep into their hearts, safe from thieves, secure from robbers, and protected […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 29

The Promising Christ Scripture Reading: John 13:31–14:31  Meditation On the eve of his betrayal, Jesus knew that everything was about to change. In a matter of hours, one disciple—Judas—would betray him. Another—Peter—would deny him. All the others would scatter, flee, and disown him. Soon, the only words he would hear […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Sabbath of Reflection

Sabbath Day of Reflection  “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.” (Psalm 63:6-7) A Sabbath day of reflection entails both a look into the mirror of our humanity […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 28

The Grieving Christ Scripture Reading: John 11:1-44   Meditation Two sisters, their brother, and Jesus. They aren’t just friends; they’re family. They might not be connected by genetics or related by blood but they are bound together by love. And so when the brother, Lazarus, gets sick, the sisters send word […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 27

The Accepting Christ Scripture Reading: John 4:1-42  Meditation She’s a Samaritan; he’s a Jew. Woman. Man. Her life is a mess and he is the Messiah. Culturally she’s not allowed to mix with him, socially she’s not allowed to be seen with him, and spiritually she’s not allowed to talk […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 26

The Loving Christ Scripture Reading: John 3:1-21  Meditation Nicodemus, is a bright man and yet he’s spiritually in the dark. He’s a man of the Pharisees and a member of the Jewish ruling council, Israel’s teacher and yet he’s looking for the truth. The number of his years makes him […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 25

The Passionate Christ Scripture Reading: John 2:1-25  Meditation A wedding is a gala affair: festive, full of joy, short on worries, and long on well wishes. It’s a community event that could last up to a week. In a close-knit village like Cana, everyone is invited. It’s a time to […]

Forty Day Journey to the Cross: Day 24

The Sacrificial Christ Scripture Reading: John 1:19-51  Meditation Between a promise and its fulfillment is a waiting room. John the Baptist, his disciples, and an entire generation of Jews have been sitting in that room and now the door is about to be opened. They have read the Scriptures, they […]