What Jesus Did! 'Day of Preparation' — Mark 15:42

Friday, December 18, 2020

This day was called Preparation day. (That means the day before the Sabbath day.) It was becoming dark.
— Mark 15:42 NLT
Illustration of Mark 15:42 NLT — This day was called Preparation day. (That means the day before the Sabbath day.) It was becoming dark.

Key Thought

We have lost almost all sense of a day of preparation for a holy day with God. Unfortunately, many Christians have lost their sense of the special-ness of the first day of the week (Sunday) and let many other things crowd in and distort a day to be with God and his people. To challenge folks to spend Saturday preparing for this day is almost unthinkable to many in our busy world. Yet in the middle of the mayhem and horror of the crucifixion, the Jews in Jesus' day took notice and sought to honor their Sabbath with God. There are two judgments rendered by this one short verse. First, ritual observance of days does not make us holy, because it is so easy to do the ritual and forget the righteous call of God—the horrible acts of the people directed at Jesus are proof of this. Second, in our day, we have lost the sense of holy because we have allowed all days to become the same—busy days to get done what we want to do and then squeeze our "God-time" in where it fits. How sad on both accounts.

Today's Prayer

O Father, please give me a proper sense of what is holy. I do not want to be a legalistic ritual keeper; yet at the same time, I do not want to drain all of life of its meaning by secularizing all time. Teach me to know your will, your time, and your holy ways. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 5:15-17
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-14
  • Psalm 39:4-6


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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