Lord Jesus, As we read about the circumstances that led up to your crucifixion, we are amazed, Lord, at your self-restraint. Though your Father would have put twelve legions of angels at your disposal at once, you chose to bear injustice for us so that we might be forgiven for our sins. We humbly thank you for your sacrifice for us. Although the politicians and spiritual leaders of your day valued your life at just 30 pieces of silver, we know and affirm that the gift of your life was and is priceless and of eternal value, worth infinitely more than we could ever pay. We thank you in humble gratitude for the free gift of eternal life we have in you. I pray for myself and for ______________________ , that you will humble us all in repentance and faith at the foot of your cross. As the chief priest did, we acknowledge you as the Christ of God, and as Pilate did, we acknowledge you as the rightful King of the Jews. We are sobered by the fate of Judas. He walked with you and sat under your teaching yet in the end betrayed you. I pray that you will so work in us that our allegiance to you may remain strong until the end of our lives. Judas was filled with regret when he saw that his greed led to your crucifixion. Remind us that even one sin, once committed, can set into motion a chain of events we cannot control. Enable us by your Spirit to walk in faithful obedience to you every day. You were led as a sheep to the slaughter and yet you did not open your mouth in your own defense. Show us when it is your Father’s will that we too bear up patiently and quietly under unjust suffering. Show us when you want us to make no reply to false accusations against us, not even to speak a single word, even to a single charge. Grant us your strength that we, when it is right, may not open our mouths but be silent, like a sheep before her shearers. Prompt us in those moments to do as you did, and to keep entrusting ourselves to God, the one who judges justly. It is in your name that I pray, amen.