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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Utrecht, Netherlands
Three individuals have been killed, and five others injured, after a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. Police are calling the incident a terrorist attack and are have arrested a suspect. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
180 Killed in Africa
At least 180 individuals have been killed across southern Africa, including 84 in Mozambique, from Cyclone Idai. The official death toll is expected to rise drastically, with President Filipe Nyusi speculating that over 1,000 have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those who are missing. Please pray for all affected.
5 Killed in Mumbai, India
At least five individuals have been killed, and over 30 others injured, when a footbridge to Mumbai’s main train station collapsed. The reason for the collapse is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
8 Killed in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eight individuals were killed at a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil after two former students opened fire inside the school. Five of those killed were students. The two gunman killed themselves as police arrived. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the community.
73 Killed in Papua
At least 73 individuals have died from a surprise flood in Papua, a province of Indonesia. The flash flooding was caused by torrential rain, which also caused mudslides and landslides. Over 60 others are missing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for all those affected.
24 Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 24 individuals were killed, and over 30 others injured, when a train overturned in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of those killed were children. The cause of the accident is believed to be unmaintained tracks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Protests Turn Violent in Paris, France
For the past four months, “yellow vests” protests have occurred in France, initially as an protest against the increase of fuel taxes. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful, however, they have now turned violent, with protestors smashing shops on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris. Please pray for those affected. Please pray for peace.
2 Israelis Killed in West Bank
An Israeli soldier and a rabbi were killed by an unknown Palestinian attacker in the West Bank. The soldier was stabbed to death and then his rifle was used to kill the rabbi. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
3 Killed in Midwestern Flooding
At least three individuals have been killed due to severe flooding in the midwestern part of the United States. Rain, along with melting of snow has caused the flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

Saturday - Six days.  For most, it began like any other Saturday, but this was not any other Saturday.  The Passover was a week away, preparations were underway.  But on this Saturday, there was a stranger rumor going around, a rumor that the man known as Jesus, had arrived outside of Jerusalem.  

 


Matthew 26:6-13Mark 14:3-9John 12:2-8 

 

In six days He was going to die, but He had much to accomplish before then.  Jesus arrived in Bethany, just outside of Jerusalem, where He would remain for His safety.  While in Bethany, Jesus visited with old friends: Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead; Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha; and attended dinner at the house of Simon the Leper, likely another man whom He had healed.  With a title like Simon the Leper, he was probably still not entirely welcomed in society, even after being healed.

 

At the dinner, the sisters showed their different ways of serving, with Martha serving the meal and Mary using an expensive bottle of perfume on Jesus, an action which angered some of those present.  The Gospel of John records that Judas, the betrayer, was the one who spoke up to question the action.  Should not such an expensive bottle of perfume be sold and the money given to the poor instead of wasted?  Judas, a man always thinking of money, was probably thinking of the customary tradition to give gifts to the poor on the eve of Passover.

 

Jesus rebuked all of those who questioned the waste.  Was it really a waste?  Is honoring the Lord ever a waste?  The Son of God was on earth for a limited time, a limited time that was rapidly approaching its end.  There will always be poor in the world who can be helped, but a chance to honor the Lord in such a manner will not always exist.  Additionally, it was a symbolic foretelling of His coming death.  Mary anointing Jesus with perfume was a preparation for His burial.

 

The Gospel of John is quite harsh towards Judas.  The author shows Judas’ concern for the poor as false, instead Judas loved money and did not want to see it wasted.  Judas did not understand the significance of Mary’s actions.  The Gospel of Mark attributes this incident as the spark which caused Judas to be willing to betray Jesus Christ.

 

 

The countdown had begun.  Not many people know the day they are going to die, nor the hour, nor the method.  He did.  He knew the day He was going to die.  He knew the hour He was going die.  He knew the method with which He was to die.  He knew the pain He would experience.  He knew the suffering He would endure.  The worst was not going to be the severe physical pain, but the excruciating spiritual pain of being separated from His Father.  He endured it willingly; a Lamb led to the slaughter.  He was going to die: for you.

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