Jesus spent the last days of his life sentenced to die as a convicted criminal. In the days leading up to His crucifixion, Jesus was betrayed by a close friend who turned him in for his own selfish gain (John 18:2). He knows what it was like to be brought into custody by a large contingent of law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies (John 18:3). He knows what it is like to have all the people who you thought you could count on desert you in your hour of need (Matthew 26:56), and He knows what it is like to suffer violence while in custody (Mark 14:65).
Before any of that happened, Jesus asked his followers to “Stay here and keep watch” (Mark 14:32). Please remember us as we join in prayer during this Lenten season for the common purpose of keeping watch with Jesus, for the men and women who live, work, and minister in the Dane County Jail.
"Remember those in prison, as though you were
in prison with them" Hebrews 13:3 (NRSV)