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February 13th

I will focus on a few things from the NT reading regarding the crucifixion and death of Jesus:

Matthew 27: 35 After they had nailed him to the cross, the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.36 Then they sat around and kept guard as he hung there. 37 A sign was fastened above Jesus’ head, announcing the charge against him. It read: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

One thing the Romans do get fairly right is the charge against Jesus: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” However, He is king not only of the Jews, but of the whole world! May His Kingdom come!

Several prophecies were fulfilled by the crucifixion; the gambling for Jesus’ clothes, Jesus crying out in abandonment (both in Psalm 22). Isaiah predicted that Jesus would be despised and rejected by men, and in addition would experience much sorrow and suffering (Isaiah 53: 4-5: Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed). Another Old Testament prophecy predicted that none of Jesus' bones would be broken (Psalms 34:20 “He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.”). Sour wine and gall perfectly fulfilled David's prophecy of Psalm 69:21: "They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink." There are probably many more I am forgetting.

50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead.

The Temple curtain is torn in two, representing that the Temple system of sacrifice is no longer in effect and that the barrier between God and His people is gone in Christ. Jesus lived and died for His people. He made the once and for all sacrifice. Hebrews 10: 9b He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Amazingly, some of the righteous dead also rose from the grave and were seen by others.

Jesus is buried after His death and the tomb is sealed and watched over by Roman guards at the request of the religious authorities. They remembered Jesus speaking of His resurrection and want to prevent the disciples from stealing His body and perpetrating a hoax.

There is so much one could say about Jesus’ crucifixion, but I think I will just ponder on the holy mystery as presented in the first gospel. Peace.

Matthew 16: 21 From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.


Prayer for Today:
Lord, thank you for the suffering servant, Jesus, upon whom our sins have been imputed and whose righteousness we have received in return. Thank You that we have such a faithful Savior, who willingly went to the cross for our atonement. We do not deserve such loving-kindness, but You are a merciful God. Thank You for saving us from ourselves and uniting us in Christ. We joyfully await Your second advent. Amen.

Exodus 35:10-36:38

Reading how the “offering” of talent and material was approached by God and Moses, makes me yearn for this approach, by which I mean, both asking, receiving and giving, in our churches today. There was no manipulation, just the stating of an object of fact, the Building of the Tabernacle,” that God has told Moses to build. The effect of this method, the freely giving of what they had. I think the generosity of the people, their willingness to dedicate their talents and any material goods they had, stems from the “Fear of the Lord.” When you know that God will supply all your needs, and has in the past, when you know within your very being that God has your back and will take care of you, the Fear of the Lord becomes a natural state of being out of which you operate.

The fear of the Lord also causes a Believer to walk in boldness toward the ways of man. We will stand up for what is right and righteous even if no one else in the room is willing to take a stand. Operating out of the Fear of the Lord may not win you friends but it will cause them to respect you even if they are trying to take you out, and I don’t mean to dinner.

Grace and peace,

I love how in Exodus people gave out of their heart, gold, medallions, items of worth for temple. They knew or felt a need and provided. I pray I see and hear needs and help when needed.

Matthew..the passion! That is always so sad. I hate to see what Jesus went through and so many supporters at a distance. The guy Simon..I wonder if he realized what a blessing it was to help carry the load for and with Jesus. Just think if it was us..how would u react..

Psalms..it's crazy David was acting crazy during moments of Absoloms reign and issues with his son. However joy of Lord was what he had.

Proverbs! The mocker vs wise
I have been given advice before and most all the time I take it constructively and am better because of it

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