Thank you for joining me this past week as we read through the Bible on Jesus’ betrayal, trial and crucifixion. As we read today, we see He conquered the grave and overcame death that we may live with Him one day soon! What a great promise to hold on to as this world with all its troubles tries to distract us from what’s been done. I close with this verse spoken by Jesus in John 16:33,
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Happy Easter! He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!
Jesus Has Risen
24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.
Today is Good Friday! Many ask how can it be good in the midst of the darkness leading to Jesus’ death. While it is hard to see the goodness in the circumstances and events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, it’s more of a time of reflection on what’s been done for us. As we ponder upon the things we have done or have been done to us, not all things are good. But Jesus came and nailed everything we have done on the tree and took it with him! He was and is the Lamb who knew no sin! He died a criminals death, not because of anything He did, but all we have done against Him. We are cleansed by His blood ALL because of His love for us! This is what makes Good Friday, GOOD!
The Crucifixion of Jesus
26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then
“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
and to the hills, “Cover us!”’
31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Continue reading
Just as with Christmas, Easter, is a pivotal reminder of what God sent His Son to do for us. While I can write many things about the betrayal, death, crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus, it is the words of the Bible that speak most to so many. Join me over the next few days as we learn about the events that lead to Christ’s death on the cross and the glory revealed and given to us in His resurrection.
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
22 Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, 2 and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. 3 Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. 4 And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. 5 They were delighted and agreed to give him money. 6 He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.
Larry graduated to glory on February 28, 2016. His beautiful life unfolded to all who came into contact with him. He loved the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind and strength and left behind a great legacy for his family and countless others. Larry’s family put together a precious video combined with a message he had given. What a powerful message it is! More articles and shares of his messages to come in the future!
When Jesus said in John 14:12 “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works shall he do, because I go to the father,” What was he thinking? I know what I think, that’s impossible, no human can replicate the awesome life of Jesus.
This challenge was unlike anything the disciples ever heard, so they didn’t do the best job passing it on. After Jesus ascended, it wasn’t long before the seeds of the Pharisees and Sadducees took root again. Here’s what happened, they tried to develop a new religious hierarchy in Jerusalem. Fortunately a man named Paul, who was dramatically converted, sidestepped their prejudices and exercised the power of words. What has evolved over 2000 years of church theory is a collective trail of cathedrals/churches and denominational adherents. That isn’t even close to what Jesus said. He wasn’t into buildings or competing theologies. He didn’t even object to the demolition of the Temple in Jerusalem.
– “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”
I John 4:7
She loves me, she loves me not, she loves me, she loves me not. I watched my cousin work his way around a wild daisy, alternating those statements until the petals were stripped. Then he lifted the last petal and announced she loves me! I asked why he did that? He said he liked a girl and wondered if she liked him.
If interpreting love was only that easy. For my cousin who questioned the daisy – he was as incapable as the flower to know if she loved him. At the tender age of 7, I got the idea that loving and liking were the same. In everyday conversations people used love and like interchangeably. They said they love or like food, they love or like people, cars, houses, jobs, or money – you name it. What I saw was this, when a person liked how someone looked, how they dressed or whatever, that perception carried the hope of romance – but liking is fickle. It can be changed to dislike by a disapproving look or a critical word. I am not saying that liking someone is wrong, it is wonderful, but relationships need more. The flesh can like but love is vital to keep the flame burning through hard times. Con artists are masters at being likable. Beware of flattering words that recruit you to an uncomfortable cause. Then there is the friendly deceiver who wants in your wallet or the charmer on a quest for Victoria’s secret. Sin and deceit like best to be called love. Continue reading
Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth.
Why should the Gentiles say,
“So where is their God?
But our God is in heaven;
He does whatever He pleases
If God is the source of true hope and blessing, and all glory and honor go to Him however, why do we still ask where He is today? I find the study text supporting verses 2 and 3 applicable to our lives even today. It says, “People deny God’s presence or power when he does not act as they think he should. God is in the heavens and he has all power, authority, and knowledge. He does as he wishes and not what people think he should do. He works out his plans in accord with his will and acts in ways he chooses.”
We live in a broken world where we pray for God to do our will and what we believe is good for us. When He doesn’t answer how we want Him to we become angry, question His goodness, and believe He doesn’t love us because we didn’t get what we thought we deserved. We tune our eyes and ears to align with the worlds way and not that of God and instead miss the very provision given.
Could it be our inclination to see our prayers unfold in the world disrupts our vision of the unseen God present in our lives and who He wants to be for us?