Friday, April 19, 2019profile-pictures-of-jesus-on-cross-6

44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. 46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. 47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. 48 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned. 49 And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things. Luke 23:44–49 (KJV)

44-46: Christ was crucified at 9 AM. At high noon the darkness came, and He yielded His spirit to His Father. No man took life from Him; He gave it freely for my sins and for yours.

The darkness is symbolic of the world without God. Man can see but not well. He is all alone facing his own coming death and judgement.

47-48: The thief was saved before Christ died. It appears the Centurion was the first person saved after Christ died. He gave God the glory, but the crowd went to grief and mourn.

49: Those who knew Christ the best stood afar off watching the saga unfold. How will it be for us this Easter season? Shall we stand afar off and behold the act of our God sacrificed? Or shall we draw near to Him and embrace Him and our own cross?

20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Gal 2:20

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Do You Believe?
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32 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. 33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. 34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. 35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. 36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, 37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. 38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:32-42 (KJV)

The great work of the cross is illustrated in these few verses. Our Christ cries out not in pain but in prayer for the crowd that torments Him: “Father forgive them, for they know not what the do.”

We are not told if any of them heard and believed. But there is a thief on one of the crosses that responded in faith. He was promised: Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

Do you believe?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Via Dolorosad690e49bf384ce5fc9aac14538d6f5fe

26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. 28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. 29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. 30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. 31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?Luke 23:26-31 (KJV)

26: Simon the Cyrenian is the first person to bear a cross for Christ; we are called to pick up own own and follow Him.

27: A great crowd of people followed the progression to the Cross. Some mourned deeply for they were His followers. John Phillips notes the women, and says the Gospels record no woman ever opposing Jesus. Women of that day were among the downtrodden. In Christ they find hope. So it is for men.

28-31: This is a prophecy that had partial fulfillment when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in AD 70 (Hos 10:8). That was a foretaste of what is to come during the Tribulation (Rom 6:15-16).

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Torn Veil

51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. 55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: 56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children. Matt 27:51–56 (KJV)

The world watched in horror as the Cathedral at Notre Dame Cathedral burned yesterday. It was a symbol of all that is holy.We grieve with Paris for the loss of this historic holy place. But the torn veil is symbolic of the beginning of the new world-wide temple complex of all believers.

Through the death of Christ came the end for the need of high priest who would enter into the holy of holies for the sins of man. The true High Priest has rent the veil! There is no wall of separation between God and people. Believers need no temple, cathedral, or church building. Believers have become the temple.

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1 Cor 6:19

The church, the body of Christ, is not owned by Catholics, Baptists, or Presbyterians. We are individually and corporately, sustained, and operated by the new owner. Jesus is His name.

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Death of the King8933a0e368f68b5dae1f7b4df49aa863

33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 36 And sitting down they watched him there; 37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, 40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. 41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. 44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. 45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. 48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. 49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. 50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost Matt 27:33-50(KJV)

Matthew is the Jewish Gospel and focuses on Jesus as King of the Jews. That is noted in verse 37 in today’s text. The key verse is v 46. It is the only time and place in history and eternity in which God the Father and God the Son are divided. It is the moment in which Christ paid the full penalty for our sins.

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom 6:23