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“Truly, this man was the Son of God”

The Death of Jesus

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“…when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Mark 15:33,34 ESV

 

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, *said, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth.Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” – John 19:28-30 NASB

“And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” –                   Mark 15:37-39 ESV

 

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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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He is not here, He is risen!

“He is not here; he has risen!” – Luke 24:6a

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. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 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? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. — Luke 24:1-12

Jesus, Thou art my righteousness,
For all my sins were Thine;
Thy death hath bought of God my peace,
Thy life hath made Him mine.  —Anon.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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What does that Friday mean?

From “Six Hours One Friday” by Max Lucado

What does that Friday mean?

For the life blackened with failure, that Friday means forgiveness. ●

For the heart scarred with futility, that Friday means purpose. ♦

And for the soul looking into this side of the tunnel of death, that Friday means deliverance. ♥

Six hours, One Friday.

● “You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.” –Psalm 85:2

♦”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” –Matthew 11:28, 29

♥”My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all ; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”
–John 10:27, 28

The very purpose of Christ’s life on earth was to die – to redeem mankind, to forgive sinners and make a way for our debt to be paid. He who never sinned, became sin for us.

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21

Thank God for “Good Friday” for the day He gave His life a ransom for many!

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Dec. 20 – 26th/09

Ready or not, here it comes ~ it’s Christmas!

Christmas is a busy and exciting time – we prepare gifts for those we love and plan meals and special treats to share with family and friends – we spend more than we planned and eat more than we should but hopefully we do not forget the reason we celebrate – the gift of God – Jesus Christ – His only begotten Son – God manifest in flesh – the indescribable, unspeakable, gift – the Lamb of God.

He did not use a silvery box
Or paper green and red;
God laid His Christmas gift to me
Within a manger bed. —Prentice

As we make our preparations and plans, let us remember what it is we are celebrating – what Christmas is…and what it is not. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous celebration of Christ’s miraculous birth.

“It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
‘What if Christmas,’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store?’
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?”

-Dr. Seuss

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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We are guilty and He is innocent

good-friday“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” — Isaiah 53:5 KJV

Wounded for me, wounded for me,
There on the cross He was wounded for me;
Gone my transgressions, and now I am free,
All because Jesus was wounded for me. 
—Ovens

What a concept – that one who is innocent would take the punishment for the one who is guilty! Unheard of, unless you are God – the Son of God – the Lamb of God.

If you have watched the Passion of the Christ you see that the Jewish leaders pushed for the death of the one who claimed to be “King of the Jews” because of their stubborn hearts that would not believe that He was the Messiah – the movie is powerful but leaves the audience feeling like – if it wasn’t for those Jewish leaders, Christ would have never had to go to the cross – that is not why Christ went to the cross.

It was God’s plan. It was foretold. It wasn’t a mistake. God gave His only Son: “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17

“Jesus was given to you, and with the help of lawless people, you put him to death by nailing him to a cross. But this was God’s plan which he had made long ago; he knew this would happen. God raised Jesus from the dead and set him free from the pain of death, because death could not hold him.” — Acts 2:23-24

“The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life – only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” — John 10:17, 18

The Lord Jesus Christ was innocent, spotless, had never sinned and because of His love for us, He suffered, shed His blood to cover our sins. He willing laid down His life for us, to save us from the penalty of our sins. He was innocent – we were the guilty ones.

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” — Ephesians 1:7

Oswald Chambers – My Utmost For His Highest

“The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him— something that might have been prevented. His death was the very reason He came. — the greatest note of triumph ever sounded in the ears of a startled universe was that sounded on the Cross of Christ— “It is finished!” (John 19:30). That is the final word in the redemption of humankind.

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When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

  — Isaac Watts

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Merry Christmas!

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It’s December 24th and weeks and weeks have been spent preparing for the big day…Christmas! We plan and we make lists and we decorate and we send cards and we bake and have parties and in all of that planning and spending we can easily lose the meaning of Christmas. We can easily get swept up in all of the fesitivities and celebrations and forget what it is all about. Christmas is Jesus’ birthday. The day that the Savior was born. Immanuel, God With Us…the Son of God came down from Heaven’s Glory…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. 

As we celebrate with family and friends and give and receive gifts, let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas…the greatest Gift of All…Christ the Lord. Let us take the time to remember Him and re-read the story of His miraculous birth over 2000 years ago! 

The Birth of Jesus  Luke 2:1-40
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Jesus Presented in the Temple
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.

I pray that as we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ we accept and appreciate the greatest Gift ever given!

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2008 in Devotions, Inspiration, Uncategorized

 

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Have Faith:”For Nothing Is Impossible With God”

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The Christmas story is known by people throughout the world. To some it is merely folklore, fairytale and nothing more. It is estimated that 75% of adults in Canada and the U.S. are Christians so I would guess that to at least that population, the Christmas story is not a fairy tale at all, but a fundamental part of their religious beliefs.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. ”    — Isaiah 9:6

These words are speaking of the Messiah. I think of Mary, a young Jewish girl, who surely knew of the prophecy of the One who would come and fulfil scripture. Biblical scholars have estimated that based on the customs of the time, Mary may have been only 12 or 13 years old!  I cannot imagine what it would be like for her, an angel of the Lord appeared to her and told her she would conceive the Son of God…but we don’t have to imagine her reaction, it is in the scriptures. After hearing the words from the angel, says: “I am the Lord’s servant, May it be to me as you have said.” What a humble response to this life-changing news! The news that she was to give birth to the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace!!

“In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the powere of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. –Luke 1:26-38

I wonder how Mary felt? She was engaged to be married, she was pure, how would she explain this? What would become of her? Many of these thoughts may have rushed through her mind when she learned that she was part of God’s plan, and yet she humbly replied, “I am the Lord’s servant, May it be to me as you have said.” She accepted it, she didn’t have all of the answers as to how this would come to pass, she simply trusted that if God was going to use her to accomplish His will, she was ready to be His servant. What a lesson that is! We don’t have to have all of the answers, we have to have faith!

These thoughts about Mary make me think of the song… Mary Did You Know? The words of this song are descriptive of the enormity of what it meant to give birth to the Son of God.

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?

This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God?

The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again.

The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the Lamb.

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?

Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?

This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I AM.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2008 in Devotions, Inspiration, Uncategorized

 

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