Feb 15, 2013
Read Today: Fulfilment of prophecy; John 19:35-37
We know this is true, because it was told by someone who saw it happen. Now you can have faith too.
(Joh 19:35 CEV)
I work for a college. For a long time there was one religious group on campus. They did many events on campus but in all of them they glorified God and Jesus. Recently another organization asked permission to start another group. They did not see each other as competition but as both fishing is the same pond.
The problem was that having two organizations bothered some people on campus. So they started an organization for others who did not believe in God in any way shape or form, or in any religion. One of the things on the recruitment poster was that ‘free thinkers’ were allowed.
Free thinkers? Does that mean that if I am a Christian I am not a free thinker, that I am corrupted by people telling me what to think? Yet their whole life is one thought after another given to them by people who are teaching them. No one is a ‘free thinker’, we all are taught by those before us and choose to accept or reject it.
John wrote what he wrote because he was a witness to it, and he wants me to have faith in it also. I am free to accept it or reject it. God has given me the ability to be a free thinker. What He put in his Word is there so I can accept it or reject it. I am not forced into believing what His word says, I do so because I believe it to be a true account of what happened. Just like the group on campus I have to accept what has been taught and written is a true account. God has given me the ability to think and choose and I am thankful for that.
Read for next time: Joseph requests body from Pilate; Matthew 27:57-58, Mark 15:42-43, Luke 23:50-52; John 19:38
Friday, February 15, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Feb 14, 2013
Read Today: Soldier pierces Jesus' side; John 19:33-34
But one of the men made a wound in his side with a spear, and straight away there came out blood and water.
(Joh 19:34 BBE)
The two thieves on either side of Jesus were still alive, but Jesus appeared dead. Still they could not be sure. So a soldier took it upon himself to use a spear to cut open Jesus. And when he did, blood and water flowed out of Jesus.
The water shows that I am cleansed and have my sins washed away because His broken body was on that cross. The blood represents healing. ‘There is life in the blood’ an old testament verse says.
Tradition says that the soldier who pierced Jesus side had a problem with his eyes. When the blood fell on to him, he was instantly healed. That would be just like both Jesus and God. The irony of one who was part of the death of Jesus would receive healing from it. I know that every day, I must take the blood upon me, to heal me from the problems of my life. His blood can heal me of any emotional, physical or spiritual problems I may face.
Read for next time: Fulfilment of prophecy; John 19:35-37
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
Read Today: Request that legs be broken: John 19:31-32
Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him.
(Joh 19:31-32 ESV)
At the time of the Passover, every man was to go the Temple and sacrifice a lamb for his family. It could not be just any lamb, but one that was not damaged in any way. I could not have a bad leg.
As I read this verses I notice that they did not break Jesus legs. The Jews wanted them to because they needed to speed things up. Their law said that someone could not hang from a tree after sundown. Breaking the legs of someone would shorten the life of a person on a cross because they could not force themselves up to take another breath.
So they broke the two legs of the other two but came to Jesus to break His as well. Today’s verse stops there, but we know that He was dead already and they did not.
As I live my life I know that I fail, that I would have to bring a sacrifice, a perfect sacrifice, to ask for God to forgive my sins. Jesus brought Himself before God as that perfect sacrifice. His legs were not broken. For that I am thankful.
Read for next time: Soldier pierces Jesus' side; John 19:33-34
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
November 9, 2012
Women watch from a distance; Matthew 27:55-56, Mark 15:40, Luke 23:49
And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things. (Luk 23:49 ESV)
So much of my life has been on the sidelines. My faith is there, I just do not push it to full activation. So through a lot of my life I sat on the sideline and watch the game of life. There were many reasons for this. Maybe I was scared of success, or of failure. Maybe I have been hurt by others. Maybe it is both, or other things as well.
Jesus does not call us to be on the sidelines, we are not to follow at a distance. But if I do, I am in the company of many saints who did so themselves. And I am not to judge them for what they are doing, because when I look deep inside myself, I do so also.
Read for next time: Request that legs be broken: John 19:31-32
Friday, November 9, 2012
November 9, 2012
The Life of Jesus; read today: Multitude leaves grieving; Luke 23:48
When all the crowds who had come together for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they beat their breasts and turned back.
They knew what was happening, that a man was being killed. They watched. They saw the darkness fill the sky. They must have agreed with the Roman soldier that this was a good man. Yet the walked away. After the main event was all done, they walked away.
I am sure that it stuck in their heads for a few weeks. How this man who should not have been crucified had been anyway. As their day to day life went on, it slowly moved out of their consciousness.
Sometimes I think my salvation is like that. There are times when it is on the front burner and I am fully aware of all that God has done for me through His son Jesus. Then their are other times, times when the latest video game, TV series, work of the church, whatever it is that dulls my senses through the day to day life of living. I walk away like the people did, and it fades from my consciousness.
God, I ask you to keep the sacrifice of Jesus in my thoughts daily, not to let any thing else take its place. In Jesus name, AMEN
Friday, October 26, 2012
October 26, 2012
The Life of Jesus; read today:Centurion glorifies God; Matthew 27:54; Mark 15:39; Luke 23:47
BBE: Luke 23:47. And when the captain saw what was done, he gave praise to God, saying, Without doubt this was an upright man.
A man who was not Jewish, not part of the people that were suppose to have studied the scriptures to know that the Messiah was coming, he could see what the other could not. He could see that Jesus was a truly upright man.
How come I can not see that in my life. How come I can not see that Jesus is there to help me with all my problems. Why do I struggle with the same problems over and over again? I am to some degree no better in that respect than the ones who cheered on at Jesus crucifixion. Sure, I have Him as my savior and Lord, but do I let Him guide me in all areas of my life.
Please, help me trust you even more Jesus.
Read for next time: Multitude leaves grieving; Luke 23:48
Sorry for the 3 month away. Life has been crazy busy and I have gone through some emotional ups and downs. Will try to get back on target here.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
July 14, 2012
The Life of Jesus; read today:Saints rise, after Christ's resurrection; Matthew 27:52-53
Matthew 27:52-53 AMP
The tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep in death were raised [to life]; And coming out of the tombs after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
The people were raised to life when Jesus died on the cross. Something of better or equal value had to be given in exchange for all the lives of all the sinners. How often have I read these words, marveled at what happened, and not noted the next verse.
They could not leave their tombs till Jesus received His resurrected body. They were alive but still in a place of death.
For several years I have been involved in classes at my church that deal with issues of codependency. It may be that the person themselves have an addiction, or it may be someone related to a person with addictive tendencies. They may have anger or trust issues. One thing is clear with all of them. Though they are Christians, they still live in the tombs that codependency brings.
I was that way once myself. Like me, each one of these people will have to learn to leave the tombs and walk in the resurrection that Jesus provides to them. They do this by learning what Christ provided them in the resurrection.
Many choose to stay in the tombs. When the healing gets painful, they do not want to go through it anymore. Moving out of the tomb will mean some pain. It also means that like the saints in our verse, you get to go to the city. This is done so we can tell others how Jesus can heal.
Read for next time: Centurion glorifies God; Matthew 27:54; Mark 15:39; Luke 23:47