Thu, Oct 29th - 11:10PM
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.
Why was the veil of the temple torn? When Christ died on the cross for us he became our eternal high priest. No longer would man have to go through a high priest to gain access to the Father. It is through Christ that we have access to the Father. And it is only through Christ that we have access to the Father. Sorry Catholic Church I don’t need your priests.
Wed, Oct 28th - 11:20PM
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
Here was the Son of God, the Savior, the Messiah dying the death of criminals and rebels. The Roman crucifixion was a very brutal and public execution. It was done in a very brutal and public way to be an example to others. Well God was using the Romans to execute his will. The Son of Man was being lifted up for the world to see his love. That he loved us so much that he gave his begotten Son for our sins that through his blood shed on the cross we might have the forgiveness of sin and everlasting salvation.
Sun, Oct 25th - 11:16PM
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?
The Jewish nation had sealed its fate. The history of the Jewish nation in Bible times is a history of constant rebellion toward God. They would rebel, God would punish them, they would repent, God would restore them and they would rebel again and the process would start over again but this time things were different, this was the Messiah, their salvation they were rejecting, they were rejecting their last chance for salvation, they were rejecting the very Son of God. In a few years the Romans would destroy the Jewish Temple and the Jewish nation. The nation of Israel will disappear for over 1900 years until modern times when the nation of Israel according to prophecy was restored. Rejecting God has severe repercussions, don’t let any false teacher tell you otherwise. When you live outside the will of God you are living according to the will of Satan and you are at his mercy. There are no neutrals in this spiritual battle we are all a part of. You are either with God or against him and in cohorts with the enemy of God, Satan. As Joshua said, choose this day whom you will serve.
Sat, Oct 24th - 5:42PM
13: And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
14: Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:
15: No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.
16: I will therefore chastise him, and release him.
17: (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
18: And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:
19: (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)
20: Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.
21: But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.
22: And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.
23: And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.
24: And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.
25: And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will
Of course Pilate could find no fault in him because Jesus was the sinless Son of God but this was the very reason Jesus had come to earth, to give up his life that through his death we might all have life if we accept his gift of salvation but many just like the Jews here accept death over life.
Sun, Oct 18th - 5:26PM
6: When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.
7: And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.
8: And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
9: Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.
10: And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.
11: And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
12: And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves
Here was the very Son of God being lied upon and mocked by the very men he had come to bring salvation to. Well the world hasn’t changed much in 2000 years. There is still those who through their own ignorance mock Jesus and his believers and tell outrageous lies about believers.
Sun, Oct 18th - 12:52AM
1: And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.
2: And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.
3: And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
4: Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.
5: And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.
There was no fault in Jesus to find. He was the perfect Son of God that had come to earth to give himself as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. The Jewish leaders hated him because he had exposed their wickedness and threaten their hold on the Jewish people.
Tue, Oct 13th - 11:26PM
66: And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying,
67: Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe:
68: And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go.
69: Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.
70: Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am.
71: And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.
Make no doubt about it Jesus is the Son of the Almighty and only God. There is no other name by which you can gain salvation and access to heaven. Jesus said himself he is the only way to God. Don’t be deceived by these servants of Satan that would say otherwise.
Mon, Oct 12th - 11:16PM
54: Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off.
55: And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.
56: But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.
57: And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.
58: And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.
59: And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.
60: And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
61: And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
62: And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
63: And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him.
64: And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?
65: And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.
Peter has been criticized throughout history for denying Jesus but Peter was scared. He had seen the Lord arrested and beaten and was probably afraid he could suffer the same fate. I aint making excuses for Peter but he did repent of his sins and become a great leader in the church. But how many continue to deny the Lord today over far less pressure. They are not afraid of physical harm but public ridicule. So many Christians today are afraid to make a public stand for Jesus today out of fear of being seen as politically incorrect or as being seen as intolerant. The weapon of the enemies of God in the west is to demonize their opponents. They are very successful at portraying Christians as enemies of progressive thinking and change. Well I want nothing to do with their change. Their change is a godless, moraless society with God completely out of the picture. They can keep it and portray me however they want. Because I will shout it from the rooftops, there is a God, there is only one way to heaven and Jesus is the way.
Sun, Oct 11th - 5:20PM
47: And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.
48: But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
49: When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?
50: And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
51: And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
52: Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?
53: When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.
Many continue to betray Jesus today. They sell out to draw people in to church, they sell out to be accepted, they sell out to politically correct. The gospel never has been socially acceptable to the liberal elite society we live in today and never will be. When they can’t silence the Gospel they try to water it down to a liberal feel good message of acceptance for all. Where there is no sin and we are all going to heaven. Well true believers know this isn’t true. Sin and evil is very, very real and there is going to be a day of judgment and hell is a very real fate for those who have rejected Christ.
Sat, Oct 10th - 4:32PM
39: And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
40: And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
41: And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42: Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43: And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44: And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
45: And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
46: And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
Temptation is going to come. Anybody that says they no longer sin or no longer are tempted because they are Christians are only fooling themselves. This world is full of temptations to take our focus away from Christ. Christ says we must pray so we don’t fall into temptation. In other words stay focused on him instead of the temptations of the world. It is when we take our eyes of our Christ that we stray from the Way.
Fri, Oct 9th - 8:00PM
31: And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
33: And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
34: And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.
35: And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
36: Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
37: For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
38: And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.
Both Peter and Judas betrayed Jesus in their own ways. Peter repented and became a major leader in the new church and wrote part of the New Testament. While Judas hung himself in shame. What’s the difference? Their faith. Peter had his flaws and made major mistakes but he was still a man of great faith and he truly loved the Lord and believed he was the Son of God. While Judas lacked the faith of Peter and probably followed Jesus not because he loved him or believed in him but because he was looking to be awarded and when he realized this was not to be the case betrayed him. One was the man whose foundation was on stone while the other was the man whose foundation was built on sand who when the storm came he crumbled. Pursuit of worldly rewards has never produced the awards hoped for. Only true faith in Christ can produce true happiness and everlasting rewards.
Mon, Oct 5th - 11:15PM
14: And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
15: And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
16: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
17: And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
18: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
19: And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20: Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
21: But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.
22: And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!
23: And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.
24: And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
25: And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
26: But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
27: For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
28: Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.
29: And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
30: That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Jesus explains right here that he is about to establish a new covenant established in his blood which was about to be shed on the cross for our sins that through his blood we might have the forgiveness of sins and thus eternal life. The Old Testament laws no longer apply to us. Following the Old Testament laws can’t bring salvation. Salvation is only in one name. Jesus Christ!!!
Sun, Oct 4th - 11:31PM
7: Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.
8: And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.
9: And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?
10: And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.
11: And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
12: And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.
13: And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
You can read about the Passover in the book of Exodus. Pharaoh had once again refused to let the Hebrews leave Egypt so these time God was sending the angel of death upon Egypt. Every first born child would lose his life except those that had put the blood of a lamb on their doorpost. How does Jesus relate to the Passover? Paul says all have sinned and are worthy of death. The penalty for sin is death but God gave us a way to escape death. All who have been washed in the blood of Jesus will escape death. Just as death Passover the Hebrews who had put the blood of a lamb on their doorpost, death will Passover all who have been washed in the blood of Jesus, because it is only through the blood of Jesus that our sins can be washed clean.
Sun, Oct 4th - 12:56AM
3: Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
4: And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.
5: And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
6: And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
Judas sold his soul for thirty pieces of silver. What is your price? It is money, popularity, lust? We all have certain sins that easily lures us in? For some people it can be greed, anger, alcohol, lust. I often am guilty of thinking about other women then my wife in ways that I shouldn’t. I would never act on my thoughts but Jesus said just thinking about another woman lustfully is adultery just as much as the physical act. You are still being unfaithful to your wife. The point is Judas sold his soul for thirty pieces of silver that he never got to spend. Is anything in this world worth spending an eternity in hell over. Is a few minutes of pleasure worth an eternity of torture. Is it worth facing the wrath of an angry God over. I guessing the answer is no.
Thu, Oct 1st - 12:23AM
1: Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.
2: And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
A lot of people seem to fail to grasp the connection between Jesus and the Old Testament Passover and the sin sacrifice. Before Jesus animals were offered as sacrifices for the sins of the Jewish nation. Jesus with his death became our eternal sacrifice for sin. Once we give our life to Jesus all of our sins are washed away in the blood of Jesus forever. Now you can go back to the books of Moses and read the Old Testament Laws and see how the sin sacrifice relates to Jesus. You can also go back to the Book of Exodus and read the story of the Passover see how that relates to Jesus, especially how the angel of death passed over the houses with the blood of a lamb on the doorposts, you see all who have been washed anew in the blood of the Lamb of God will also escape death just as the Exodus Hebrews did.
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