In Remembrance of Me

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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The Crucifixion

21 a man was walking by, coming from work, Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. So they made him carry Jesus’ cross.

22-24 The soldiers brought Jesus to Golgotha, meaning “Skull Hill.” They offered him a mild painkiller (wine mixed with myrrh), but he wouldn’t take it. And they nailed him to the cross. They divided up his clothes and threw dice to see who would get them.

-Mark 15:21-24 The Message

Verse 21: And they *compelled a passer-by from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to carry His cross.

Verse 21 study: Colonies of Jews existed outside of Judea. Simon was coming from Cyrene in North Africa when he made a Passover pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Alexander and Rufus’s sons were mentioned because they became famous later in the early church (Roman 16:13).

The Crucifixion

Verse 22: Then they *brought Him to the place Golgotha, translated as Place of a Skull.

Verse 23: And they tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it.

Verse 24: And they *crucified Him, and *divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots for them to decide what each man would take.

Verse 24 study: Casting lots is like drawing straws or throwing dice. Casting lots help make decisions. The soldiers did cast lots to determine what pieces of Jesus’ clothing they would keep. The Roman government had the rights to take clothing from people that was crucified. This act fulfilled the prophecy of Psalm 22:18.

When a loved one passes away, we take time to cherish moments and memories. I pray today that we can take moments and memories from what we read about Jesus before his crucifixion. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Keep At The Plan

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

62-64 After sundown, the high priests and Pharisees arranged a meeting with Pilate. They said, “Sir, we just remembered that that liar announced while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will be raised.’ We’ve got to get that tomb sealed until the third day. There’s a good chance his disciples will come and steal the corpse and then go around saying, ‘He’s risen from the dead.’ Then we’ll be worse off than before, the final deceit surpassing the first.”

65-66 Pilate told them, “You will have a guard. Go ahead and secure it the best you can.” So they went out and secured the tomb, sealing the stone and posting guards.

-Matthew 27:62-66 The Message

Verse 62: Now on the next day, that is, the day which is after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate,

Verse 63: and they said, “Sir, we remember that when that deceiver was still alive, He said, ‘After three days I am rising.’

Verse 64: Therefore, give orders for the tomb to be made secure until the third day; otherwise, His disciples may come and steal Him, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.”

Verse 64 study: The religious leaders took Jesus’ resurrection claims more seriously than the disciples. The disciples didn’t remember Jesus’ teaching on his resurrection (20:17-19). However, the religious leaders did remember his teaching. Jesus’ claims were enough to be afraid of Jesus after his death as when he was alive.

Verse 65: Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how.”

Verse 66: And they went and made the tomb secure with the guard, sealing the stone.

Verse 66 study: Most people didn’t understand was what Jesus was teaching was real. The Pharisees were afraid of Jesus’ predictions about the resurrection. They took so many precautions to make sure Jesus stayed sealed and guarded. There was only one entrance in and out of the tomb. Remember, the tomb was man-made out of limestone. The tomb was sealed with a string cord across the stone rolled over by the entrance, and it was sealed at each end with clay. The religious leaders took precautious of their own by requesting guards to be at the entrance. With all these precautions, the only way the tomb can be empty is for Jesus to rise from the dead. This is the reason why no one listened or believed. The Pharisees failed to understand that no rock, seal, guard, or army could prevent the Son of God from rising again.

Sticking to the plan is essential in the eyes of God. When we decided on our plans and not you, it did not work out. There is a reason why Jesus listened to you. He knew that no one could stop him from rising because you were at work. Father, let us remember that as we live our daily lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Thy Shall Not Bear False Witness

Thursday, September 16, 2021

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The Interrogation

19-21 Annas interrogated Jesus regarding his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered, “I’ve spoken openly in public. I’ve taught regularly in meeting places and the Temple, where the Jews all come together. Everything has been out in the open. I’ve said nothing in secret. So why are you treating me like a traitor? Question those who have been listening to me. They know well what I have said. My teachings have all been aboveboard.”

22 When he said this, one of the policemen standing there slapped Jesus across the face, saying, “How dare you speak to the Chief Priest like that!”

23 Jesus replied, “If I’ve said something wrong, prove it. But if I’ve spoken the plain truth, why this slapping around?”

24 Then Annas sent him, still tied up, to the Chief Priest Caiaphas.

-John 18:19-24 The Message

Verse 19: The high priest then questioned Jesus about His disciples and about His teaching.

Verse 20: Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world; I always taught in synagogues and in the Temple, where all Jews come together; and I said nothing in secret.

Verse 21: Why do you question Me? Question those who have heard what I spoke to them; they know what I said.”

Verse 22: When He had said this, one of the officers standing nearby struck Jesus, saying, “Is that the way You answer the high priest?”

Verse 23: Jesus answered him, “If I haven spoken wrongly, testify of the wrong; but if rightly, why do you strike Me?”

Verse 24: So Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas, the high priest.

Verse 19 study: Jesus had a pre-trial hearing during the night. He had it with Annas before being taken to Caiaphas and the entire Council (Mark 14:53-65). But, as we learned in previous chapters, the religious leaders knew they didn’t have anything to charge him with, so they used false witness as evidence (Mark 14:55-59).

Father, many see false witnesses gain political advantages or try to cover up something they don’t want to be discovered. But you are the only one that knows of all of our faults and goodness. So I pray we will be honest with you, although many people are not open with you or us. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Hate = Persecution

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Hated by the World

18-19 “If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating me. If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own. But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you.

20 “When that happens, remember this: Servants don’t get better treatment than their masters. If they beat on me, they will certainly beat on you. If they did what I told them, they would do what you tell them.

21-25 “They are going to do all these things to you because of the way they treated me because they don’t know the One who sent me. If I hadn’t come and told them all this in plain language, it wouldn’t be so bad. As it is, they have no excuse. Hate me, hate my Father—it’s all the same. If I hadn’t done what I have done among them, works no one has ever done, they wouldn’t be to blame. But they saw the God-signs and hated anyway, both my Father and me. Interesting—they have verified the truth of their own Scriptures where it is written, ‘They hated me for no good reason.’

26-27 “When the Friend I plan to send you from the Father comes—the Spirit of Truth issuing from the Father—he will confirm everything about me. You, too, from your side must give your confirming evidence, since you are in this with me from the start.”

-John 15:18-27 The Message

Verse 18: “If the world hates you, you know that it had hated Me before it hated you.

Verse 19: If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

Verse 20: Remember the word I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they would also persecute you; if they kept My word, they would keep yours also.

Verse 21: But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake because they do not know the One who sent Me.

Verse 22: If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sinned, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

Verse 23: He who hates Me hates My Father also.

Verse 24: If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated My Father and Me as well.

Verse 25: But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.’

Verse 26: When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me,

Verse 27: And you will also testify because you have been with Me from the beginning.

Verse 26 study: Jesus will always give hope. Even when it doesn’t look that way. The Holy Spirit is there to provide strength and to endure unreasonable hatred and evil in the world. The Holy Spirit helps with hostility as well as this helps people facing persecution. Jesus used two names. In previous blogs, I shared it, and it is worth sharing again, or at least mentioning it if I haven’t. Helper and the Spirit of Truth. Helper conveys helping, encouraging, and strengthening. Spirit of Truth points to teaching, illuminating, and reminding the work of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit ministers to the head and the heart.

Father, thank you for the Helper and the Holy Spirit. It is teachings like these that are the reason why we can understand you better. Bless everyone reading this blog as you continue to educate all of us through the keyboard of my typing. It is you that is teaching, and I won’t take credit for it. I thank you for giving me a platform to share the word. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Fruit and Multiply

Friday, September 3, 2021

9-10 “I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.

11-15 “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

16 “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. Therefore, as fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father concerning me, he gives you.

17 “But remember the root command: Love one another.

-John 15:9-17 The Message.

Verse 9: Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.

Verse 10: If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

Verse 11: These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made whole.

Verse 11 study: When things go good, we are happy, content with how things are going. But when hardship hits, things are different. What we should learn from this verse is that joy comes from a consistent relationship with Christ. When we walk with him, he will help us and not let us get down in sorrow because of hardship.

Verse 12: This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

Verse 13: greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

Verses 12-13 studies: I always say to people that listening is the heart of everything. That simply means that loving someone can come from listening because you show genuine care for that person. We love as Jesus loves others. We do have other ways of loving, such as helping, encouraging, and giving. Take time to see who needs this kind of care. Then, show love in any way possible.

Verse 14: You are My friends if you do what I command you.

Verse 15: No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.

Verse 15 study: Think about this for a minute. Jesus is our Lord and Master, and most masters are called under them slaves. But Jesus calls us friends. How comforting is that? How encouraging is it for Jesus to see us as friends? We should give him our obedience and attention because we love him.

Verse 16: You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give you.

Verse 16 study: Jesus chose the first choice to love us and then die for us. Now, we make the second choice. Accept or reject him. We wouldn’t have options if it wasn’t for Jesus’ first choice.

Verse 17: This I command you, that you love one another.

Verse 17 study: As believers, we will get plenty of hatred around the world. We should still love each other and support one another. What problems do you let get in the way of loving other believers? For me, those who don’t share Jesus’ love for us, that’s my biggest problem getting in the way of loving other believers. I see believers wanting to change people and don’t do it properly. They tend to make Jesus look like a bad person when he got love for all of us. The solution is to switch the thought process. My answer and a complex answer is to still love those believers I disagree with. The bottom line is Jesus tells us to love them, and he will give us strength. I pray for strength to love others, Jesus. It is hard to love those that I disagree with because I see them doing something different other than showing love. They are quick to show people how Jesus can punish people for sins when we need to show love and attention to his grace when we do constantly mess up. Help me love them and follow you regardless of my feelings. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Father, thank you for choices, love, and the fruit of our labor. Thank you for giving me the wisdom to head in the right direction. Somebody needed to hear this today (me), and I pray it will be helpful as our world needs it. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Selfish Judas

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Anointing His Feet

12 1-3 Six days before Passover, Jesus entered Bethany where Lazarus, so recently raised from the dead, was living. Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner at their home. Martha served. Lazarus was one of those sitting at the table with them. Mary came in with a jar of very expensive aromatic oils, anointed and massaged Jesus’ feet, and then wiped them with her hair. The fragrance of the oils filled the house.

4-6 Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, even then getting ready to betray him, said, “Why wasn’t this oil sold and the money given to the poor? It would have easily brought three hundred silver pieces.” He said this not because he cared two cents about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of their common funds but also embezzled them.

-John 12:1-6 The Message.

Verse 1: Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

Verse 2: So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving, but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.

Verse 3: Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the smell.

Verse 3 study: Mary had an expensive oil that is worth a lot. It was imported from the mountains of India. The amount that she had on hand was worth a year’s wages.

Verse 4: But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said.

Verse 5: “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor people?”

Verse 6: Now he said this, not because he was not concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he pilfered what was put into it.

Verses 4-6 study: Judas had a thing for stealing from the disciples. He would take money out of the bag and use it for his personal use. Jesus had a good idea of what Judas was doing. Yet, Jesus didn’t do or say anything. With our lives, we dip into sin, and God doesn’t do or say anything and has a good idea of what you are up to. One day, we will have to answer for it.

Verses 5-6 study: You may know someone who thinks they have a good motive, but you know deep down inside they are up to no good. Jesus felt the same way about Judas. He knew he was not doing good for him, but for himself instead. This is why it is a good idea to keep God in the loop of everything you are feeling. We know Satan leads as a liar, and Jesus knew that Judas was heading that way. Therefore, our words and action should always line up with Jesus.

Father, thank you for our time together to keep up on your word. I pray that we can be authentic with others and know the difference in people. I pray we don’t fall into the trap of others going wrong, but instead, continuing to lead the right way. In Jesus’ name. Amen!