“THE SCHOOL OF LIFE (PART 2), EXODUS 16:4-18” 4/19/2017 Written by KD Manes for “KDMAINSTREET”

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Written by KD Manes for “KDMAINSTREET”  @   http://kdmanestreet.com

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THE SCHOOL OF LIFE (PART 2), EXODUS 16:4-18

Consider yourself fortunate when God all-powerful chooses to correct you.”Job 5:17 (CEV)

Last week I shared from Warren Wiersbe’s book, Be Delivered, that we should expect trials. God tests, but never tempts. Through testing, He searches our hearts and reveals to us what is in our hearts (Dt. 8:10). He also sometimes shakes things up to correct and perfect us (Heb. 12:8-11; 1 Pt. 5:10; Rom 5:3-4).

After God performed miracles in the wilderness, the Israelites trusted Him intensely. But in the heat of trials, their trust soon melted into more grumbling.

You may read Exodus 16:4-18 here: Bible Gateway.

TRUST GOD TO SUPPLY THE NEED  

God heard the Israelites’ complaints and mercifully met their needs. He would rain down bread in the morning and meat by evening. In giving these provisions, He was also testing their belief and obedience.

GOD’S PROMISES

I am borrowing from Warren Wiersbe’s wisdom again, (now that’s a tongue twister!)

As we journey through life, we live on promises and not explanations. Wiersbe explains: “When we hurt it’s a normal response to ask ‘Why?’ but that is the wrong approach to take. When we ask that question we’re assuming a superior posture and giving the impression that we are in charge and God is accountable to us. God is sovereign and doesn’t have to explain anything to us unless He wants to. Asking ‘why?’ also assumes that if God did explain His plans and purposes to us, we’d understand perfectly and feel better.”

Job is an example of repeating: “I’d like to meet God and ask Him a few things!” But when God does visit Job, Job is so overwhelmed with His presence that He doesn’t ask anything (Job 40:1-5). Wiersbe concludes: “Can we begin to understand the plans and ways of God when His ways are far above us and His wisdom unsearchable (Isa. 55:8-9; Rom. 11:33-36)? Explanations don’t heal broken hearts, but promises do, because promises depend on faith, and faith puts us in contact with the grace of God.”

GOD’S GLORY  

When the going gets tough it’s natural to ask God to get us out of the situation. But He desires that we ask Him: “What can I get out of this?” Wiersbe writes: “God permits trials so that He can build godly character into His children and make us more like Jesus. Godliness isn’t the automatic result of reading books and attending meetings; it also involves bearing burdens, fighting battles, and feeling pain.”

Israel would have glorified God if they walked by faith and focused on Him, not on their own appetites. God desires our trust not only when things go well, but also when things go wrong. This involves a choice: trust God intentionally, or resent His way and rebel.

When we choose to trust God through the storms, He receives the glory and we enjoy His presence. We’re also made more into His likeness.

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS 

God not only provided abundant quail, but also made a sweet spread in the wilderness as He shared “the bread of angels” with His people (Ps. 78:17-25; Ex. 16:31). Manna—man hu in Hebrew from the question: “What is it?”—would be the Israelites’ food for the next 40 years.

GOD’S SON

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After Jesus had fed more than five thousand people with five barley loaves and two small fish, a crowd in Capernaum’s synagogue wanted Him to prove Himself as Messiah by replicating the miracle of manna (John 6:30-31). They mainly followed Jesus because He gave them food to eat. But they—like us—needed something more substantial than food for their bodies. They needed food for their souls (Isa. 55:2).

Jesus declared that He was “the true bread” that came down from heaven. God may have only given Israel manna in the desert, but He gave His only Son, Jesus, for the whole world.

The manna in Exodus was a picture or type of God’s Son. Jesus came to give Himself as the Bread of Life for hungry sinners. The only way to be saved from eternal death is to receive Him into our inner being, similar as the body receives food. Wiersbe puts it this way: “Just as the Jews had to stoop and pick up the manna, and then eat it, so sinners must humble themselves and receive Jesus Christ within. The Jews ate the manna and eventually died, but whoever receives Jesus Christ will live forever.”

Another application to the miracle of manna is the exercise of daily “feeding on Christ” by reading His Word and obeying. Although the Jews in the synagogue thought Jesus was literally speaking about eating His flesh and blood (John 6:52-56), Jesus made it clear that He was referring to receiving His Word (vv. 61-63).

Blessings this Easter as we celebrate our resurrected Lord and King!

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P.S. (from bruce)  If you have never trusted Jesus Christ for salvation…here is a link for this most important days writing, about how Gods grace is received to become a Christian in Gods eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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“Why The Resurrection Matters” 4/18/2017 Written by Elihu Anderson for “elihu’s corner”

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          Why The Resurrection Matters

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Some may ask why the resurrection is essential to our faith. Why can’t we just believe Jesus was a good teacher and follow His teachings? Why does it matter whether He had divine power?

If there was no resurrection, what do we have beyond this life?

If there was no resurrection, our Savior has no power to save.

If there was no resurrection, being a Christian is downright crazy.

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

~ 1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:17-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Jesus’ disciples walked with Him for 3 years. Show-stopping miracles were a regularity. The blind saw. The deaf heard. The lame walked. Demons fled. The disciples bore intimate witness to His divine power.

And yet, as Jesus was led away by an angry mob, they ran for their lives.

The disciples, like most humans, feared death. Like the rest of the Jews, the disciples believed Jesus was going to restore the kingdom of Israel to earthly power. When He died, their misguided hopes died with Him.

Dark despair hung over the disciples as Jesus’ body reposed in the shadowy tomb.

Sunday morning, the sun crept over the horizon, softening the earth with its gentle warmth and light. At that same golden moment, a brighter, more glorious Son, rose from the realm of death.

Hope crushed despair.

Love conquered death.

Jesus overpowered Satan.

After Jesus’ resurrection, we see the apostles boldy preaching the gospel in the face of inevitable persecution. From the depths of prison to a dusty, blood-strewn road, their voices rose in praise. Death no longer frightened them. Fear no longer controlled them.

What changed?

What made them embrace death without fear? What made them choose lives of sacrifice?

The Empty Tomb.

The Living Savior.

The Resurrection.

When Jesus revealed His resurrected self to the apostles, all doubt vanished. Why fear death when your King has demonstrated His power to vanquish it?

The resurrection is crucial.

Without the resurrection, we have no hope.

Without hope, joy is lost.

Without joy, life is meaningless.

But Jesus has risen, hope is assured, and our lives overflow with joy inexpressible.

Our hope is not in this world or this life. Our living hope is the resurrected Christ. We take up our cross daily, crucifying the old man of sin, dying to self until he returns or we go home.

Today, and every day for the rest of your life, treasure this gift from God. We have an unshakeable hope because Jesus rose and Jesus lives.

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P.S. (from bruce)  If you have no hope in the resurrected Christ, here is a link for this most important days writing, about how Gods grace is received to become a Christian in Gods eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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“Glory!” 4/17/2017 Posted by Don Merritt for “The Life Project”

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Glory!

                                           Posted by Don Merritt on April 16, 2017

John 21:1-14

The disciples got out of the city and went back to Galilee, probably a smart move. One evening at the Sea of Galilee, Peter suddenly announced that he was going fishing, and all seven of them got into a boat and went out on the lake; John doesn’t say anything about the other four, and course Judas was dead. After an all night fishing trip, they caught exactly nothing.

Very early the next morning, a man on the shore saw them and asked how they were doing, only to hear that they hadn’t caught a thing. “Try casting your net on the right side,” suggested the helpful man, which they did. Lo and behold, they had a huge catch! That is also when it occurred to John that the man on the shore was none other than Jesus.

Peter grabbed his clothes and jumped into the water and struggled to swim to shore to meet Him while the other guys struggled to haul their catch to shore where they encountered a shocking sight: Jesus was indeed there and He had a cook fire going: The risen Savior of the World was cooking breakfast!

Who’d have thought that after having been crucified, buried and then rising again from the grave that Jesus in His great glory would trouble Himself with cooking breakfast? Yet there He was; He had some fish and some bread, and He called to the guys at the boat to bring some of the fish they had caught so He could cook them up for the guys.

They all sat out there on the rocky beach and ate breakfast.

Take a moment to let that sink in…

Most of the time when I hear sermons that mention this passage, the preacher says that this proves that Jesus rose bodily from the grave, and I must admit that this is true; spirits and ghosts don’t eat fish, and I would have to add that they also don’t cook, but there is so much more on display here.

There were seven disciples present, as I have mentioned, but seven is the number of completeness in the Bible; they represented all followers of Jesus. Jesus had some fish and some bread that He was serving by the Sea of Galilee; does this remind you of anything?

Of course, it’s just like the story of the feeling of the 5,000 where the disciples gathered up some loaves of bread and a few fish and Jesus multiplied them so that they could feed 5,000 people and have more left over than they had started with; remember?

There is a crucial difference however, for before, the disciples gathered up a little, and Jesus multiplied it. This time, Jesus had a little and the disciples multiplied it… with a little help from Jesus. In this scene, Jesus was passing the torch to His disciples, and the torch was His Kingdom. From now on, Jesus, the embodiment of the Kingdom, was no longer the one who would present the Kingdom to the world, with all that entails, for it was now His disciples who embodied the Kingdom on the earth, and with a little help from Him, they would spread it to every corner of the globe.

The Kingdom of God rose from the grave with Jesus, and now it is with us. From that time to this, it is the followers of Jesus who are entrusted with building His Kingdom on earth. From that time to this, it is His followers who bring that Kingdom to the world, and that Kingdom still brings with it healing, wholeness and God’s love and mercy to a world that needs these things so desperately: In doing so diligently, we bring glory to God.

It is my hope that your Resurrection Sunday will be both glorious and inspiring, and that as a result you will join me and rededicate yourself to redoubling your efforts to glorify God by doing your part to build His glorious Kingdom until He returns.

 

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Why The Resurrection Matters

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IMG_3051Some may ask why the resurrection is essential to our faith. Why can’t we just believe Jesus was a good teacher and follow His teachings? Why does it matter whether He had divine power?

If there was no resurrection, what do we have beyond this life?

If there was no resurrection, our Savior has no power to save.

If there was no resurrection, being a Christian is downright crazy.

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

~ 1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:17-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Jesus’ disciples walked with Him for 3 years. Show-stopping miracles were a regularity. The blind saw. The deaf heard. The lame walked. Demons fled. The disciples bore…

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“Christ has Risen !!” 4/16/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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                               Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”  @                                                      www.Godsmanforever.com

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                  “Christ has Risen !!”

Matthew 28:5-7…   But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid,  for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”  (ESV)

Can you imagine how Mary Magdalene felt when she got to Jesus’ tomb, and He was gone ??  Had Jesus’ body been stolen ??  We see in the opening scripture, that the angel gave the women the great news !!  She and Mary, (called the other Mary, in…Matthew 28:1), left the tomb with fear and great joy; and ran to tell Jesus’ disciples this great news that He is risen (Matthew 28:8)…  We read in the Book of Mark, that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9), and when she returned to tell Jesus’ disciples the good news, at first they did not believe…Mark 16:10

As we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection today, on this Resurrection Sunday…many of us will have already heard the gospel (meaning “Good News”) message of our Lord Jesus Christ, that was shared this past Good Friday in memorial services everywhere…  And this “Good News” message of the cross will be shared again today, in many churches throughout the world…  Jesus’ defeat of death and Satan as Jesus rose from the grave, has given hope to all of those who have been graced by God with salvation through saving faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ…Ephesians 2:8-9

Did you hear this message of the cross, and praise God for sending His Son Jesus to be the propitiation for your sins ??…

1 John 4:10… In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  (ESV)

All of us are sinners from birth (Romans 3:23)…ever since Adam and Eve were deceived by the serpent (Satan) in the Garden of Eden, as recorded in…Genesis 3…  And Satan still has many people blinded today, who do not believe or understand this message of the cross…

2 Corinthians 4:3-4…  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (ESV)

None of us will ever be good enough in God’s eyes, because of anything we do on our own, to be deemed righteous enough to enter heaven (Isaiah 64:6)…no matter how much church we attend…no matter how many good works we do in the name of the Lord (Matthew 7:21-23)…or no matter how good of a person we are…  This is why God had to send His Son, the only sinless Man to ever walk the face of the earth…to take upon Himself the sins of those who are first drawn in by God the Father (John 6:44)…and graced with salvation…

God uses His redeemed children to share this message of the cross to those in need of hearing this “Good News” gospel  message of our Lord Jesus Christ…  Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God…

Romans 10:15 & 17…   And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (ESV)

If you believe you are a Christian headed for heaven, because of anything you have done in your own strength…then you are still probably blinded by Satan, and this message of the cross will be foolishness to you…

The apostle Paul tells us this, in…1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  (NKJV)

The apostle Paul goes on to tie in “those who are perishing”, with those who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, because they have not understood and obeyed the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the following scripture, in…

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9  in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, (NKJV)

My friends, if you heard the gospel “Good News” message of the cross…and it still seems like foolishness to you…then please speak to a believer that will be able to sit down with you, and explain this “Good News” message of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…  But you must understand that God wants you to come to Him with godly sorrow for your lifetime of sins, with a repentant and contrite heart….seeking Jesus Christ to be your personal Lord and Savior with  ALL of your heart…ALL of your mind…and ALL  of your soul…  (See note at the end for more on God’s grace through saving faith in Jesus Christ)…

Heavenly Father, we thank You so very much for sending us Your only Son Jesus Christ, to take on the past, present and future sins of Your redeemed children…and replace those sins with the perfect righteousness of Your Son Jesus Christ…2 Corinthians 5:21…  I pray Father, that You would draw those in need of Your saving grace to Yourself (John 6:44), and that through Your good news message of the cross, unbelievers would look to Christ and repent of their sins to receive a regenerated heart, that is filled with the love of Your Son Jesus Christ…  We thank You Lord for what this Resurrection Sunday truly means…and I pray for lives to be transformed by Your grace and Your mercy, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

P.S. Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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“TGIF” 4/15/2017 Written by my friend Bill Sweeney, stricken with ALS 20 years ago

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Written by my friend Bill Sweeney, stricken with ALS  20 years ago.  He now writes by use of an eye-tracking computer, with only his eye movements.  Bill’s “Unshakable Hope” should give us all a reason to count our blessings !!  (bruce)

 

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“TGIF”

 

I was thinking about Good Friday when I woke up early yesterday morning. Then I thought about people using the phrase “Thank God It’s Friday” to celebrate the end of a work week and the start of the weekend.

Even though I haven’t worked in over 19 years, I remember that feeling of being so glad a work week was over as I was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a Friday evening or landing at the airport after being gone all week on a business trip.

Then I thought about the darkest Friday of my life.

After three days of grueling tests, which included cutting muscle samples out of my thigh without any anesthetic and a spinal tap that left me with a debilitating headache for three days, the neurologist, flanked by a group of interns, told to Mary and I that I had ALS. He went on to say that I would continually get weaker, be confined to a wheelchair, lose my ability to speak, and that I would die in three to five years.

That was not a Friday I was thanking God for.

Do you think when the disciples were staring up at Jesus dying on the cross they called that day “Good Friday?”

Yeah, I don’t think so either.

I’m sure there was a lot of confusion and crying on that dark day. Maybe they were like Mary and I on the long drive home from the medical center that Friday evening; not even looking at one another for fear of dissolving into tears.

Like Mary and I, I’m sure they were thinking, “This isn’t the way it was supposed to be.”

To add insult to injury, Jesus and the disciples were surrounded by people that were mocking and celebrating His crucifixion.

For the disciples, this day was anything but TGIF.

Jesus knew differently.

…for the joy set before Him (Jesus) endured the cross…” (Hebrews 12:2)

It was “for the joy set before Him” that Jesus was able to endure the insults, the flogging, the beatings, and being nailed to the cross.

It wasn’t until Sunday morning that the disciples understood that God’s plan was so much bigger and better than they could have imagined:

…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who (like Jesus) for the joy set before Him endured the cross…” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

We can endure the cross we have to bear, no matter how heavy it might be, if we “fix our eyes on Jesus” and focus on “the joy set before us” – eternal life with the One who suffered and died for us.

This does not mean that we have to abandon our hopes and dreams for this life – far from it. God wants to bless us in this life too.

But, making a commitment to follow Christ is the only Unshakable Hope that God offers for this life and the next.

Today is a great day to make this commitment or to renew your commitment.

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“”It is Finished” 4/14/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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                                                (revised from 3/25/2016)

“It is Finished”

Luke 23:46…  And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last. (NKJV)

Today, as we think about the death of the most important man (fully human, and yet fully God) to ever walk the face of the earth… We can see beyond this mournful day with excitement, because we know the outcome of what Jesus’ death on the cross means for Christians’ today…  Because Christ rose from the dead almost 2000 years ago this Resurrection Sunday, Christians everywhere have a hope with-in them, that they too will have a new glorified body that will rise up and meet Jesus in the air, at the future time of the Rapture…1 Thessalonians 4:14-18…  Whether you believe in the Rapture or not…doesn’t change what Christ did for us on the cross…

 As I write about the day Jesus Christ was crucified, we need to look at all 4 of the Gospels (MatthewMarkLuke, & John), to piece together this most important and historic event…  These 4 Books of the Bible reveal all sides of Jesus Christ…the Christian’s Lord, their Master, and their Savior…

This sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was predicted way back in the O.T. in…

Isaiah 53:12b…  Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.  (NKJV)

This prophecy from scripture was fulfilled, as we read this, in…Mark 15:28…  So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, And He was numbered with the transgressors.”  (NKJV)…as Jesus was placed on the cross at Calvary between 2 robbers…  Jesus Himself predicted this fulfillment of the scriptures, during what we now call “The Last Supper”, in…Luke 22:37

Only the Book of Luke provides the scripture about the grace Jesus gave to the one thief, even as Jesus hung there Himself on the cross to die…  This for me, is biblical proof that being baptized in water is not a requirement to be saved…  This thief knew he was a sinner deserving of death… He knew Jesus was going to be with His Father…and by faith alone, he asked Jesus to be saved…

Luke 23:42… Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”  (NKJV)

We see Jesus’ fully human side when He cried out this to His Father, in…Matthew 27:46 (and Mark 15:37)… And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”  (NKJV)

Jesus was near death, and feeling not only tremendous physical pain, but also the abandonment of His Father; as God’s wrath was poured out on Christ, as the substitute for the sins of those that put their faith and trust in Him…  This is at the very heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as Christ took on the past, present, and future sins of those that are imputed with Christ’s righteousness, as they are justified by God’s grace at the time of salvation…

2 Corinthians 5:21… For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (NKJV)

We see Jesus’ compassion for the thief that He pardoned…but we also see Jesus’ love and concern for the well-being of His mother Mary…only found in the Book of John

John 19:26-27… When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.  (NKJV)

This disciple that was given charge of Jesus’ mother, was the apostle John…John 21:24

And lastly…we see Jesus as Lord, with total control of His own death…with the last spoken words before Jesus dies on the cross, in…

Luke 23:46… And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.  (NKJV)

The Bible reveals that it took 6 hours for Jesus to die on the cross…  This was a relatively short time, as my research shows some Roman Crucifixions took days… The Book of John, reveals that shortly after Jesus was satisfied that His mother would be taken care of…He said this… “It is Finished”, in…John 19:30…  The fact that Jesus was speaking with a “loud voice” right up until the end, suggests that He was still not near death as a mortal man…but Jesus decided Himself (as Lord), that He had accomplished all that His Father had asked of Him, and then “He breathed His last.”

I can only imagine what Jesus’ disciples were thinking at the time of Jesus’ death…  And I have to believe Satan, and everyone else who wanted to see Jesus dead, were rejoicing at the moment Jesus breathed His last…  But  we know with 20/20 hindsight through  God’s written Word, that there was a happy ending to this sacrificial death of Jesus, so very many years ago…

Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your only Son to suffer and die on the cross…so that those You grace with salvation, who come to Christ through saving faith alone, may be given eternal life with You…Ephesians 2:8-9… I pray Father, that this Holy Week ends with many people seeking Christ to become their personal Lord and Savior [See 1. Below for a gospel presentation]; as well as those Christians who re-dedicate their lives to You, as they realize once again what Jesus did for all Christians on the cross…  I thank You and praise You now for all You have done; and for the many blessings that are still to come for all of Your obedient children…  I pray for lives to be eternally changed, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

  1. Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

P.S.  Here is a link giving details about the absolute horror and pain of a typical Roman Crucifixion…                  http://www.roman-colosseum.info/roman-life/roman-crucifixion.htm

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