Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mark 15:46

46 Joseph bought a long sheet of linen cloth. Then he took Jesus’ body down from the cross, wrapped it in the cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone in front of the entrance.

When the Savior took the cup of God's wrath and the sins of all, He died once for all to be made clean in God's sight through a simple choice to believe. He was buried thanks to the kindness of a man named Joseph, He was entombed there with the seal of the governor to make sure He stayed there and when the appropriate time came He rose from the dead - thereby defeating it too for all time.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mark 15:37-39

37 Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

39 When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!”

I "Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name." (Psalms 100:4) This tearing of the veil makes God's presence available to me at any time, so I will take the opportunity with gladness to get to know my Father.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mark 15:29-32

29 The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. “Ha! Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. 30 Well then, save yourself and come down from the cross!”

31 The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus. “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this King of Israel, come down from the cross so we can see it and believe him!” Even the men who were crucified with Jesus ridiculed him.

How blind are the people who scoff at the mention of Jesus? They ignore all that was done throughout history to prepare the way for His coming and all that His followers have done since then to proclaim His name. They will one day realize what they have done. "And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 25:30)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mark 14:61-62

61 But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

62 Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

"For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers." (Romans 8:29) With Jesus sitting at God's right hand, I am assured that I have a place in the heavenly kingdom as a co-heir with Him.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mark 14:35-36

35 He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. 36 “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Here I see the figure of one who could cure any disease or raise people from the dead in anguish at knowing what was to come for Him on the cross for my sake. He cried out to His Father to please take this cup of wrath from Him so that He didn't have to drink it, but God did not spare His Son for my sake. I am called to "turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me." (Matthew 16:24) God will not remove the suffering of correction for sin for my sake.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Titus 2:11-12

11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. 12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, 13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.

God's gift of preferential treatment through Jesus appears to achieve this purpose - to bring salvation to every person in the human race using strict instruction in order that I disown my irreverent, wicked ways and carnal, passionate urges. Having a radically-balanced, sober way of thinking and having a upright way of living that is devoted to the obeying God is how I am supposed to live the life I have been given within the current time period with eager, enviable expectation of what I am sure of - the impact that great God and my Savior Christ's glorious appearing will have.

Mark 14:18-21

18 As they were at the table eating, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, one of you eating with me here will betray me.”

19 Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one?”

20 He replied, “It is one of you twelve who is eating from this bowl with me. 21 For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”

My wicked heart is bent on betraying the love of my Father and following after my own desires. Jesus was sent to pay the price for gathering up me and the rest of the lost sheep - "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:6) I am glad that God is the good Shepherd who sent his Son "to seek and save those who are lost." (Luke 19:10)