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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Anticipating Easter"

Saved to Obey
"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death." Philippians 3:10

 

 


On Sunday, we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  So on this Wednesday, I cannot help but trace the steps of Jesus as He is crucified.  Around midnight, He was arrested and tried by the Jews for about six hours (John 18:19-24).  Jesus appears before Annas that night and Caiaphas at dawn.  He is denied by Peter before the cock crows thrice, as He affirms that He is, in fact, the Christ of God (Matt. 26:59-68; Mark 14:55-65).  He then is sent to Pilate, where He is sentenced to death and scourged. Pilate sends Him before Herod, who longs to see a miracle, and asks Jesus many questions, but He answers him nothing (Luke 23:6-12).  Herod and the soldiers mock Jesus with the crown of thorns and the robe, and He is smitten in the face.  Back to Pilate He is sent, and here the crowd will not listen to the verdict, "I find no fault in Him!" Instead, they demand Barabas to be released and Christ to be crucified.  By 9:00 a.m., He is hanging on the cross, so badly beaten that there is no resemblance of being a man.  He hangs in shame before the world until noon, when the earth is plunged in darkness.  For three hours, He tastes the wrath of God as He who knew no sin became sin for us.  At 3:00 p.m., He cries out, "My God, My God!" and the veil in the Temple is rent from top to bottom, the earth quakes as the rocks are rent.  Then the shout, "It is finished!" rings out, and He commends His spirit to the Father, and gives up the ghost. He will be in the borrowed tomb by 6:00 p.m., and all the disciples will be hiding out for fear of the Jews.  The dead body of the Lord Jesus will lay in that sepulcher for three days and three nights.  The sufferings have been beyond compare, and the cup has been very bitter.  His last hours were spent in agony before Satan, mankind and God Almighty.  The wages of sin is now paid.

As we await Sunday morning, anticipating the empty tomb, let us not forget the fellowship we have with His sufferings.  “He was wounded for our transgression, and bruised for our iniquitiesIsaiah 53:5.  “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not...Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed1 Peter 2:22-24.

Pause to remember your part in His sufferings, and await these next three days and three nights with anticipation as our Saviour will triumph over sin and the grave, making a show of them openly (Colossians 2).  Spend time retracing His steps of suffering for our redemption.  How much sweeter will Sunday seem!


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Previous devotions

"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013
"The Gift of a Life" - December 26, 2012
"Is Yours a Heisman Christmas?" - December 12, 2012

"Rest Unto Your Souls" - December 5, 2012
"Enthusiastic" - November 28, 2012
"Consider the Poor" - November 21, 2012
"A Presidential Prayer" - November 14, 2012
"Hope" - November 7, 2012
"Fear Not" - October 31, 2012
"A Great Awakening" - October 24, 2012
"The Fabulous Fabulist" - October 17, 2012
"Rest" - October 10, 2012

"Time Out" - October 3, 2012
"The Right Call" - September 26, 2012

"The Ability Which God Giveth" - September 19, 2012
"The Presence of God" - September 12, 2012
"Why God Delays" - September 5, 2012
"As the Whirlwind Passeth" - August 29, 2012
"In HIS Time" - August 22, 2012
"Happy Are Ye" - August 15, 2012
"By the Word of God" - August 8, 2012
"Well Done" - August 1, 2012
"Bearing His Death" - July 25, 2012
"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011


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Words of Truth - March 20, 2013