The other robber

Hebrews 9.27

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. Hebrews 9:27-28

Blessings today! Honor, glory, majesty, and thanksgiving to our God!
As I was reading Hebrews 9 and came to verse 27, it is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment, it rose in my heart that I had shared on this verse before. I looked back to find the post. It was during our Resurrection Celebration and I would like to post it again praying that a heart is drawing closer to our High and Holy Priest and the Lamb of God by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.

The Other Robber

SSsssooo Jesus assured the one robber,And He said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise Luke 23:43).” Got it! Shout now, Hallelujah!!!

What about the other robber? Let’s look at his words to Jesus, One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us (Luke 23:39)!” His focus was on the here, the now, on his present situation with no confession of his sin (crime). There is no remorse for his sin. Just a “I don’t like this situation I’m in and if you really are a king, do something about it.”

Jesus came to seek and save the lost and gives every man a choice for eternal life or eternal death.

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:16,36).”

God offers every man a choice. Each of us gets to choose God is or God isn’t. Each of us gets to choose Jesus is the Son of God and Son of Man or Jesus is not.  Each of us is given the right to choose Jesus is Lord and Savior, the Christ or to make another choice.

What God does NOT allow man to do is to choose the consequences of his choice. The consequences are already defined in the Holy Bible, God’s love letter to man. Choose Jesus and receive eternal, abundant life. Any other choice yields the consequence of eternal separation from God, forever.

God has already declared this truth, And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27).”

 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).”

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).”

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).”

But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works (Romans 2:5,6).”

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might (2 Thessalonians 1:5-9).”

 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).”

There is no neural ground. There is no Jesus plus anything. There is no Jesus plus anybody including self.

“How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will (Hebrews 2:3-4).

Today is the day of salvation! “As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion (Hebrews 3:15).”

“For He says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).”

Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart. No greater invitation has been or ever will extended, ““Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool (Isaiah 1:18).” “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).”

10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on ALL who call on Him. Romans 10:10-12Isaiah 1.18

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With His Own Blood

Hebrews 9.12

16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.  25 Nor did He enter heaven to offer Himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But He has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. Hebrews 9:16-28


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A Better Hope

Hebrews 7.19

18 For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.
20 And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, 21 but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever.’”
22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.

Blessings today…another nugget that strengthens me in the journey is right in these verses. Jesus is the Superior One who is Great and greatly to be praised!

The LORD set aside the the old standard and brought in a new one for the law made nothing perfect. The whole sacrificial, ceremonial system is no longer in effect. The old standard revealed and covered sin but it was not perfect. Only Jesus could make purification for man’s sin. The old has gone and the new has come. The LORD has introduced a better hope that allows us to draw near to God.

My, my, my…I…me…what man thinks impossible is possible through Christ. I can come into the presence of the Holy, Righteous, Pure and Perfect God…all by myself. No man has to go before me or come with me. Even as I type, I can hear the Lord calling, Draw near to me [God] and I [He] will draw near to you (James 4:8a). Don’t need to come through anyone but Jesus, the Superior High Priest who endured it all…shed His blood, gave His life, tore the curtain and ushered in a better hope. A hope that does not disappoint (Romans 5:5). “…come boldly to the throne of grace, that you may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).”

The grace and mercy of God who is love…the One who “so” loves that He gave His special and unique Son as the Sacrificial Lamb to take away the sin of the world, to pay our sin debt and intercede on our behalf. Oh, what a wonderful Savior!

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a Great Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:19-23

Oh, what a blessed privilege to come beyond the veil and commune with my Lord and Savior!  But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:4-6

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5

As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:11-13

Hebrews 4.16a

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nailing Jesus to the cross again

2 Corinthians 13.5

“…and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.” Hebrews 6:6

Oh my, I must admit that the above verse causes my soul to weep. Just the thought of causing Jesus to be re-crucified makes a chill run through my body. Some will ask if such a thing is even possible. The words above are God breathed and so there can be no doubt. This is the apostasy, the falling away, we discussed on yesterday.

Luke 19:10, tells that Jesus came on mission to this earth to seek and save the lost. Luke 4:18 tells us that Jesus came to proclaim good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, recover sight for the blind and to set the oppressed free. Hebrews 13:12 tells us that Jesus suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Titus 2:14 tells us that Jesus gave Himself to redeem us from lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession… … …. What a Glorious God of grace and mercy! 

Yesterday’s Scriptures and post spoke of those who have been enlightened by the Word, tasted and seen the goodness of God, witnessed His power and rejected the Son of God and made the choice to remain lost, captive, blind, oppressed. They have no desire to be set apart unto the Lord and apart from sin. Their failure to appropriate the grace and mercy of God for themselves, to accept the free gift of salvation gives evidence that they are not interested in purity, holiness, or devotion to Christ.

God declares in Hebrews 6:6 (above) that they themselves are nailing Him [Jesus] to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame. Some may ask why God declared this rejection and rebellion to be public shame. It is because in doing so the these people are making a public declaration that the world is their true love and devotion. It says I have tasted and seen Jesus and His Word and I prefer the world.

May I share that every man must understand that God will honor your choice. So many say that I don’t believe that a loving God will send people to hell. It’s not that God sends people to hell…we choose to go. We are given the freedom of choice but we are not given the choice of the consequence. God’s Word very clearly shares the consequence of our choices. We are given the privilege to choose life or choose death, eternal separation from God.

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:18-25

34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

O Heavenly Father, You are the Holy, Righteous, and Pure God of great love, grace, and mercy! Thank You for life, salvation, redemption and sancification…please continue to seek and save the lost as You draw unto Yourself that man’s choice would be intimate and personal relationship with Jesus. In His Name we pray, Amen!

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The sun and THE SON!

The Lamb of God

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

Today is the day of the total solar eclipse. The event has been described as the “Great American Eclipse” as it will be visible in totality only within a band across the entire  United States. I don’t remember the total eclipse of 1979 so I am excited to behold this great work of God.

I was planning to see this wonder and then the news reports began to talk about all the fake glasses for viewing that were being sold. It made me a little nervous because we live in such a world of deceit. A company stating that their glasses are certified really doesn’t mean much. Can you trust what they say…and so we waffled back and forth as to if we would purchase them or not. We just didn’t want to take the risk because my husband experienced retina tears and multiple lasers last year and the doc says they have done all they can do . The next step is surgery. I have some dry spots. We decided to go with caution and safety and not get the glasses.

Well…we did until a few days ago when I began to say “we should have gotten the glasses just in case we changed our minds.” My husband was firm, he isn’t looking. On Friday, I moved from ‘we should have them just in case’ to I think I want to see the eclipse. By this time, there are people all over Facebook looking for them so I resolved myself to know that I am going to miss it.

Several media outlets gave instructions on how to make your own viewer out of a cereal box but I have to work and to be honest pride got in the way of my making one to take to work with me. 🙂 I am just going to miss the Great American Eclipse of 2017.

Our Pastor included in his observations on yesterday, the dangers of looking at the eclipse without the proper glasses with a warning that the damage could be irreversible. I am sitting there thinking, “not me, I am going to miss it.” BUT GOD…when our Pastor finished, his wife spoke up and said, “we have one extra pair if anyone wants them.”  My husband spoke right behind her and said “we will take them.” My husband told me right after church, “I got them for you as I know you want to see it.” Praise God! YAY!!!

How great is our God to grant this desire of my heart to behold His glory through this eclipse. But even greater, I am reminded of HIS GREAT GLORY at another time when there was darkness in the land…

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. 47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” Luke 23:44-47

Hallelujah and Amen! The darkest day ever as the Father and Son was separated as the Holy, Righteous Son of God and Son of Man was slain to make atonement for our sins.  Three days later the greatest victory ever came forth as Jesus resurrected from the grave with all power in His hand. The veil was torn from top to bottom by God opening the way of access into His presence for whosoever will come.

At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry when He was coming toward him John the Baptist declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)!”

Surely, this eclipse should cause each of us to pause in the midst of the awe and wonder to give our God praise and thanks for the day the sun was darkened when Jesus shed His blood as our Sacrificial Lamb and our access was opened to the Holy Presence of the one True and Living God.
May we just not think of ourselves as we pray but also ask the Father to draw our love ones and all who do not know Him to enter into eternal life through Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).

There is another day coming when the sun will not shine. This one I absolutely will not miss because of Jesus’ “it is finished” work at the cross. Such amazing love, grace, and mercy and I bow before Him to give praise, honor, and thanks that I have entered in. Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain but Jesus washed it white as snow!

The New Jerusalem

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” Revelation 21:9-11,22-23

The directions that come with the glasses state, “Limited to 3 minutes continuous use, intermittently for several hours.” So very blessed as the Lord writes this post as I know that I have so many things to whisper to my God as I behold His glorious majesty this day! Blessed is His Holy Name! How about you?

Revelation 21.23

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The suffering Servant

Isaiah 52.12

“See, my Servant will act wisely;
    He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
Just as there were many who were appalled at Him—
    His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
    and His form marred beyond human likeness—
 so He will sprinkle many nations,
    and kings will shut their mouths because of Him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
    and what they have not heard, they will understand. Isaiah 52:13-15

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Wisdom Wednesday

Empty tomb with three crosses on a hill side.Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day He will be raised to life!” Matthew 20:17-19

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! I pray that the following Scriptures and quotes will us to keep Jesus and His amazing love, grace, and mercy in our hearts and minds… and devote our lives to the praise of His glory! Please leave a comment if inspired by the Lord! Resurrection - 1Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:23-25Resurrection - 4As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ” Mark 16:5-7Resurrection - 5Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.  Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die—ever. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe You are the Messiah, the Son of God, who comes into the world.” John 11:25-27Resurrection - 2With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all…  Acts 4:33Resurrection - 6We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. Romans 6:9
Resurrection - 8Jesus said to her, “Mary.”She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. John 20:16-18Resurrection - 10“For as by a man came death, by a man has come the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:21-22Resurrection - 9“For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.” Romans 6:5Resurrection - 7

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

Galatians 2.20

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Secure the tomb…

John 2.19

“The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that He has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.
Matthew 27:62-66

Now, how secure would that have to be?
Can finite man secure an infinite, all-powerful God?

66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal
on the stone and posting the
Matthew 27:66

Jesus did say…

“Jesus answered them,
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19

Here it is one more time, the enemy meaning it for harm but God using it for good!
The sealing of the tomb by the Roman guard will make it impossible for anyone to seal Jesus’ body! Man – once again proving 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 to be true.

“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. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

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The body of Christ

Luke 23.52

“Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.”
Luke 23:50-56

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When He had said this, He breathed His last (Luke 23:46). O what a Wonderful Savior!

The above Scriptures tells us that God gave Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus the  assignment of taking care of Jesus’ body.

“Now Joseph was disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews (John 19:38b).” The above verses also lets us know that he was a good and upright man who was waiting for the Kingdom of God. We know Nicodemus had seen some of the miracles and had questions. He had previously and secretively sought Jesus out by night to get his questions answered (John 3:1-21).

We find both men in these Scriptures as proof that God is faithful to His promises. In Jeremiah 29:13 the Lord declares, You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. In spite of all the Sanhedrin and Jewish leaders had going on, Joseph and Nicodemus were drawn to Jesus as the the promised Messiah.

Mark 14:64 states that the whole council condemned Jesus as deserving death. The above passage, Luke 23:51 tells us that Joseph did not consent to the Council’s decision and action. This leads me to believe that Joseph and Nicodemus was not present for the vote to murder Jesus. These men would have all been well versed in the Scriptures including the prophecies regarding the Messiah. Most likely, they chose to stay away and were busy  preparing for the burial of the precious Lamb of God and Savior of the world.

Once Jesus died, they would need to move quickly for it was the day of preparation and no work could be done on the Sabbath. They would need wrapping cloths and spices (75 pounds) and of course, a tomb close to where Jesus died to save time.

Joseph, the secret disciple, is now bold and courageous, risks it all and goes to Pilate and asks for Jesus’ body. Pilate is surprised that Jesus is already dead but agrees.

In my mind, I see these men carefully removing the nails, and lovingly and gently removing Jesus’ battered, torn, and bloodied body from the cross and carrying him to the tomb that was in close location to the place He willingly shed His blood for all mankind.

“Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” John 19:38-42

The Sabbath is coming so they must go…they roll a stone against the entrance. The women were there…

The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.” Luke 23:55-56

Matthew 27.59-60

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Surely, this man was the Son of God

Mark 15.39

And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus,
saw how He died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
Mark 15:39

Our Lord was on the cross for six long hours, all the while being faithful to his assignment to seek and save the lost. Even as He gives up His spirit, we see man drawn to Him, conviction of sin, and belief confessed that He was the Son of God!

Jesus had stated that this would happen:

27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. John 12:27-33

As we look at the at the centurion, we have the confirmation that Jesus, even on the cross, is drawing to the world, the ‘whosoever will,’ not just the Jew. I am reminded of Paul’s description of the Jew’s blessing and heritage, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen (Romans 9:4-5).

The centurion of the Roman army knows nothing about any of this blessing. Nor, did he see even one of the many miracles, signs, and wonders that Jesus performed. At least, I would think not. 🙂 The very fact that he is a Roman centurion lets us know that he lives in a world of many ‘g’ods with altars, and temples of all types.

He just knows that he is a man of authority assigned to watch over and the prisoners and execute the crucifixions on this day. Most likely, it is not the first day he and his men had done this. He has seen many men die, it is nothing new to him…but there is something different going on here, today. Something different about this man. The centurion has seen and heard much this day!

Seven sayings

Was there ever a man like this man?!? Luke 23:47 gives us further insight, The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”” Certainly, this statement reveals the power of Jesus’ Words to draw to Himself lifted on a cross. This is critical because Jesus also told us that “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him (Luke 23:47a).” Blessed is the Lamb of God who was drawing on this day and continues to draw men unto Himself!

The power of a cross with the Son of Man nailed to it draws man to the Son of God! Hallelujah! O What a Savior! All by the grace of God!

Recognizing Jesus as a righteous man helps us to know that apart from Jesus man is not righteous, convict us of our sins, and inform us of our need for a Savior. Man apart from God described by God in His Word:

For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
11     no one understands; no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
    no one does good, not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14     “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

But God so loves the world that He draws us to His Son lifted on a cross as He draws unto Himself…and man must make His choice. “”But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am? (Mark 8:29a)”

And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how He died,
he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
Mark 15:39

Blinders off, the eye of the heart opened, and Truth received. “SURELY this man was the Son of God.”

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:1-8

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 8:8-13


To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

Mark 8.29a

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