Hope for today: my Rock

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Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.
He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

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Hope for today: God’s purpose stands

Hope“Remember this, keep it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels.
Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ Isaiah 46:8-10

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My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me…

Matthew 27.46

At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

“I and the Father are one.” No matter how this appears, we look at the context of Scripture and know that nothing is off God’s plan here. The Father and the Son are at work together for the redemption of man. Remember the prophecy in these Scriptures:

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:4

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush Him; He has put Him to grief; when His soul makes an offering for guilt, He shall see His offspring; He shall prolong His days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. Isaiah 53:10

Remember that Jesus declared, “No one takes it [life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” (John 10:18).”

This is broken fellowship but not broken unity! It the the price that Jesus was willing to pay…nevertheless Your will, Father! Yes, it is extreme, even more extreme than false trials, spitting, beard torn face, brutal beatings and whippings beyond recognition…even more extreme than nails in the flesh and being hung on a cross to suffocate and die. Jesus’ separation from the Father in whom He had enjoyed perfect being and fellowship with from before the very foundation of the world is an extreme cost…and an extreme love. For God so loved…“Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18).”

I mean, can you imagine? The Holy, Righteous, Pure and Perfect God taking the sin of all the world for all time upon His back. Selah! 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).” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree (Galatians 3:13).

At 9:00 a.m., Jesus was hung on the cross and then at noon it turned dark. The darkness is a symbol of God’s judgment as Jesus the Perfect, Holy Lamb of God takes on the sin of the world. The Father’s wrath is poured on Him and Jesus experiences the abandonment of the Father. Habakkuk declared, “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing.” The Father to remain true to His person, His nature had to break fellowship. Why? Jesus was paying the debt that was due to claim many sons and daughters, He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24).”

The ransom is being paid. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).” Jesus becomes legally guilty of man’s sin and all who believe and trust in His finished work on the cross are now justified in God’s legal court. Case dismissed!

“But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. 16 And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. 17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19 Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.

20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. 21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:15-21

Shout now: Hallelujah to the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!!!

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Wisdom Wednesday

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“The soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him…” John 19:17-18

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

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“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14

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“And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”  Hebrews 10:10

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“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

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Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

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Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

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Hope for today: He heard my voice.

HopeIn my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.
From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears.
Psalm 18:6

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Hope for today: I love you, Lord!

HopeI love you, Lord; You are my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and He saved me from my enemies.
Psalm 18:1-3

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Hope for today: come, see

HopeCome, see the works of the Lord, who brings devastation on the earth.
He makes wars cease throughout the earth.
He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces; He burns up the chariots.
10 “Stop your fighting—and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”
11 Yahweh of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah Psalm 46:8-11

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The thief on a cross…

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There they crucified Him, and with Him two others–one on each side and Jesus in the middle. John 19:18

The following comment was made on my recent blog, “Forgive them…”:
“…I wish we knew more about the thief on the cross who recognized Jesus. He proves it is never too late to share our testimony!” I responded, “I do as well…”

This conversation is still with me and while we will not find any new information, I thought we could visit the Word God has so graciously given us in the four Gospel accounts. Today, let’s read them and discuss over the next two blogs. There is plenty for us to share together. Thanks once again for allowing BHM into your day. May the Lord always share His Word with us and we be blessed in His Holy presence.

Matthew 27
38 Two rebels were crucified with Him, one on His right and one on His left.
39 Those who passed by hurled insults at Him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but He can’t save Himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue Him now if He wants Him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with Him also heaped insults on Him.

Mark 15
27 They crucified two rebels with Him, one on His right and one on His left. [28]  29 Those who passed by hurled insults at Him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked Him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with Him also heaped insults on Him.

John 19
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.
17 Carrying His own cross, He went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified Him, and with Him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”
22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

Luke 23
32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified Him there, along with the criminals—one on His right, the other on His left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up His clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at Him. They said, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked Him. They offered Him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above Him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

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Hope for today: The Good Shepherd

HopeThe Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for You are with me;
    Your rod and Your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever. Psalm 23

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Hope for today: rest in God

HopeRest in God alone, my soul,
for my hope comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.
My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock. My refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is our refuge. Selah
Psalm 62:5-8

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