Monthly Archives: March 2016

Man of Sorrows

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him Isaiah 53:2

Jesus, the Son of God, sent to Earth born of a virgin, born to be the Son of Man just like us. A carpenter’s son that nobody ever looked at twice, a faithful servant for all mankind.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3

Even though he was the Messiah everyone had waited for, they rejected him because they didn’t want to repent from their sins. Man loved their religion more than they loved God, therefor they decided to murder his only begotten Son who was sent to be there Savior.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:4

Even though Jesus was sinless and holy, he took the suffering for our sins. He took the punishment for our transgressions, and everyone blamed his suffering on himself, but he is The Lamb of God, worthy to be praised.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Every mark, every drop of blood was for you, because of his ultimate sacrifice by His stripes we are healed, we are redeemed, all our chains are broken in Jesus Name Amen

Gods Will Be Done

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. Luke 22:42

Obedience, Love, and Sacrifice describe what Jesus was about to do for all of us. Jesus knew the torture and pain he was about to endure, however he was willing to do the will of God and save the world from our sins. Don’t ever take what Jesus did for us lightly , the suffering he endured for us all could never be repaid.

And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. Luke 22:43

God sent an angel down to comfort Jesus in his time of need, even the Son of God who was fully man at the time, needs comfort and encouragement sometimes. Remember that as an example to be comforting and encouraging to your fellow brothers and sisters.

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:44

Jesus was in such distress he was sweating blood, imagine him already knowing every agonizing detail of his execution. However he did it anyone, because he is the only one who is worthy to save the world. Nobody else could have taken his place on the cross and saved us for our sins because he is The Lamb of God

And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, Luke 22:45

Jesus was exhausted and so were his disciples but he knew the time had come. The time had come for the Lamb of God to be slain and shed his blood to save the world. So Jesus encouraged his disciples to remain strong because the next course of events are about to change the world in Jesus Name Amen

The Lords Supper

And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: Luke 22:14-15

Notice before Jesus was about to be crucified he expressed the importance of communion, in remembrance of what he was about to do for us all. And notice it says” Jesus has a desire to eat this Passover with us”. Jesus paid the ultimate price for us all because he has a desire to be our Savior and grant us eternal life.

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.Luke 22:17-18

When you drink the wine or grape juice at communion, remember this represents the blood of Christ. The blood he shed on the cross for all of us, the same blood that redeems us all and makes us new. The blood that has overcome hell and the grave and defeated Satan forever

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Luke 22:19

Notice the bread he broke it for all of us, just the same his body was broken and sacrificed for us all so that we may all be redeemed. Jesus paid it all for us, Glory to the Lamb of God

Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:20

The bloodshed by Christ created the New Covenant that has brought us closer to God more than ever. Jesus has made us white as snow and we can now be filled with the Holy Spirit, to have a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father in Jesus Name Amen

 

 

Palm Sunday

When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:”Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Luke 19:37-38

Palm Sunday we rejoice and celebrate the day our King was introduced to the world. People laying down palm braches and swinging them in the air yelling “Hossana Glory to God in the Highest”

The palm branch in Jewish culture was symbolic for royalty or highest respect. What the people were confirming was Jesus is our King of Kings, the Messiah promised by God almighty!

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples Luke 19:39

So many people recognized this and worshiped Jesus that the Pharisees wanted them to stop, they wanted Jesus to shut them up. But Jesus knew that it wasn’t even his will but Gods will be fulfilled, that Jesus would sit at the right hand of God and be granted all authority over the Heavens and Earth

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it Luke 19:40-41

Jesus knew the tribulation that the Jews and Christians were about to endure, even to this day. So Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem that day even though it was a glorious day. But Jesus revealed there will be a new Jerusalem for those who believe coming soon in Jesus Name, Hosanna Glory to God in the Highest Amen

 

Scriptures Fulfilled

And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. Mark 15:22

Golgotha (Aramaic), which is the hill that Jesus was crucified on, is also referenced as Calvary (Latin) in the book of Luke. The hill was called this because the hill itself looked like a skull, which is where the word Gogotha originated in Aramaic.

Jesus after beaten was forced to carry his own cross all the way to Golgotha, which is believe to be about a mile. The journey was so brutal, they forced a spectator named Simon to help Jesus make it all the way.

 

And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. Mark 15:23-24

Both of these events actually fulfilled more Biblical prophecies:

Psalm 69:21 They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.

Psalm 22:18 They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.

And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors Mark 15:27-28

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, Save thyself, and come down from the cross. Mark 15:29-30

Psalm 22:7 All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads

Psalm 109:25 I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.

Jesus Mocked

And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews! Mark 15:17-18

Jesus wore the Crown of Thorns, the crown that was meant for us! The crown that we deserve as sinners not Jesus, but he did it anyway because God loves us. You can’t refute the love of God when you know the crucifixion of Christ.

It’s important for us to remember and know what Jesus did for us, the price he paid. He didn’t just come and save the world, he suffered and paid the price for all our sins

And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. Mark 15:19

The Roman soldiers with evil in their hearts, thought they were getting a good laugh at mocking an innocent man, but little did they know they were fulfilling Biblical prophecy. Imagine the surprise on their judgement day when they stand face to face with the Great I AM, the one they spit on and beat.

 

And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. Mark 15:20

The Roman soldiers thought they were just about to murder another Jew, but they didn’t realize they were about to slain the Lamb of God, the event that will change the world forever. The event that will crush the head of Satan, break every chain upon us, and defeat death in Jesus Name Amen

 

King of The Jews

“Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “You have said so,” Jesus replied. Mark 15:2

Make no mistake about it , Jesus is The King of Kings, not only the Jews but the Gentiles. Jesus revealed many times who he was but still they all rejected him. Just as the prophecy in Isaiah stated he was despised and rejected, a man of sorrows. But his sorrows was our sorrows, his suffering was our suffering. Jesus took the punishment for all our sins and transgressions

What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. “Crucify him!” they shouted. Mark 15:12-13

Pilate knew Jesus was innocent but also knew he had to please the Pharisees. Therefor he asked the crowed what to do with Jesus, and the one who came to save them, they betrayed and murdered him. But Jesus stayed obedient and faithful because the prophecies needed to be fulfilled

Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. Mark 15:15

Pilate sold his soul and rejected the Son of God. This event would not only condemn Pilate’s life but his entire reign he would be haunted by the blood on his hands. And just like God said anyone who rejects Jesus as your savior will be condemned. There is only one way to Heaven and that’s thru Jesus Christ Amen

Jesus On Trial

And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none. Mark 14:55

Even though Jesus was innocent and sinless, the council was determined to find Jesus guilty at any costs. Why were they so threatened by Jesus? Because Jesus brought the Truth of God to the world, these men wanted to continue practicing their religion not truly worship God

These men were so blinded by their lust, that they broke their own laws to murder an innocent man to continue their religion. What they didn’t realize was they were fulfilling the Biblical prophecies that they have studied all their lives.

But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?

Notice even though they were accusing Jesus of lies they couldn’t prove, Jesus held his peace. Because he knew they were going to condemn him no matter what he said or did. Even though these men seen Jesus perform miracles and cast out demons.

And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Mark 14:62

Notice Jesus said “I AM” the same way God identified himself to Moses. And they don’t realize it but Jesus is already telling them about the resurrection and his ascension back to Heaven

Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. Mark 14:64

But even after all the miracles and prophecy they heard from Jesus, they still condemned him to death. Even though Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies of the Bible, they still didn’t know him because they never opened there hearts to get to know him in Jesus Name Amen

Jesus Arrested

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me? Mark 14:48

Even though Jesus was innocent and never sinned, he was treated like a criminal. He was beaten, spit on, cursed at, tortured, and eventually put to death. Was there any justice during his trial? No but Jesus allowed this all to happen for You! All these events needed to be fulfilled so Jesus could be your atoning sacrifice for your sins.

Imagine the humility and obedience it took for Jesus to allow this to happen, the same man who raised people from the dead, had to allow himself be put to death.

I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled. Mark 14:49

Jesus brought the Truth of the Word of God to the world, The Word became Flesh. But still many rejected Gods true word. But just as Jesus said the scriptures needed to be fulfilled, let the will of God be done. And by his obedience to fulfill Gods will, he saved the world.

And they all forsook him, and fled. Mark 14:50

During Jesus ministry you couldn’t even get near him most of the time, everyone wanted to be healed or forgiven. However during Jesus time of need, everyone abandoned him. Even his own disciples, who he taught them everything, left him to save themselves. How quickly we forget Gods word when times get tough

However Jesus said he will never leave or forsake us, and he kept that promise to his disciples. After he rose from the grave, he returned back to his disciples. He will never leave us or forsake us either in Jesus Name Amen

Gethsemane

They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” Mark 14:32

Jesus knew the events that were about to happen, he knew he would be beaten and crucified to death, but he did this knowingly to save us all from our sins. But notice what Jesus does in his darkest hour, he turns to God in prayer. Let this be an example for us to turn to God during our darkest hours also.

“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:36

Jesus was so distressed that he was sweating blood, for he knew the torture he was about to receive. But Jesus said let Gods will be done, not ours. Jesus obedience and sacrifice made us children of God by his new Covenant. Remember to always do the Lords will even when its not the easiest way.

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38

Notice in this scripture Jesus is telling Peter to keep praying and not fall into temptation. Could he be trying to prevent Peter from denying him three times, which he did later. Its important for us all to continue to stay in prayer, because we are weak and can easily fall into Satan’s traps of sin.

Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” Mark 14:41-42

Jesus knew when the hour would come and who his betrayer was (Judas). He knew what had to be done and the pain he was going to endure. But Jesus did it anyway for You, because God loves you enough to sacrifice his only begotten Son. As Jesus said there is no greater love than to lay down your life for friends, he did that for you, may you remember and know that in Jesus Name Amen