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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For Febuary 20, 2020
What Can Separate Us From The Love Of God

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Mark 15:16-47 KJV
16 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.
17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
20 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.
21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.
22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.
23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.
24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.
25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
29 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,
30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.
31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.
33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.
36 And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.
37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;
41 (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.
42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,
43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.
44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.
45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.
46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.
47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.

When I think of execution in our own nation, it not as brutal as this time period of Jesus. People do mock those that are being jailed and incarcerated for different reason, down to the death penalty. Yet the cruelty Jesus experienced is not suppose to happen by our laws. Instead man/woman goes to a hanging, being shot, electric chair and even medical death by gas or another form. The crucifixion a very symbol of the cruelty of that day and time, but the fact Jesus was numbered with the transgressors on the cross which was prophesied (Isaiah 53:12), because he broke the law of man.

Now let back up to the mocking. If we only take this one Gospel we do not know the soldiers had beat Jesus with a whip made of nine tails on a handle with bone fragments in the times of the whip. If we read only Mark we know he was mocked and hit, but we do not know his beared was plucked out, not with a pair of tweezers, they would pull his beard with their hands, ripping it out, yes it hurt. They dressed him in purple and plaited a crown of thorns that would of made his brow bleed with each prick of the thorn. As the soldiers mocked him, spit on him, and hit him and called him the king of Jews. They mocked him about what he said that he would raise the temple up in three days. They then removed the robe and redressed him in his regular clothes. The soldiers took him into the street to help carry his cross, When Jesus could carry it no longer,a man by name of Simeon Cyrene was told to help Jesus to carry the cross to the place of the Skull, where Jesus would be crucified. Now with all this happening we can only imagine the pain as the nails going into his hands/wrist. We can only imagine as they offered a vinegar drink with spice to help numb the pain that he refused, what agony he must of felt. Blood still pouring from his wounds. Yet no one wonders about the insects, because they are not mentioned, but I can only imagine with the smell of blood there were some.

Jesus would suffer for our sins, the sins of not just Barabbas but the whole world. The sin of unbelief, no one believed they would crucify the Messiah. No one believerd that he be lead like a sheep to the slaughter, yet here he was bearing our sins. Jesus would cry with a loud voice asking why his Father God forsake him, with that he would die. The veil in the temple was ripped. Ripped ending the separation between God and man, begin a new living way that no longer caused our separation from God. An when the .Centurion seen it he said this must be the Son of God. What Mark doesn't tell is there was earthquake, and sun darkened in Matthew 27. Luke tells it differently and so does John. Each is a reflection from a different view of events. When it was time to take him off the cross the body as given to Joseph of Armithaea, who was a scribe. In Gospel of John the scribe Nicodemus that came to Jesus by night in John 3 was the other one that helped in burial preparation done by the religious leaders.

If we die with out believing in Jesus we will spend our life in hell until the resurrection of the dead and then we will spend eternity without God in the eternal lake of fire. Mark does not tell the story of others rising when Christ died, only Matthew does that. Each story unique by accounts recorded, for the purpose of showing different views and not just one. Christ felt the separation unbelievers will feel when his Father's Spirit departed from him. Yet we know that Christ would rise again. That he would ascend to his Father. The separation only two full days or there about, for he would rise on the third day.

Our life our hope and belief is all apart of faith in Christ Jesus. To know death is to know he suffered for our sins, and not just the sins of Barabbas. We know his body in the flesh was the temple of the Holy Ghost that would be destroy and raised back up on the third day. We know he be king of the Jews because he is the Son of God. Yet no one was prepared for this type of king, or for a rebellion act against Jewish authority, who did not fear the authority of God more.

When we fail to fear God more then man, we fail to lift God higher then man. Yet what do we fear? Many would say today we fear coronavirus, violence in our streets, destruction and death. Yet in truth non of these things can take us away from the Love of God, because his love is greater then the fear of evil things. The separation from Christ was for our benefit so we know if we die without Jesus, we are separated from God the Father. Faith, belief and hope is important to our eternal hope of eternal life with God. Destruction is the only think waiting on the other side of eternity for those without Christ and God. When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior nothing can take us from him. Yet until we come to full understanding, there times of failing Him not in belief but our actions. God would not spare Jesus because of his action that day, but it was all apart of prophesy for the hope of eternal life.

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to know how important belief in your Son is, for you gave us Jesus that not one of your children had to perish, but could have eternal life if they would believe. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Romans 8:31-39 KJV
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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