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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For March 7, 2021
Christ's Love For Mankind Even On The Cross

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Luke 23:1-56 KJV
1 And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.
2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.
3 And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
4 Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.
5 And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place.
6 When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.
7 And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.
8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
9 Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.
10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.
11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
13 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people,
14 Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:
15 No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him.
16 I will therefore chastise him, and release him.
17 (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
18 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:
19 (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)
20 Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.
21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.
22 And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.
23 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.
24 And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.
25 And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.
26 And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.
28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.
30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.
31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
32 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.
48 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.
49 And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.
50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just:
51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.
52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.
54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

Can we concentrate on the love of Christ going to the cross for our sins this morning. Can we can we think on Christ going to the cross before the mob for their sins, despite he had not sin against God, and had begun the event to cause another to kill. How is it much like God the Father, who began with a tree in the garden that was forbidden to be eaten, only for it to be eaten by man and got Adam and Eve cast out of the garden, only for Adam's Son to commit the first murder, because the sacrifice was not pleasing to God, Cain did not disobey God by the sacrifice of Abel as a type of innocent lamb. Cain's jealousy of Abel who God was not pleased with would not accept Cain's offer of his brother. Jesus was going to the cross because of the jealousy of the people crying crucify him. Crucify him. They did not just cry it before Pilate in Jerusalem but walked to Galileaen governor Herod who was at the Passover. Herod was glad to see Jesus for he had heard many good things about Jesus. Can you imagine that day Jesus is before Herod and he was glad to see him, yet no reprieve would come from the ruler Herod, because Herod had hope to see a miracle by Jesus, and Jesus refused also to speak to Herod. He remained silent. Herod had no choice but to send him back to Pilate. What do you do with a silent man but send him back to the one over the city of Jerusalem where the problem had arisen.

Jesus again before Pilate and Pilate gave the crowd to release Barabbas or Jesus. And the chief priest and the crowd wanted Barabbas released, and Jesus crucified. Is that not how it is in life we want Cain and not Abel. Why is it man desire evil/temptation over good. The crowd was following the chief priest and not the man who had healed many, and done many signs and wonders before them. The man who made a difference in their life, was not the one the people were choosing, instead they were choosing the one that had murder instead of the one that only went about cleansing the temple of God from the den of thieves and had not murdered anyone. Someone that was protecting the house of God, instead of corrupting it. Yet the crowd was choosing the way of the Priesthood and not Jesus. The old way and not the new way to come. The crowd would shout crucify to Pilate because they did not understand and were blinded to who Jesus truly was and is even today, the Savior of the world. Blinded that God word was happening before their very eyes, that Jesus was lead like a sheep to the slaughter.

Pilate wanted only to beat Jesus and then have him released, but the crowd and chief priest was telling Pilate to crucify Jesus. Pilate washed his hands of the whole thing, and told them to beat Jesus and then crucify as the people had desired. God's word would be fulfilled with the cross, and Simeon of Cyrene would help carry the cross because Jesus physical body was to weak to carry it alone. This man Simeon of Cyrene, had two small boys with him that day from christian history records, those two sons and Simeon would become followers of Jesus and would later preach the Gospel.

Jesus was nailed between two common thieves, and yet one mocked Jesus and one declared who Jesus was and rebuked the one mocking Jesus. He asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus came into his kingdom. Jesus said on the cross you will be with me in paradise. Giving this thief the eternal hope and forgiveness he need when dying on the cross.

Christ love did not stop at not standing up to Pilate or Herod, but it continued to the cross as he talked to the one that respected him on the cross. All done before the man that mocked giving him a chance to repent as well, but never repenting, or never told he did. Two men on the cross bside Jesus was making their final decisions about their eternity. Jesus taking time in his weakness and pain to extend love to the man beside him.

God's love continued as Jesus passed away, he gave a sign of who Jesus was truly as the sky darkened at the sixth hour and light returned not for three hours.The veil in the temple ripped, and Jesus said Father, I commend my spirit to you, with this he would die. The soldier standing at the cross said surely this was the Son of God. There were those that witness the death of Jesus came near to the cross and hit/smote their breast and returned to Jerusalem. The soldier glorified God, perhaps not fully understanding it all, but knowing who Jesus was and is as the Son of God.

The women watched from some distance, and Joseph of Arimathaea begged Pilate for the body so he could bury him in a tomb. This man showing compassion wrapped the body in linen cloth and laid him in the tomb and the women seen the intire thing, even where Joseph laid Jesus. This was a brand new tomb and no else had been placed in it. Tomb had been chisel out at some point prepared maybe for Josephe's kin or a stranger. The woman went and prepared spices to put on Jesus body, but had to wait a day because of the Sabbath day.

Woman was aware of the big stone rolled across the tomb, was aware his body was definitely in the tomb. The love for Jesus was great even among the silent followers which Joseph of Arimathaea was. Sometimes our compassion is to late, and sometimes it on time. I have no clue if there was any other option for Jesus to be buried but I do know his body had to be asked for so the crows and buzzards did not eat of it. He was taken down a buried proper and the burial would continue after the Sabbath day by the women. Though it does not talk about the huge stone in the chapter that was rolled across the cave mouth we know there was one for angel would roll away the stone.

Jesus bore the cross for you and for me. He died to set the world free of sin and death. We all presently still die, but we live eternally, our spirit goes to be with God. Our earthly body no longer needing to be present with the Lord. So whether we are alive or dead we worship Jesus in spirit and in truth, We learn to praise the Father in spirit and in truth in form of worship. There is no longer a separation in the temple because the veil that separated us from God has been removed, and Jesus blood covers our sin. His love continue to pour from the cross, when Jesus in John gave John his mother to care for, and said Father forgive them for they know not what they do. Jesus continue to love until his death and with resurrection continued to love mankind. He was not bitter, or angry at his fait, but continue to love. How many us can love in persecution. We are only human, and no one does it well. Yet God's love calls us to love as Jesus did on the cross. To love in the storms and troubles in life. Can we do that?

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your gift of your Son to save the world from their sins, thank you for proving who Jesus was even on the cross with his love for mankind. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Revelation 1:5-7 KJV
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.


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