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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For March 31, 2021
The Soldiers Duty

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

John 19:1-3 KJV
1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.
2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,
3 And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

Matthew 27:27-37 KJV
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
36 And sitting down they watched him there;
37 And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

John 19:23-24 KJV
23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

John 19:31-37 KJV
31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

Matthew 27:54 KJV
54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

Luke 23:47 KJV
47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

Mark 15:44-45 KJV
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.

The worse job in the world is probably government in the since of law enforcement, whether military, police officers, FBI, CIA and so forth. I not intentially leaving anyone out, but truth be told you do as your told, and you fight against crime and sometimes they even fight against the innocent. It is the cross that if you have to take the innocent to jail, the innocent to slaughter, and the innocent to the bully brigade, then you are crucifying the innocent by legal system and not by your choice, but manidate by a superior official or the law. Whatever the reason you are required to do as you are told.

The Roman Soldiers not the soldiers of Sanhendrin(Jewish court) but the government of the day and time, would nail Jesus to the cross at Calvary. They would be the ones to inflict punishment of bullying him, placing a crown thorns on Christ's head, hitting him in the face, plucking his beard, hitting him with reeds, and even scrouging with a whip with bone fragments, metal, rock in the tips and lashes of a cat of nine tails(handle with nine whips coming from it, used for whipping in that day and time). One minister I remember preaching also said hitting him in his privates to inflict pain. There was not one inch of Christ body not in torment by the Roman Soldiers.

The duty of the soldiers, some knew perhaps who Jesus was and others still searching for answers, and thought nothing about their duty to persecute Jesus as order by Pilate, order by Herod, and order by Caesar. Yet it was the call and judgment of the people that caused the government to order the nailing of Jesus to the cross on Calvary hill. How many soldiers were called to the duty of crucifying Jesus we do not know, but we know they even grabbed an innocent by stander at one point to help Jesus carry his cross. What had they thought as they nailed him to the cross, what had they thought as they did their duty for the government. After nailing Christ to the cross they bidded/cast lost for his garment as tradition of payment, one piece they bidded for was one whole woven piece of material, and the other garment would be cut into pieces. Then the soldiers had a piece of paper nailed, that said king of the Jews,put on the cross of Jesus and after that offer him some wine vinegar that Jesus did not drink. The soldiers then sat down to watch those they crucified that day. Three together, two deserving fully all they were receiving and a man name Jesus that did not break the law of God, but was accused of breaking the law of man as claiming to be God and king, as well as turned over the money tables in the temple.

Jesus lead by Roman soldiers through the governmental chambers and before the crowd to learn his fate. These soldiers carried out their duty as order by the government, with no choice or decision in the matter. Yet why were they so cruel to Jesus, because they knew not who he was. As the soldiers went to break the legs of those on the cross they found Jesus dead. And to confirm his death they took a spear and thrust into his side and water and blood poured out.

As the sky darkening for several hours, then the earthquake happened, and the veil in the temple ripping, and dead raising out of the graves, the Centurion cried out this truly must be the son of God. This man truly must of been righteous. the veil in the temple ripping, and dead raising, the Centurion cried out this truly must be the son of God. This man truly must of been righteous.

Had the Centurion at the moment of realization understood what his duty to the law had done, had he felt remorse for his actions. Did he feel remorse at all, I do not doubt the centurion wept with the knowledge, but I do not doubt he knew as soldier he did his duty to the law. That same Centurion had to go before Pilate and testify that Jesus was truly dead. No doubt he held his peace when going before Pilate to testify. Was this same Centurion the one that guarded the tomb, perhaps or men under his leadership. The surprise and shock on the day the stone was rolled away by angel that killed those soldier that stood guard.

Guilt, shock, horrified as those angels rolled back that stone, was enough to send them to the judgment seat of God. Yet the testimony of that day was etched for all of us to see. Where was their hope, no knowledge of the resurrection you see, because they knew not that Christ would rise again. Roman soldiers maybe from Rome or another territory only hearing the story, yet maybe not fully believing or understanding who Jesus was. There hearts harden as much as the those that shouted crucify. The world guilty of crucifying Jesus not just the Jews. All with duty to play by God's power and not by their choice. Does God have mercy.

This is where the words of Paul it says God will have mercy on whom he will show mercy. Maybe with time to repent, maybe not, what was in the deepest part of the heart, God only knows. That why mercy must be left to God when it comes to how we all nailed his Son to the cross. OUr job is to repent of our sin, to repent of what brought Christ to earth for our protection if we would only believe. While trusting in his promise to forgive us of all our sin.

The story of the soldier much like the story of Judas Iscariot the betrayer of Jesus and so no one tells this tale of unbelief to belief and perhaps to unbelief with his death. God only knows that soldiers hearts, we do not, but we know that they paid with shock to their soul of Christ rising from the dead that day.That is where we leave the duty of the soldier and the reality of God's mercy and grace for the soldier. Maybe death was more merciful then living with the pain of what they did to Jesus a few days before. Though we all feel guilty when we ask Christ to forgive us, we know the mercy of God is able to forgive us. Why because with our own sin that nails Christ to the cross, we recognize the power of God to save our soul through his resurrection. That eternal life does not stop at the death of Christ but is only the begining for the ressurection of hope and new life. Knowing he had to for our benefit and God made a way for us through his Son to forgive us of our sins, It is enough to know God's mercy and grace redeem us. Remember God raises up people for honor and some to dishonor, but the soldier probably did not know this. He would known he played a roll in Christ death to dishonor with the cruelty of mocking, beating and pulling out even the hair from the beard and so much more. We do the same, but God gives us a choice to repent and ask for forgiveness of sin and to believe in his Son. Let us not forget the mercy and grace of God before we knew what Christ did for us on the cross. Now we know our duty is to God to repent of the sin and confess that Jesus is Lord who paid the price for our sin. Our duty in becoming not only a child of God but a soldier of the cross, willing to serve Jesus no matter what it takes to do so.

Dear Heavenly Father, when we sin by the law of man or the law of government, we recognize that our humanity does not always speak about our heart. Yet only know the truth of our faith. in Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study: Matthew 27:62-66 KJV
62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Matthew 28:1-4 KJV
1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

Romans 9:15-23 KJV
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,


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