Resurrection Sunday 2019

by christina Farris 2019

Luke 24:1- 53 KJV
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8 And they remembered his words,
9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.
16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.
21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.
22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;
23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.
24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 And ye are witnesses of these things.
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:
53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

Belief is the hardest thing to do when it comes to faith. It matters not the evidence God provides for man or mankind to help with belief.Belief is further then trusting the words of another but faith must come from God himself to our hearts.We must know within our own experience Christ has risen from the tomb. This is Easter April 21, 2019, I am written a declaration of faith based on God’s conviction of the heart. Man can teach all things in the world. He teach you to drive a car, can teach you about a stack of books that deals with education, can teach you how to create with crafts and can teach what has been handed down from generation to generation. Until one actually gets behind a car, open a book, mold some clay, or pass down to the next generation the stories of their ancestors no one knows the power of education beyond the hearing. There as to be more to the experience then hearing. The woman at the tomb where convicted by the experience they had of the empty tomb of Christ. They seen two angels that testified Jesus was not hear He was risen. If I had only the women’s testimony would I believe this morning that Jesus was risen. No but I would at least wonder about the women’s experience. There was more then one woman to testify. More then one person to say these things happened before their eyes. We must remember the story in the other Gospels of the empty tomb. Mary Magalene(who Jesus had casted seven demons out of her) was so upset at the empty tomb she wept. Yet she did not have experience of resurrection without Jesus speaking with her after his resurrection, giving her faith and hope that there was eternal life. Hope springs anew but we need to remember what all the women seen. One Gospel explains that earthquake occurred and an angel descended and rolled back the stone and the soldiers guarding the grave of Christ were slain.

Lets stop and regroup the evidence the women had of the experiences woven in all the Gospels was enough to convince them of his resurrection and telling all these things to the men was enough. Reading one Gospel alone might not be enough evidence to convince what happened, but the four Gospels alone is enough to convict the heart to wonder at these things. Peter hearing the women ran to the tomb and found it empty. Yet the story for the disciples for belief of Christ Jesus resurrection did not stop with the women’s testimony but the appearing of Him after the resurrection. Without the resurrection it was just an appearing of a ghostly man. Without the evidence of Christ Jesus eating before them bodily food, He would be ghost or a dream. Christ eating the food was proof of his resurrection. What then can we say. His appearance to the disciples was evidence of who Christ was. Yet we must concur what else happened.

Angels(two men in shining garments) expounded on the scriptures to the women at the tomb. The women passed this information on in their testimony. Jesus not only sat down to eat with the two men that went to Emmaus, but he expounded on scriptures after the men told the story of the women to him. However the men recognized Jesus not In verse 16 the word holden was used to mean held. It means the disciples were listening and probably watching with amazement of this stranger. I use word amazement because if you ever listened to a good story teller or speaker that held your attention, you may of wonder at his eloquence. The fact the disciples knew not Christ is not a mystery. If you not expecting to see someone somewhere it might take you by surprise. You might not even recognize a person. After all the disciples had seen Jesus crucified and buried, would even been going through mental shock along with wondering about the tomb, that Jesus speaking would of been perhaps even more mystifying that it would of held their attention until he left. Upon his disappearing the disciples knew it was Jesus.

The empty tomb was not enough, but appearing of Christ to his twelve disciples and then over 500 more disciples would be a convincing that would shake the world with the preaching, testifying and miracles that would come after Christ ascension into heaven by disciples. It was not enough to know Christ risen but Christ also expounded on scriptures. It not enough to say Christ is risen, but it must be taught why we believe Christ is risen and how scripture prophesied these things that would come to be. I can not just say Christ is risen without telling you about the scriptures to help you believe. Stories of the evangelist walking up and saying repent for the kingdom of heaven at hand, must come with more knowledge of the need for repentance then just sighting a proclamation. We need to teach the scriptures. And one needs not to be a memorizer to teach, but it help if one has that ability. Telling the stories comes with mediation on the word of God and listen to the Holy Spirit. Children repeat what they hear even before they learn to read. You teach them stories that is what they will repeat, and if you teach them verses they will learn to repeat them with repetition. The story of tomb was a repeated story. It was repeated and then written for evidence of our hope in Christ. Yet all truth, the teaching of scripture must come with our own testimony of how Christ changed our life. How through our own troubles, prosperity, and happiness, Christ has made a difference in our life. How God’s word is true even today in our own life.

The empty tomb tells us of our hope in Christ of our own resurrection when He comes to claim his people when He turns. Every eye shall see Jesus and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. When that day will come only God the Father knows. We must rest assured He knows when the time is best like, He knew when to send the Savior into the world to pay the price for our sins. We needed hope the hope still there of the empty tomb. Christ is risen, He is not dead, He is alive forever and ever. Amen. The tomb could not hold our Lord, but He had to rise. Our sin buried with Christ can not remain in our life but we must rise to the change brought by faith in Christ Jesus through repentance and confession of sin. Upon belief and repentance our sins are buried with Christ death, and forgiveness of sin brings new hope of eternal life through Christ resurrection and eternal hope of salvation.

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Easter Thoughts on the book of Mark

Sharing my thoughts on Easter. I did not to finish yet the preaching on Mark recorded and I still plan too. As I think humanity plainly seen in Mark I read the finale chapters of Christ death and resurrection and can not go beyond the conversion of the writer’s of Mark’s own conversion. He goes from Christ crucifixion to the power God grants all believers to share the good news and signs and wonders will follow all true believers. Yet knowing signs follow believers with miracles through the power of God. Miracles never come from the believers themselves but the power of God. Don’t look to the believer for your miracle look to Jesus Christ my Lord. If you see God’s Grace working in my life maybe you can grab hold of the hem of Christ garment for your healing by faith. For my life I know God’s hand even when I fail him daily. For He protected me when I was hit by train, took me through illness even when lack of a cure was really known. He took a life of extreme pain for 8 years and 14 years of total pain filled life. This I know was God’s grace a sinner saved by God’s grace. God power in my life to give me hope in times of trouble, sorrow and heart ache.

The last reminder God gave me is lay any anger down and keep going on in life. A precious gift to Grant someone else forgiveness when you really like to seek revenge. God’s grace to carry one through. I can pray and seek to know God’s grace so I can live a life of grace towards so they can see Christ in me. Happy Resurrection Day/ Easter.

Every Sunday A Psalms: The Great Hope

Daily Devotions for Sunday: by Christina Farris

Psalms 79:1-13 KJV
(1) A Psalm of Asaph. O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.
(2) The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
(3) Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.
(4) We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
(5) How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?
(6) Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.
(7) For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.
(8) O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.
(9) Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.
(10) Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed.
(11) Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;
(12) And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.
(13) So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

I personally do not think of Christ return as being a time of revenge but it is. I think of the rapture of the church, and the joy of seeing my Lord come to take his church home. At the time of exile Israel was in a state of longing for the Messiah to come and take control and lead their people free from the nation that surround her. The blood shed and lost of life was enough to know that Israel was weakened and in trouble by her enemies. The nation once great had been defeated, only to search and wait for their Messiah. In Daniel the appointed time of the Messiah coming was known. Yet it was a long ways off when prophesied about. A long period to wait for the coming Messiah was over 400 years. I can only image from there in how they must of felt when their Messiah was not all they dreamed of. They understood that the shedding of blood would purge their iniquities but understood that the Savior would have to die.

No one wants to think of the superheroes in life having to pay with their life. Yet Christ was a superhero that would pay with his physical life but not his spiritual one. Jesus was Spirit/Word of God before the dawning of him coming in human flesh. The Spirit once leaving the body of Christ went into the depth of hell and grave to set the captives free. Jesus was setting his captives free that believed. He rose to victory on the third day but did not seal the gates of hell. He left them open for those that choose not God and Him. He left them open to return to shut the door and lock it on the Day of Judgment. A door with a permanent lock is not meant to be reopened. When Christ returns from is ascension to claim the church the door of hell will be locked and cast into the lake of fire forever more.

Christ resurrection meant life for believer for eternity, but did not give us a get out of a jail free card in this world we live in. Like Israel we wait, knowing our redeemer lives and will come to save his people. Yet the victory seems short lived with the departure of Christ to heaven, only to give his soldiers a weapon, a sword of the Holy Spirit to use not at their will but the will of the Father. Christ remained on the earth after his resurrection 40 days, and was seen by 500 people. Jesus went into heaven not to return until God says to his Son go get your bride the church. Yet until that time victory seems far away. Victory of proof of the nail scar hands, the pierce side, and ultimately the physical appearance of our Lord to the world is not all we wait for, but it is the beginning of the victory.

Can we abide in mercy and grace until the Lord returns. Or are we stuck in only seeing the revenge of our enemies on us, because of a lack of faith. Victory is not in our environment it is in knowing that even if this world we live in horrible conditions there is hope for eternity and if we are so lucky to have all the gold then victory is seen prior to Christ return perhaps, but it can be gone within a day. The gold of faith being the only permanent real gold anything else is fool’s gold. Do you believe Christ returned and that He did come to set his people free from sin and eternal death? To bury the sins of the world so that we can be free to serve the Lord in faith believing. Are we looking for the King to come, and free his people of the burdens of this old world? Purging and bring down the New Jerusalem to live in.

May This Easter be focus of not only redemption from sin, but the hope of eternity to come with the return of Christ. The grave could not hold our Lord. Our bodies will decay if not redeemed before our death. Yet our hope is we will see His return before our bodies have time to face the grave. Jesus has not left us comfortless but given us the precious gift of His Spirit to guide and direct us in all truth until his return. He is coming soon church, let us not loose our faith, because of lies of the world, or the lack of faith and hope that only can be healed by learning to trust in Him daily and allowing him to demonstrate his power in our life.

Dear Heavenly Father the unlikely Psalm bridging our redeemer for us through the shedding of blood for sin. Yet giving us hope through the resurrection and return, mush as Israel had waited for Christ coming, without ever fully understanding. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 1 John 1:9 KJV
(9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 Thessalonians 1:10 KJV
(10) And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Time Of Christ: The Rising

Daily Devotions for Saturday: by Christina Farris 3/27/2016

Matthew 27:52-66 KJV
(52) And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
(53) And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
(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.
(55) And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:
(56) Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.
(57) When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:
(58) He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
(59) And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
(60) And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
(61) And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
(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.

In the Gospel of Luke 23:50 Joseph of Arimathaea is more then a follower of Jesus, but a Councilor of the Sanhedrin. The importance of this fact is that to be a follower and man of the court seemed in opposition of each other. Yet he was like Nicodemus a scribe who also followed Jesus. Two men would lay to rest the body of Jesus. Joseph having a tomb already prepared for the next burial of someone he knew. A hole drilled into stone and a hole in the tomb made to lay a body in for burial. Nicodemus and Joseph would of performed certain burial customs of the Jewish people but there was still more purification of the body to be done, but it would have to wait until after the Sabbath, and the women could handle this job.

The Jewish religious began to worry Jesus body might get stolen, and so request the Rome leaders for guards for the tomb of Jesus. After the soldiers came Mary who sat and kept watch departed for the Sabbath day drew near. Why did Joseph care he had role to play in story, not because of who he was but because of who Jesus was. He was a follower, not necessarily a believer, but someone who knew the works of Jesus. Understood the language he spoke and probably worried if he might face death for being a son of God and a religious leader by the hand of the Romans because of this uprising about Jesus. One would think with the empty tombs because of the resurrection of the holy men old that there were enough empty graves around. Yet Jesus would not be laid in used tomb but a new borrow tomb. This was not disciples or any of the Mary’s hometowns outside of Jerusalem in a place called Golgotha. Stealing of the body of Jesus would of meant several things, that a resurrection was fake and pre thought out. The thievery would only cause an uprising of Jesus’ disciples. The whole situation seems insane when the though of empty tombs and dead rising. Yet they had a reason to worry about Jesus rising, but if he could rise did they really think they could hold him in the grave? See Jesus would rise from the tomb on the third day after an earthquake. Those tremors perhaps had not ended or a whole new earthquake began to shake the earth.

Yet I wonder about shock of the people in Jerusalem as well as the priesthood and the Roman’s. Had these events seem like a dream, or impossibility? No wonder Roman government could not keep a lid on what had happened especially when Christ came out of the tomb. In the book of Revelations it talks about two witnesses being taken up into heaven. The book of Revelation is the testimony of Jesus/Word of God. Jesus will ascend after appearing to Mary to his Father in heaven. Time period of taking the people home perhaps that had risen from the grave. The only thing left is the return of Jesus. The only thing today we wait on is the return of Christ.

Why are all these events important around the cross to give testimony of the hope of salvation and redemption through belief in Jesus? This story is known about but few teach it. Few make mention of it because the resurrection of Jesus alone was hard to believe. After two thousand years of waiting for Jesus return man is still long for proof to increase in their faith in something that they were not around for. Man searches evidence through scriptures of these events because the lack of historical evidence. No bones, no proof one was even there. The story seems incomplete for some, who look for answers beyond the grave. Yet in reality something more is given to the believers of Christ, prophecy, healing and miracles that still go on today. All these things are told for the purpose to bring all people to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Yet in truth all these things are scrutinized for the one reason of looking for evidence of it being a lie instead of truth. There are those that would like to disprove over belief.

Faith in Jesus and God is important for salvation and belief in the Holy Spirit does not prevent but enables the Spirit to work and move within the group of believers. Even Jesus could not do many miracles among many none believers. It makes one wonder why did not God prove himself to them. Perhaps it the same reason today, there are some destine for the judgment because of unbelief. How do you convince someone in chronic pain there is hope beyond that pain. How does one convince one that is crippled beyond repair God is able, when He does not move to heal? The question is what are you looking for to be able to receive a healing? Healings were done to glorify God and to bring people into God’s family. Yet can people ride the coat tails of every church planting in hopes of a miracle. Every new growth of life of the church, the government will certainly try. Yet the problem of church planting is still the issue Jesus had, people come for curiosity as well as faith. If lack of faith prevents, then what different then a church one attends every week already in place. My own faith before the healing was not always yes Lord, I am waiting for your will to be done in my life. Yet that is my prayer even today. I know God is real, but I can not be the one to convince you it will take act of God in your life. Whether your faith began as a child or an adult with no proof or evidence until He came into your heart, then it must have been the conversion alone to convince you that there is real person with in your heart that speaks to your soul. If the conversion convinced you of reality of God and Christ then the bonus of a miracles and wonders because of faith is greater, for you know He lives.

Dear Heavenly Father the convincing of the conversion of faith in Christ Jesus was enough as a child to know you are real, but also to know your Son was for me. Yet thank you for the miracles in my life as continual proof. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: John 20:29 KJV
(29) Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Daily God’s Promises: John 20:30-31 KJV
(30) And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
(31) But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

Good Friday

Daily Devotions for Friday:  By Christina Farris 3/25/2016

John 19:1-42 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.
(4) Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.
(5) Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
(6) When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
(7) The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
(8) When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;
(9) And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.
(10) Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
(11) Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
(12) And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
(13) When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
(14) And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
(15) But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
(16) Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
(17) And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
(18) Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
(19) And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
(20) This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
(21) Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
(22) Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
(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.
(25) Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
(26) When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
(27) Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
(28) After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
(29) Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
(30) When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
(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.
(38) And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.
(39) And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.
(40) Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
(41) Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
(42) There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

The easiest story to believe of the events of the cross would be the Gospel of John or Mark. Matthew Gospel though it includes the trial and the help carrying the cross to the crucifixion carries also the tombs being open and the dead rising and walking into the city of Jerusalem Holy People that rose. No other Gospel mentions the event of the time period afterwards of his death except in reference to the burial of Jesus. Why would Matthew share the event of the dead rising and no one else, perhaps because of fear it would take away the importance of Christ resurrection. The sky being darkened and the veil being torn in the temple is mentioned in Matthew, Mark and Luke, but not John. Same with the trial of Jesus before the court system not all of it speaks the same events that occurred. If one takes all four Gospel and weaves them together it forms a clearer picture of the events of that day.

The trial alone condemn Jesus because he refused to deny He was the Son of God and king of the Jews. The simple fact is because of certain facts were established in each Gospel we know that the trial of Jesus took place, but his innocents by human law did not prevent the legal law of crucifying Jesus. Was Jesus mere man to be buried after standing and being judge by the world because of who He is. The issue remains if Jesus being all he claimed was true, why did he have to die because of truth. Jesus submitted to human law. If a man came to you, claiming to be a son of God and a king would you not cry foul. Yet the scripture declares that man is a little god, and also king and priest that would rule with Christ and God. Jesus did not teach suicide. Nor did he teach to lie, cheat or steal. The language of the people declared Jesus to be what they claimed for themselves.

The cultic destructive nature goes into justifying humanity crimes against God in the form of sin. Also saying it is okay to kill, to molest children, preach suicide, to steal, to fight in opposition of the government authority and so forth. Breaking any of God’s law, even to the laws written on the believers heart by the Holy Spirit. The question is what keeps Jesus from being a destructive cult, at the time of the cross, would be what exactly, the fact there was no sin in what Jesus did. His perfection, his sinless life, was the key factor of Jesus not being a cult and Jesus being who He claimed to be. Yet was Jesus more then a man like any other man, the answer lies with the resurrection. For Jesus had to call forth all that died to rise of faith with his death. Even Elijah had raised a boy, if nothing more to strength the faith of the Shunammite woman. The cross without the events of the sky darkening and the veil ripping, the earthquake and the dead rising, Did Jesus have any power beyond human power. The fact that the priesthood was busy taking Jesus body for burial makes one question once again what happened. Jesus was outside the gate of Jerusalem when he was nailed to the cross. He was not inside the city walls. He was buried outside of Jerusalem. For him not to be buried outside he was not the Messiah for the sin was taken outside the gate of the city. The city being holy could not crucify Jesus within the gate. The sacrifice of the goat was taken outside the city, yet the goat would be turn loose and Jesus was not turned loose but crucified for being a Priest of Levitical tribe in the order of Melchizedek. The first high priest over the nations. Jesus by being human was a prince of peace/ yet he was label a king, because he of who he was as being not only Son of God but God. Son God by being the Word of God that became flesh and dwelt among us and being the Father by having the same Spirit of God has his Spirit, not having a different Spirit within him. All humans have an individual spirit but Christ body contained God’s Spirit.

Jesus was more then little god, and more then just a king, for he would rule on high. Yet the title king was justified by the fact he was offspring of King David by physical birth. Yet humanly he was only a man, with many titles from being born into the priesthood and the kingly line. Yet to be God or even the only begotten of the Father would take proof, proof only that could come with his death and resurrection. For Jesus said destroy the temple and on the third day it would be rebuilt. This was claimed through out his ministry even in the first year of ministry. Almost a tempting of what must come for man to believe Jesus was Lord, God and King.

The cross having many facets, but only one truth Jesus died upon it for you and me. Beaten and tried before the public square, only to then be nailed to a cross for you and me. The beating not enough to pacify the Jewish leaders. The leaders crying he declared himself a king. Facing the crime he did commit, yet in truth he was all the things man claimed about him. It would take the ripping of the veil, the earthquake and the sky being darkened for evidence, but it was more, it was the dead coming from the grave recorded in Matthew and yet Matthew had the most skeptical answer of saying it was not true by the roman leaders.

I can not imagine not believing in the resurrection or to not celebrate the price Christ paid for me. Yet he paid all for you as well, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Who would believe Jesus to be God, after all he walked and talked like you and me in the native language of where he lived. Who would believe Emmanuel was with us, or that the truth of prophesy was real. Only those who examined it time and time again must come to a place of either unbelief or belief. Christ suffered, but because He loved us. He bore those stripes on his back. He had the nails in his hands and sword in his side as proof of his death. All his blood and water poured out for you and me. The beating with bones in the cat of nine tails with bone chips braided into each whip, causing the skin to be ripped from the body. A crown of thorns piercing his very brow. And yet He still had the strength to talk to the disciples, his mother, the women and the thief on the cross. Giving hope in final message of forgive them Father for they know not what they do.

Dear Heavenly Father had the reality of who you are comes to us, as well as who Christ is and what He did for us through his death by taking away our sins for all that believe, may we celebrate knowing He rose the third day this Good Friday. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Isaiah 53:3-11 KJV
(3) 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.
(4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
(5) 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.
(6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
(7) He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
(8) He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
(9) And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
(10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
(11) He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 Peter 2:23-25 KJV
(23) Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
(24) Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
(25) For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

The Religious Legal Court And The Denial

Daily Devotions for Thursday: by Christina Farris 3/24/2016

Matthew 26:58-75 KJV
(58) But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
(59) Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
(60) But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,
(61) And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
(62) And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
(63) But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
(64) Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
(65) Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
(66) What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
(67) Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,
(68) Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?
(69) Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
(70) But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
(71) And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
(72) And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
(73) And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
(74) Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
(75) And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

What right did the religious leaders have in putting Jesus on trial considering they were not in power in the land of Israel during the Roman Empire? Probably as adult this was one question that occurred to me, is how could these religious people even begin a court hearing in the wee hours of the morning without legal power. Upon examining history one can learn that social laws were still maintained by religious order. It was a type of control use to handle small things that were not imposed by legal courts. One has to remember that Roman had a legal system and so did the Jews before their captivity into Babylon, Assyrian, Persian, Greek and then Roman Empires. It was to these empire advantage to allow certain of the old legal system to have say over a people when it came to small claims court and so forth. It help keep that people at peace during transitions of different legal systems as well as explaining new more rigorous laws such as capital punishment.

Jesus was a part of priesthood. Yet He was also the son of the blessed mother Mary. Mark’s Gospel records mention of it in the trial in Mark 14:61. Reference to the virgin Mary who had conceived Jesus by the Holy Spirit. A note of who this man was and is. A note of who was facing trial the one said to be the redeemer of Israel. Yet now no redemption would come with a death of a man. Had all this escaped those speaking against Jesus that knew he was of the blessed mother. Something to think on. The importance of the religious trial to establish who Jesus was and the accusations that were against Jesus. Yet even the false witness could not come together to speak the blaspheme to have him go to trial.

Peter denied who Jesus was, perhaps it was important to deny for Peter was closes to Jesus. Was the closes man upon the earth. Yet the denial is fitting for his protection. Yet it allowed him entry to listen to the going ons of the trial. A trial that identified who Jesus was by parenthood, as well as his words and speeches. They wanted to nail Jesus on the cross for his words. Yet they could not. Yet they did have something against Jesus the crowd had waved palm branches in the streets and Jesus refused to stop them. Claiming the very rocks would cry out if he quieted the men. Claiming kingship without many words of proof. This kingship causing the final trial that would lead him to his death. Jesus did claim that if the temple was destroy that He could raise it up in three days. Was this too something to think about as a threat on there nation’s security. Go around claiming to destroy something of importance and see how long it takes for the cops to be banging on your door and questioning you, or handcuffing you, once the crime is committed whether one is guilty or not. I knew a person who prophesied an event before it happened and it shook not only them but the one person that heard it. Both figuring the other must have been involved but neither had a thing to do with it. The question then came did someone over hear the conversation was it possible. Only if there was a microphone, in the area that could of picked up the conversation. For that person I do believe God wanted to truly shake them to the reality of what man could do or his power could do, and either way it mattered not. There is a point with the little story about being God’s will or not, Jesus trial looked like a set up. For those who believe in the power of God, it was God and not religious order or legal law that brought the trial of Jesus. Yet for those not so convinced by prophesy being about the Messiah both Old and New Testament, one thing is for certain the temple being raised spoke of Jesus body, meant Jesus was going to die some how and be resurrected, trial was convenient. Without the prophesy of the Old Testament the trial of Jesus was a convenient way to get rid of a rebel and a leader that was causing an uprising among the people. The crowd was crying Hosanna to the King in reference to Jesus in one day, only to loose points with the people in one day by the words lead by the chief priest to crucify Jesus, based on evidence only understood by the Priesthood. The Priesthood hearts were harden because of greed. As the rooster crow twice the prophecy of Peter’s denial fulfilled. Peter became alert to his denial of Jesus. Something under normal circumstances never would have happened. The Priesthood faced that same type of thing of denial and accountability for their actions based on prophesy. God listens to a repented heart if one will ask forgiveness, especially when it was according to His will and purpose. For Jesus came to die for all mankind. There were religious leaders that believed after the resurrection. Yet not all would receive truth. Yet those who did would carry the story of the cross and the trial of Jesus. How He paid the price of man’s sin. His resurrection important because without it victory over religious and legal law never would happen. Jesus rising up form the grave demonstrated Jesus authority over death and the grave. If Jesus set you free you are free indeed.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the reminder of the burden of prophesy as well as the ability for trickery to be used in our modern world, remind us daily how true your word is. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Mark 14:61 KJV
(61) 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?

Daily God’s Promises: Hebrews 7:16-19 KJV
(16) Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
(17) For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
(18) For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
(19) For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

The Hour Of Darkness

Daily Devotions for Wednesday:

Luke 22:41-53 KJV
(41) And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
(42) Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
(43) And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
(44) 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.
(45) And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
(46) And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
(47) And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.
(48) But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
(49) When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?
(50) And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.
(51) And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
(52) Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?
(53) When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.

The hour of darkness comes as a thief in the night to steal Jesus from His followers and the world. Jesus was in the garden peacefully praying with feeling the stress of what was to come. The disciples understood not what was causing Jesus distress on a peaceful night in the garden. A night they had been asked to keep watch and pray only to keep falling asleep, because of their own fatigue. What were they watching for, why was Jesus being guarded if He would choose to lay down his life? Jesus wanted them to watch to keep falling into temptation that was to come. Temptation to fight verses peacefully taking Jesus to trial. After all Peter would cut off the ear of the high priest Servant. The Gospel Of John tells a story when the soldiers approach they fall backwards to show the authority of God to allow the taking of Jesus. Jesus, by healing the High Priest’s servant ear after loosing it to the sword in Peter’s hand, was choosing peace. If the disciple fought it does not say if those coming to take Jesus captive would be out numbered, but Jesus exercised his authority with his disciples to tell them to lay their weapons down and allow this to happen. Claiming this was the hour of darkness. The hour of evil was to come. It was time for the devil to do, as he desired to Him. No one wants to think of Jesus not fighting against the enemy. No one wants to think of the suffering of Jesus but it was for our benefit. Without the hour of darkness, there was no triumph through the resurrection. Without evil coming the power of good could not win.

When evil comes to your door sometimes you have to allow it to have a moment of triumph so it can be destroyed. Something in life one has to take like a duck and other things are worth fighting for. Peter even wanted to fight for his friend, but his friend said no. Can you imagine what Peter felt as Jesus replaced the ear on the high priest servant. The knowledge of the event to healing did not matter to the high priest servant who took Jesus. Healings brought joy not capture. Healings brought people running to the feet of Jesus or going to the high priest to show they were made whole. Yet this one event seems overlooked by the one coming to seize Jesus. Some perhaps question if that ear being sliced off happened, because the healing was so quick. The question of the truth of healing, never even reached the priesthood door for the only thing that was important is the seizure of Jesus in the garden to them. The seizure with swords, and knives when Jesus could have easily been captured in the city streets when he was daily teaching and ministering. After all God had ordained the capture already and even Jesus’ death.

Was the mockery of the capture with swords and knives only the point that they felt they needed to show their authority to take Jesus with weapons of destruction? The hour was chosen so that the soldiers did not have to fight the crowd. Yet there were still those in attendance that were at the scene, one man that follow would loose his robe in the Gospel of Mark chapter 14. For the soldiers grabbed the man too, who escaped without his cloak. Yet no doubt the hour of darkness had come with less opposition, with less of a following, for Jesus gave them the authority to take him and to do to him at will. Jesus was giving up His life so he could take it up again.

The authority given to the soldiers not because of the knives and swords, but Jesus chose to give them it. The disciples could of fought and perhaps Jesus still be taken, but Jesus allowed it to happen with peace and not war. The time of exile to Babylonian came with siege of Jerusalem. Yet the capture of the city came with swords and even marking of the their kings and leaders of power with the loss of eyes and some even being killed. When a leader goes into enemy camp one can almost assume one’s life might be lost. Abraham feared his own life passing through a country and used his wife to deceive the king. Yet Jesus went willingly to the trial that should never of happened. A trial of the lower court condemns Jesus to the higher court, which the legal law could execute him.

As Obama travels the globe speaking peace to each nation he enters, his goaled to stress of human rights. Going to Cuba a land that would be easily taken because of its size, but instead choosing peace to talks to help its leaders. This is actually a second trip to Cuba. The first time Obama went it was to open talks, Cuba desires peace with our nation. The nation of Cuba was in distress, and now it is rising up once more to show its opposition to our governments proposals. How quick our world changes from one meeting to the next. Aid to quick brings only strength to the opposition. Yet desire for peace and not war must begin somewhere.

For the cross peace began with the resurrection between man and God for all that believed Jesus died for them. Jesus came and taught for forty days after his death before ascending into heaven. That is peace considering what the world did to him. The hour of darkness short lived for the power of God is greater. Diplomacy of peace comes with an hour of darkness to a country, but the peace comes with teaching and education. Our nation has had to go through education of human rights as well and still does. Our nation has to learn to not be abusive, going first to those over our laws.

Did Christ come paying the price of his Father breaking the laws of man? Had not God not killed and still kills today. No it not blaspheme, for God does not have to submit to man’s laws but he did when he went to the cross. A debt he did not owe by His authority, but a debt he owed to man’s authority. Despite how right one is in their eyes, there is authority that is above theirs. Yet God authority has no higher power. Even if God’s people submit to authority of the land they live in God will have the final say on judgment day.

When our country allows and respects the laws of other countries, which happened in Iraq and Iran we still landed up going to war in Iraq but not Iran. Iran is a country that made much improvement in the past ten years. Had the war in Iraq made Iran consider change or was change already coming with education. Education helps allow more human rights but also allows them to keep their laws. Jesus’ cross did not take way human law, but took away the separation between God and man. The separation when the veil was torn in the temple that divided the resting place of the ark from man. A wall built by religious law by God only destroyed by God because of the laws over the land. Our direct communication with God is by the intercessor of his word and authority of His Spirit. His Spirit supercedes any other law.

The cold war was about whose laws in the world’s nation were best. God’s authority says His way is always best. The way is of love, and sacrifice. Jesus going to bare the consequences of allowing man freedom to choose upon the earth. Going to the cross because of allowing man temptation. Man seeing the execution of Jesus being justified because of his claim to be God and the lie of Jesus claiming to be king, but it worked to get him executed by the priesthood. For no government would allow someone to claim that power that is in opposition to theirs, beyond diplomacy. Israel was already under authority and it was seen has uprising. They nailed on the cross the crime of him being the king of the Jews. Yet it was the people, who cried Hail King Jesus, only to turn away when the trial began only to cry crucify. With Man rejection of God, God still teaches man to love to all that follow Him by His Spirit and His Word. Man’s laws only win for time; God’s laws and authority is eternal.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to understand Christ death came by the rejection of your authority in a person’s life only to be regained when man choose your way. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: John 18:5-6 KJV
(5) They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.
(6) As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Daily God’s Promises: 1 Corinthians 15:23-28 KJV
(23) But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
(24) Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
(25) For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
(26) The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
(27) For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
(28) And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

The Devils Had Permission By God

Daily Devotions for Tuesday: by Christina Farris 3/22/2016

John 13:2-30 KJV
(2) And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;
(3) Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;
(4) He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.
(5) After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
(6) Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?
(7) Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
(8) Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
(9) Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
(10) Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.
(11) For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.
(12) So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
(13) Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
(14) If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
(15) For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
(16) Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
(17) If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
(18) I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
(19) Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
(20) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
(21) When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
(22) Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
(23) Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
(24) Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
(25) He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?
(26) Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
(27) And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
(28) Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.
(29) For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.
(30) He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

Demoniac possession sounds like some type of made up idea. Yet until you meet someone who truly evil perhaps one cannot understand the power the devil is allowed on earth. The power to control certain individuals for a purpose, and to allow the plot of the enemy to destroy does not seem, like an act of God, but it was. God had kept the enemy at bay for so long a period of time. Even allowing Jesus to just walk away or go to the next town before soldiers could seize him. Jesus had done no harm but to insult the leaders a few times. Judas had watched the entire goings on and was also in charge of the moneybags of Jesus. He knew what was in that bag and how much was spent on a regular bases for food, and what were miracles and what were not. People that follow ministers of faith that have been given the gift of healing in their ministry are often hounded by those truly seeking a miracle and those there only to be a deceiver and to claim something that is not. The Bible never talks about those following Jesus actually coming to see if they could betray or trick the crowd or even Jesus, though in my heart I believe they must of existed. With Jesus ability to turn a few loaves into enough bread to feed a huge crowd, why would Jesus needed money for his group of followers? Jesus simply did not do miracles all the time. Though it appears in Luke and John to have had many miracles, it was not always the case. Jesus ministry was also about teaching and talking to the elders both religious and legal leaders of a city. He did minister to the poor as well as rich though. He brought hope of salvation through repentance to the people he taught. In Jesus’ ministry, He did meet several demoniac possessed people and even had to instruct the disciples that much pray and fasting had to be done to take care of some demons.

Judas was possessed by the devil, and not by choice. Perhaps knowing the money need for the trips and travel of Jesus had deadened his heart some to the miracle and hope Jesus message brought. Maybe Judas heart was harden enough that he was easy target to be control by the enemy called Satan. What did Judas know that the others did not? What kept him at a level of unbelief with all the signs and wonders? Was Judas a literalist in nature with hearing the talk that Jesus would die that he had decided to help make this happen, not fully understanding who Jesus was. Whatever had brought Judas to a place for the devil to enter him to carry out the plan of destruction on Jesus life was all by the power of God. The Devil had permission to use Judas to betray Jesus. It matters little about anything else but that God had given permission. If God allows the devil to betray, to kill, and/or to test you rest assured it is for a purpose. This time of demoniac control is not a normal possession, but one ordained by God. The devil also has to obey God when it comes to things of God’s will. If we claim God’s will in every aspect of our life does it mean every evil befalling us is the will of God? The answer is perhaps no, for all kinds of bad things happen and I hate to think God gave the devil permission every time to do evil. I like to think the devil acted on his own in some situations by the authority already given by God to do evil upon the earth. Otherwise some evil could never be stopped by man beyond the simplest crimes or criminals.

Judas was under the control of Satan to betray Jesus, for following Jesus in general did not cause evil to arise in one heart or mind. A person is often what they listen and hear all the time in life. Men and Women in the legal system without refreshing of their minds and hearts of the things that are correct to do, because the criminal they capture, they become people hunting ways to do illegal things without being caught. The devil had his own belief system of his way and not God’s way, except when it came to things God asked him to do and then he had to obey God to do evil. Evil that devil was asked to do was to control Judas so that he would betray God’s only begotten Son name Jesus. He was going to allow the enemy a day of destruction by allowing the death of his Son. The devil had permission to try and destroy. Once the task of the person the devil was using, the person was given the ability to repent, yet they had to seek Jesus/God to do it. Judas would not seek Jesus after his betrayal for forgiveness; he only sought those he took money from, because they were a part of religious council and they plotted originally to kill Jesus. Judas despite his possession still knew not Jesus. Nor did he know Jesus’ love and forgiveness for mankind. Judas we know knew Lazarus was raised from the dead, yet he believed not the Son of Man would rise in three days. Had the journey with Christ, because of the moneybags, caused some unbelief? Had his greed caused his unbelief and ability to repent to God? Judas knew not who to go to after the error of his way was discovered. The fact is Judas’ task was ordained by God and even prophesied about in the Old Testament. Judas could not repent for he only knew what the moneybags of Jesus could buy and not the saving grace of Jesus could establish in one’s life.

One more thing to note about Judas as he dipped his bread into the wine with Jesus it was a sign of outward friendship, friendship that was only inward by companionship of time and travel. It had nothing to do with being close to Jesus. Judas laid his life down for a betrayal that He could not pick up his life again, but sought to harm himself instead. If Judas had known he could of gone to God and repented, or to Christ, yet his friend was dead, maybe he would not have killed himself. Knowing we serve a loving God and to repent is one of greatest gifts of love God gave along with His Son being the price paid for sin, that man has ever received with faith in God. Yet why does God allow the devil to do some things? This morning I had to lay my computer keyboard down and turn off the computer to sort out my thinking once again. Do not think I am exempt from anger at times when I think about what God allows even the devil to do it for His will. It means man has to suffer in someway. Man suffered at knowing the price Jesus paid for us. Yet we receive it with grateful hearts knowing because He lives we to will live. It is our choice to serve God in obedience to Him, despite our own will. That our suffering is for the benefits of those that will come to know Jesus and His forgiveness. Tall order to share what God has done for us, because of our own embarrassment of our mistakes. Our own guilt of sin even after forgiveness, but the need to share to help someone else along life road is often necessary at some point. To know the humanity of those we talk to is to know Jesus power to forgive and to love us. One does not have to be like Judas. God’s grace is sufficient when man’s grace is not.

Dear Heavenly Father help us never to be a Judas succumbing to the will of Satan power but always knowing the grace of Jesus and His forgiveness. Let us stand in your power to forgive and your love. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: James 5:16 KJV
(16) Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Daily God’s Promises: 2 Corinthians 1:4-6 KJV
(4) Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
(5) For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
(6) And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

Not Hidden Behind The Door

Daily Devotions for Monday: by Christina Farris 3/21/2016

Luke 22:1-13 KJV
(1) Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.
(2) And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
(3) Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
(4) And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.
(5) And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
(6) And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
(7) Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.
(8) And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.
(9) And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?
(10) And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.
(11) And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
(12) And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.
(13) And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

This morning as I write I am disturbed by the world and the mockery of Jesus death and resurrection. The world claims to suffer and understands not the suffering of Jesus. How many lambs were sacrificed on the altar for sin before Christ paid the price for sin. Was the world’s sin debt paid by one man because it only took one man sin for man to enter this world we live in, once being in paradise with God and then being cast out? One-man sin verse many debts that had been paid by the law of man.

Egyptians sons died for the sin of unbelief and then the Egyptians died to their own death because they believed not. Which was a total act of God. The price of the innocent death to final destruction of unbeliever leads one straight to the hell. Yet the life of belief leads one to the promise land. Only rendition of spiritual principals to come represented by the cross of Jesus.

The plot of betrayal begins with finding a time to arrest Jesus, when the crowd was not around. They secretly arrest Jesus, for the purpose to kill him, and so that the world would loose their leader. The religious right would be saved. The religious right meaning those holding to the tradition of religious verse the truth about faith. The gold of the Pharisees more valuable then the little silver lost, for the cost of one man’s suffering. Judas was not afraid to speak to the religious leaders about such a time of betrayal. After all he lost money on the alabaster jar of perfume that Mary had anointed Jesus with because He was willing to perish. Why not make Jesus death real by betrayal. Why not get rich off of Christ death. The very point of getting rich, after all he traveled with Jesus collecting taxes no doubt on any money that people had given Jesus. After all Jesus had sat in the public square telling his stories and healing those that believed. What had Judas gained, apparently not enough.

Once the betrayal of plotting with the religious leaders was done, the place was chosen for the Passover supper. Where was Jesus but outside the building at the time of the Passover. This is important because the betrayal would not be taken inside the building of the feast. No Jewish person would of gone outside during the Passover but yet one sees the disciples with Christ in the garden, the place that Judas would bring the religious leaders too. The Passover feast in Egypt was marked by the protection of the Jewish people by the lamb’s blood on the door. The mark of the Lamb was the protection of the Hebrew people. The Lamb’s blood put on the doorpost so the death angel would pass by the house. Not entering in because of the blood of the lamb. Jesus was outside the house because he was the lamb that would be slaughter for the protection of the world. Spiritual protection by God is beyond our earthly protection. The bloodstain covering the believer marks us as protected by Christ, despite our sin. For his death was to pay for our sins. Jesus was outside the protection of his heavenly home to face the consequences of man for teaching truth.

To the world the traditions of the believer makes no sense. Yet the beauties of the passion of Christ, for those that study it, despite their faith understand the cost of one-man life for the world. Yet it is the consequences of not having God’s protection on one’s life. To have one sins forgive because of faith in God. There was faith that began at the beginning of man. Sin within the walls got one cast out, yet repentance and Christ covering, brought salvation. Man started in paradise only to be cast out and through the sacrifice of God’s word the Lamb of God man returns to paradise by faith in Christ Jesus. The cost of sin was the cost of God’s Holy Word that all man had to die for sin. Yet now only one would have to die for the world and we would no longer have to die eternally, but we would enter into heaven to remain with God for those that believe and for those of unbelief would face hell and destruction until the second resurrection where the eternal flames of fire are for those that repent not and believe not, yet in reality it was created for the devil and his angels.

The feast preparation for the disciples had come. Jesus told the disciples to go and they followed his instruction they would meet a man carrying water and they were to inquire of the place where they might eat the Passover. Rachel watered the camels of the servant who would take her to her husband. The woman at the well would take the word to the village men about Jesus. And now a man with water would bring the disciple to a place to have the Passover feast. Many were willing to serve the servants of God, even carrying the truth of living water in their heart. Not fully understand the full picture of the importance of the place for the Passover. The protection of the upper room contained the one marked as the deceiver and the other the Lamb to be slained. Both going outside for the task to come, going outside the protection of the upper room. Yet man knew not what He did for our Lord by providing the final protection if He would have remain behind the door.

Dear Heavenly Father as we think of the betrayal of Judas and the protection of the man who had the upper room, let us not remain hidden to serve you, but shine for you bearing our cross for you, because you came outside the door. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

 

Daily Bible Verses: Genesis 3:1 KJV
(1) Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Daily God’s Promises: Revelation 20:10 KJV
(10) And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.