Faith And Good Conscience

Faith And Good Conscience

1 Timothy 1;19

 

Faith is defined as putting your trust in an individual Merriam Webster defines as; belief and trust in and loyalty to God or  belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion. They also define as; firm beliefs in something for which there is no proo

fclinging to the faith that her missing son would one day return or complete trust. Something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially: a system of religious beliefs. The Greek word is pistis means “belief, trust, confidence, or pistis can also refer to Christian doctrine or collection of beliefs (Jas 2:17; Phil 1:27; 1 Tim. 1:13; Tit 2:2; Jude 3). In short, you put Faith And Good Conscienceyour trust that Jesus is Lord and purchased mankind sins and replace with His Righteousness  

 

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Essential Bible Dictionary defines conscience; A sense of what is morally right or wrong. The OT alludes to the conscience when; for example, it says that David’s “heart smote him” (1 Sam. 24:5 KJV; the NIV renders, “David was conscience-stricken”). As a result of accepting the gospel, people receive a purified, or perfected, conscience (Heb. 9:14; 10:22). Paul described the universal existence of conscience as the internal moral witness found in all human beings (Rom. 2:14–16) and stressed that Christians should have a clear and good conscience (2 Cor. 1:12; 1 Tim. 1:5, 19; 3:9).

Good conscience is defined as: having good motives, displaying motives that will not result in a guilty conscience. Biblical term is defined as, its presence known by inducing mental anguish and feelings of guilt when we violate the values we recognize and apply. Or consciousness of life was of a relationship between God and a covenant community. the classical Greek term “suneivdhsi”  the soul as distinguishing between what is morally good and bad, prompting to do the former and shun the latter, commending one, condemning  the conscience.  

 However, it has been perverted by the Fall. There is a term  that reformer use was called total depravity meaning that as a result of the fall of man (Genesis 3:6) every part of man mind, will, emotions and flesh have been corrupted by sin. In other words, sin affects all areas of our being including who we are and what we do. It penetrates to the very core of our being so that everything is tainted by sin and “…all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” before a holy God Isaiah 64:6. It acknowledges that the Bible teaches that we sin because we are sinners by nature. Since conscience is effected by sin than what means to have a good conscience found in 1 Timothy 1; 19

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In 1 Timothy 1:15 its states, “This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners “—and I am the worst of them.” The phase This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: means This expression calls attention to an important point.  It is found only in the pastoral letters 3:1; 4:9; 2 Tim. 2:11; Titus 3:8 Christ came into the world to save sinner, and purged mankind consciences by the death of Jesus Christ on Calvary cross, and if you believe in His atoning work  Heb 9:14 See also Ps 51:10; Heb 9:9; Heb 10:2,22; 1Pe 3:21

 

For example the Apostle Paul known as Saul was breathing threats against follower of Christ  intending in destroying the church in it infant staged. While on Damascus Road he encounter Jesus Christ A man named Ananias,  baptized Paul,  and wash away your sins by calling on His name.’ By acknowledging his sins before Christ, and Christ forgave him. Mandate Saul to I will rescue you from the people and from the Gentiles. I now send you to them   to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God that by faith in Christ they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified.’ He understood that Christ  came into the world to save sinners

   He able to discern from right and wrong and guild us through stormy water. John MacArthur wrote,” A good conscience serves as the rudder that steers the believer through the rocks and reefs of sin and error.”

The Apostle Paul went from Hebrew of Hebrew, a proud man a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man to a chief of sinner and follower of Christ. He recognized the gap that existed between his sinful heart and the holy God. 

Holman Commentary wrote.” He recognized the gap which existed between his sinful heart and the holy God.When we see ourselves as weak and frail, in need of Christ, then we will want to stay close to the Lord and his teachings.”

 

 In 1:5 the Apostle Paul wrote.” Now the goal of our instruction is loved that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. He was preparing Timothy for battle and warning Timothy his protege  about false teachers who wore sheep clothing even thou they were wolves ready devour their prey. He gave the same warning to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:29 and 20:30. ” I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. And men will rise up from your own number with deviant doctrines to lure the disciples into following them.”

 

 Hymenaeus and Alexander were among them who perverted the gospel. They ignored their good consciences and the truth, and as a result, suffered shipwreck of the Christian faith (the true doctrine of the gospel), which implies severe spiritual catastrophe. Their heresy spreading ‘like gangrene’ and was a distortion the scriptures. Denying the reality of believers’ bodily resurrection found in 2 Timothy 2:18. They  taught that believers’ spiritual identification with Christ’s death and resurrection.   

Paul had no choice but to  excommunicated and discipline them. So they would recognize their errors and repent of theirs sins (2 Tim. 2:25, 26; Titus 3:10). So that, they would might abandon their evil ways (1 Cor. 5:1–5). 

For example, Jesus declared in Matthew18;15-17 these words,” 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. 17 If he pays no attention to them, tell the church. But, if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you. John MacArthur wrote, 18:17 tell it to the church. If he still refuses to repent, step 3 requires that the matter be reported to the whole assembly (v. 17)—so that all may lovingly pursue the sinning brother’s reconciliation. But failing that, step 4 means that the offender must be excommunicated, regarded by the church as “a heathen and a tax collector” (see note on 5:46). The idea is not merely to punish the offender, or to shun him completely, but to remove him as a detrimental influence from the fellowship of the church, and henceforth to regard him as an evangelistic prospect rather than as a brother. Ultimately, the sin for which he is excommunicated is a hard-hearted impenitence. 

Reformed Bible Study wrote, “let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Such individuals are to be cut off from fellowship and suspended from full social relations with other Christians. Paul applies this discipline in 1 Cor. 5 and 1 Tim. 1:20. For example, a parent would discipline his child because they love them. Often, the parent would grieve and would be deeply hurt. So the church saddened when you excommunicated, a brother or sister from the church. Unless you’re preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Who became God-given wisdom for us—our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Meaning manifesting themselves fully in the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and atoning work on the cross 

As scripture declares, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.”

Furthermore scripture declares,” For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. 

 

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Bring The Sheep Or The Harvest

Bring The Sheep Or The Harvest

Matthew 9:35-38 

We established that Jesus is the true Bring The Sheep Or The HarvestShepherd who is concerned for His sheep  found in  Eze 34:11 – 16  and John 10  and purchased our sins via the cross. Once believe that He atones our sins He will take our sins and replace

One trait that true followers of Christ should have a compassion for the lost sheep who is without  shepherd and without hope. Compassion means a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.  

The Greek splanchnizomai means “to have compassion for someone, show compassion.”  Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary wrote, “This verb carries the idea of being moved in the inner parts of the body. The ancients thought of the inward parts of the body (i.e., the entrails) as being the seat of emotions. In English, we usually refer to the “heart,” but we also talk of a person having “visceral ” feelings; note how true compassion can affect us in the pit of our stomachs. 

 Splanchnizomai occurs only in the Synoptic Gospels and describes the compassion Jesus had for those he saw in difficulty. Jesus is filled with compassion for those who are without a shepherd Mt 9:36; Mk 6:34

It one thing to have compassion, however, to have zeal without knowledge would have devastating effect on declaring the gospel Or even self righteousness in Jesus day and today who come across as thou they  are bettor you. The people outside the church see people inside the church as bunch hypocrite who breaks their own rules. In many ways, they are absolutely right make that claim, We all sinner !!!

The only person can make that claim and committed no sin is Jesus Himself. As scripture declares Jesus became human and chose to live alongside us. He did not come into the world condemn it. He forgave a woman who committed adultery. Where ask her where are the accuser have they condemned you? She said No one, Lord. “Neither do I condemn you, said Jesus. ” Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.”

    John Calvin wrote, “They are dumb dogs, Isaiah 56:10, and yet are not ashamed to make a vehement sound about their hierarchy. But, we must listen to the voice of Christ who declares that where there are no labourers there are no shepherds, and that those sheep are wandering and scattered which are not collected into the fold of God by the doctrine of the gospel. His being moved with compassion proves him to be the faithful servant of the Father in promoting the salvation of his people, for whose sake he had clothed himself with our flesh.” His teaching gave mankind hope not a burden. As Jesus declared Himself, For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. This message we need to bring to lost is hope or My brother Peter wrote, “Encouraging word to bring gliding tiding from the king and may you bring healing into this broken world.”

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

One greatest burden as missionary either abroad or locality or person who serve God with all hearts, minds and souls especially are burden due great need within the community those reject the gospel or those you do not reach with the gospel. 

Late Chris Kyle the American Sniper was responsible 169 while his brothers while combat, said My regrets are for the people I couldn’t save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I’m not naive, and I don’t romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But, I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job.

 Or Oscar Schindler who rescues 1,200 Jewish being from butcher the Nazi regime After they were out harm way he utter these words,” I could have got more out. I could have got more. I don’t know. If I’d just… I could have got more. If I’d made more money… I threw away so much money. You have no idea. If I’d just… I didn’t do enough! This car. Goeth would have bought this car. Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there. Ten people. Ten more people. This pin. Two people. This is gold. Two more people. He would have given me two for it, at least one. One more person.  I could have gotten one more person… and I didn’t! And I… I didn’t! Both of these men put their heart and soul believing they were serving greater purpose, yet it was not enough

 

 

  The parable of the lost sheep, coin and prodigal son found in   Luke 15; 1-32 where Jesus heart concerning the lost where seek them and find them rescuing them sinful life. However, due physical and emotional demand that  put people who are called upon by God to serve Him. If listen to all the needy voices you soon be citing the Greek alphabets and mumbling under your breathe, and likely walk away from ministry. There is a word those who called by God is the word is NO! For sake their calling the ministry and the gospel Perhaps  Aesop’s Fables known as greedy dog,

 “One day, there was a dog holding a piece of meat in his mouth and he was crossing a bridge. When he looked down the river, he found there was also a dog holding a piece of meat in his mouth. He looked at the dog and thought.

“His piece of meat seems bigger than mine.” He got so jealous of the dog. Oh, yes. I will make the dog surprised and when he drops the meat, I will get it.” Then the greedy dog growled to the dog in the river. Woof! Woof!” As soon as he opened his mouth, the meat in his mouth fell into the river with a splash.

One thousand two hundred Oh, no!”He saw a very disappointed dog in the reflection of the river. Now he realized that it was his own reflection in the water, not another dog. Things always seem better if others own the same thing. But, you will lose everything if you get greedy. 

 

Six million jews who were slaughtered during the Nazi regime 1,200 were rescue. Today there are 7,000 descendants of the Schindler-Jews living in US and Europe, many in Israel and-growing. In the movie, American Sniper was another soldier, his wife, and children thanked Chris Kyle saving his life, His buddy who were in harm way thank him being background protecting them

At Oscar Schindler grave site 1,200 sones lay at his grave site remembering heroic deeds. 

Chris Kyle grave it written “to great a warrior to us all and brother to those knew him. We wish we had more time to show our appreciation for you.”  In his book, he admitted and acknowledge Jesus as His Lord Savour.

 

Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

Matthew Henry wrote, “The melancholy aspect of the times and the deplorable state of precious souls, should much excite and quicken prayer. When things look discouraging, we should pray more, and then we should complain and fear less. And we should adapt our prayers to the present exigencies of the church; such an understanding we ought to have of the times, as to know, not only what Israel ought to do, but what Israel ought to pray”

Matthew Henry wrote,” All that love Christ and souls, should show it by their earnest prayers to God, especially when the harvest is plenteous, that he would send forth more skillful, faithful, wise, and industrious labourers into his harvest; that he would raise up such as he will own in the conversion of sinners and the edification of saints; would give them a spirit for the work, call them to it, and succeed them in it; that he would give them wisdom to win souls.” 

 

Lastly, as much love examining the scriptures where my heart truly lies, and God calls me to be a prayer warrior. Much of the work is done behind the scene. in missionary report I read following 585 children and adult attended the meeting were the gospel was preached 173 accepted the Lord 412 walked away While they free to walk away. As prayer warrior we need to pray for them. For examine know someone who rejects the gospel and clearly shows no interest hearing the gospel. I told him i’l no longer preach them I told be praying for him he asked please don’t, however, I clear to him will continue pray him. The Good News he did not dissociate himself me. It breaks my heart that rejected gospel. 

  “However, there are loves one people throughout city who died, and still rejected the gospel and Christ atoning work they are in hell because God is a holy righteous God. As much we love them, we want whisk them of into heaven there not. We must be ceased pray for them. For example in the flood account only eight were spared where several hundred human being perishes in unbelief or Judas Iscariot an apostle of Christ died in unbelief. As Jesus declared in (John 17:12) and Matt. 26:24  Except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture may be fulfilled. But, woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”

As scripture declares, “Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” We are not the one wearing the sovereign clothes God is supreme not us we are his servant

 Matthew Henry wrote, ” God is the Lord of the harvest; my Father is the Husbandman, John 15:1. It is the vineyard of the Lord of hosts, Isa. 5:7. It is for him and to him, and to his service and honour, that the harvest is gathered in. Ye are God’s husbandry (1 Cor. 3:9); his threshing, and the corn of his floor, Isa. 21:10. He orders everything concerning the harvest as he pleases; when and where the labourers shall work, and how long; and it is very comfortable to those who wish well to the harvest-work, that God he presides in it that will be sure to order all for the bes

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There are times we want give up because of great need throughout the city of Hamilton there is old adage, “If we fall of the horse  we need get back on the horse again continue to serve God.” My sister Denise who MS often once said, “it ok to fall as long you get up but not  if do not get up.” 

 

A retired ministry and her daughter was going a local village in the Congo present Jesus video local people. They hit a ditch full mud, and they were covered in mud and had a flat tired. After changing the tire; however, they very time getting out of the ditch, yet they persisted. They finally arrived and presented the video two people accept the Lord. On personal note, I would bring discourage went home, because there a prayer warrior constantly praying for them   

 

 

Anne Walker is the one who pray for me everyday and has my back. The Lord going reward her with a big diamond, not because she not elder, senior pastor, a leader, a community, director, or owner of a company. She a pray warrior and pray for her church and her community everyday it her that inspired me to go throughout city of Hamilton prays for the lost. As Jesus declares,”” I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me, 15 as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life (M) for the sheep. 16 But I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd, 17 This is why the Father loves Me,  because I am laying down My life so I may take it up again. Do you get force God lay down for mankind and other not of this fold or they not heard his Voice, yet one day they will hear his Voice and be one flock

The Ministry of Reconciliation

The Ministry of Reconciliation

 Corinthians 5:17-21   Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,{ union with Christ} he {follower of Christ] is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look new things

As Christian who follow Christ we’ve being redeemed by Jesus blood that purchased our sin while on the cross note the phase in Christ he also she as well meaning it not us who change us its Christ As scripture declares, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  Ezekiel 36:26

 

Reformed Bible study wrote in Christ. Union with Christ summarizes our experience of redemption. Believers are elected (Eph. 1:4, 11), justified (Rom. 8:1), sanctified (1 Cor. 1:2), and glorified (3:18) “in Christ.” Here Paul focuses on the momentous significance of the believer’s union with the Savior. Because Christ is the “last Adam,” the One in whom humanity is recreated (1 Cor. 15:45; Gal. 6:16; Eph. 2:10) and who inaugurates the new age of messianic blessing (Gal. 1:4; cf. Matt. 11:2–6), the believer’s spiritual union with Christ is nothing less than participation in the “new creation.”

 

Nelison Bible Study wrote 5:17 in Christ: Paul is presenting the results of Christ’s death for the believer and the believer’s death with Him (see v. 14). Because believers are united with Jesus both in His death and resurrection, they participate in the new creation. That is, they receive the benefits of being restored by Christ to what God had originally created them to be (Gen. 1:26; 1 Cor. 15:45–49).

 

In Believer Bible Commentary wrote 5:17 If anyone is in Christ, that is, saved, he is a new creation. Before conversion, one might have judged others according to human standards. But, now all that is changed Old methods of judging have passed away; behold, all things have become new. This verse is a favorite with those who have recently been born again, and is often quoted in personal testimonies. Sometimes in being thus quoted; it gives quite a false impression. Listeners are apt to think that when a man is saved, old habits, evil thoughts, and lustful looks are forever done away, and everything becomes literally new in a person’s life. We know that this is not true. The verse does not describe a believer’s practice but rather his position. Notice it says that if anyone is in Christ. The words in Christ are the key to the passage. In Christ, old things have passed away and all things have become new. Unfortunately, “in me” not all this is true as yet! But, as I progress in the Christian life, I desire that my practice may increasingly correspond to my position. One day, when the Lord Jesus returns, the two will be in perfect agreement.

 

 Also note in verse 19 in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us

Reconcile means to Restore a person to friendly relations with oneself or another after an estrangement. The Apostle Paul uses the word four times. The Greek word is katallassó  In found Romans 5:11 (2 Cor 5:18  and (2 Cor 5:19 

The basic meanings of the word reconcile are “to remove enmity between two enemy parties” or “to change thoroughly or a gift note. The Christian needs a union with Christ

In verses 21 is key verse in this passage

He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

note in Him or In Christ once more a union with Christ in short we’re wearing His clothes instead our sinful clothes

Reformed Bible wrote, “5:21 An important summary of the gospel message. The verse explains how God imputed our sin to Christ. God as judge assigned the responsibility of our sin to Christ, making it possible for Him to be punished justly for that sin (Is. 53:6; 1 Pet. 2:24). The verse shows that Christ was our substitute, accepting the penalty of sin in our place. See “The Sinlessness of Jesus” at Heb. 4:15.we might become the righteousness of God. Not only did God impute our sin to Christ, He also imputed Christ’s perfect righteousness to us (that is, He counted it as belonging to us). This imputation is the basis for the progressive realization of God’s righteousness in our moral character. Our thoughts and deeds are sanctified in increasing measure until we receive perfect righteousness in heaven.

 Jesus did this for His Follower what is our responsibilities 

In verse 14 -15 it states 14 For Christ’s love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: If One died for all, then all died. 15 And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One

20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” 

Ambassadors means An appointed or official messenger or an ambassador with special duties not appointed to a particular country. The Greek word is presbeúō meaning; to act as an established statesman (diplomat) – a trusted, respected ambassador who is authorized to speak as God’s emissary (represent Christ kingdom.  John MacArthur wrote Elder older person who speaks on behalf a king Or follower of Christ representing Him with king of heave with the gospel. Pleading the lost world to be reconciled with God who is their righteous King meaning to repent of theirs sins. As scripture declares,   Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people! James 4;8

As scriptures declare  For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But, how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? ( And how can they hear without a preacher? ( 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those [who announces the gospel of good things Roman 10; 13 -1 2 Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 6:20 In short we represent Christ and wears His clothes. 

Throughout the city of Hamilton, there is a great need for prayer warrior especially for those who reject the atoning work of Christ  and their reasons may vary, however, without Christ all God sees  their sins. Since God hates sin there is a heaviness put upon them, and they bear that heavy burden sin. As scripture declares, For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in the summer’s heat. Another factor they are spiritually blinded by the evil one himself. They also bear the curse of Adam sin, and they committed sins themselves as well. Bob Dutko stated mankind was hit with double whammy. As scripture declares For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 

In short,  mankind bears Adam curse known as sins and needs to wear Christ clothes and need to have union with Christ or to be in Christ. In short, due mankind sins we need to wear Christ clothes to gain access to God’s kingdom. As scriptures declare, “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household.” Bottom line some are not wearing Christ clothes and need to wear His clothes to enter His Kingdom.

 

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–  Ezekiel 12:26 -28

  Ezekiel 12:26 -28

 

In Ezekiel 12 the Lord spoke to Ezekiel five times  12;  1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, you are living among a rebellious house

 

12;17 The word of the Lord came to me: 18 “Son of man, eat your bread with trembling and drink your water with shaking and anxiety.

 

12; 21 Again the word of the Lord came to me: 22 “Son of man, what is this proverb you people have about the land of Israel, which goes:The days keep passing by, and every vision fails?

 

Ezekiel 12:26 -28 The word of the Lord came to Ezekiel: 27 “Son of man, notice that the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees concerns many years from now; he prophesies about distant times.’ 28 Therefore say to them: This is what the Lord God says: None of My words will be delayed any longer. The message I speak will be fulfilled.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. 

 

The  Ezekiel received his call to prophesy in 593 B.C. (1:2), in Babylon (“the land of the Chaldeans”), during the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, which began in 597 B.C.   Ended in 571 b.c. with a message on God’s coming judgment upon Egypt at the hand of the same Babylonian monarch. 

 

The prophet Ezekiel had the thankless job of proclaiming God’s message on the crowded and hostile streets of Babylon. At the same time that Jeremiah was warning the citizens of Jerusalem of the coming destruction of that holy city, Ezekiel was preaching the same message to the exiles in Babylon. Although these exiles were hundreds of miles away from the Promised Land and the temple. Another example of speed of the prophecies is the handwriting on the wall found in Daniel 5:26-28 where the Medes and Persians   took over city the city of Babylon predicted by Jeremiah in Jer. 50:18

 

Prophetically, false prophets deceived the exiles with assurances of a speedy return to Judah (13:3, 16; Jer. 29:1). From 593–585 B.C., Ezekiel warned that their beloved Jerusalem would be destroyed and their exile prolonged, so there was no hope of immediate return. In 585 B.C., an escapee from Jerusalem, who had evaded the Babylonians, reached Ezekiel with the first news that the city had fallen in 586 B.C., about 6 months earlier (33:21).

 

 Reformed Bible Study wrote,”The preeminent criterion for true or false prophecy is the fulfillment of the prophet’s words (Deut. 18:21, 22). His message must not contradict earlier revelation (Deut. 13:1–5). The message of a true prophet often ran against popular sentiment, and the prophets were persecuted because of their unpopular pronouncements (Jer. 20:7–10; 38:1–13; cf. Matt. 23:34, 35).”

 

 John MacArthur wrote10:6 there should be delay no longer. This initiates the last plagues of the Day of the Lord (11:15), indicating that the time the disciples anticipated has come (Matt. 24:3; Acts 1:6). The prayers of the saints will be answered (6:9–11; Matt. 6:10).

 

Reformed Bible Study wrote. 12:27 times far off. The people scoff that the prophecy will not be fulfilled in their lifetimes. In the New Testament, a similar attitude of disbelief does not change the certainty of the return of Christ (2 Pet. 3:3, 4, 10; Rev. 10:6). 

 

As Christian we not business prediction when Jesus coming back as Jesus had declared in Acts 1; 7-8 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Declaring that Jesus died cross and took mankind sins, and once you believe in His atoning works than He will take your sins and replace with His righteousness. That being said we need to be attentive to the sign of the times found in Joel 3:2 and Joel 3:14 The there is enough warning found in the Bible and we need to be attentive to them. As Jesus and the Apostle Paul declared in Matthew 24:43 and 1 Thessalonians 5:2,    

 

  As Christian we need to continue to pray for the lost and  declared the gospel. As scripture declares we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom.  For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, so that your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom but on God’s power.

  Trouble Waters

  Trouble Waters

Jesus declares his disciples,” Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” To me one, hardest command to follow is Do not let. Your hearts be troubled. Or don’t worry about anything !!! When conflicts occur in my life, I often fret and worry like disciples these things trouble me instead trusting God I stew. CS Lewis Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say  “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.” 

In short, I am sinning because I am not trusting God, stewing and allowing conflict trouble me. In article  by Wayne Stiles called,  When God Takes Something Away from You asks, What do our raw emotions reveal about our hearts when God takes away something wonderful? Rather than praise God for the time we enjoyed His blessings—we tend to resent His sovereign prerogative to confiscate them.

Chuck Swindoll there isn’t any statues name after afflictions, adversities, or conflicts  yet this is very tool God uses this tool help us grow; shape us  and we become more mature follower if Christs  C.S. Lewis “We can ignore even pleasure. But, pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”  The Apostle Paul wrote four epistles while in Roman prison. Prison life in Paul times was not like prison in America, where our human rights mentality so deeply embedded in our heads. Prisons in the days of Paul were not pleasant or healthy. Put in chains to prevent them from escaping food was provide from family and friends the amount food was half that slaves were given. Prisoner would die due lack air or  illness. In Acts 16; 16-38  Paul and Silas were thrown in such prison

Yet t Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God The jailer drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped, however, Paul ensured that they did not escape. The prison guard and household accepted the Lord and were baptizes.    

There was two-year period where he was under house arrest in Rome. Paul’s imprisonment in Rome is verified by the book of Acts, where we find references to his being where he  was guarded by soldiers (Acts 28:16), being permitted to receive visitors (Acts 28:30), and having opportunities to share the gospel (Acts 28:31). 

His other two-year imprisonment, in Caesarea, afforded him no such luxuries. So it is generally accepted that Paul’s Roman incarceration produced three great letters to the churches of Ephesus, Colosse, and Philippi, as well as a personal letter to his friend Philemon.

Where the Philippians epistle is known as a joy letter. There are 15 explicit references to some form of either the noun “joy” (chara in Greek) or the verb “rejoice” (chairo) in this short letter. chara:  means joy, gladness, a source of joy, or  calm delight: —

gladness; calmly happy or well-off; chairo means to rejoice, or be glad or to rejoice exceedingly

When my brother Maynard died in car accident it totality devastated me and was afraid. When in the backyard at 47, my mother and sister were singing beautiful situation. How can this tragic   situation be so beautiful? If anything this situation was awful not   beautifull

y Rejoice {Chairo} in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice {Chairo}! 5 Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer, and petition with Thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

Remember Paul wrote the Philippians letter in Caesarea prison in short a hell hole or dungeon where he spent two years of his life.  

When this passage came alive when extremely sick in Boston visiting my sister Marcia with my mother during this illness experencing horrible vision in  which I was terrified, however, Philippians 4:4-7 brought along with Matthew 6:34  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Where In my journal Thank God there someone names Jesus who protected his saints when they call upon His name. He comfort and protect us when we’re a lowest point. I felt His presence.  The doctor discovered pneumonia in my right lung in would kill me if did not treat it The nurse gave two shots antibiotic six oral pills told get home and see the doctor 

 When the infection start leaving my body and finality able to sleep.  When I had woke up, I thought I was in hell, and I wanted to escape. When I heard mother voice in the background , I fought like hell to escape the horrible place in. In the distant I heard my mother voice, stating these words Richard !!! Call Rick, Peter and Crossroads and pray!! For Paul ! in an instant, that gruesome scene vanishes and I went back to sleep and slept soundly.

 While driving home I felt  the peace of God, which surpasses any understanding Jesus, was guarding my hearts and minds in Him 

 Second time when I discovered a black spot on my second right foot Where I went to an emergency I kept reciting Matthew 6:34 Philippians 4:4-7 . While waiting for the doctor when he finally  saw me he put on iv antibiotic right away the chief orthopaedic surgeon and the head emergency doctor came up with a strategy in how treat the wound 2nd and big toe to me the toe  was dead; however, maybe they could save it.

That day they found a bed in the medical unit where I saw diabetic and wound nurse  because my sugar level were to high   

Prior this incident I was  egotist arrogant cocky SOB thought could ignore wound and sugar level. I acknowledge my fault before God and the medical staff, and vow to myself take steps alter and put myself under care medical staff.     

Dr Porte orthopaedic surgeon removed toe while I stun by me, Jesus Christ is still Lord yesterday and still Lord today. Bob Durko, “The Blood of Christ is most powerful force on the earth.”    

To me, we have a great medical system in Ontario not perfect I graceful for emergency, medical, orthopaedic surgeon, Physical Therapist, VON nurses, Orthotic  and Dr Mayer his team who constantly caring for feet   able because I was receiving money and benefits ODSP  I was able purchase Orthotic soles and shoes. I went back school completed my grade Twelve   

Most important I was caregiver for my mother she able died, in home around her child and grandchildren or a follower of Christ would they would fall asleep and wakeup in heaven

A pastor once said who said any good is all that good anything all that bad really all that bad. His point the Apostle Paul was prevented visiting Roman believer even desire to see them because prevent from seeing them Because he wrote Romans letter not only that they benefit from it, but it  put in the canon of scriptures where all who read from it would hear the gospel plainly written so even wise and the fools, barbarians, and scholarly. Would understand the gospel for there is for there is no distinction 

 

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Reflections On The Resurrection 

Reflections On The Resurrection 

When Jesus cleansed the temple complex because they were selling oxen, sheep, and doves, along money exchanger

So the Jews replied to Him,” What sign of authority will You show us for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this sanctuary, and I will raise it up in three days.” While the scribes and Pharisees, wanted we want to see a sign from Jesus.

 Jesus also declared He would be in the stomach of a big fish for three days and nights, just as the Son of Man will be deep in the earth for three days and nights. Jesus declared to his disciples in Mark 8:31Matthew 17:22; Luke 9:22 That Son of Man would be handed over to Chief priests and the teachers would  kill Him, and on the third day He would raise up.” And the disciples  were deeply distressed. Apostle Peter took Jesus aside and rebuke Him. 

In  Psalm 16;10; For You will not abandon me to Sheol; You will not allow Your Faithful One to see decay. Anthropology did study and found that a dead starts decaying after 72 hours. it worn repeating study again, ” Human Death and Decay,  “As the cells die, bacteria within the body begin breaking them down. Enzymes in the pancreas cause the organ to digest itself. The body soon takes on a gruesome appearance and smells. Decomposing tissue emits a green substance, as well as gasses such as methane and hydrogen sulfide. The lungs expel fluid through the mouth and nose.  As Martha stated, Martha, “Lord, he’s already decaying ! It’s been four days.

Isaiah 53:9 declared that He would be assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death.

When Jesus gave up His spirit a soldier pierced His side with a spear, and at once blood, and water came out.  When Joseph a member of the Sanhedrin who had not agreed with their plan and action. Toke Jesus down from the cross He gave him proper burial according to the burial custom of the Jews, and buried him his tomb. Nicodemus (who had previously come to Him at night) also came, bringing a mixture of about 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes. Then, they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it in linen cloths with the aromatic spices. 

He was buried with “the rich” in an honorable burial through the donated tomb of rich Joseph of Arimathea (Matt. 27:57–60; Mark 15:42–46; Luke 23:50–53; John 19:38–40  Fulfilling Isaiah spoken in Isaiah 53:9  

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary observed the tomb and where His body was placed.  Then, they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.  

 After the preparation and burial, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together went to Pilate, and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’ Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day; otherwise, His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.”  Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how.” And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.

 When speaking  prior to His crucifixion Jesus predicted his death and resurrection to his disciple that he would be handed over to Elders, Chief Priest, and legal expects and would be crucified and die and after three days He would rise again. Since Jesus already fulfill this first part of His prediction by dying on Calgary Cross and buried Rich man sepulchre.  

Chuck Swindoll, utter these words several times. Since, the disciples and two Marys were unaware  of Mathew 28 because they’re still living in Matthew 27. Even thou Jesus predicated it would occur. Now Matthew 28 will unfold  as Jesus predicated.

 On the third day, violent earthquake, and an angel appeared clothing as white as snow and the guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men and they fled the grave site and reported to the chief priest what transpired. And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.”  And if this should come to the governor’s ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble.” And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jew to this day.    

On the same day Mary Magdalene and, the other Mary went to where Jesus was buried finished the preparation, bringing the spices with them and view the tomb and was empty. They went into the tomb. An angel of the Lord was in the tomb dressed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; they were amazed and alarmed. He said   ” Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.  He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there just as He told you.'” that He has risen from the dead. So they went out and started running from the tomb, because trembling, and astonishment overwhelmed them. Mary went to the disciple and said, “The tomb was empty 

 So Peter and John went forth, and they went to the tomb. The two were running together; and John ran faster than Peter and came to the tomb first;  and stooping and looking in, he *saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in.  And  Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. So the John who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. At the time, they went back to their own homes and their vocations. 

Accordingly,  the Apostle Paul   For I delivered to you on first importance what I also received, from Christ. He died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas {Simon Peter} then to the twelve.  After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all. He appeared to me also

 

People who saw Jesus after His death:

Jesus without doubt is one the key figure in history, Yet  Wikipedia claims Jesus has several burial sites, There located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. A second site, known as the Garden Tomb, located just outside Jerusalem the Old City.  Other key religious leader such as Muhammad, Confucius, and Bahá’í  you know where they were buried For example: Muhammad is buried in the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi, The grave of Confucius, founder of Confucianism, is in his home town of Qufu, Shandong Province, China, and Bábism The Shrine of the Báb, the burial location of the Báb, the founder of Bábism and one of three central figures of the Bahá’í Faith, is located on Mount Carmel, in Haifa, Israel. Yet, the historian can only speculated where Jesus was buried. 

 It is also the key to the Christian faith. The core of are walk. Logically how can someone pray to someone who is dead how can that hear your prayers when they’re dead?    Dr. Henry Morris wrote these words concerning Jesus  resurrection “, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. Everything else that was said or done by Christ and the apostles are secondary in importance to the resurrection. If the resurrection did not take place then, Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God and the Christian faith is absolute truth.

  Another factor that sin is the cause and the effect of  physical and spiritual death.  

“Death is our greatest enemy, and it has conquered all men but Christ. No man is wise enough to outwit death or wealthy enough to purchase freedom from death or strong enough to vanquish death. The grave always wins the victory, and every person sooner or later returns to the dust.” In fact, the inexorable triumph of death applies not only to people, but to all things. Animals die, and plants die, and even whole species atrophy and become extinct. Cities and nations, like people, are born and grow for a season, and then fade away. Homes and automobiles and clothes wear out and must eventually go back to the dust, just as do their owners. Even the universe itself is running down and heading toward an ultimate “heat death.” Or the apostle Paul wrote, ” and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

Remember the disciples they were scattered when chief priest, and legal expect arrested Jesus and  the disciples lived in fear for their lives as scripture states, ” Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little one.” After Pentecost  when 120 followers of Jesus were upper room praying requested by Jesus. The Holy Spirit descended upon them, and they became to speak in tongues and the apostle Peter preached the gospel. Later on, chief priests and the Pharisees order John and Peter threatens them  beat them in Acts 4. The key was the resurrection of Jesus Christ all they had to is point to His empty tomb. The Pharisees and Sadducees had to produce the body, and the apostles would be the laughing stock of community and no one would take them serious.  

2 Peter 1:16 “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were EYEWITNESSES of his majesty.”

  • And these men went so far as seal their testimony with their blood! They died a horrible and martyrs death!
  • There is no way; these 12 men could have all been deceived.
  • For this reason—these 12 men not only died for a lie—and here is the catch—THEY KNEW IT WAS A LIE!
  • If the resurrection of Jesus Christ a lie—THEY KNEW IT!

Professor Thomas Arnold, former chair of history at Oxford, and author of the famous volumes, History of Rome, was skillfully educated in the study of historical facts. Professor Arnold, stated, “I have been used for many years to study the histories of other times, and to examine and weigh the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is PROVED BY BETTER AND FULLER EVIDENCE of every sort, than the great sign which God has given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead.”

After investigating the evidence of the resurrection, Lord Darling, former Chief Justice of England, stated, “. . . There is such overwhelming evidence, positive and negative, factual, and circumstantial, that no intelligent jury in the world could fail to bring in a verdict that the resurrection story is true.” Now to deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ you have to close your eyes to the overwhelming facts of history. Tim Keller penned these words, “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.”

Jesus is alive!! 

if  believe in His atoning works you will have eternal life with Christ. Martha Tigchelaar my mother died on March 08 2012. What comfort our family most I’ll see one day in heaven. As King David declares, “I’ll go to him, but he will never return to me.”

As written in scriptures, ” O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”  Furthermore, it  is written in the Old Testament, “I will ransom them from the power of Sheol. I will redeem them from death. Death, where are your barbs? Sheol, where is your sting?”

Christianity is the most persecuted people throughout history because of their faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ eleven of the twelve apostles were martyred because their strong belief in the resurrection of Christ. 

If the disciples took Jesus body the  common belief in that time frame. You would think at least one. The disciples  would reveal where Jesus body is, certainly chief priest, nor the guards kept watch over the grave site would not reveal their secret meeting The guards would have lost their lives if Roman authority found out they abandoned their posts. 

The chief priests, Pharisee, and the legal expect hated Jesus, and put Him to death.  If the mass would have known their intent of killing Him, and  covering up the resurrection it also would have expose their hypocrisy to the people.  As Jesus stated the disciples, “If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it; the world hates you. Remember if world attack you remember they attack Jesus first. As scripture declares,” Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith.  My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead. NT Write wrote, ” The resurrection completes the inauguration of God’s kingdom…It is the decisive event demonstrating that God’s kingdom really has been launched on earth as it is in heaven.  

                                                  

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  John 2;19 

Matthew 27:61

John11;39

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+19%3A38%2D42&version=NIV 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+53:9&version=NIV 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+12%3A23&version=NIV 

http://www.jesus.org/death-and-resurrection/resurrection/did-jesus-predict-his-resurrection.html 

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https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/resurrection-predicted/

 

 

Good Friday

 

 

 Good Friday 

 Reflections

Good Friday or Holy Friday For the follower of Christ is the most important day of their lives. Where Jesus Christ loves us, and willingly went to the cross and sacrifice Himself on it, and took mankind sins and His Father wrath to bridge the gap between His Father and mankind As scriptures declares,  2 Cor. 5:21

Even thou the Bible does not explicitly state on which day of the week Jesus was crucified. However, in Mark 15;42 it states And when evening had come, since it was lthe day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 

Stuart my brother told me this story about Jesus carrying his cross-prior to his execution. He kept falling down, however, He kept getting back up because He had a mission to accomplish to be obedient His Father will and this work had to be accomplished. While this narrative is not told in the Bible, yet  that was his mission taking mankind sins and Father wrath to bridge the gap between mankind and His Father?  

Prior to His crucifixion his disciples celebrated Passover where Jesus established a new convent in which the disciples to observe  

Where Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat it; this is My body.”  Then, He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you.  For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is the shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of Me?

Where Jesus  fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” John MacArthur wrote Christ would “bear the sins of many” (Heb. 9:28)—and the fullness of divine wrath would fall on Him (Is. 53:10, 11; 2 Cor. 5:21). This was the price of the sin He bore, and He paid it in full. His cry of anguish. Reformed Bible Study wrote In, “6:39 cup. See 20:23 note. Jesus is horrified at the prospect of enduring His Father’s wrath. Jesus had to face death knowing that His Father would not be with Him, but against Him in wrath of judgment.

He was arrested, tried, convicted, and brought before Pilate even thou there was no formal charges . The Jewish method executing the  guilty party is stoning. Only the Romans had authority to execute criminals; however, they could not use blasphemy. The Roman method execution was crucifixion. 

So the chief priests and the Pharisees brought Jesus to Pilate who was the Government of Judah. Pilate said, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” They responded, “If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” So Pilate told them, “Take Him yourselves and judge Him according to your law.”” But, we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. This took place to fulfill what Jesus predicted what kind of death he would die. John 3:14 As “Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up.” 

 The only thing they could mustard up was that claim that Jesus was Son Of God or the Messiah the king. Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting, the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will punish him and then release him. 

Remember Pilate heard reports, and written report on Jesus, and saw that it was quite clear that He wasn’t leading a military revolution. There was simply no evidence support the Jewish leaders charges. The Chief Priests  and Pharisees, eventually admitted the real reason why they wanted Jesus dead, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”

Now, it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd.  At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas. So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked for them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus  the Messiah?”  For Pilate knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him. Pilate wife warns him not have anything to do with them because he would innocent. 

 But, the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to asked to release Barabbas and crucify Jesus.   Because of the hatred to Christ and their spiritual blindness they wanted Jesus died. “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked for the governor. “Barabbas,” they answered. “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But, they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting; he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our  children!  

Then, he released Barabbas to them although he was  found guilty of insurrection. Pilate found no charges against Jesus. Yet, He was executed Jesus replaced the sinner.   Even thou Pilate declared Jesus innocent he condemned him, and sent to His death. Then, Pilate symbolically washed his hands in front of the crowd, telling them he was innocent of Jesus’ blood. He found Jesus not guilty to keep the peace with  The Jewish leader pronounce Jesus to be crucify .  

 Linda Alchin wrote a piece on Roman Crucifixion and wrote these words. ” Death by Roman crucifixion was a result of the whole body weight being supported by the stretched arms. When nailed to the cross there was a massive strain put on the wrists, arms, and shoulders often resulting in a dislocation of the shoulder and elbow joints. The rib cage was constrained in a fixed position, which made it extremely difficult to exhale, and impossible to take a full breath. The victim would continually try to draw himself up by his feet to allow for inflation of the lungs enduring terrible pain in his feet and legs. The pain in the feet and legs became unbearable, and the victim was forced to trade breathing for pain. The length of time required to die from crucifixion could range from hours to several days.

While hanging on the cross the crowd, the leader, and the two thieves were mocking Him. Eventually would be abandoned by His Father.

I witness someone who had emphysema cause by second hand smoke it not easy to watched them struggle for oxygen not pretty pictures. 

 I can imagine going through the pain and anguish Jesus went through. For example, every time I got extremely ill I was not the most gentle person to be around with, if anything I could be ill-mannered, harsh, and unsympathetic, not the gentle spirit to all men during those times as scripture declares. Or another example when I was in the hospital in recovering from an operation in which they removed my second toe due resulting from diabetes. A patient who was next to me names George not his real name had pneumonia, asthma, and an extremely sore back. However, he was allergic to penicillin and Tylenol 3. Every time his back would seize up it would become very painful, and he would start cursing and taking the Lord’s name in vain. When the condemned criminal had been in intense pain or  agony while hanging on the cross the condemned would start cursing Rome resulting from the lack of oxygen to the brain. The Roman soldiers would eventually cut the tongue to silence them. Sinful man tends to blame to God in times of trouble water were mankind was responsible for mess there in because of the fall Adam and Eve they themselves committing their own sins.  

  Despite his agonizing pain. Jesus still did not sin, nor He violates God ordinance. His last seven words were source  encouragement and blessing to others.

• “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” Luke 23:34. He was hanging on the cross-resulting from mankind sin not His own and paying the sin debt that mankind violated and they were the unaware full scope of theirs sins, along Jesus was the lamb of God who take away the sins of the world. (Jn 1:29.  

• ” Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  Luke 23:43 Ensuring the thief would enter Heaven’s Gate or garden as forgiven a sinner.

• Woman, this is your son.” Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.” Ensuring that His earthly mother was cared for when He departed into glory 

•My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27; 46. All Of mankind sins fell upon Him. Jesus bore His Father wrath resulting from mankind sin. Cor. 5:21   

• “I thirst.” Gospel of John 19:28   The worst ordeal that of bearing in the place of His people the wrath of God against sin (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34), is over. He also was fulfilling prophecy in Ps 69;21.

• “It is finished”; John 19;30 The sin debt is now paid in full. The entire work of redemption had been brought to completion. Jesus died as a victor and had accomplished His Tasks

• Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Luke 23:46 His Father was satisfied and accepted His payment of the sin debt and, His Father was satisfied with payment of sin since He committed no sin. Prophecy was fulfilled Ps 34; 20, He protects all his bones, not one of them was broken. 34:20 not one of them is broken. John 19:36 applies this verse to Christ, the only perfect righteous Man.

 George Macleod wrote these words, “I simply argue that the cross should be raised at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town’s garbage heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew and Latin and Greek … at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where He died. And that is what He died for. And that is what He died about. That is where churchmen ought to be and what churchmen ought to be about.”  As scripture declares, “Therefore, since Christ suffered in His body, arm yourself with this same attitude, because He who has suffered in his body is done with sin.”

Got question wrote  The Bible does not instruct Christians to remember Christ’s death by honoring a certain day. The Bible does give us freedom in these matters, however. Romans 14:5 tells us, “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” Rather than remembering Christ’s death on a certain day, once a year, the Bible instructs us to remember Christ’s death by observing the Lord’s Supper. First Corinthians 11:24-26 declares, “…do this in remembrance of me…for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

Expositor’s Bible Commentary wrote these words, “That Christ, treated as if he were a sinner, became the object of God’s wrath and bore the penalty and guilt of sin.”  Furthermore they wrote, “Just as “the righteousness of God ” is extrinsic to us, so the sin with which Christ totally identified himself was extrinsic to him. He never had a sinful attitude or did a sinful act.”

He came as savour not as warrior. He came as lamb not a lion. He came set us free from our sins.

For the Christians it not a sad day its day of celebrating because they no longer need carry the curse of sin instead wearing theirs sinful clothes they’re now wearing Christ clothes

 

Hiro Nakamura fictional character in Hero uttered these  words, To eulogize him is to admit he is gone. My father is not dead. Kaito “Nakamura taught me right from wrong. What it means to be a hero. So long as his lessons live through me he will never die. My father taught me to understand that  certain things are in God’s hands. But for everything else God gave us the gift of choice. My father gave me the tools to fight the battles ahead. Every hand I extend in kindness is his hand, and every blow I strike for justice is his fist. So long as the lessons he taught me stays in me and so long as he lives in my heart then my father is not truly dead.

As scripture declares, “I have been crucified with Christ and me no longer live, but Christ lives in me.The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

 

 https://www.gotquestions.org/three-days.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/Good-Friday.html 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday

https://www.christianity.com/god/jesus-christ/what-s-so-good-about-good-friday.html hero season two Ep 9 Hiro Nakamura  fictional character   

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Good%20Friday

https://heavy.com/news/2016/03/good-friday-what-is-when-why-called-meaning-jesus-death-crucifixion-fasting-rules-lent-2016/ 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+22%3A19&version=NIV 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+26%3A26-28&version=ESV 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+26:39&version=KJV 

 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+2&version=HCSB