Third Day Revival Touch

After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed His body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighting about a hundred pounds. John 19:38-39

Jesus is dead. Our living Jesus Savior; sweet tender-hearted compassionate merciful justice-breathing healer guider Creator suffering-Servant pure-Loving teacher guider, everything alive, is dead. Life is silent and bare. Strong arms of Joseph of Arimathea carry His body-shell He leaves behind temporarily.

What a day in History. Has there ever been a greater sadness that existed on this earth then when Jesus was crucified by evil? The angels were silent, creation groaned, the torn temple veil lay on the floor untouched, and one believer’s arms carries His lifeless body with such great caring that God’s breath paused knowing.

God knows all of our thoughts and He Cares. Our Caring Heavenly Father’s arms are stronger, steadier, surer, and mightier than ours combined. That Third Day revival Touch from our Heavenly Father readies itself– that’s when our Heavenly Father turns our wailing into dancing, takes away our sorrow and gives us joy, and when God will delight in His people as they Rejoice and sing for Christ’s Joy.

Jesus Fulfills The Passover

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, He said (in order to fulfill the Scripture), “I am thirsty.” …When Jesus had received the wine, He said, “It is finished.” Then He bowed His head and gave up His Spirit. … One of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.). These things occurred so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, “None of His bones shall be broken.” And again another passage of Scripture says, “They will look on the One whom they have pierced.” John 19:28,30,34-37

Jesus our Lord and Savior finishes fulfilling the prophecy Scriptures about our Messiah, finishes and bows His head. He willingly gives His life on the Cross. Passover is fulfilled; death will be no more. True Salvation and Abundant Life Is in Him. Jesus the Passover Lamb takes out the leavening of evil and malice (the intention and desire to do evil, the willingness) from the hearts of those who sincerely follow and believe in Him as Savior and Lord. (1 Corinthians 5:6-8)

Lamb Jesus’ death on the Cross is for you– you may receive forgiveness for your sins and be cleansed from all unrighteousness. The new Kingdom of God is come. Church. Yet we may rebel, not love as He instructs us, nor obey Him.

At the New Covenant Passover celebration of Holy Communion believers sincerely pray: Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved You with our whole hearts. We have failed to be an obedient Church. We have not done Your will, we have broken Your law, we have rebelled against Your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us we pray. Free us for joyful obedience through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

During our prayer of humble sincerity He forgives you, His compassion overflows into your heart, and you are righted in Him.

Stand Near The Cross

Meanwhile, standing near the Cross of Jesus were His mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing beside her, He said to His mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. John 19:25-27

Jesus’ Love calls to His mother with the respectful use of ‘Woman,’ because if He says the tender word ‘Mother’ then He knows that the love that she has for her Holy Son would overwhelm her and spill out. He addresses her as Holy ‘Woman’ of God for she supports the Grand Plan of salvation alive within Him. She loves Him completely. She loves His purpose; to stomp on evil’s head, and abolish death and destruction of souls.

Here and Now the Power of His Name is exalted, glorified, praised, energized, loved. He is the Giver, Good Shepherd, King of the Kingdom of God, Absolute Love. Similarly, He directs us as to whom to take into our homes with gracious genuine hospitality. He uses Psalm 146:9 ‘The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.’ Jesus our Lord has been frustrating the ways of the wicked His entire life.

Jesus Christ is purposeful to continue frustrating evil by directing you safely within His Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit. Christ your Savior Lord has got you and He guides you. Like Mary, love Him completely, listen to Him, live in obedience to His commands. Love one another as He loves you. Love aids others, preserves their dignity, understands honest mistakes, hopes all things, and patiently sees God’s movement in all situations. Love asserts Jesus’ overwhelming Presence.

Jesus Is Crucified Between Two Others

So they took Jesus; and carrying the Cross by Himself, He went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the Cross. It read, “JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” John 19:16b-19

Beloved disciple John painfully watches human cruelty take his Savior to crucifixion. John saw Jesus carrying the cross by Himself while other Gospels insert Simon of Cyrene carries His Cross at the latter part of the journey up the Via Delarosa to Golgotha. John is most right when he says that Jesus is carrying the Cross by Himself because Jesus is the One perfect person on this earth whose death can destroy evil. He is the only One who can and does.

Jesus is crucified between two other men; one who newly believes in Jesus as Savior Lord and one who sarcastically rejects our Lord. Lord Jesus becomes stationed between the saved and the unsaved. The inscription tacked above him is in three languages so the announcement of The King is made available to all. Now a veil covers a descriptive morbidity of His death and points the highlight on ‘… one on either side…’ so that you may focus on Jesus’ dignity through it all, His compassion for you during His suffering, and hope openly offered to you within His unity with God.

Your saved gift from Him is awesome and astounding, really — your new oneness in relationship with God by the blood of Jesus Christ; the New Covenant. Should anyone try to tear down your saved believer’s-dignity, mock Christ before you, lead you to suffering– His compassion, glorified by God on His Cross, is your holy strength and Spirit shield. Have total confidence in Compassionate Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer.

[song, ‘How Marvelous, How Wonderful Is My Savior’s Love For Me’. https://youtu.be/LFQupH5JJME. ]

Pray, It Is Prayer Priority TIME

Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!” They cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify Him!” Pilate asked them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but the emperor.” Than he handed Him over to them to be crucified. John 19:14-16

The crucifixion of Jesus the Son Of God is the pinnacle of evil in the history of humanity. Wanting Jesus to go away, to deny He is working for the best in our lives, and to concentrate on selfish desires are evil alignment identifiers within the souls who put Jesus to death. My friend, in this sacred text we see what ‘crowd mentality of hate’ destruction. Certainly our individual choices to align with evil can destroy our souls. This is THE call to spiritual and moral examination.

In other words, evil can tempt us at any time and in any place to do, “Away with Him.” Yet it need not. Keep alert. Prepare yourself well — knowing that Jesus is praying for you constantly (John 17) that you not yield to stray from Him. Keep alert through study of Scripture, times where you are bathed in the Presence of Jesus Christ in loving relationship with Him, and strive for holiness and blessings of spirituality bestowed through the Holy Spirit.

Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all supplication. Ask Jesus’ help and guidance as you have confessed, humbled, and yield yourself in prayer. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. Pray long and hard for those who are believers and ask Jesus to give them what you know they need, and the Holy Spirit will add to your prayers that which they need too.

How Jesus Is Victorious

Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they dressed Him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And striking Him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing Him out to you to let you know that I find no case against Him.

So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” When the chief priests and the police saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him; I find no case against Him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because He has claimed to be the Son Of God.” Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever. John 19:1-7

Pilate has Jesus flogged, beaten to a pulp so that He is unrecognizable, then Pilate brings Him out to them in bloodied disfigurement to show them His suffering and whines that he ‘finds no case against Him.’ When they first brought Him to Pilate, Pilate may have released innocent Jesus or released Him at any time! This miscarriage of justice, including all that were a part of putting the Son Of God up for crucifixion, shows to us evil which has gripped hearts through their choices to participate in murdering Him.

As was prophesied in Genesis 3, satan would work in the souls of people to bruise the heal of woman’s seed [Jesus]. Hebrews 2:14 illuminates this darkness of evil by reminding us that Jesus Son Of God will destroy evil’s ace card — death, ‘… so that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is satan. Because Jesus dies for you, as evil ones propel Him to the Cross, at His death then evil will no longer have its hold on your soul forever. Clearly Jesus Christ has victory over anything evil deals Him. As He is victoriously alive in your soul. Jesus says, “Remember I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

evil says, “Here is the man.” We His Church say, ‘Here is the beloved Son Of God victorious in all things!’

How Jesus Testifies Truth

Jesus says, “You say that I am a King. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the Truth. Every one who belongs to the Truth listens to My voice.” John 18:37

Jesus is Truth and King of our lives. He truthfully declares God Heavenly Father as we are receptive to the Holy Spirit (Spirit Of Truth), study and read the New Testament, confess to Christ, speak and show Christ’s spirituality to others, witness to God’s Love, forgive, and more– as Jesus guides and directs you in His abundant life. Should anyone be searching for Jesus they may find Him in truthfully giving forgiveness, love, and acceptance into His Kingdom. Jesus fulfills all the prophets messages.

Psalm 45:1–4 ‘ride on victoriously for the cause of Truth’

Peter Denies Knowing Jesus Three Times

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.”  One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?”  Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.  Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters.   It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover.  So Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?”  They answered, “If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.”  Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.” The Jews replied, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death.”  (This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.). John 18:25-32

The other Gospels say that after Peter denied Jesus for the third time he went out and wept bitterly.  After his third denial, had he caught a glimpse of Jesus our Lord so very bloodied and abused?  Was it that all the time Peter was there by the charcoal fire he was watching for a bold opportunity to speak, preach, witness, and act and yet his personal hopes were dashed as he failed to help Jesus?  What we do know is that Jesus was carrying out the Grand Plan of salvation, and that Peter’s Savior redeems him to preach the greatest sermon at Pentecost ever preached!  Through Peter’s witness thousands come to Christ as Savior and

Lord.

 

Now turn your attention to Jesus’ persecutors.  See that at Jesus’ trial before Pilate both ‘religion’ and spirituality are Juxtaposed — those who would not go into the headquarters to avoid ritual defilement and at the same time are putting to death Jesus, the fulfillment of Passover!   Spirituality recognizes and is humbled by our Savior Messiah.  Those who call themselves religious may too miss the Savior’s Presence.  Let us live with great caution and freedom in Truth, lest we trespass on God’s authority to do all things through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  

Ask Those Who Know Jesus

Jesus says, “Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.”  When He had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?”  Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly testify to the wrong.  But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?”   Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.  John 18:21-24

Jesus our Lord and Redeemer allows Himself to be subjected to this kind of humiliation and mistreatment. Mosaic Law instructs that no trial may take place at night nor end at night, not be on one day alone, and be without openly heard testimony for the matter of the accused.  None of these laws are rightly followed by evil Annas who illegally has our Lord struck. Annas is mislabled as the ‘high’ priest for he is the lowest of the low and most devious.

Jesus our Lord will be transferred to Caiaphas, the son-in-law of Annas, who will continue this illegal process which Annas has begun.  Know that when Jesus took the first blow, and the further suffering He endures to come, that He has your salvation in His mind.  He is enduring suffering in order to give you His Presence within your soul as His follower.  As the angels cheer Him on, and some weep at the cruelty inflicted on Him, on the third day He accomplishes His purpose in giving you the New Covenant –so the world will understand that Christ’s Love is just, merciful, Holy, and intense.

Now, should you have pain inflicted on you by others, suffering due to some matter that has compromised your health, or prayers with which you have passing thoughts that He has not heard– be assured that He knows, He is acting, and He has got you in His Love.  Keep faith in Him and watch closely as He goes to die on the Cross for you and to have victory over all the evil in this world.   He is Truth.  Ask those who know Him.

Disciples John and Peter

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus.  Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter was standing outside at the gate.  So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in.  The woman said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?”  He said, “I am not,”. John 18:15-17

Jesus has been arrested and bound unnecessarily.  He offers no resistance and makes Himself peacefully available.  Jesus is first taken to Caiaphas’ father-in-law Annas who is the satan prompting Jesus’ unjustifiabe arrest, for he is the responsible party devising that one man shall die to appease the present Roman heightened anxiety.  My friend, should we ever say or think that all Jews killed Jesus then we are in the wrong– there has never been, and still remains, no reason for anti-semitism.  It would be like all Americans, for instance, taking accusations for the crimes of mob boss Peter Limone.  Annas is the evil man orchestrating this diabolical plot to put Jesus to death by crucifixion.

Now, the disciple John is the ‘disciple known to the high priest’ referred to in our text today.  John is known in these circles and Peter is not.  Peter is out of place in the inner court and yet as Christians we must not judge our Christian brother Peter here.  From Scriptures we can see that Peter stands out with his bold way of speaking, his accent, and his mannerisms.  When the guard woman notices Peter as being where he should not be, she asks then he responds with a lie. 

Peter then joins the servants and officers around the charcoal fire to warm himself.  The guards are around there to keep order.  Peter is both curious as to what is happening to the Lord Jesus our Savior and he is hopeful, perhaps, that he can take action at some point.  Then, Peter is recognized by the servant’s relative whose ear he had lopped off when Jesus was arrested (and Jesus then healed) who is standing at the same fire warmng himself too.