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. ]

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.  

You Can! Help Someone– When You Are Trusting Christ

Jesus prays, “I ask You to protect them from the evil one.  They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.  Sanctify them in the truth, Your word is truth.  As You have sent Me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”  John 17:15-19

Jesus is praying this glorious prayer outloud so that we may hear not only what He prays for His followers, but that we will pray like Him.  Also, did you know that Jesus is continually praying for you while you are in this world?  You are being kept in His heart and are foremost in His activity.  It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that He is able to do this for each believer, simultaneously and perfectly.  

He prays that the evil one will not knock you down, nor tumble you over, nor chop you off at the knees– that your faith in Him not waiver nor dip.  Your faith is strong and you can do all things through Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior because He is perfecting you in His perfection; He is sanctifying you.  Do not doubt nor fear; only believe in Christ and focus on serving Him as you help others.  

Within all of humanity is a fight or flee mechanism and Christ over-rides that personal mechanism within you as you trust in Him alone for your strength.  In other words, you do not need to make a choice either to fight or flee.  Your choice is to always trust Christ that He is able to do through you all things.  Do you need to aid one who is dying?  Help someone who is confused or distressed?  Do you need to explain to a child His love for them?   You can do it.  Just do it and lean into Christ, trusting Him completely and truthfully.  

Holy Spirit Alive!

Jesus says, “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do and in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.  I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If in My Name you ask Me for anything, I will do it.”  John 16:12-14

Ask and Jesus Christ will give!!  If you commit just one Scripture to memory then memorize this one.  Ask that your children and grand-children and great-grandchild know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the name of Jesus Christ and He will give it to you.  As that your friends and co-workers know Christ as their Savior and He will give it to you.  Ask for world peace and expect it to come.  When we are asking as the body of Christ Jesus then He responds!

Ask, expect, and then see Christ doing the glorious will of our Heavenly Father in your life and in the lives of other believers.  As the Holy Spirit is your Guide, your Advocate, and will show you all things Christ and God the Heavenly Father is doing, you may have the assurance of believers faith, trust, and Hope.  Expect Christ’s best!

Jesus Completes The Abigail Act

After He had washed their feet, had put on His robe, and had returned to the table, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call me Teacher and Lord– and you are right, for that is what I AM                . So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.  Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their Master, nor are messengers greater than the One who sent them.  If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.  John 13:12-17

To understand Holy Communion is prefaced with foot washing is to link the act of Abigail in 1 Samuel 25:41 to the beginning of this foot washing event Jesus initiates for us.  Abigail was the chosen bride of the king and when the kings’ servants come to Carmel to take her to the groom she bows down with her face to the ground and says, “Your servant is a slave to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.”  Then Abigail gets up hurriedly, gathering her things and her five maids, and goes after the kings’ servants.

Jesus completes the Abigail act, for He is the Finisher.  Our humble Victor Jesus our Lord.  We do so love Him.  See victory in Jesus, the suffering servant to our Heavenly Father, the Anchient of Days.  In like manner you are to bow down with your face to the ground to the King of Kings Jesus Christ, the One Holy Groom, who comes to call you to unite with Him in act more Holy than marriage, the union of your prostrated servant being in present and eternal Covenant with Jesus Christ your LORD and Savior, for He’s I AM the Resurrection and Life.

Wash one another’s feet, doing as the Beloved Son of our most Holy God’s example.

Tell Others About This Gift

Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair.  John 12:3

Imagine having Jesus the beloved Son of God as an overnight guest at your home, staying for days and sometimes weeks at a time.  You and your sister and your brother have ample opportunity to sit and just listen to the ‘God talk’ that He does and before this there has never been such powerful loving Peace in your home.  When He speaks it is God speaking and when He looks at you there is such a tremendous connection to who you are — that you have been wonderfully made; you are righted in Him. 

Now, while Jesus the Lord is away preaching and teaching in other towns your brother gets so ill he dies.  You send word to beloved Jesus, yet He does not arrive back home in time to heal your brother, he dies.  Your faith is strong, yet the question foremost in your mind is, ‘Why did He not come swiftly home to heal your brother?’  You go out to meet Him as you hear the words He is coming.  Meeting Him, He tells you He is the Resurrection and your brother’s death has occured so that God will be glorified.  He Resurrects your brother, dead in the tomb, stinky.

This is thrilling!  And now He is going to die next, a gross death which He has explained clearly.  How can you lovingly thank Him?  Your sister has the idea for the Gift.  She takes the extremely costly perfume oil and gives Him holy anointing for His death.  When He goes through His own death, to give believers victory over true evil, He will have the fragrance of your family love during it all.   

Truly I tell you, wherever this Good News is proclaimed in the while world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”  Matthew 26:13

Seeing Your Loved Ones In Heaven

They were looking for Jesus and were asking one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think?”  John 11:50

Jesus is Resurrection. He resurrects the little girl as James John, Peter, and her parents are present.  He resurrects the widow’s only son as the funeral procession is upon HIm.  He resurrects Lazarus, who comes out of the tomb after being dead for four days.  On the third day Jesus is resurrected and appears to believers for fourty days after His resurrection.  He has been, is presently, and will be resurrecting believers as we see that our lives here are lived for His glory and our deaths glorify His Presence within us and within this world.

Jesus Christ is Resurrection and abundant Life.  A question that I am sometimes asked is, “Can a sin which I have committed keep me from receiving the resurrection?”  The short answer is, yes a sin can prevent you from going to heaven; you will not see your loved ones in heaven; you won’t get to heaven.  The long answer is, the sin that has come into your mind, the sin that you are referring to in response to the question, is the sin that you must repent of– taking it to Jesus with truly heartfelt apology, asking for Jesus’ forgiviness, and never committing that sin again.

To repent of sin is also to receive Jesus forgiveness. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9  Then, sin no more.

Anticipate

Jesus says, “I AM the Resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in Me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  She [Martha] said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Messiah, the Son of God, the One coming into the world.”  John 11:25-27

Through Jesus Christ we walk in newness of Life.  Your body will die yet who you are as a believer will live eternally because of Jesus’ Resurrection.  Jesus gives this message to you not only that you be assured of His love for you but also so that you live without fear and worry because there is nothing that can separate you from His love.

Notice that in response to Jesus’ declaration of Truth, Martha responds with her faith.  Focus also on the phrase where she says, “… [I believe that You are] the One coming into the world.”  For Martha, Jesus has not yet Resurrected her brother, nor has He Resurrected on the third day, nor has the Holy Spirit been given at Pentecost.  She is believing by faith with expectation.  

Expectant faith.  As Jesus completes God’s beginning sentence to Moses, He tells us everything we need to know, to have, and to anticipate.  Right now, for all that you are going through and will need to accomplish within the will of God, it is awesome to fully believe with faith in Jesus Christ that He is working in you for His purpose.  Stay the course of faith and stand firm.

Lord I Believe!

Jesus said to the blind man whom He had healed, “You have seen Him, and the One speaking with you is He.  He said, “Lord, I believe.”  And he worshiped Him.  Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.”  John 9:37-39

God did not send His only begotten Son into the world to condemn the world, but God gave us Jesus so that the world will be saved through Jesus Christ.  There is a choice offered to each and every person– to believe in Christ or not.  Jesus is the Light of the world and yet some folks choose to remain in the dark choice to not believe in Him.  

Time and time again I hear believers say, “What would I do without Jesus?  How can someone choose not to believe in Jesus when to have Jesus is to have everything I ever needed and then some.”  Perhaps it is a similar situation to the blind man’s experience.  The blind man allowed Jesus to place mud made of dirt and Jesus’ spit onto his eyes, he had followed the instruction to go and wash in the pool of Siloam, he had answered questions about the healing from Jesus, and when later Jesus talks with him he did not know it was Jesus.

When Jesus tells him that He is the One, the now seeing man says, “Lord, I believe.”  Belief opens our eyes to the Spirit and we worship Him.  Worship is thankfulness, joy, praise, pure loving of Jesus, following Him, listening to Him, speaking faith, and songs from the Spirit.

Sit With Jesus At Jacob’s Well

“Come and see the Man that told me everything I have ever done.  He cannot be the Messiah, can He?”  John 4:29

The woman speaking with Jesus at Jacob’s well, the Samaritan woman, leaves her jar at the well and runs into her city to tell others that the Savior is at her water well.  They flock out of the city to Him, sit at Jacob’s well with Him, they believe and take in Jesus because of this woman.  She is the first Christian evangelist; her enthusiasm sparks His salvation.

Put yourself in her place.  If you were on the outskirts of town getting water at noon and a tanned man kindly told you your biography, and you had never seen him before this, it would amaze you.  It would dawn on you too that this is the Savior because He knows all of you, and He does– Jesus knows even the nitty gritty private info about you and He wants to be Savior in your heart.

Her heart is transformed by His want. Finding His forgiveness, the Spirit, and and genuinely trusting Him– she meets her everything in Him.  So do we. What sins did Jesus forgive in this woman? We do not know yet she could not evangelize with such freedom without it. She told everyone, “Come and see the Man.” With Jesus we are refreshed at the well of His forgiveness.