Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Journey 2016 - Journey to the Cross - 3/20/16

I just realized this morning as I was making a post on Theological Thinking, I had never posted the final segment of Journey 2016 from our pastor's sermons back in Crossville, TN, leading up to Easter.  So sorry!  So this post is a little out of order, but it goes with the posts from March 2016.  Please be sure to read my next post from today "Theological Thinking".

Mark 14:43-50New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested

43 And immediately, even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders. 44 The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss. Then you can take him away under guard.” 45 As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus. “Rabbi!” he exclaimed, and gave him the kiss.
46 Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. 47 But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear.
48 Jesus asked them, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? 49 Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me.”
50 Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away.

In just a few short hours Jesus went through six trials, beginning at 2 am:
  • Trial before Annas
  • Trial before Caiaphas
  • Trial before the Sanhedrin, in the Temple
  • Trial before Pilate
  • Trial before Herod
  • Trial before Pilate, 6 am
During this time...
  • Peter denied Jesus
  • Judas hung himself
  • Barabas was released
After the last trial, these are the events that led up to the death of Jesus:
  • Jesus was scourged.  Scourging was to cause as much pain as could possibly be inflicted on a person.
  • A crown of thorns was placed on His head.
  • Jesus was robed in a purple robe and was mocked by the soldiers.
  • Jesus was spit upon and struck with a staff again and again.
  • He was turned over to be crucified, and made to carry his cross through the streets of Jerusalem to Golgotha in disgrace before the people.
  • Jesus was nailed to the cross.
  • The soldiers gambled for his clothes
  • From the third hour (9 am) through the 9th hour (3 pm), Jesus hung on the cross, losing his ability to breathe.
  • At noon, God covered the sun and it became dark so the people could no longer look upon His Son, and the temple veil was torn in two, top to bottom.
  • At 3 pm Jesus spoke His final words:  "It Is Finished!"

Jesus is Lord!!  He was sacrificed on Calvary for our redemption.  He did it once and for all!  Never again did there need to be a Passover lamb sacrificed.  Jesus was the Perfect Lamb who was sacrificed for our sins.  Jesus is Our Lord, if we believe in Him and accept the price He paid for our salvation.

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.  (1 Corinthians 1:18(NLT)

We have a choice to make.  What will we do with Jesus?  Do we accept Him as our Savior and have eternal life, or do we join the throngs of people who believe it is all foolishness and are headed to destruction...eternal death?

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