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Burden of Innocence


Simon of Cyrene Drawn by the roar of an excited mob, Simon stepped out from a narrow Jerusalem street into a scene of mayhem. He had traveled  far from his home in Cyrene to celebrate Passover on the Temple Mount, never expecting to come upon such chaos on a Feast day.

Fists punching the air, voices yelling invectives, the crowd surged closer to the entrance of the Praetorium. Simon found himself absorbed in the seething throng, jostled and pushed until he was thrown up against the open gate.

The object of the crowd’s ridicule hardly seemed worth their fury. Surrounded by a company of Roman soldiers, a man beaten and bloodied beyond recognition struggled under the burden of a heavy beam. Simon winced at the gruesome sight of the prisoner’s back laid open by brutal flogging and his limbs purple and swollen from countless blows. He had seen condemned prisoners before but none…

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February 28 – A Holy God

Daily Enduring Truth

Matthew 8:1-13; Exodus 39:1-40:38; Proverbs 18

One of the problems with our relationship with God is that we can sometimes become too familiar. I hear people speak of God as “the man upstairs” and realize that used to make me cringe. Whether it’s from familiarity with the phrase or in my relationship to God, it no longer bothers me. If that familiarity has bred the sort of contempt that can accept that description of God, I’ve lost a sense of the holy. A Roman centurion understood more of the nature of God than the Jews around Jesus did in this interchange. “And Jesus said to him, ‘I will come and heal him.’ The centurion answered and said, ‘Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me…

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The Hope Of The Christian Is In Christ

Jesus did not come to earth that there might be a Gospel to preach–He is the Gospel. Jesus did not come to earth that there might be salvation–He is salvation. He is the Life, the Door, the Alpha and Omega. In Him is life–and “when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with Him in glory” (Col. 3:4).
The only possible way for anyone to see God is through Jesus. The only way we can please God is in Jesus. He is the only one who ever pleased God upon this earth. At the baptism of Jesus, God the Father said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt.3:17). Again, on the Mount of Transfiguration He said, “This is My beloved Son: hear Him” (Mark 9:7). Just before Jesus went to Calvary, He looked to the Father in Prayer and said, “Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, “An angel has spoken to Him.” Jesus answered and said, “This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes.”
God is highly pleased with Jesus, and when we are in Christ, God is pleased with us.

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 53

“Woe to the world because of offenses. For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes. If your hand or your foot causes your downfall, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes your downfall, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, rather than to have two eyes and be thrown into hellfire!”
Matthew 18:10-14 (HCSB)

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