Lent 2022 • Week Seven Review

Holy Saturday, April 16th, 2022

Bible Reading • John 18:33 – 19:30

Jesus Before Pilate (John 18:33-40)

“Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.”

Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified (John 19:1-16a)

“Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face. Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.” The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.” When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.”

The Crucifixion of Jesus (19:16b-27)

“So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others —one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews . Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” So this is what the soldiers did. Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

The Death of Jesus (John 19:28-30)

“Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

Week Seven Song 
By: Edward Perroner (1780)
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
All hail the power of Jesus' name!
Let angels prostrate fall.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him Lord of all!
O seed of Israel's chosen race
now ransomed from the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all.
Hail him who saves you by his grace,
and crown him Lord of all!
Let every tongue and every tribe
responsive to his call,
to him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all.
To him all majesty ascribe,
and crown him Lord of all!
Oh, that with all the sacred throng
we at his feet may fall!
We'll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.
We'll join the everlasting song
and crown him Lord of all.

“At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.”

~Hebrews 2:8b – 9a (ESV)

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

  • Jesus died to establish the kingdom of God on earth. (Week Seven)
  • Jesus died to bring us into a right relationship with God. (Week Six)
  • Jesus died to disarm the powers of sin, death and the devil. (Week Five)
  • Jesus died to give us eternal life with Him. (Week Four)
  • Jesus died that we may worship God freely and confidently in His presence. (Week Three)
  • Jesus died to demonstrate His love for us. (Week Two)
  • Jesus died to forgive us our sins and cancel our debt. (Week One)

Songs of the Lenten Season 🎶 🎼 🎵

  • Week One: “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus” by Robert Lowry (1876)
  • Week Two: “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” by Stuart Townsend (1995)
  • Week Three: “When I survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts (1707)
  • Week Four: “The Old Rugged Cross” by George Bennard (1913)
  • Week Five: “Victory in Jesus” by Eugene Monroe Bartlett (1939)
  • Week Six: “Man of Sorrows” by Philip B. Bliss (1838)
  • Week Seven: “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” by Edward Perroner (1780)

By clicking the link below you can listen to all these songs (instrumental versions) in one place.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPq2grhEgR6OrvxRZk4lcNmJq8VgoniaP

Pondering Thoughts

Friends, as we pause on this Holy Saturday of Lent, we like the disciples are reeling over the death of Jesus. Horrified by the way our Jesus was treated. Do we dare ask ourselves where we would have been and how we would have reacted or even acted. Of all the characters at play throughout this Passover weekend so long ago, would I have been like . . .

  • Judas, the betrayer
  • Peter, the denier
  • Mary the sister of the mother of Jesus
  • Mary Magdalene
  • John, the disciple whom Jesus loved
  • The Chief Priests
  • Teachers of the Law

The presence of the chief priests is recorded by Matthew, Mark, and John, Luke making no reference to them. Matthew, Mark, and Luke refer to the scribes, elders, or rulers, comprising the Sanhedrin, while John ignores their presence.

Matthew, Mark, and Luke draw special attention to the centurion in charge of the carrying out of the crucifixion, and they give some account of how he was impressed in the presence of the Crucified.

As Luke records, there were many other women, but these stand prominently out, as having been most closely associated with Him.

In John we see two pairs, the unnamed women, the mother of the Lord and her sister; and the two women who are named, Mary of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

*See reference below:https://www.christianity.com/

“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” (John 19:25)

“A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.” (Luke 23:27)

“But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.” (Luke 23:49)

“In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.” (Matthew 27:41)

“In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself!'” (Mark 15:13)

According to Matthew he said, “Surely he was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54)

According to Mark, “Surely this Man was the Son of God” (Mark 15:39)

According to Luke, “Surely this was a righteous Man” (Luke 23:47)

Thank you for joining me on this Lenten journey. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for the culmination of Holy Week. May you be surrounded by the love of God, today and for always. 🛐 💟 ✝️ ~Peace

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

John 18:33-40 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2018:33-40&version=NIV
John 19:1-16b https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2019:1-16&version=NIV
John 19:16-27 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2019:16-27&version=NIV
John 19:28-30 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2019:28-30&version=NIV

https://hymnary.org/person/Perronet_Edward

Hebrews 2:8b-9a https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Hebrews%202:8-9&version=ESV

https://www.christianity.com/jesus/death-and-resurrection/the-crucifixion/who-was-present-at-the-cross.html

Lent 2022 • Week Seven • Jesus Sacrificed Everything

Good Friday, April 15th, 2022

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April 1st, 2021
Kingman, IN

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
John 15:13 (NIV)

“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ~Romans 5:7-8 (NIV)

Bible Reading • John 19:16-30

Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified

“Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.”

The Crucifixion of Jesus

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others —one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews . Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” So this is what the soldiers did. Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

Reflection

On this Good Friday, the last Friday of Lent think about spending some time alone in the silence, sitting or standing before the cross. The cross does not need to be real, in your mind visualize the cross that Jesus carried and was nailed to. I know this will be difficult to imagine and even more difficult to allow yourself to feel the moment. Allow the spectacle of the cross to imprint on your soul the weight of Jesus’ love. Breathe, don’t rush, breathe, pause and breathe. Witness your own sins being heaped upon Jesus and allow yourself to grieve this heinous moment in history. Say a simple prayer asking God to hold you in His loving embrace.

Now, try rereading today’s scripture and devotional, pausing wherever you feel the need to respond with sorrow, repentance, adoration and tears.

Everything Jesus did was LOVE.

  • Every blow He didn’t reciprocate was LOVE.
  • Every moment He stood naked and mocked was LOVE.
  • Every step towards Golgotha/Skulls was LOVE.
  • Every gasping breath was LOVE.
  • Every nanosecond from the kiss in the garden to the cessation of His heartbeat . . . LOVE.

Further Study

The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Isaiah%2052:13-53:12&version=NIV

Jesus Before the Sanhedrin

Matthew 26:67-68 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2026:67-68&version=NIV

Jesus Before Pilate (verses 11-26)

The Soldiers Mock Jesus (verses 27-31)

The Crucifixion of Jesus (verses 32-44)

The Death of Jesus (verses 45-50)

Matthew 27:22-50 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2027:22-50&version=NIV

Jesus Before the Sanhedrin (verses 53-65)

Jesus Before Pilate (verses 1-15)

The Soldiers Mock Jesus (verses 16-20)

The Crucifixion of Jesus (verses 21-32)

The Death of Jesus (verses 33-37)

Mark 14:65,15:12-37 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Mark%2014:65,15:12-37&version=NIV

The Guards Mock Jesus (verses 63-65)

Luke 22:63-65 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2022:63-65&version=NIV

Jesus Before Pilate and Herod (verses 11-25)

The Crucifixion of Jesus (verses 26-43)

The Death of Jesus (verses 43-46)

Luke 23:11-16,18-46 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2023:11-16,18-46&version=NIV

The High Priest Questions Jesus (verses 22-23)

John 18:22-23 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2018:22-23&version=NIV

Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified (verses 1-16)

The Crucifixion of Jesus (verses 17-27)

The Death of Jesus (verses 28-37)

John 19:1-37 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2019:1-37&version=NIV

The Ministry of Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:21 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=2%20Corinthians%205:21&version=NIV

The Scroll and the Lamb

Revelation 5:12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Revelation%205:12&version=NIV

Friends, we knew this weekend was coming, some are eager for the celebration of Sunday and rightly so. Friday and Saturday leading up to Easter Sunday are difficult to read about and all the more to immerse ourselves into the story. However you choose to reflect on this weekend, my prayer is that we do not rush through the parts that are difficult, instead seek time with God. Share your hearts desires with the one who created you, the one who loves you . . . Indeed, Jesus loved us so much He took our sins upon himself, the one who had never sinned all because of His great LOVE. I love you my brothers and sisters, may the peace of God fill you and sustain you until we are all together with our Lord in Heaven.

✝️💟🛐💜🛐💟✝️

It is such joy to sharing God’s Word, thank you for blessing me with you support and encouragement. ~Peace

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

John 15:13 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2015:13&version=NIV
Romans 5:7-8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Romans%205:7-8&version=NIV
John 19:16-30 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2019:16-30&version=NIV

Lent 2022 • Week Seven • Jesus’ Love Forgives

Thursday, April 14th, 2022

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April 1st, 2021
Kingman, IN

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
— Luke 23:34 (NIV) —

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
— Colossians 3:13-14 (NIV) —

Bible Reading • Luke 23:32-34

The Crucifixion of Jesus

“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”

We read in these three verses that Jesus forgave His executioners and prayed to His Father for their absolution. Jesus looked at the men who nailed Him to the cross with compassion, with love and He spoke forgiveness to them and prayed for them. Jesus did exactly what He had been teaching throughout His ministry, love one another.

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ACC Avon, IN
December 25th, 2018

I read something recently that has had an unsettling affect on me. I read a post on Meta, formerly called Facebook by someone I follow. It troubled me so much that I actually ask others I know and respect, to read it as well. Some of my them were eager to share their thoughts, while one did not respond and another responded only with a question directed back at me. All of these responses and even the non-response one were valuable to me. At first, When I read the post I was very confused and kind of angry that someone believed a truth of mine to be a metaphor as not being true or at least not perceived true in real life. I simply felt very uneasy and kind of agitated. I have since come to the conclusion that my unsettling was in fact a conviction of my theology, a foundation stone of my Christian faith. This all came together after reading my Lenten devotional for today. It’s not an issue of right or wrong, real or metaphorical, it’s my own personal belief; and it’s important to me not to compromise it. *I’ll share the quote below.

During these last few days of Lent is it easy to fast forward over the ugliness and pain of the crucifixion and go straight to Sunday morning and the stone rolled away, singing “He Lives!” I think we need to pause, and allow ourselves to experience it all, the bad and the good. The good is Great because the bad is so Ugly. Our salvation came at a price and it deserves our attention and our grief that such a price was needed and freely given. It’s not pretty but was necessary. I have a friend who refuses to watch the movie, “The Passion of Christ” due to the violence and painful cinematography; but can you even imagine what Jesus’ mother endured. The movie is not for entertainment value, rather it is a visual display of the depths of Jesus’ love for us.

I am a firm and faithful believer in the “LOVE” of Jesus and yes it’s beautiful, calming and reassuring. Jesus’ love is life-giving in a world that is so depleted of such a needed commodity. The book I chose to read during Lent is called, “Uncovering the Love of Jesus.” and it does not gloss over the parts that are uncomfortable. Being a Christian is not for the faint of heart, we are warriors for Christ. I love a good sermon that gives me the “feels.” But I also need the tough sermons that teach truth, those Bible stories that are messy and show the glory of God working in and through lives of ordinary people.

I’ve heard it said, there’s a church out there for everyone and I believe that. It certainly explains all the different denominations, church practices and the many traditions that are utilized.

I am saying for me, the crucifixion of Jesus has to be part of the Easter story, and as much as I am not looking forward to Friday, I know Sunday is coming! Praise Be To God!

I respect your views and faith practices whether you agree or disagree with my ever grow theology. I will continue to read, study, learn and write more about the God I serve, He loves me though I am not deserving and He saved me not because I’m worth but because He loves me. And, He loves you too.

Challenge • Question

Who in your life do you need to forgive?

Pray for them today, ask God to uncover His love in your heart towards them.

✝️🙏🏻💟🙏🏻✝️

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*See references below

Further Study

“And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.”
Genesis 9:5 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Genesis%209:5&version=NIV
“Show no pity. You must purge from Israel the guilt of shedding innocent blood, so that it may go well with you. Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.”
Deuteronomy 19:13,21 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Deuteronomy%2019:13,21&version=NIV
“Cursed is anyone who kills their neighbor secretly.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” “Cursed is anyone who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
Deuteronomy 27:24-25 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Deuteronomy%2027:24-25&version=NIV
“It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them. ”
Deuteronomy 32:35 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Deuteronomy%2032:35&version=NIV
“Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, “This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the Lord , he has forsaken you.’” But they plotted against him, and by order of the king they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the Lord’s temple. King Joash did not remember the kindness Zechariah’s father Jehoiada had shown him but killed his son, who said as he lay dying, “May the Lord see this and call you to account.”
2 Chronicles 24:20-22 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=2%20Chronicles%2024:20-22&version=NIV
Psalm 69:1-36 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2069:1-36&version=NIV
Psalm 94:1-23 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2094:1-23&version=NIV
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Luke 6:37 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%206:37&version=NIV
“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’”
Luke 11:4 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2011:4&version=NIV
“Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
Luke 17:4 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2017:4&version=NIV

The Stoning of Stephen

“When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.”
Acts 7:54-60 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Acts%207:54-60&version=NIV

Thank you for stopping by my blog today, I am blessed by your support and encouragement. ~ Peace be with you all!

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Luke 23:34 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2023:34&version=NIV
Colossians 3:13-14 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Colossians%203:13-14&version=NIV
Luke 23:32-34 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2023:32-34&version=NIV

https://progressivechristianity.org/resources/the-night-i-stopped-believing-in-substitutionary-blood-atonement/

https://doubtersparish.com/author/

Lent 2022 • Week Seven • Jesus Offers Hope

Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

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April 1st, 2021
Kingman, IN

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Luke 23:42-43 (NIV)

Bible Reading • Luke 23:32-43

The Crucifixion of Jesus

“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

🤍 • 🤍 • 🤍 Challenge 🤍 • 🤍 • 🤍

Oftentimes we do things we’re not proud of, and these sins cause us to hide in secret. But Jesus welcomes us to shed the shame and guilt and enter into His presence with Him. Today, confess those sins that stand between you and fellowship with God, and celebrate His great love that goes above and beyond anything we can ask for or imagine.

A Lent Devotional-Uncovering the Love of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu

📕 • 📘 • 📗 • 📙 • 📖 • 📙 • 📗 • 📘 • 📕

As you read today’s scripture verses did anything “jump” out for you? There’s certainly a lot to unpack in these twelve verses surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus.

  • We know the place of the crucifixion was called the “Skull.”
  • We read that two criminals were also being crucified along with Jesus.
  • We know Jesus was in the middle of the two men.
  • We know the men carrying out the sentencing of the crucifixion took Jesus’ clothes, divided them and cast lots.
  • We know the rulers “sneered” at Jesus.
  • We know the soldiers mocked Jesus.
  • We know one of the criminals hurled “insults” at Jesus and the other criminal rebuked him for saying them.
  • We know the criminal who rebuked the other made a statement to Jesus saying, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
  • We know that Jesus responded to the criminals statement by saying, Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The one that stood out to me was the criminal who ask Jesus to remember him when Jesus came into His kingdom.

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” ~Luke 23:42

What I have deducted from the criminals statement is that he must have been familiar with the “fear of God” statement and that he thought/believed that Jesus was at the very least a man of God because of his use of the word “kingdom” and going to it after death. And, the criminal may have actually believe who Jesus had said He is the Son of God. I also believe that Jesus has the power to save anyone, even a convicted criminal. The saving that Jesus offers is not deliverance from the penalties we must face with our human bodies; not referring to sin but crimes/breaking man’s laws. No Jesus saves our spirit, so our souls will live forever in Heaven with Him. Our created beings created by God, Himself.

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My research into the biblical accounts of the two criminals and their interactions with Jesus, revealed that both criminals joined in with the unruly crowd at mocking Jesus. The reasons why one of them changed their tone towards Jesus is unknown but nonetheless, he in fact ask that Jesus remember him. The why we don’t know, probably never will; we do know that Jesus’s response to the criminal is all about what Jesus had been teaching: love, mercy, grace and hope. The criminal did not deserve any of this gifts; nether do you and I. It is not about deserving . . . It’s about the love of Jesus.

“Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.”

~Matthew 27:38,44 NIV

“They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.”

~Mark 15:27,32 NIV

“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

~Luke 23:32,39-43 NIV

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“Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
Isaiah 53:12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Isaiah%2053:12&version=NIV
“Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.”
Mark 15:32 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Mark%2015:32&version=NIV
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”
Ephesians 3:20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Ephesians%203:20&version=NIV

Thank you my friends, family, and bloggers I so appreciate your support and encouragement as I live out my passion in this space. I am blessed beyond measure.

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16,18 (NIV)

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Luke 23:42-43 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2023:42-43&version=NIV
Luke 23:32-43 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2023:32-43&version=NIV
Matthew 27:38,44 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2027:38,44&version=NIV
Mark 15:27,32 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Mark%2015:27,32&version=NIV
Luke 23:32,39-43 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2023:32,39-43&version=NIV
2 Thessalonians 3:16,18 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=2%20Thessalonians%203:16,18&version=NIV

Increased (Re) Posting of Fellow Bloggers

Tuesday. April 12th, 2022

Friends,

Hello family and followers. I am sure you have noticed I have been reposting some of the blog post of individuals that I follow on WordPress. My purpose is not in increase my numbers but to expose you to individuals who inspire artistic expressions. I hope you are finding some enjoyment through their individual styles and modes of expression and perhaps provide some insights to the things I like in the process. This community of people enlighten me and take my breath away because of their artistic gifts. I met someone long ago that opened the world of art to me and sparked a flame that would eventually lead me to write. We are both out in the world chasing our dreams and rarely speak but that does not mean he’s really far away, my heart holds many fond memories of him and the gift he gave me. God is always putting people into my life at exactly the right time I need them. Now, with that being said; I sometimes am not fully aware of that gift upon meeting them but some blessings and gifts need time for us to mature and grow to be able to receive these precious gifts.

He’s a link to my friend long ago, his name is Richard S. Boswell. Thank you Richard for sharing your gifts with me.

http://richard-s-boswell.com/

https://theleftcoastartist.wordpress.com/2020/04/15/california-grove-evening-2016/

https://www.saatchiart.com/theleftcoastartist

I hope you find something that resonates with you and perhaps awake the artist within yourself.

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.