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We hope this becomes a dependency. Strange thing for a therapist to say. But we are dependent on God for life and peace and joy. Spending time with Him every day (imagining these vignettes) will enhance your life and growth as nothing else can.

 

Misinformation about God is rampant out there today. This is good stuff--agreeing with the best interpretation you can put on Scripture.

 

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By Arla, Mar 5 2021 02:00AM

Pilate grasps the opportunity to heal an old quarrel by sending Jesus to Herod. Pilate has no intention of condemning him.


Herod is happy to meet Jesus, whom he's heard much about. His sensitivity and guilt have greatly dulled in the past two years since killing John, but he still hopes to clear his mind and conscience by saving this prophet. He is sure Jesus will do whatever is necessary to save himself. He has no idea...


The priests and elders accompany him, and all begin talking loudly.


Herod silences them and demands Jesus' hands be released, rebuking their harsh treatment. Looking at him, he knows the priests have brought him from envy. He begins to question Jesus, but Jesus doesn't respond. So Herod commands the sick and crippled to be brought in. He promises Jesus freedom for doing a miracle.


The leaders are in a panic. They've seen his miracles. Their plans are dissolving before their eyes!


Jesus gives no indication he has heard Herod. He can't do anything to save himself. He must go through this as any man would have to. And Herod had the best of prophets give him evidence--more won't make any difference.


Finally Herod gets it; Jesus isn't going to perform. Furious over what he perceives as insult, he labels him an imposter, even though impressed that he's God-like; and again, soldiers restrain crazed people. Herod has a gorgeous robe put on Jesus, and mocks him; people and soldiers joining in with horrible abuse. And then he's sent back to Pilate.


Luke 23:8-12



By Arla, Apr 2 2020 01:00AM

The event that establishes the faith of Joseph and Nicodemus destroys the disciples' hope in Jesus as Messiah.


The women, last to leave the cross, weep as they follow the body of him they have honored and loved. They watch as the huge stone is rolled over the doorway of his tomb. Hating to leave him, they slowly walk home, still crying. They can't believe he is really dead.


This is a Sabbath none of them will ever forget--priests, rulers, and people.


Passover Sabbath begins with the trumpet's signal, as it has for centuries, but this time the rites pointing toward God's lamb are fulfilled. A strangeness seems to fill everything, especially in the temple--the gorgeous torn veil gaping open, still attached at the bottom, revealing how it was torn, and the Most Holy Place.


Not only disciples are sleepless. Many eyes spend the hours between Jesus death and resurrection searching prophecy to make sense of this trauma. Jesus is the only one resting this Sabbath--in his grave.


Never have so many people come looking for the Messiah. The temple courts fill with the disappointed hopes, cries, and tears of those coming to be healed, those bringing their loved ones for his healing touch. They come demanding to see Jesus. "Where is the Messiah who heals the sick and raises the dead?" is heard everywhere. They won't be turned away.


Finally soldiers are stationed to control those mobbing the temple gates.


The sound of mourning for Jesus fills Jerusalem.


(continued tomorrow)

By Arla, Mar 19 2020 01:00AM

Arriving at the hill that looks like a skull, the victims are fastened to their crosses. The jealous priests have arranged for Jesus to be in the middle, signifying that he was the worst of them.


The thieves struggle, but Jesus doesn't. As the spikes are positioned, John lifts Jesus' fainting mother away. She revives to hear him say, "Father, forgive them. They don't know what they're doing."


Some of the soldiers are mocking with the priests and rabble. Some are impressed; they've never seen anyone behave like this. Some are forever changed. And some, by their choices to harden their hearts, make Jesus' prayer unanswerable for them.


Either way, God wins, exposing and conquering Satan who has had the power of death, to offer those who respond the power of life.*


Offenses are often written and nailed to crosses. Pilate has a sign put above Jesus, in Hebrew, Latin and Greek, "The King of the Jews," giving him the last word--look how the Jews treat their king.


The priests are upset with it and go to him, "Make it say 'He said, I am King of the Jews'." But Pilate despises them and their jealousy, and himself for giving in to them, and says, "What I have written, I have written."


Ruach directed the writing of that sign. Thousands are in Jerusalem for Passover from many countries, and, witnessing the awful events of that Passover Friday, are drawn to study the Messianic prophecies.** Many become believers and take their new beliefs home.


Matthew 27:31-43, Mark 15:20-32, Luke 23: 24-38, John 19:16-24 *Hebrews 2:14, 12:2 **Psalm 22:16-18, Isaiah 53 (over 200 prophecies scattered in various Old Testament Scriptures, especially Psalms, Isaiah, and Zechariah)



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