Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Jesus Final Days- Part 8

The disciples had all seen Jesus in His resurrected, glorified body. But, it was going to take some time for them to realize what was expected of them now.
John 21:1-3- After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
The disciples just went back to their old jobs- Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, James and John, and two others went fishing. They sat all night in their boats with nets trying to catch fish, but they caught nothing!
John 21:4-6- But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
A man was walking on the shore and called out to the boats asking if they had caught anything. When they replied "no" He told them to cast their nets into the water on the other side.
They did what He said and they caught so many fish that the nets were too heavy to be able to drag into the boats. John remembered the time Jesus called them from their fishing boats and told them to follow Him. It was the same miracle that He had preformed then!
John 21:7-8- Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.
Peter dove into the water and swam to land while the others used a small boat to drag the full nets to shore.
John 21:9-12- As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
As they dragged the fish-full nets to shore, they were amazed that the nets hadn't broken; usually a bounty like that would rip the nets and they would be in for a long day of mending.
Jesus had a fire ready with bread. He told them to bring some of the fish that they caught and come eat.
This was a lesson that He was hoping they, and we, would learn. Remember, He told them over three years ago to follow Him and He would make them fishers of men? Jesus still wanted them to fish for men- tell others about Himself so they could get saved. He wanted them to bring those "fish" to heaven with them so that one day we could all sit down at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!
John 21:13-14- Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
Jesus had only shown Himself to His disciples as they were all together three times! He knew that soon He would go back to heaven to prepare the place for them that He had promised. While He was gone the disciples would have to be trusted to tell others about Him. And they would need a leader to do so.
Jesus already knew who would be the best leader! But, this man would need to overcome some things that were holding him back- the first being guilt.
John 21:15-17- So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Jesus first asked Peter if He loved Him more than these- perhaps Jesus motioned to the fishing equipment and the boats. Maybe Jesus wanted to know if Peter was ready to give up his occupation forever to become a "fisher of men".
Then Jesus simply asked Peter if he loved Him. Both times Peter answered the Lord yes.
Jesus asked Peter one last time if he loved Him. Peter was grieved. Why would Jesus keep asking that? Peter already answered Him! But, you see, Peter had denied even knowing the Lord three times; so, the Lord was asking him if he loved Him three times.
Peter said that he knew the Lord knew his heart; the Lord knew all! The Lord knew that Peter loved Him! The Lord answered the same as before- feed my sheep.
Not only were the disciples to be like fishermen, but they were also to be like Shepherds. Once they fished the men and the people got saved, then they would need to take care of these new Christians and make sure that they learned and grew to become "fishers" and "shepherds" themselves.
Then Jesus told Peter how he would die.
John 21:18-19- Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
Jesus wanted Peter to realize that eventually it would cost him his life to follow Jesus. One day, Peter would be killed because of telling others about Jesus.
John 21:20-23- Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?
Peter did what most people normally do when they're singled out- he found someone else to point fingers at! Peter asked Jesus what John would do.
Jesus knew what all the disciples would do. But, He wanted Peter to learn to focus on his own calling, not on what others were doing.
Jesus did what He does best- He answered the question while still getting His point across.
John had a very special job ahead of him. He was not only going to be a fisher and a shepherd, but he was going to write 5 books of the New Testament! And, he was going to be the one that Jesus showed the future to. John would get to see how all of time and creation would end!
But, of course, the disciples didn't understand this. They thought that Jesus meant that John would become immortal or something. But, that wasn't what He said at all!
John 21:24-25- This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
John wrote all this down for us to learn and grow. He understood things that the other disciples didn't because of his close relationship with the Lord.
We can each become what John was called, the disciple whom Jesus loved. As we grow in our spiritual walk with Jesus Christ and as we tell others about Him we learn how precious we are to Jesus. We learn how much He loves us!
John wrote only some of the things that Jesus said. Because Jesus said and did so much while He was on the earth that there wasn't enough paper or ink to document it all!
Matthew 28:18-20-  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Jesus had a specific calling for these men- go to all the world and tell them about Himself. Once you tell them about Jesus, then they should get baptized as a show to others that they believe. And, lastly, they should teach them to do what Jesus commanded, knowing that they would never be alone!
How could they never be alone if Jesus was going back to heaven to prepare a place? Well, if you remember, Jesus said that He had to go, but He would send a Comforter. The Comforter is one of the names used for the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost is the part of the Godhead, or Trinity, that is a spirit. When a person gets saved, Jesus blood gets applied to their account of sins, and they are marked as PAID IN FULL. But, this isn't the only thing that happens! The Holy Ghost comes down and lives inside our body, separating our soul from the sinful flesh, sealing us with Jesus' blood and ensuring God's mercy, pardon, and redemption forever!
Once you are saved, you can still sin. But it is just the flesh (the body) that sins; and it is just the flesh (the body) that feels the consequences of sin.
II Corinthians 5:17- Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
I Corinthians 3:13-15- Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
After we get saved, our works are judged (not our sins). We give an account of how well we did the job of a "fisher" and a "shepherd". The works that we do for God will miraculously become gold, silver, and precious stones; while the works that we did for our own pleasures will become wood, hay, and stubble. God judges our works by fire and whatever doesn't burn up are the treasures that we earned working for God on the earth.
Whether we earn rewards or not, if we ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins and save us then we go to heaven!
Acts 1:1-5, 8-9- The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
The Lord Jesus Christ walked the earth for 40 days encouraging and teaching His disciples what it was they should do. Jesus told the disciples just before He went up to heaven that He would send the Holy Ghost and for them to wait at Jerusalem until He came.
Then they were to preach! First they would tell all the city of Jerusalem where they were. Then they would tell the Jews who lived in all of Judaea, or Israel. Next, they were to take this to the half Jew, half Gentile people who lived in Samaria. And, then, they were to go to every Gentile throughout the entire world!
Jesus wanted them to know that His message was for Jews and Gentiles alike! Anyone could be saved!
The disciples listened as they stood there and watched Jesus ride the could out of their sight.
Acts 1:10-11- And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
As they stood there looking into the sky in awe, two angels appeared and encouraged them to get to work! They also said that when Jesus returned it would be the same way He left- people would see Him coming!
Acts 1:12-15, 21-26- Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
The disciples went back into the city, into an upper room where the disciples were staying, it may have even been the same room that the disciples and Jesus ate the Last Supper in.
Peter immediately embraced his role as the leader of the disciples. He understood that the Psalms said that Judas would betray Jesus. But, he also understood that someone would need to take Judas' place.
They said the qualifications of being a disciple were that they had to have been baptized by John the Baptist and then they needed to have followed Jesus during His earthly ministry, and they also had to have been present when the Lord Jesus Christ ascended up into heaven.
They found two men present who fit those qualifications- Barsabas and Justus Matthias.
The disciples prayed and asked God to give them wisdom and guidance. Then they cast lots and Justus Matthias, whom they called Matthias, was chosen to become the 12th disciple.
Now, all they needed to do was wait for Jesus' promise of the Holy Ghost. While they waited, I'm sure they prayed and probably searched the Scriptures to learn more about the Lord Jesus Christ!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Jesus Final Days- Part 7

Christ was in the tomb by Wednesday night 6:00 pm. And now for our 3 days and 3 nights. Wednesday night, Thursday night, Friday night, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Christ arose on the Jewish beginning of Sunday, which would be Saturday evening at 6:00 pm, the Gentile's Saturday night.
The two women who had watched where Jesus was buried were hurrying on their way to the tomb early Sunday morning with spices to embalm Jesus' body.
Mark 16:1-3-  And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
On the way they were wondering who would remove the stone from the entrance to the tomb. It was certainly large and heavy!
Matthew 28:2-4-  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
A great earthquake happened when an angel came down from heaven and rolled the stone away. The soldiers that were guarding the tomb were so scared that they shook and fell down and wouldn't move!
The angel just sat down on the stone and waited for the two women.
Mark 16:5-8- And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
The tomb was empty and there was a strange, frightening looking man who told them that Jesus was risen. They saw that the tomb was empty, but they were too scared to talk to anyone.
John 20:2-5- Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
The women ran to tell Peter and John that someone had taken Jesus' body. Peter, John, and Mary Magdelene went back to the garden. John ran faster than Peter and got to the tomb first, but he just stood looking into it!
John 20:6-10- Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.
When Peter got there, he went inside and John follow him. They both saw that the tomb was empty. The clothes that He was wrapped in were still lying where He was, except the napkin that had been across his head- that was folded and set to the side by itself.
Peter and John looked about and then went home, but Mary Magdelene couldn't leave. She and the other Mary just stood in the garden trying to understand what was going on.
John 20:11-13- But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
Luke 24:4-8- And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words,
The angels kept trying to tell them that Jesus was alive, He had resurrected, but they just couldn't seem to understand!
Mark 16:9- Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
John 20:14-15- And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
Mary was the first to see Jesus, although when she saw Him in His resurrected, glorified body she didn't know that it was Him! She thought He was the gardener.
Why would she think that? Perhaps because He was gathering some plants.
Pay attention! This is where it gets a little complicated.
Numbers 19:17-19-  And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel: And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave: And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.
Psalm 51:7- Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
In the old testament, when someone was to be made clean they had to sprinkled with water and blood that had been put on some hyssop (that's a plant). And, the old testament was a pattern for something in heaven.
Hebrews 9:7, 11-12, 19-24, 28- But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
So, once every year the High Priest was suppose to kill a spotless sacrifice and bring it's blood into the Holiest of Holies and place the blood on the ark of the covenant right in the center where it's called the Mercy Seat. Then, the priest would use hyssop and dip it in the blood and water and sprinkle whoever was to be cleansed.
Jesus, Himself, was the perfect spotless lamb, and He paid the price for our sins with His blood. Remember, when they pierced His side both blood and water came out?
The things that the Jews had to do in the Old Testament were pictures of things that happened in heaven. Perhaps, Mary though Jesus was the gardener because He was gathering hyssop.
John 20:15-17-  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Jesus told Mary Magdelene that He hadn't ascended to Heaven yet. She was still a sinner and she couldn't touch Him because of that. Jesus had to take His sinless blood to the Mercy Seat of The Lord God Almighty in heaven.
He told her to go tell His disciples that He was going to come see them when He finished.
Matthew 28:9-10- And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.  And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
Jesus went to heaven and came back so fast that He was able to meet the two women before they even got back to the city! They were allowed to touch Him now because He had ascended to His father and put His sinless blood on the Mercy Seat of God's throne for the sins of the world.
It is possible that He has the blood and water and hyssop to sprinkle on those who accept His salvation. Something incredible happens when you ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and to cover you in HIs blood. A debt you could never pay is marked as paid in full!
The women went to tell the disciples, and Jesus went to wait for them in Galilee.
But, what about the soldiers? Remember, the watch that had been about the tomb?
Matthew 28:11-15- Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole   him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
The soldiers went to the Chief Priests and told them happened. But, instead  of repenting and asking for forgiveness. They paid the soldiers to lie! They said that they would talk to the governor and make sure they weren't killed for sleeping on their watch.
John 20:18- Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
Luke 24:10-11- It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.
So, the men didn't believe the women. They were going to have to see    Him for themselves.
Luke 24:13-16- And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.
As two of the disciples were heading to another city, they were talking about all the things that had happened and what the women had claimed to have seen.
Jesus, Himself, came and started walking with them. But, they didn't recognize Him at first, either.
Luke 24:17-19- And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things?
Jesus pretended not to know about the crucifixion. He wanted these disciples to tell Him what had happened. Perhaps He was hoping that they would figure it out as they talked, but they didn't.
Luke 24:25-27- Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Jesus spent the rest of their walk going over the Old Testament and pointing out the things that God had said by His prophets about the coming of the Messiah.
Galatians 3:13- Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
I John 4:10- Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Ephesians 1:7a- In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
The two men listened to Jesus as they walked and they felt something inside, like an ache and a burning, and acknowledging that He was speaking the truth. But soon, they were at their destination.
Luke 24:28-34-  And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. 
So, Simon and Cleopas finally realized that it was Jesus that they were talking with! They ran back to Jerusalem that very moment to tell the 11 disciples that they, too, had seen Jesus and that the women were telling the truth!
Why wouldn't the 11 believe? These were the ones who were always with Jesus. These men had seen everything that He had done!
Luke 24:35-39- And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
Jesus wasn't going to let them be doubtful any longer! He appeared as the two disciples were telling their story.
John 20:24-28- But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Thomas, like the others, had to see Jesus for himself! He just couldn't hear and believe.
John 20:29- Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

Do you know who is blessed? We are! We, who believe that Jesus died for us and ask Him to save us, are the blessed ones. Jesus died for our sins and if we accept His free gift of salvation, we are forgiven of an eternal debt! We are blessed forever!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Jesus Final Days- Part 6

Now remember, the Jewish day begins and ends at 6:00 pm.
Matthew 27:57-58- When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.
John 19:39-40- And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
So, when the sun was going down, Joseph of Arimathaea took Christ's body, and he and Nicodemus wrapped it and put it in a tomb that was found in a garden.
John 19:41-42- Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
This tomb belonged to Joseph of Arimathaea, and it had never been used before.
Matthew 27:60-61- And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.
Two women who had followed Jesus went also to find out where they were going to bury Jesus. They knew that they couldn't do anything on that day, but they were planning when the Sabbath days were over to come back and properly embalm Him.
Luke 23:56- And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
Because the next day was a Sabbath day, there wasn't enough time to properly embalm the body. So, Joseph just wrapped His body and buried it. This is why Jesus said that the woman who anointed Him with oil and wiped His feet with her tears had prepared Him for burial- there wouldn't be time to do so later.
Jesus was dead and in the tomb before 6:00 at night; the end of the Jewish Wednesday, and the beginning of Jew's Thursday night .
The following morning, the religious leaders were worried about some of the things that Jesus had said when He was alive. They must have been up all night worrying about it, because the next morning they went to Pilate.
Matthew 27:62-65- Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
Pilate gave the religious leaders a few soldiers  to guard the tomb. They thought that the disciples would come and steal the body and say that Jesus had risen from the grave.
Matthew 27:66- So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
A Watch was four guards who changed every three hours. If the guards fell asleep or left their place during their watch they would be executed!
Here's where all the confusion comes in.
John 19:31a- The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,)
People assume that the sabbath was always Saturday. The Jewish word Sabbath means special day. And the Jews had many special days.
Leviticus 23:4-7,32- These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord's passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.
There were many holy sabbath days, which means they wouldn't all fall on a Saturday. There are many more examples, but for the sake of time, we'll use just this one.
So, the sabbath that was an high day was not Saturday, It was a Thursday!
Have you ever wondered what Jesus did while His body was in the tomb? The Bible tells those of us who are willing to search it out!
First, I need to explain about Paradise.
Jesus told the one thief that He would see the thief in Paradise. What is Paradise? Where is Paradise?
Paradise was a place that the Old Testament Jews, and those who died forgiven by God, would have their souls go to wait for God.
You see, in the Old Testament sins could be covered by the blood of the sacrifices, but they couldn't be completely taken away- Forgiven, but not forgotten.
So, those who were forgiven went to Paradise when they died, and those who weren't forgiven went to hell.
Luke 16:23- And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Hell and Paradise were in the same place. Deep inside the earth, there was a large divide with hell on one side and Paradise on the other. These people could see and hear each other, but they couldn't pass over the divide to each other.
Luke 16:24-26- And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
So, when Jesus died, He went to the center of the earth. He preached the good news to those in Paradise that they were fixing to leave that place; and then He went and preached to those in hell.
I Peter 3:19- By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
While in hell, He met Satan and took away something from him.
Revelation 1:18- I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
That's right! Jesus took the keys of hell and death from Satan. And then, He orchestrated a jail break!
Ephesians 4:8-10- Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Jesus took those souls that were stuck in Paradise and transplanted the entire place into Heaven, where the Lord God Almighty resides.
II Corinthians 12:4- How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
What happened to that empty space? Hell got bigger.
Isaiah 5:14- Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
Jesus had paid the price for the forgiveness of sin. Never again would sin be just covered. It would be forgotten.
Psalm 103:12- As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Micah 7:19- He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
This is why Jesus had to die. Sin could be forgiven by the blood of an innocent animal, but it couldn't be forgotten until someone paid the full price. The only price that could be accepted had be innocent blood from a righteous man!
Leviticus 17:11- For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
God's law to the Jew was that only blood could atone for the soul. There had to be sinless blood shed to take away our sins. But that blood had to be powerful enough to pay for the sins of the world from Creation until the end of time! Only the blood of God Himself could do that.
Hebrews 9:28- So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
This offering only had to be made once. It could atone for all the sins of the entire world without ever having to be repeated!
There's only two place in the Bible that a person goes to after they die, Heaven (where Paradise now is) and Hell, which has grown large enough to have a place for all who reject Jesus' gift of salvation.
And, do you know what you have to do for God to forgive and forget your sins?
Romans 10:9, 13- That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Christ died for all. He said whosoever shall call. Shall is present tense, and whosoever means anybody! Praise God! I don't have to try to pay for my sins. I just accept what Christ has done for me on Calvary and I live everyday by thankfully telling others!
So, from Thursday evening until Saturday evening was three nights, and from Thursday morning until Saturday morning was three days. Jesus arose from the grave just after 6:00pm on the beginning of the Jews Sunday evening, which is our Saturday night.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Jesus Final Days- Part 5

Christ has stood before the religious Jewish leaders and was condemned to death. He was next brought before the political Gentile leaders and was tortured and mocked, and then through the lies and the demands of the Jews was sentenced to die a by the Gentile crucifixion.
It is Wednesday around noon when Jesus was led away to go to the place where He was to be hung on the cross.
Luke 23:26-31-  And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
As they led Jesus shredded, bleeding body through the streets of the city, they grabbed a man named Simon and made him carry Jesus cross as he followed Jesus.
People started to trickle out into the streets to watch the death procession. Some women started to mourn the coming death, but Jesus turned to them and told them to cry for themselves. He knew the two dreadful curses that the religious leaders had brought upon the entire race; He knew the death, destruction, and terror that the coming years would bring to that nation.
John 19:17-18- And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
Somewhere, possibly outside the city gates, Jesus took the cross from Simon and carried it the rest of the way to Golgotha, or Calvary.
Remember, the place was Jewish, but it was ruled by the Romans- so the place where Jesus was crucified had two names, one Jewish and one Roman.
Luke 23:32-33- And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
Jesus wasn't alone in the death procession. There were two other men who were also being escourted through the streets of Jerusalem out to Calvary. These men were hung up with Jesus, on either side of Him.
Mark 15:28- And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
Even during this time Christ was fulfilling Scripture.
As Jesus was nailed to the cross, a paper was nailed on the cross with Him. The paper was written by Pilate.
John 19:19-20- And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
Some people think that because the different gospels list different things that the paper said that there is an error in the Bible. But, you have to realize that the gospels were written by four different men, and the title was written in three different languages. That's where the difference comes in.
The title above Jesus said "This is Jesus of Nazareth The King of the Jews".
JOhn 19:21-22- Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
The Jewish leaders were not happy! Perhaps they felt that the way it was worded gave credence to Jesus' claims of being the Messiah. But, Pilate couldn't care less about the disagreements with him. He told the religious leaders that he wasn't going to change it.
And so, Jesus was crucified with His rightful title above His head, though many who saw it didn't realize how true it was!
John 19:23-24- Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
Again Christ was fulfilling Scripture, as He hung on the cross the soldiers were dividing up His clothes.
Luke 23:35-37- And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
There were many people present at the crucifixion. Some were there just to mock the dying. They said if He were truly a king, He could save Himself.
The soldiers even tried giving them vinegar to drink. Yuck!
Mark 15:29-32- And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, Save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.
Not only were the people attending the crucifixion mocking Him, but the two thieves that were killed along side Jesus also mocked Him!
But, during their time on the cross one of the men realized that something was different about Jesus.
Luke 23:39-43- And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
While one thief mocked Jesus and told Him to save Himself and get them off the cross, too, the other thief saw that Jesus didn't deserve to be there. He knew that he was guilty and deserved this death! He fussed at the other thief and told him to hush. Then he turned to Jesus and with some realization that Jesus was in fact who the Messiah, as Jesus to remember him. In other words, he repented and was asking for forgiveness.
Even though Jesus was hanging there in pain, He took the time to accept the man's repentance and promised him forgiveness.
But, it wasn't just the thief that He took time to take care of.
John 19:25-27- Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
As the firstborn son of Mary, it was Jesus duty to take care of her after her husband died. He knew that duty had to fall to someone else now, and He called on His disciple, John, who seemed to be the only one of the 12 present to take care of her.
It wasn't just the physical death that Jesus was suffering. He was also fighting a spiritual battle that no human eye could see.
I Peter 2:24- Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Jesus took every sin that was ever committed by anyone living (past, present, and future) into His body. And, once they were there the Lord God Almighty poured out His judgement and wrath on them.
Romans 5:6- For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
II Corinthians 5:21- For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
I Peter 2:24- Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Isaiah 53:4-5, 9-11- Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
When Jesus was on the cross, the Lord God Almighty turned His back on Jesus. Jesus became sin, and God judged sin there. Because Jesus was sin, He was forsaken by the Lord God Almighty.
He was on the cross from the sixth hour to the ninth hour of the Jewish day, in Gentile time that's noon until about 3pm.
Matthew 27:45-49- Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
Those watching thought, for some reason that Jesus was calling for Elijah the Prophet to come save Him. Perhaps, because Elijah is prophesied to show up before the Lord God Almighty comes to destroy His enemies.
But, they were wrong in this assumption. Something else was happening that creation itself didn't want to watch!
It isn't normal for it to get dark during the middle of the day. But, once forsaken by His Father, the sun darkened- almost like the sun knew that something terrible was happening.
When the sun darkened, the powers of hell showed up to mock Jesus. The devil, Satan himself, came to brag about killing the Son of God.
But, Jesus was ready for this, too! He knew evil would show up once God looked away, and He invited the devil to do his worst!
Isaiah 50:6,8 -  I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
I Peter 5:8- Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Psalms 22:1, 6-8, 12-13, 16, 18,  - My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.  For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Colossians 2:15-  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Christ won the battle with the devil! And, once He won the He finished paying the full price for sin.
John 19:28-30a-  After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished:
Now that it was done, God turned back around. The Lord God Almighty was satisfied with the sacrifice for sin, and Jesus could now entreat Him once again.
Jesus told the Lord God Almighty that He was giving His soul up. He was allowing Himself to die.
Those who were watching saw that something was different about this man!
Christ died around 3:00 pm on Wednesday.
Matthew 27:51-54- And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
When Jesus died, the temple veil- the cloth that separated the Holiest of Holies where the ark of the covenant was from the Holy place- split into two pieces. The sin that made it necessary to divide God from humankind had been taken care of! This was another sign to those who would acknowledge it that Jesus was the Messiah!
Not only that, but an earthquake happened, and graves opened, and when Jesus arose other bodies arose, also, and walked around and people saw them! This is probably where the legend of zombies comes from.
Luke 23:47-48- Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.
John 19:31-37- The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
Once Jesus was dead, the Jews wanted the other two thieves to die quickly, so the Roman soldiers would break their legs so they couldn't stand up to breathe.
In crucifixion, the lungs slowly fill with water making it difficult to breathe and talk. To be able to get a breath, the men had to push themselves above their arms by using their legs against the nail that was through them. It was very painful to do.
When the soldier's pierced Jesus side, they put a hole into His lungs which made the water that was filling His lungs flow out- this was proof that He was dead and no longer breathing.

It is now after 3:00pm on Wednesday, but it is before 6:00pm which is when the Jewish Thursday would begin.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Jesus Final Days- Part 4

First off, we must remember that the Jewish day begins at 6:00 pm. They count the evening first, and the morning second; just like God did in Genesis 1.
We are now at the time of Wednesday morning. It will be Wednesday for the Jews until 6:00pm.
Matthew 27:1-2- When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
Jesus had been condemned by the Jews, but now He was going to stand before the Gentiles.
Judas Iscariot was only interested in making money. He didn't know that they were going to condemn Jesus to death! Once the evil deed of traitor was done, it looks like Satan left Judas Iscariot to go after Peter as the Lord had warned.
Now, Judas Iscariot was a man that was watching his friend be condemned to death and he was sorry for what he had done!
Matthew 27:3-10- Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. 6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me.
Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Christ led to him casting away the silver that he gained from his treachery and he went out and killed himself. The priests took the money and unknowingly fulfilled another prophecy in the Scriptures by buying a field which was dubbed the field of blood!
Acts 1:18-20- Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
Jesus would now be bounced back and forth between the two Gentile rulers.
John 18:28-32- Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover. Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man? They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee. Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.
Luke 23:2-7- And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King. And Pilate asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answered him and said, Thou sayest it. Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man. And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place. When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean. And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.
Pilate didn't want to be bothered with thing. So, when he heard that Jesus was from Galilee, he sent Him to the Gentile who ruled over that section of Israel- Herod.
Luke 23:8-12- And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate. And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
Herod was happy to have a chance to see Jesus, for he had heard of the things Jesus could do and he wanted to see a miracle. But, Jesus knew that Herod was only taking the time because of his desires, and so Jesus remained silent.
Perhaps this angered Herod. However it happened, Herod decided to let his soldiers beat Jesus. They put a royal robe on Him, and then they beat Him.
When Jesus had given them enough sport, they sent Him back to Pilate.
Notice that Pilate and Herod became friends that day. Having friends is always nice, but not when you have to cast Jesus aside to keep or make the friendship!
John 18:33-38b- Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews,
Luke 23:13-16- And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. I will therefore chastise him, and release him.
Matthew 27:15-18- Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
Pilate knew that Jesus had done nothing wrong! Even Herod couldn't condemn Him. So, Pilate was going to see if they would be content with him releasing Jesus as the prisoner that he normally set free during their feast. They had a terrible prisoner named Barabbas- he was a thief and a man who caused trouble for all nations; he was also a murderer.
Pilate thought they would rather have Jesus walking among them than Barabbas!
Matthew 27:19- When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
Matthew 27:21-25- The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
Pilate was amazed that these jealous Jews would rather a thief and murderer than Jesus! He knew Jesus was innocent. But, they wanted Him killed in the very manner the worst criminals were.
Pilate washed his hands. He thought that this would signify to them that he wanted nothing to do with this man's death- perhaps this would help alleviate his wife's fears.
But, the Jews sealed their fate once when they said "His blood be on us and our children". Not only did they bring a curse upon themselves, but on all their descendants!
Matthew 27:27-30- Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
John 19:4-11- Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer. Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
No wonder Pilate's wife was a mess! When Pilate heard that Jesus had claimed to be the son of God, he feared greatly. He believed in gods. He didn't want one to be angry with him.
But the Jews wouldn't relent!
John 19:12-16- And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
The Jews sealed their doom the second time. They were told by Moses to never have anyone who wasn't a Jew chosen as their king. But, they just claimed that a Gentile Roman was their reigning ruler.
And the Gentile's would turn out to be the worst rulers they could ever have chosen.
It was now around 12:00pm (or noon) on Wednesday.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Jesus Final Days- Part 3

Remember that the Jew's day begins at 6:00pm. Jesus and his disciples had just finished what would be referred to as the Last Supper- Jesus last meal in his mortal, human body on Tuesday evening; Judas Iscariot has gone out to meet up with the religious leaders to plan their destruction of the Messiah. At 6:00pm it became the Jew's Wednesday evening.
Matthew 26:30- And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
On the way out of the city, Jesus began to tell the eleven disciples some of the things that He would accomplish in the future, but also some of the struggles that He would endure in the present.
John 14:1-4- Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Jesus told them not to be troubled. He had to go away, but He was going to get a lovely place ready for them to join Him.
John 14:15-18- If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
He knew that they would be sorrowful when He left this mortal world, but He promised to send them someone who would help them. The Spirit of truth, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost of God that would live inside them and help them understand and do the will of God!
John 14:27- Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Jesus didn't want them to worry. He wanted them to have the Peace of God which passeth all understanding!
John 18:1-2- When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.
Matthew 26:31-35- Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
Jesus and his disciples went to a specific garden that they were use to going to. On the way, Jesus told them that they would be offended at Him. Peter denied it, and Jesus told him that before the sun rose in the morning he would deny that he knew Jesus three times! But, Peter said that even if they killed him, he would never deny Jesus; and all the rest of the disciples said they, too, would rather die than deny knowing Jesus.
Mark 14:32-34- And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.
Jesus took all eleven of the remaining disciples with Him to the garden of Gethsemane. Then, He separated Peter, James, and John and took only these three with Him further into the garden.
But, Jesus needed alone time with the Lord God Almighty. He told the three to watch where they were and he went on a little further.
Luke 22:40-44- And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
As Jesus was praying, He was battling with something inside of Him. You see, He never had sinned. He never knew sin. But, in a little while He would take all the sin from the existence of the entire world and bear them in His sinless body; and, not only that, but He would also bear the wrath and anger of the Lord God Almighty for all those sins.
It was a horrible things to endure. He was in such agony that His sweat was huge drops falling from His body from the terror of it! But, He was willing to endure this if that was the Lord God Almighty's will.
An angel came and helped strengthen Him, but He was still in such anguish!
Matthew 26:40-42- And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
When Jesus went back to where He left the three He found them sleeping. He woke them up and asked why they couldn't watch for just one hour. Then, He told them to watch and pray, so that they could resist temptation.
What temptation? Possibly the temptation to deny Jesus and run away.
Jesus went back to where He was at the first and prayed again asking if there were another way, but submitting to the decision that the Lord God Almighty would make.
Mark 14:40-41- And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Jesus went back to His disciples and found them sleeping again, but this time He told them to go ahead and rest, because He knew that He would now be taken by the wicked men who had plotted his demise.
We don't know how long the disciples slept, but when Jesus woke them up the last time it wouldn't be a good night for any of them!
Mark 14:42- Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.
John 18:3- Judas then, having received a band [of men] and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.
Mark 14:44-45-  And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely. And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him.
Luke 22:48- But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
John 18:4-6-  Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
Jesus was so powerful that just speaking knocked this mob to the ground! He didn't need help to conquer them; He used the strength of an Almighty God to allow them to take Him and destroy Him.
Luke 22:49- When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?
John 18:7-10- Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none. Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
Matthew 26:52-54- Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
Luke 22:51-  And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
Matthew 26:55-56- In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
Jesus knew what was coming. He knew that Judas Iscariot would betray Him with a kiss. He knew that the band of men would haul Him away. And, He knew the disciples would be offended that He didn't let them fight.
John 18:12-14- Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year. Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
Though all His disciples had fled, two of Jesus' disciples followed from a distance. Soon, they were able to get much closer and see and hear what was happening.
John 18:15-16- And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.
John 18:19-23- The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine. Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said. And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so? Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?
Jesus answered the High Priest's question by telling Him to ask the ones who had heard Him teach. He knew they had hired liars to say false things about Him. One of the guards smacked Jesus because He didn't answer the question the way they wanted. But, Jesus knew that He didn't do anything wrong!
John 18:27- Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.
Mark 14:55-56- And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none. For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.
Matthew 26:60b-62-  At the last came two false witnesses, And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
In the judgement chamber there were many people accusing Jesus of many things, but everything they said was false. Jesus just sat there quietly letting them lie about HIm.
Matthew 26:63-68- But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?
After Jesus answered that He was the Son of God, they didn't accept His answer and beg Him to forgive them. Instead, they started to mock and beat Him. These wicked people even spit in His face!
Luke 22:55-62- And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
Poor Peter! Maybe if he had prayed when Jesus told him then he wouldn't have denied his Lord. But, now there was nothing he could do. He ran off and cried.
It is now 6:00am. The beginning of the Jew's Wednesday daytime.

John was the only disciple present. And, the religious leaders are fixing to bring Jesus to stand before the Gentile leaders.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Jesus Final Days- Part 2

Tuesday (until 6:00pm)
Matthew 21:17-21- And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there. Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Jesus left the city for the night and slept in Bethany. On His way back into the city the next morning, He saw a fig tree and was going to get some fruit from it to eat, but the tree had no fruit. Jesus then cursed the tree.
Why would Jesus do this? Because He was still teaching His disciples. First, they were going to have to be careful what they prayed about, because it could be disastrous. Next, they were going to have to bear spiritual fruit or they themselves would wither away.
Luke 22:7-13- Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
The time was coming very close to Jesus final hours as a mortal man. He sent Peter and John to prepare for the passover feast.
Remember, back in the Old Testament that the Jews were slaves in Egypt under the reign of the Assyrians? The last miracle that the Lord God Almighty performed was the slaying of the first born. The only way for the Jews to save their children's lives was for them to kill a lamb, cook it and eat it a specific way, and place it's blood on the top and sides of the door. Then they had to remain inside the house, protected by the blood, in order to be spared.
Jesus was going to eat the passover meal just like the Jews were told to do every year since that day in Egypt. But, this passover was going to be one that would forever change history!
Luke 22:14-20- And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
Jesus first had what we call "communion". He blessed grape juice and unleavened bread and ate it with His disciples. Then, He told them to do this in remembrance of Himself.
When we have communion, we remember that Jesus made Himself the sacrifice for the Spiritual Passover.
The disciples were always catching on a little too late what Jesus was talking about. While He was trying to tell them, they were busy arguing again about who would be the greatest. So, Jesus was going to show them!
John 13:2-5- And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
Jesus put on a towel, and then began to wash the disciples feet. He was showing them that even though He was the Messiah that He was humble enough to wash their sinful, dirty feet.
Peter didn't want Jesus to wash his nasty feet, and so he tried to get Jesus to skip him. But, when Jesus said that if He didn't wash Peter's feet that Peter wouldn't be a part of them, Peter said that He wanted Jesus to wash him head to toe!
Peter was always charging in too far!
John 13:10-11, 16-19- Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me. Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
Jesus told them that they needed to be humble and follow His example. Then He tried to tell them that one of the 12 who had walked with them the last three years would betray Him. They needed to know what was coming!
Mark 14:18-19- And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?
Jesus knew that He would be betrayed by one of the 12 disciples that He chose. There was something different about one of His disciples.
John 13:22-26- Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
As the disciples were trying to figure out who was the traitor, Peter gestured to John to ask Jesus. John was right next to Jesus, leaning on Him, and so John quietly asked Jesus. When Jesus responded, it seems that only John heard Him.
Jesus said that the person He handed the gravy soaked bread to was the traitor. And, then He gave the morsel to Judas Iscariot.
John must have been shocked! It doesn't seem like he told the other disciples. Because when Jesus told Judas Iscariot to run his treacherous errand quickly, they all thought that he was going about Jesus' business.
But, Judas Iscariot wasn't doing something for Jesus. He had already decided in his heart that he was going to betray Jesus, and this decision opened a Spiritual door into his being. He was doing something for the powers of darkness, because he was filled with the fallen Cherub himself. Satan had possessed Judas Iscariot!
John 13:28-30- Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor. He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.
Judas Iscariot took the money bag with him and went to the religious leaders to get his bounty for betraying the Messiah.
It is important to note that Jesus never carried the money bag, He always left it for the disciples to do. Jesus wants us to win souls, witness, and occupy until He comes back (that means work). When ever you see someone in the Bible mentioned with a money bag they are not a good person!
But, the devil wasn't just after Judas Iscariot! He wanted to make all the disciples fall.
Luke 22:31-34- And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.
Simon Peter would be tempted to deny that he knew Jesus that very night! Jesus knew this would happen and He wanted Peter to know that when the promised salvation came he would be forgiven. And, Peter needed to use this knowledge of forgiveness to encourage others.
Mark 14:26-  And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

Night has fallen on Jerusalem. A new day has begun for the Jews- Remember the Jews day begins at 6:00 at night! As most people were getting ready to sleep, Jesus and his disciples were preparing to leave Jerusalem, and Judas Iscariot and the religious leaders were organizing to capture and destroy!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Jesus Final Days- Part 1

We are now learning about Jesus Crucifixion week. There are many misconceptions about this time and so we are going to go through it slowly.
First, we need to remember that the Jewish day begins the night before at 6:00pm. Their day goes 6:00pm to 6:00am night and then 6:00am to 6:00pm day and that equals one day!
Sunday to Monday
Mark 11:1-3- And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples, And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him. And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.
Jesus goes to Jerusalem, but He doesn't just enter the city right away. First, He sends two of his disciples to get a donkey.
Mark 11:4-6- And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him. And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt? And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.
Jesus told the disciples exactly where to find the donkey, and exactly what to say when people asked them why they were taking it.
Luke 19-35-38- And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon. And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way. And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
Why would Jesus enter the city this way? And, why would all these people suddenly be calling out to bless the King?
Because Jesus had to fulfill the prophesy of Scripture.
John 12:12-13- On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Because of the Palm branches that were used, many people remember this time as Palm Sunday. But, the thing to remember is not the Palm branches, but that Jesus was fulfilling Scripture!
John 12:15-16- Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt. These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.
There are things in the Bible that were spoken by prophets thousands of years before Jesus came. These things were signs in the Scriptures that if any man would have read and understood, they would have known that Jesus was their Messiah!
But, even the religious leaders didn't know their Bible like they should.
Luke 19:39-44- And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
When the Pharisees told Jesus that He should tell the people to stop praising Him as king, Jesus told them that the stones would start shouting it if they stopped. Wow! But, Scripture must be fulfilled. If the people wouldn't fulfill it the stones would.
John 12:19-  The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.
The Pharisees were discouraged. They wanted Jesus gone! They were going to have to be sneaky to get their way.
Matthew 21:12-13- And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Jesus now went to the temple. This would be the last time that He would walk into the Jews holy place. He saw that they were back to their money making ways.
The temple was suppose to be a place to ask the Lord God Almighty for help and forgiveness, not a place to make money. So, Jesus messed up their business and threw those merchants out.
Matthew 21:14-16- And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
Jesus started to heal those who needed help, and they were so happy that they again started to praise Him, this time as the prophesied Son of David- which, again, was a reference to Him being the King.
The Chief Priests and Scribes were upset now. They wanted Jesus to stop the people from saying these things just like the Pharisees had wanted. But, Jesus wouldn't because the Scriptures had to be fulfilled.
Mark 11:18- And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.
All the different religious factions were going to get together to destroy Jesus.