Daily Devotional

Jan. 29, 2015 – The Promise of Salvation

“Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”  But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”  And Jesus said to ...

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Jan 28, 2015 – Father, Forgive Them

“And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”  These are neither the words of a saint nor a sinner, but the words of the sinless Son of God spoken during the most tragic scene in human history.  It makes sense that the first word ...

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Jan. 27, 2015 – The Seven Last Sayings of the Savior

These are not just seven words but seven sayings that Jesus uttered as He hung on the Cross.  These were not recorded in a single Gospel but are taken from the combined accounts of all four Gospels.  We often treasure the last words spoken by someone dearly loved.  These seven words or phrases have been greatly revered and became the subject of many books and sermons through the centuries.  Herbert Lockyer, in his book titled, All the Last ...

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Jan 26, 2015 – The Crucifixion of Jesus (2)

Mark wrote, “Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him. And the inscription of His accusation was written above: THE KING OF THE JEWS.  With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left. So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors” (Mark 15:25-28).  Once they reached Golgotha, the crucifixion began.  Jesus was offered wine mixed with myrrh, a pain-relieving mixture but Jesus ...

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Jan. 23, 2015 – The Crucifixion of Jesus

John wrote, “Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away.”  Matthew wrote: “Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him ...

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Jan. 22, 2015 – The Abuse Jesus Suffered

It is difficult to read of the indignity, the shame and physical abuse Jesus suffered even before the actual crucifixion.  A soldier struck Jesus across the face for remaining silent when questioned by Caiaphas.  Mark wrote, “Then some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him, and to say to Him, “Prophesy!” And the officers struck Him with the palms of their hands” (Mark 14:65).  Jesus was stripped of His clothes, flogged, spat ...

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Jan. 21, 2015 -The Time of the Crucifixion

“Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!”

The question as to when Jesus was crucified is a favorite apparent contradiction skeptics like to use when discussing the crucifixion of Jesus.  Mark records that “It was the third hour when they crucified Him” (Mark 15:25).  John recorded, “Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth ...

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Jan. 20, 2015 – The Silence of Jesus

“And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.  Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.”  Pilate was fully convinced that Jesus was innocent of all charges and had publicly declared Him not guilty and now wanted Jesus to defend Himself.  However, Jesus remained silent and Pilate was astonished at ...

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Jan. 19, 2015 – Pilate Releases Barabbas

Luke records the fact that Pilate declared Jesus innocent three different times in 8 verses: 1) “and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him” (Luke 23:15).  2) “Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them” ((Luke 23:20; Cf. 23:4).  3) “Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go” ...

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Jan 16, 2015 – Peter’s Denial

No study of the Crucifixion of Jesus would be complete without a look at Peter’s denial of his Lord. It is important to remember that Jesus foretold that Peter would deny Him.  Jesus had just predicted that all of the disciples would forsake Him: “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 ...

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