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Month: May 2021

Just as the Lord fought for the salvation of His people long ago He “fights for us upon the plain with His good gifts and Spirit.”

Just as the Lord fought for the salvation of His people long ago He “fights for us upon the plain with His good gifts and Spirit.”

BibleGateway: Zechariah 14:1-11 ESV Text: Zechariah 14:1-11 Zechariah 14:1–11 (Listen) The Coming Day of the Lord 14:1 Behold, a day is coming for the LORD, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut…

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The Lord promised to wash away the sin and impurity of the people. Ultimately, this took place when Christ was “struck” and crucified for sin.

The Lord promised to wash away the sin and impurity of the people. Ultimately, this took place when Christ was “struck” and crucified for sin.

BibleGateway: Zechariah 13:1-9 ESV Text: Zechariah 13:1-9 Zechariah 13 (Listen) 13:1 “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness. Idolatry Cut Off 2 “And on that day, declares the LORD of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more. And also I will remove from the land the prophets and the…

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The payment for our sins completed, Jesus declared His work finished. Proof of its acceptance in heaven would be made public on the third day.

The payment for our sins completed, Jesus declared His work finished. Proof of its acceptance in heaven would be made public on the third day.

BibleGateway: John 19:28-42 ESV Text: John 19:28-42 John 19:28–42 (Listen) The Death of Jesus 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit….

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Caring for His mother at the cross, Jesus was not only honors the fourth commandment in our place but also gives us a reminder of His love toward all His family (you and me included).

Caring for His mother at the cross, Jesus was not only honors the fourth commandment in our place but also gives us a reminder of His love toward all His family (you and me included).

BibleGateway: John 19:17-27 ESV Text: John 19:17-27 John 19:17–27 (Listen) 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the…

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Pilate finally caved to political pressure and to protect himself he handed Jesus over to be crucified. May we stand firm when we are pressed by sin and not give in to the crowd.

Pilate finally caved to political pressure and to protect himself he handed Jesus over to be crucified. May we stand firm when we are pressed by sin and not give in to the crowd.

BibleGateway: John 19:1-16 ESV Text: John 19:1-16 John 19:1–16 (Listen) Jesus Delivered to Be Crucified 19:1 Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3 They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. 4 Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may…

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Judah’s inhabitants would find peace and security in Jesus Christ during His ministry, but they would also suffer the sorrow of seeing Him crucified and mourn their sins.

Judah’s inhabitants would find peace and security in Jesus Christ during His ministry, but they would also suffer the sorrow of seeing Him crucified and mourn their sins.

BibleGateway: Zechariah 12:1-14 ESV Text: Zechariah 12:1-14 Zechariah 12 (Listen) The Lord Will Give Salvation 12:1 The oracle of the word of the LORD concerning Israel: Thus declares the LORD, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: 2 “Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. 3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy…

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Wicked spiritual shepherds had contributed greatly to Judah’s downfall, but the Good Shepherd (Jesus) would strike out against the false prophets until He too was rejected.

Wicked spiritual shepherds had contributed greatly to Judah’s downfall, but the Good Shepherd (Jesus) would strike out against the false prophets until He too was rejected.

BibleGateway: Zechariah 11:1-17 ESV Text: Zechariah 11:1-17 Zechariah 11 (Listen) The Flock Doomed to Slaughter 11:1   Open your doors, O Lebanon,    that the fire may devour your cedars!2   Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen,    for the glorious trees are ruined!  Wail, oaks of Bashan,    for the thick forest has been felled!3   The sound of the wail of the shepherds,    for their glory is ruined!  The sound of the roar of the lions,    for the thicket of the Jordan is ruined! 4 Thus said the LORD my God: “Become shepherd…

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The Lord had brought judgment on Judah to reveal to them the depth of their sins, but He promised also to restore them so He could send them a Savior.

The Lord had brought judgment on Judah to reveal to them the depth of their sins, but He promised also to restore them so He could send them a Savior.

BibleGateway: Zechariah 10:1-12 ESV Text: Zechariah 10:1-12 Zechariah 10 (Listen) The Restoration for Judah and Israel 10:1   Ask rain from the LORD    in the season of the spring rain,  from the LORD who makes the storm clouds,    and he will give them showers of rain,    to everyone the vegetation in the field.2   For the household gods utter nonsense,    and the diviners see lies;  they tell false dreams    and give empty consolation.  Therefore the people wander like sheep;    they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd. 3   “My anger is hot against the…

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One by one they all turn against Jesus. Annas, then Peter, then Pilate, then the whole crowd. Finally, we have all turned each one to his own way. The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

One by one they all turn against Jesus. Annas, then Peter, then Pilate, then the whole crowd. Finally, we have all turned each one to his own way. The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

BibleGateway: John 18:12-40 ESV Text: John 18:12-40 John 18:12–40 (Listen) Jesus Faces Annas and Caiaphas 12 So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews1 arrested Jesus and bound him. 13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people. Peter Denies Jesus 15 Simon Peter followed…

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Of course Jesus could have escaped His crucifixion, but that would have ruined everything. He was there to take responsibility for our sins and that is exactly what He would do.

Of course Jesus could have escaped His crucifixion, but that would have ruined everything. He was there to take responsibility for our sins and that is exactly what He would do.

BibleGateway: John 18:1-11 ESV Text: John 18:1-11 John 18:1–11 (Listen) Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus 18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with…

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