Friday, May 26, 2017

The Evil Noise Of Hell

The calm, quiet words of Jesus stand out in the chaos.

John 19:16-19 Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus away. 17 Carrying the cross by Himself, He went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). 18 There they nailed Him to the cross. Two others were crucified with Him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19 And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."

John 19:28-30 Jesus knew that His mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture He said, "I am thirsty." 29 A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to His lips. 30 When Jesus had tasted it, He said, "It is finished!" Then He bowed His head and released His spirit.

All night long there was noise, last night was a very unsettled night for a lot of people in Jerusalem, and now the chaos of the previous evening has continued into Friday morning without any signs of stopping.

Jesus' passionate cries in the garden were interrupted by the chaotic noise of soldiers that came with Judas to arrest him. I imagine that there wasn't anything quiet about the soldiers bringing Jesus into Jerusalem to be questioned, they must have woke people up as they marched into town and made their way to the house of the High Priest.

It's disturbing to recall the noise as the prisoner was beat on mercilessly and then marched over to Pilate then to Herod and back to Pilate again, half the town was up early that morning as Jesus was moved around the city.

It is morning now and Pilate has heard enough and wants to get rid of this bother. "Not guilty!" was the decision from Pilate that stirred up the crowd, with the help of the religious leaders, the noise would continue to amplify as the "not guilty" prisoner would be beaten and whipped. Not guilty and yet he was treated so harshly.

Again and again the verdict would be told, "Not guilty!" but the Jews wouldn't let it go. Given a choice they cried out for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be executed. Despite all of Pilate's efforts they continued until Pilate gave in, rejected the advice of his wife and let the crowd have their way. (Matthew 27:18-19)
Matthew 27:39-42 The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. 40 "Look at You now!" they yelled at Him. 41 The leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders also mocked Jesus. 42 "He saved others," they scoffed, "but He can't save Himself!
The anguish of being pierced with nails so that your body would hang on the cross, the jeers and insults of the Religious leaders and the Romans as he hung there, and then there was the protest over the sign Pilate had posted on the cross. (Mark 15:29-32)
Jesus Words From The Cross
1. “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34).
2. “Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).
3. “Woman, behold thy son” (John 19:25-27).
[Three hours of darkness; Jesus is silent]
4. “Why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46)
5. “I thirst” (John 19:28).
6. “It is finished!” (John 19:30)
7. “Father, into Thy hands” (Luke 23:46).

Calm In The Midst Of The Clamor

There is an extreme contrast between the noise of hell's fury going full force against Jesus and his calm quiet disposition. Jesus said very few words as he spoke to his accusers at his trial and during the beatings in court, and we don't have any evidence that he said anything on the way to Golgotha or while he was being attached to the cross.

Jesus was know for turning a conversation around to get out of situations when the religious leaders were trying to trap him, but this time it was different, he didn't say much but when he did it was never anything that would get him out of this situation and it was never anything hateful to the people that abused him.
Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
This time they had him but not because Jesus was outmaneuvered, evil men thought that they had finally won in their efforts to get Jesus, they didn't have any idea that none of this was happening because of their efforts. Jesus chose the cup of God's wrath that the Father had prepared and ever since the garden he has not asked for it to be any other way.

Jesus first words from the cross were out of concern for others, he asked God to forgive the people that had abused him, he offered salvation to a dying criminal and he made provision for the care of his mother. (Luke 23:34, 42-43, John 19:25-26)

A mere human would never respond to all of this evil in such a calm and loving manner. In the middle of all of the noise and chaos of Hell, Jesus is at peace, he is calm in the midst of the persecution and suffering because he is in the center of God's will and he is accomplishing what he came here to do. (Philippians 2:8)
If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.
-Missionary C. T. Studd
The noise around me can be very great and it can be a huge distraction, I need to remember that Satan can make a lot of noise and he can make it seem like he is in control or he may get me to think that he the greatest but I know the truth that love has won the war!

Seven Sayings Of The Savior (

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lift My Life Up

I lift my life, lift my life up, Have your way in me.

 Video: Unspoken "Lift My Life Up"

You brought me this far
So why would I question you now
You have provided so why would I start to doubt
I've never been stranded, abandoned or left here to fight alone
So I'm giving you control

I lift my life, lift my life up
I give it all in surrender
I lift my heart, lift my heart up
You can have it forever

All my dreams, all my plans
Lord I leave it in your hands
I lift my life, lift my life up
Have your way in me
Have your way in me

If peace is a river then let it sweep over me
If I'm under fire I know it's refining me
When I hear you calling out I follow now wherever the road may go
I know you're leading me home

I lift my life, lift my life up
I give it all in surrender
I lift my heart, lift my heart up
You can have it forever

All my dreams, all my plans
Lord I leave it in your hands
I lift my life, lift my life up

Have your way in me
Have your way in me
Take my life and let it be all for you
Take my life and let it be all for you
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Trust and Obey

God supplies daily bread but he requires daily obedience.

Exodus 16:1-4 Then the whole community of Israel set out from Elim and journeyed into the wilderness of Sin, between Elim and Mount Sinai. They arrived there on the fifteenth day of the second month, one month after leaving the land of Egypt.

2 There, too, the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron. 3 "If only the LORD had killed us back in Egypt," they moaned. "There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death."

4 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Look, I'm going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow My instructions.

Exodus 16:19-20 Then Moses told them, "Do not keep any of it until morning." 20 But some of them didn't listen and kept some of it until morning. But by then it was full of maggots and had a terrible smell. Moses was very angry with them.

Exodus 16:26-28 You may gather the food for six days, but the seventh day is the Sabbath. There will be no food on the ground that day." 27 Some of the people went out anyway on the seventh day, but they found no food. 28 The LORD asked Moses, "How long will these people refuse to obey My commands and instructions?

Long road trips can be very difficult, if can be made worse depending on who is in the car with you and what their attitude is like. We all know that if it is too hot or too cold or if somebody is too hungry or too anything else then it can get really challenging.

The whole nation begins to complain to Moses about the lack of food on this journey they haven't passed a Popeye's Chicken or even a 7-11 store, they are thinking about all the good food that was available to them back in Egypt. What?!?

I have read the Bible story of the Israelite's living in Egypt and I don't recall these people having it very good back there. It hasn't been good for hundreds of years but this road trip is turning ugly real quick because the supplies that they brought with them from Egypt are running low.

It was a real problem, they were hungry and they were not sleeping well on this extended camping trip, but an even greater problem is their selective memory. They longed for the good old days but the good old days didn't really exist.

It is very strange how fast we can change what we long for. Back in Egypt in the middle of their suffering they longed to be freed, the Lord heard their cries and miraculously provided, now they are in the desert and they long for what they think they used to have.

Instead of focusing on the time towards the end of their stay in Egypt when they watched the miraculous plagues, instead of focusing on the miracle of the first Passover and instead of focusing in on their incredible exit from Egypt, they chose to complain and make accusations.
Exodus 16:6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, "By evening you will realize it was the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
God's people are hard headed, after all that they have seen God do in the lives they still need something to help them remember how good he is, even today we are quick to doubt God’s love and too quick to complain of His dealings with us.

The Lord provides for their physical need but he also provides them with a spiritual lesson that they need to grasp. The Lord gives them daily bread, similar to the portion that we are told to pray for in the Lord's model prayer, instead of giving them a stock pile of food that would last a long time. God gives his people a daily physical miracle as a reminder of a spiritual lesson that he is in control and he is the one that sustains them.

All that was required of them was some simple obedience to some simple rules, but just like all of us, we are all tempted to take care of ourselves and provide for our own well being and security by bending the rules that God has given us.

In our desert experiences we need to remember the example that Jesus gave us. When he was in the desert Satan planted seeds of discontent but Jesus didn't water the seeds, he let those seeds get burned up in the desert sand. Jesus desire to please his father was much greater than his desire for his physical situation to be changed.

We all have desires for more and we all are wired to take care of our security and plan ahead for tomorrow. This desire can easily lead us to hoard up against tomorrows circumstances but God, who has provided, wants us to continually trust that he will continue to provide.

Forgive me Lord for all the times that I have tried to provide for myself instead of relying on you. I should never compromise on obedience in order to take care of things myself.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Bible Study Is Essential

Reading the owners manual will help you get the best results.

Psalm 119:162, 167 I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure. I have obeyed your laws, for I love them very much.

Psalms 119:147-149 I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in Your words. I stay awake through the night, thinking about Your promise. In Your faithful love, O LORD, hear my cry; let me be revived by following Your regulations.

Some of the most printed and least used books ever made are the owners manual. We buy a new product, we ignore the manual and we get right into using it, we don't care that the book is full of instruction and information that could help us out. We just let it sit around the house and collect dust until something goes wrong.

That's just how it is with God's word, most Christians know that the Bible is full of information that will help them get the most out of life but we let it sit around unused until we are in a situation that makes us panic. Now we are finally interested in getting acquainted with the directions.

I have to wonder if it really sinks into our heads when we call the Bible "God's word." Whose word? We call the Bible God's word and we don't think about what we are saying. How can we call it God's word and then ignore it like it couldn't possibly help us?

Check out the benefits of digging into God's word:

Study the Bible to grow.

1 Peter 2:2-3  Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,  3  now that you have had a taste of the Lord's kindness.
Everybody loves babies, whether it is a physical newborn or a spiritual newborn, we love to see new life. As happy as that makes us, we don't want to go see that same child three years later and find out that they are still an infant, that would make us sad.

The Apostle Paul was upset that the spiritual infants in Corinth were actually two year old. He couldn't teach them any deeper truths because they were still taking in milk. We start out with the milk of God's word such as "God so loved the world." As a brand new Christian you can understand that concept but if we go deep into theology too soon you won't be able to handle it. (I Corinthians 3:1-3)

Study the Bible to defeat sin.

Ephesians 6:17  Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
What is the one weapon the Christian has? The sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. The writer of the Book of Hebrews says that it is a double edged sword (Hebrews 4:12)

The weapon of choice for Jesus in the desert is the weapon that we need to use (Luke 4:1-13) We need to know what the word of God says so that we can fight off Satan's temptation and get the victory. The Bible will help us to be cleansed from sins power when we are tempted to stray. (Psalm 119:9-11)

Study the Bible to train for service.

Joshua 1:8  Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do
You have to admit that babies are good for cuddling but they are not very useful. You can't tell a baby to help you clean the house or go earn a paycheck. We need to be in the word to grow so that we can be useful in the family of God, we need to get a job, we can't sit around for years in a stroller while other Christians do all of the work. (Ephesians 2:10)

The Bible will teach us and show us what needs to be changed so that we will be equipped to work for serving. It is critical that we know what God's word says so that we can serve him properly. It won't help to work for the kingdom while breaking God's commands.

Study the Bible to be blessed.

Psalms 1:1-3  Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.  But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.  They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
The blessings of studying the Bible include being a happier person. If you are really into the Bible and applying it to your life then there isn't any room for misery. Miserable Christians are the ones that are defeated because they are not tapping into the power of God's word. No matter what the circumstances are you will have God's promises to give you hope and joy to get through it.

Study the Bible to help others.

2 Timothy 2:2  You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.
You can't help anybody unless you know something, your ignorance not only makes you unable to help yourself, but it makes you unable to help anybody else. How can we show the world that we have the answers to life's trials if we are ignorant of how God helps us? We need to be ready to give an answer for the hope that we have in Christ. (1 Peter 3:15)

If you want to keep from wasting your life then you need to read the instructions that came from the designer and creator of your life. That should be very exciting to us!

What a blessing it is to have the words of our creator to give us understanding, the thought that he took the time to speak to us, he preserved his word through the ages so that he could tell us about himself and give us instructions on how to know him.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Only One Life

Only what's done for Christ will last.

Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life's busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in 'that day' my Lord to meet, And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice, Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave, And to God's holy will to cleave;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years, Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill, living for self or in His will;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore, When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way, Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep, In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e'er the strife, Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn, And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone, Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, "twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Now let me say,"Thy will be done";
And when at last I'll hear the call, I know I'll say "twas worth it all";
Only one life,'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

By C.T. Studd
Psalms 39:4  “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, how fleeting my life is."

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Pilate On Trial

Don't turn against Jesus and give in to the crowds.

John 18:28-32 Jesus' trial before Caiaphas ended in the early hours of the morning. Then He was taken to the headquarters of the Roman governor. His accusers didn't go inside because it would defile them, and they wouldn't be allowed to celebrate the Passover.

29 So Pilate, the governor, went out to them and asked, "What is your charge against this man?" 30 "We wouldn't have handed Him over to you if He weren't a criminal!" they retorted.

31 "Then take Him away and judge Him by your own law," Pilate told them. "Only the Romans are permitted to execute someone," the Jewish leaders replied. 32 (This fulfilled Jesus' prediction about the way He would die.)

It was a very trying night, earlier Jesus was in the garden in great agony about the cup that he would take from his father, after that Peter rose up in rebellion with the sword to try to stop God's plan and then Peter was on trial by the fire in the courtyard of the high priest.

The illegal process that led to Jesus being crucified began at the house of Annas where Jesus was interrogated informally before being sent to Caiaphas to stand before the Sanhedrin. The high priest found Jesus guilty of blasphemy and therefore he should die but not the normal death sentence of stoning that the Jews normally used. They determined that Jesus would go to the Romans for his punishment of death by crucifixion.

Jesus would stand before Pilate, then Herod and then Pilate again, the Roman courts could not come to a conclusion as quickly as the Jewish courts had. The leaders of the Jews had reached their decision long before Jesus was betrayed with the kiss, but the Roman courts didn't even take the charges seriously until after Jesus returned to Pilate for a second time appearance in his court.

“What Is the Accusation?” (John 18:28-32)

Pilate didn't understand the charges or why Jesus was so incredibly hated, he didn't have any idea why Jesus was being denied justice or a fair trial, he didn't know why crucifixion was necessary when the religious leaders were so quick to throw stones at an adulteress woman. Why wouldn't they just take care of the matter themselves?

The Jews were so quick to make accusations that they didn't really think it out very well. Pilate listened to their confusion as they tried to decide what to say against Jesus. Their turmoil was perfectly contrasted by Jesus' calmness.

Pilate listened to Jesus talk about his kingdom being in some other realm and he is clueless. Could he be a philosopher? Is he a fake, pretending to be the Messiah? There have been plenty of other guys that have tried to be the Messiah but this guy isn't like any of them lunatics. 

“Are You the King of the Jews?” (John 18:33-38)

Pilate did not realize the significance of that question and how important it is to answer it correctly. This trial is actually Pilate's trial, he would have to answer that question for himself, it a question we all need to take seriously.
John 18:37-38 Pilate said, "So You are a king?" Jesus responded, "You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true." 38 "What is truth?" Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, "He is not guilty of any crime.
So he is a king and he thinks he knows what truth is, for centuries the Roman and Greek philosophers have debated this and haven't decided the answer and now this Jesus says he knows, none of this makes sense to Pilate. If he is a king and he knows what truth is then why won't he tell the truth to defend himself?

Pilate kept saying the words that they could not accept, the more he said "not guilty" the more agitated the Jews became. The religious leaders and the crowd could not be appeased and so now Pilate is the man that is on trial. Would he stand up against an angry mob to do what is right and let Jesus go free?

Death by crucifixion is the only outcome that will appease this angry mob, there have already been some problems that have gotten back to Rome, if this turns out bad then Pilate will lose his job.

“Shall I Release the King of the Jews?” (John 18:39-19:7)

Since Pilate and Herod both had found no reason to continue the prosecution then it should be time to release the prisoner. Right? Well maybe not. What if they have a choice between Jesus and a real criminal? That should get Pilate out of this mess. Right?

The crowd wasn't going for Pilate's attempts to avoid the issue so Pilate decides that an innocent man that hasn't been proven guilt of anything should be severely beaten and tortured as a prelude to being released.
Isaiah 53:7-8 He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet He never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, He did not open His mouth. Unjustly condemned, He was led away. No one cared that He died without descendants, that His life was cut short in midstream. But He was struck down for the rebellion of My people.
The soldiers were not content with just using a whip to scourge Jesus. He would be stripped and clothed with a robe and a crown of thorns as they hailed him the king of the Jews, the wounds from the whip would sting even worse as he took blows from the fist of the soldiers as they continued to strike him.

What a travesty of justice! He was innocent, yet He was treated as though He were guilty. (John 18:22, Matthew 26:67, John 19:1-3, Mark 15:19)

“Where Are You From?” (John 19:8-16)

The Jewish leaders add to the accusations that Jesus calls himself the "Son of God." From Pilate's reaction you can tell that he took those words a lot more seriously than the Jews ever did. Maybe Pilate thinks that the reason Jesus is so calm about this trial is because he really is a god and he will do something fantastic soon to get himself out of this mess.

There were plenty of stories of the god's having sons that came down to earth, the Romans and Greeks both had myths, in Pilate's mind he had a very good reason to be afraid of Jesus. (Acts 8:10, 12:22, 28:6) All of this is already traumatic enough and then Pilate's wife comes into the story and gives him a warning from a dream that she had. (Matthew 27:19)
It takes more than human sentiment to bring the lost sinner to salvation If sinners who actually saw Christ in His suffering did not repent, what hope is there for people twenty centuries later who only read about His agonies?
-Warren Wiersbe
Pilate must be thinking "enough already!" He is overwhelmed that the Jews still want him to kill an innocent man even after all of the torture Jesus has already been through. After several attempts to get Jesus released he is worn down and ready to give in.

"Look, here is your king!" (John 19:14)

Pilate was a weak, self serving man who hoped to find a happy compromise that would get the Jews to shut up and go away without causing any damage to his world. For his own gain he denied justice to the prisoner and allowed him to be brutally abused before he tries to have him released again.

Pilate's words were full of sarcasm and irony as he presented Jesus to them but they didn't take Pilate's words seriously. A little later Pilate would post the same declaration on the sign on Jesus' cross which only made the people more outraged.

"Crucify Him!" (John 19:15)

The Jews reject Jesus as king, they had looked forward to a new ruler to come and rescue them, a man from the lineage of King David, a man that would do great things and have amazing wisdom but even though Jesus was all of that he still wasn't the man for them. The peoples court renders a verdict and Pilate makes it official.
Matthew 27:22-23 Pilate responded, "Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?" They shouted back, "Crucify Him!" 23 "Why?" Pilate demanded. "What crime has He committed?" But the mob roared even louder, "Crucify Him!"
Jesus would die for being exactly who he claimed to be, Pilate was ruthless enough to get rid of Jesus so that his world would go back to normal. Sadly Pilate isn't the last man to treat Jesus this way.

Too many of us are confronted with Jesus and we make the wrong decision, we try to get rid of him or avoid him, some of us even listen to other people's opinion about him and allow ourselves to be swayed in the wrong direction.

Each of us needs to look closely at the man and the incredible amount of evidence that proves that Jesus is God. I pray that you reach the correct verdict.
Jesus: Equal With God (

Sunday, April 30, 2017

How Great Thou Art

Then sings my soul, my savior God to thee, How great thou art!

O Lord, my God
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul,my savior God, to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art

When through the woods, and forest glades i wander,
And hear birds sing sweetly in the trees
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze
Then sings my soul,my savior God, to thee,
How great thou art, how great thou art

It is well
It is well
With my soul
With my soul
It is well
It is well
With my soul

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow with humble adoration,
And then proclaim, My God, how great thou art!
Psalm 145:1-7  I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.

I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;

I will proclaim your greatness. Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Peter On Trial

Peter's denial happened because he wasn't ready for his trial by the fire. 

John 18:15-18 Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another of the disciples. That other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, so he was allowed to enter the high priest's courtyard with Jesus. 16 Peter had to stay outside the gate.

Then the disciple who knew the high priest spoke to the woman watching at the gate, and she let Peter in. 17 The woman asked Peter, "You're not one of that man's disciples, are you?" "No," he said, "I am not." 18 Because it was cold, the household servants and the guards had made a charcoal fire. They stood around it, warming themselves, and Peter stood with them, warming himself.

John 18:25-27 Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was standing by the fire warming himself, they asked Him again, "You're not one of His disciples, are you?" He denied it, saying, "No, I am not." 26 But one of the household slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, "Didn't I see you out there in the olive grove with Jesus?" 27 Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.
Peter was in the wrong place at the wrong time, if he truly wanted to make good on the promise that he would never deny Jesus, then he should have been hiding with the other disciples. Maybe Peter felt that hiding out in itself was a form of denial and would be a betrayal of his best friend.

Peter did not realize that Jesus was not the only man on trial that night, while Peter was being questioned and answering in fear because he had no control over what was happening, his best friend was just the opposite.

Jesus was in control of his situation, he was being questioned but he was answering the questions with one hundred percent calm, he knew that the cup of God's wrath was about to be poured out and he was willingly going to take it.
Matthew 26:40-41 Then He returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, "Couldn't you watch with Me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!"
It was a cool night and the fire seemed like a good place to be but Peter did not prepare for his trial by the fire, earlier he was sleeping as Jesus was preparing for his trial, the interrogation that Peter would encounter would prove that his love and courage would not be enough to remain loyal to Jesus.
Luke 22:33 Peter said, "Lord, I am ready to go to prison with You, and even to die with You."
Peter's trial began with the servant girl asking the first question. If he was going to be successful at living up to his promise then this should prove to be the easiest questioner for him to handle but instead he fails right away. Two more times Peter would be questioned and each time he would get more anxious and frustrated while Jesus was calmly answered his interrogators.
Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected--a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.
Others in the circle around the fire took up the same question and one by one they began to ask. The third question came from one of Malchus’ relatives! This man had gotten a good look at Peter because he was probably standing with Malchus when he was injured by Peter.
1 Peter 4:12-13 Dear friends, don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, be very glad--for these trials make you partners with Christ in His suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing His glory when it is revealed to all the world.
On the third time Peter swore with an oath that he wasn't one of Jesus disciples and then the rooster crowed to remind Peter that he had done what Jesus had predicted. I cannot imagine the thoughts that went through Peter's head as his heart sank when Jesus looked him in the eye.
It is worthwhile to contrast Peter and Judas. Peter wept over his sins and repented, while Judas admitted his sins but never really repented. Judas experienced remorse, not repentance. When Judas went out from the Upper Room, “it was night” but when Peter went out to weep bitterly, there was the dawning of a new day. Peter was guilty of resisting God’s will. Judas was guilty of the basest kind of treachery.
- Warren Weirsbe
Peter failed while he was on trial but thankfully Peter’s failure isn't the end of his story. Peter would be restored and would be filled with the Holy Spirit to give him wisdom and strength to lead the early church.

I need to remember:

  • Self-confidence and lack of prayer is a good way to fail when I am on trial. 
  • Making promises to God that are outside of his plans is useless.
  • Making promises within his will without relying on his strength is also useless.

Thank you Lord for your grace that offers me second chances. I have failed miserably when I have been tried by the fire. Help me to rely on your strength to do what you have chosen for me to do.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


God is in control so you know it will get better.

Video: Hezekiah Walker "Better"

People come, People go
Your life has been
Out of control
You're confused
Don't worry your soul

It will get better
It will get better
It will get better
God is in control

Find your praise
Within your heart
Hold it close
Don't ever depart
It gets cold in the night
But you'll be alright

Whatever state I find myself in
I learned how to be secure
Knowing that God
Will supply all my needs
And He'll work things out for my good

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Final Days of Jesus: Sunday

He is risen!

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