And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. Luke 22:15
Not “the” Passover but “this” Passover-the last Passover before the cross. The Lord fully knew what awaited Him after the supper; “before I suffer”. He knew all about the arrest, the unrighteous trial, the mockery, scourging, thorns, cross and death that loomed before Him. Yet there would be resurrection and joy too. But before all of that, He earnestly desired this last supper with His own. What about us? Our Lord is alive and today may we say to Him, “Lord, with desire have I desired to eat this supper, to remember you, thank you, and worship you. -Carl Knott
Break ye the bread and pour the wine, as ye have seen your Master do; This body and this blood of Mine, is broken and shed for you. -John Pierpont
Because of God’s love, we are never truly alone.
INSIGHT: The circumstances that took place on the night of Jesus’s betrayal seemed to be confused, chaotic, and out of control. But our Lord’s measured words in facing His betrayer showed His understanding of the big picture of God’s sovereign plan. Without the cross we could not be redeemed. Dennis Fisher
My favorite all time quotation of Charles Haddon Spurgeon:
A quote from Charles Spurgeon on the unmatched-supremacy of the gospel of Jesus Christ:
Oh! down, down, down, with everything else, but up, up, up, with the cross of Christ! Down with your baptism, and your masses, and your sacraments! Down with your priestcraft, and your rituals, and your liturgies! Down with your fine music, and your pomp, and your robes, and your garments, and all your ceremonials. But up, up, up, with the doctrine of the naked cross, and the expiring Saviour. Let the voice ring throughout the whole world, “Look unto Me and live!” There is life in a look at the Crucified One!
~Charles Spurgeon (Christ, The Glory Of His People 826.464)
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues. Luke 7:21
What if a doctor examined you and gave you the news that you were terminally ill? You are, spiritually! You were born with the congenital disease of sin, and it is fatal (Romans 6:23). No doctor, medicine, diet, philosophy, or religion can cure this plague. The Lord Jesus Christ is your only hope. If you repent and call on Him in faith, He will save you in that same hour. He alone has the power to cure you of sin and its deadly effect. Come out of denial, recognize your condition and need, and call upon the Lord. Time is running out. Do it now! -Carl Knott
Time is gliding swiftly by, death and judgment draweth nigh, To the arms of Jesus fly, be in time. -Charles H. Mason
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.—Luke 23:34
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Even on the cross, Jesus forgave those who hurt Him.
INSIGHT: In the first century, the common attire for a Jewish man included five pieces of clothing—shoes, turban, belt, loincloth, and outer tunic. After crucifying Jesus, the soldiers divided the Savior’s garments as their spoils for performing the task. After each took a portion of clothing, one remained—the tunic. This infers that even the loincloth was taken—and Jesus’s last shred of human dignity with it. In a heartbreaking fulfillment of David’s messianic song, they stripped Jesus naked and then gambled for the tunic. In Psalm 22:17-18, where crucifixion was prophetically described some 600 years before it was invented, David said it would be so: “All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” The soldiers gambled for all they could get, unaware of the fact that mere feet away Christ was freely forgiving and giving all He had out of love for them. Bill Crowder ~ Our Daily Bread / Radio Bible Class
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Why Christians Suffer
continued from part 6…
7)Suffering Makes Us Sympathetic
When you and I suffer, then we can be of comfort to someone else walking down a road similar to ours. If we do not experience another person’s suffering, then we cannot honestly say “we know how they feel.” Our comfort comes from the fact that no matter what our trial, Jesus knows how we feel. He has already been there and He has suffered more than we ever will.
8)Suffering Makes Us And Keeps Us Humble
God wants His children humble. Pride caused the devil to fall and the first parents to sin. God hates pride and exalts the humble. Our trials teach us humility. Paul, who went to heaven and was given a revelation that no other man ever experienced, was also given a “thorn in the flesh” to keep him humble so he would not be lifted up in pride.
Remember, the normal path of the believer is one of tribulation. Jesus said: “In this world ye shall have tribulation.” And Paul tells us that we must “through much tribulation enter into the kingdom.” If we do not suffer trouble, tribulation and persecution, it is either because we do not belong to the Lord or because we are worthless from the standpoint of fruit and service. “Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth.”
Every “Born Again” Christian should be persecuted by worldly people, and when you come to know Jesus, you will probably lose a few old friends. Read John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress,” about the trials a Christian will encounter.
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. Proverbs 29:1
When the Liberian tanker, the Arrow, ran aground and broke in two off Canada’s east coast, it polluted 125 miles of shoreline. Confessing it to be his error, the Captain said, “I did not believe the message of my electronic depth sounder.” Friend, if, on the sea of life, you ignore the warnings of God, your soul will be lost on the shores of eternity. -Arnot P. McIntee
O, turn, while the Savior in mercy is waiting, And steer for the harbor light; For how do you know but your soul may be drifting, Over the deadline tonight? -Virginia W. Moyer
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