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The King with a crown of thorns!

Scripture reading for March 11th: Mark 15:1-47, Psalms 54:1-7, Proverbs 11:5-6

“They bound Jesus, led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate.  “Are you king of the Jews?’ Asked Pilate.  “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.” (Mark 15:1b-2)  Jesus openly admitted that He was indeed king of the Jews.  In fact, had He been asked, He would have told Pilate that He was the King of Kings.  (Revelation 19:16)  Pilate did not know enough to ask about that!  Pilate was confused by all the charges leveled against Jesus.  He asked Jesus to respond to these charges, but Jesus answered not a word!  (Mark 15:3-5)

Pilate tried to get the crowd to release Jesus, but the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask for Barabbas instead.  Pilate then asked the crowd what should be done with their king.  “”Crucify Him!” they shouted!” (Mark 15:13-15)  Because Pilate desired to please the crowd, he turned Jesus, King of the Jews, over to be crucified.

The soldiers took Jesus and dressed Him in a purple robe and twisted a crown of thorns and set it on His head.  “And they began to call out to Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”  Again and again they struck Him on the head with a staff and spit on Him.  Falling on their knees, they paid homage to Him.  And when they had mocked Him, they took off the purple robe and put His own clothes on Him.  Then they led Him out to crucify Him.” (Mark 15:18-20)   The crown of thorns was mean to mock Jesus and cause Him greater suffering.  They beat it into His brow, causing blood to flow as they taunted Him and bowed down in mock homage.

This crown really represented the curse of sin that Jesus willingly bore for us for our healing and deliverance.  Jesus was made a curse for us and took the curse of God’s wrath on broken law.   All who will bow before Him, repent of their sins, and ask for mercy will be forgiven and given eternal life!  This King is really the King of Kings and has the power to give pardon because of the price He paid!  Jesus bought justice by taking our place!   Should you not bow before Him now in humble adoration, giving yourself to Him as a living sacrifice?   It’s the only reasonable response!

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Let His blood be on us and our children!

Scripture reading for February 12th: Matthew 27:15-34, Psalm 32, Proverbs 9:1-6

Jesus was tried before Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea.  Pilate was a politician that tried to please the people.  The day of Jesus’ trial, Pilate’s wife sent him a message, “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of Him.” (Matthew 27:19)  Pilate gave the crowd an opportunity to have one of those to be crucified released.  He secretly hoped it would be Jesus but the crowd, whipped up by the chief priests, asked for Barabbas instead.  When he tried to reason with the crowd, they shouted that Jesus should be crucified.  Instead of standing for justice, Pilate washed his hands symbolically, stating that he was innocent of Jesus’ blood.

“All the people answered, “Let His blood be on us and on our children!” (Matthew 27:25)  This statement was given by the crowd as they were worked up by the chief priests.  It is ironic that the blood that Jesus shed was the very thing that they needed to cleanse them from their sins.  It is the only thing in the entire universe that can atone for or cover the stain of guilt that comes from sin.  They invited the judgment of God against them for shedding innocent blood when the very innocent Son of God, Jesus Christ was going to give His blood as the price for their murderous deeds!

Jesus had wanted to gather all these people under His covering as a hen would gather her chicks, but they were unwilling.  (Matthew 23:37-37)  Their house would be left desolate.  These who rejected Jesus would also bring judgment on their children.  Parents have an influence on children and their decisions often affect their offspring.

As I think about “Let His blood be on us and our children”, I want the blood of Christ to cover all my sins and my children’s too.  I know that as a parent I must pray for my children and live in such a way that they see Christ in my life.  I also have personally taught all my children about their need for repentance and faith in Christ’s blood as the only remedy for sin.  My prayer is for all my children and grandchildren to be covered by the blood of Jesus Christ!  Have you asked for Christ’s blood  for your family?

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