Prepare for Easter- Friday

Today is good Friday. Take a few moments to think about the following verses. Leave a comment with your impression and applications!

Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. (Matthew 27:26-54)

Accountable to God: Day 59

 

March 30, 2012
Today’s Text: Matthew 28:18-20
Today’s Key Thought: Jesus didn’t leave us without help in making disciples.

 

Jesus accompanied this incredibly important command with an incredible promise.  He said, “And lo, I am with you always, even until the end of the world.”  Wow!  Can you imagine what this meant to the disciples, who not too much earlier had probably thought that they would never see Jesus again?  Jesus tells them that He would never leave them.  As Christ followers we can rest assured that He will always be there to lead us.  As we point people to Him He will be there for them.  When we tell people that God will forgive their sins based on what Jesus did on the cross we are telling them the Truth, because God will keep His promises to them and to us.

 

Application:

 

How does knowing that Jesus will never leave us or forsake us affect you?  Will it help you to be more obedient to the command to make disciples or less?  Explain.


Accountable to God: Day 58

 

March 29, 2012
Today’s Text: Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 2:1-4
Today’s Key Thought: This great command by Jesus isn’t just about salvation and baptism.  It’s about obedience!

 

 

Jesus continues to describe what making disciples looks like to the disciples when he said, “teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”  Aren’t you glad that Jesus had exemplified or “fleshed out” what it meant to do just that?  He had given the commands and the teaching, and then He had taught them how to do what He had commanded.
If we are going to be good stewards of the gospel we have to be dedicated to teaching people how to follow Christ and to be dedicated to following Christ ourselves.

 

Paul communicated this idea to Timothy when He said in 2 Timothy 2:1-2, “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”

 

Application:

 

Are you following Jesus as a disciple?  Are you being discipled by someone in your life?  Who are you “teaching to observe” what Jesus had commanded?

Accountable to God: Day 57

 

March 28, 2012
Today’s Text: Matthew 28:18-20
Today’s Key Thought:  Baptism is a beautiful and necessary part of making disciples.

 

Jesus describes what it looks like to make disciples beyond just being “born again”.  Part of the imperative He gave to the disciples was the ordinance of baptism.

 

Notice what the apostle Paul said in Romans 6:3-5 about baptism:

 

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection…”

 

When some get saved they have passed from spiritual death to spiritual life.  Paul says that baptism is an outward expression of an inward reality.  When someone is put under the water it is a picture of Christ’s death on the cross for sin, and His burial.  When someone is pulled back out of the water it is a picture of Christ’s resurrection.

 

Application:

 

We will be held accountable for our own obedience in being baptized since it is a first step of obedience after someone has decided to follow Christ.  Has this happened in your life?  Take a few moments to reflect on what Christ has done for you!