Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bible Verse of the Week: Easter Special-Luke 18:31b-33

In celebration of Easter, this week's Bible verse is Easter-related. Jesselyn will give us a short devotional to go with the verse and I will give a special closing at the end, something that I will only do for special occasions. All other times, it will be just a devotional.

"...Everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock Him, insult Him, spit on Him, flog Him, and kill Him. On the third day, He will rise again." Luke 18:31b-33
In this passage, Jesus predicted for the second time to His disciples that He would be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of law who would condemn Him. The Gentiles would then crucify Him, but He would be raised to life on the third day. However, the disciples did not understand what Jesus meant. I used to wonder, since He knows everything, why would Jesus predict His death twice knowing that His disciples would not understand Him? In Acts, it is stated that the disciples remembered these words that Jesus spoke after He was resurrected from the dead. All of them, Peter especially, became greatly strengthened in their faith because everything that Jesus and the prophets predicted came true. Both predictions were necessary for the disciples to build their personal faith in God. Their minds referred back to these very words, and they believed. Hopefully, we can remember His crucifixion and resurrection for us Gentiles who put Him on that cross and believe too.

I would like to first thank Jesselyn for providing the verse and a short devotional. Before closing, I want to first comment on something I find worth talking about concerning the crucifixion of Jesus. I think that sometimes we do not think of how hard it really was for Jesus to do that for us. Crucifixion is probably the worst death that you can die, because it lasts for so long. The Bible says that Jesus hung on the cross for three full hours. How painful and torturous that must have been! Not only do you have thick nails hammered into your hands and feet, but gravity is pulling you down on them. Do not forget that Jesus was also whipped and beaten before the crucifixion, and He was also forced to carry His own cross up the hill where they would crucify Him. Finally, all the pain Jesus went through was not the worst thing that happened to Him. The moment all the sins were upon Jesus, the Father left His Son, which is why Christ says "My God, why have You forsaken me?" None of us has experienced God leaving us, but Christ did. As we celebrate Easter, I encourage you to remember how much Christ really went through for us. He showed us His ultimate love by dying for our sins so that one day, we may live with Him.


Anonymous said...

Amen! Jesus paid the ultimate price, and then He rose from the dead and defeated death! Satan thought he had destroyed Jesus, and then Jesus defeated him! God is awesome!!!!

Good words, Justin and Jesselyn! Happy Resurrection Day!! :)

The Other Alice said...

Great devotional! Have a good week!

Josh said...

That was real good I enjoyed it looking forward to the next one :)