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To the Cross

Posted in God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by rylanreed

Today is a time of remembering, for those who follow Jesus Christ, of what He went through leading up to the cross and the glorious resurrection that followed three days later.  As I think about my own life and what I’ve been through leading up to where I am right now, I’m always humbled and blessed to remember that Christ died for my sins and did so even before I knew Him.  I see in the Cross, how much His love is for me, that He would go to a horrible death so that I could spend Eternity with Him when I die. I rejoice in Him, knowing that what He gave was a gift, one that He gives to anyone and everyone that believes in Him, the savior for the world.

A friend showed me this link about Good Friday, a story line from when Jesus started picking out His disciples to just after His death.  You can listen to it here.

At the end, the pastor talks about the stations of the cross, which you can read about here.

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Cause and Effect

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by rylanreed

I saw this posted in my work place and thought I would re-post it on here:

…another fatal accident because of texting…

Last Saturday two of my brothers, my brother-in-law, a family friend since grade school (basically another brother) and a buddy of theirs from work all went bike riding (motorcycle) in the Boston Mountains.

The buddy from work (Pat), lost control and hit something and totaled his bike. He was fine, not a scratch on him thank God. They all stopped of course, called a tow truck for the bike. the tow truck driver had just loaded the bike and they were getting ready to hit the road again when a car came up over the hill with three (3) teenage girls. It was still daylight and they all heard the car and when they looked back only seconds before it came upon them they noticed the driver (later learned 16 years old) was looking down (either texting or sending a text – details still unknown).

My 2 brothers, and 1 brother-in-law got out of the way within seconds of her car hitting the truck/trailer with the totaled bike (Pat was still sitting in the tow truck talking to the driver)… our old friend (mike) was in front of the truck on his bike and like everyone else was trying to get out of the way of the car but didn’t quite make it… the car flipped before finally rolling a total of three times.  Amazingly, all three girls climbed out of the car and though shook up didn’t appear to be hurt… that was when everyone noticed Mike had been hit just as the car flipped down the hill… he was conscious for a time but once the helicopter got there he no longer had a pulse and was declared dead at the scene…

As torn as so many who loved Mike are… just a real good guy, father of an 11 year old boy, he had a double wedding with of my sisters and her husband, we all fought with him over who got the best chair when we laid around the house watching movies and mom yelled at him to help with dishes no different than the rest of us after we at everything in the house……but you know who my heart goes out to maybe even more? That 16 year old girl because just as her life should be beginning, it may have ended… in the state of AR it’s against the law to text, even if Mike’s family doesn’t choose to prosecute the state will… and will there ever be a day go by that she doesn’t remember Mike and those he left behind.

NEVER BE DISTRACTED!

I have gotten into the habit lately of either: texting, looking at texts, looking up numbers to call, changing the radio station, finding a station that I had heard of before, or even looking at the things around me instead of what is happening on the street in front of me or on either sides of me.  I wouldn’t say I’m a bad driver, but I’ve heard to many of these kinds of things happening when it could have been avoided.  Motor vehicles are such powerful instruments that we have at our fingertips and we can take them for granted so often that bad things inevitably will happen to who ever is in those situations.  I hope for my sake and everyone else, that we will start to concentrate more on what we are doing and not so much on the what could be or what we want to be doing next.

Our Trial

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2011 by rylanreed

Our situation as sinners is as if we stand on trial in the heavenly court, before our righteous Judge, God the Father. Our Advocate Jesus stands up to answer the charges:

“He is completely guilty your honor. In fact, he has even done worse than what he is accused of, and now makes full and complete confession before You.”

The gavel slams, and God asks, “what should his sentence be?”

Jesus answers, “His sentence shall be death; he deserves the full wrath of this righteous court.”

All along, our accuser, Satan, is having great fun at all this. We are guilty, We admit our guilt, We see our punishment. But then, Jesus asks to approach the bench. As he draws close to God, he simply says:

“Dad, this one belongs to Me. I paid his price. I took the wrath and punishment from this court that he deserves.”

The gavel sounds again, and the Judge cries out, “Guilty as charged! Penalty satisfied!”

Our accuser starts going crazy.  “Aren’t you even going to put him on probation?”

“No!” God shouts. “The penalty has been completely paid by My Son. There is nothing to put him on probation for.”

Then God turns to Jesus, and says,

“Son, you said this one belongs to You. I release him into Your care. Case closed!”

Take from: David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible

1 John: Chapter 2: (Verse 1b-2)

Before the Throne

Posted in following Jesus, God, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by rylanreed

Before the throne of God above,

I have a strong, and perfect plea,

A great High Priest whose name is “Love,”

Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on His hands,

My name is written on His heart;

I know that while in heav’n He stands

No tongue can bid me thence depart.

No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair,

And tells me of the guilt within,

Upward I look and see Him there

Who made an end to all my sin.

Because the sinless Savior died,

My sinful soul is counted free;

For God, the Just, is satisfied

To look on Him and pardon me.

To look on Him and pardon me.

Hallelujah                 Hallelujah

Praise the One, Risen Son of God

Behold Him there! the risen Lamb,

My perfect, spotless Righteousness,

The great unchangeable I AM,

The King of glory and of grace!

One with Himself I cannot die,

My soul is purchased by His blood;

My life is hid with Christ on high,

With Christ, my Savior and my God.

With Christ, my Savior and my God.

Hallelujah                 Hallelujah

Praise the One,    Risen Son of God

Before the Throne by Shane and Shane

Hallelujah, Christ is risen indeed

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by rylanreed

Through Him, we are given everything we need to live a life for Him and His praise.  He died so that we could live with Him forever if we just believe that He is God and the Saviour for all.  Let us give thanks to Him this day, for He has died and now risen!

What He went through

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by rylanreed

This is crazy! I know it is on a link about conspiracies, but if you look closely it comes from an excerpt from The Expositors Bible Commentary. I’ll just give you a little bit of what it talks about, and let you check out the rest:

Mark 15:15 “So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.”

The Romans first stripped the victim and tied his hands to a post above his head. The whip (flagellum) was made of several pieces of leather with pieces of bone and lead embedded near the ends. Two men, one on each side of the victim, usually did the flogging. The Jews mercifully limited flogging to a maximum of forty stripes; the Romans had no such limitation. The following is a medical doctor�s description of the physical effects of flogging.

The heavy whip is brought down with full force again and again across Jesus� shoulders, back, and legs. At first the heavy thongs cut through the skin only. Then, as the blows continue, they cut deeper in the subcutaneous tissues, producing first and oozing of blood from the capillaries and veins of the skin, and finally spurting arterial bleeding from vessels in the underlying muscles� Finally the skin of the back is hanging in long ribbons and the entire area is an unrecognizable mass of torn, bleeding tissue. (C. Truman Davis, “The Crucifixion of Jesus. The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View,” Arizona Medicine 22, no. 3 [March 1965]: 185)    It is not surprising that victims of Roman floggings seldom survived.

Mark 15:20 “And when they mocked him , they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on Him. And they led him out to crucify Him.”

At last tiring of their sadism, the soldiers tore the robe from Jesus� back. The fabric had probably stuck to the clots of blood and serum in the wounds. Thus when it was callously ripped off him, it caused excruciating pain, just as when a bandage is carelessly removed. Jesus� own clothes were now put back on him.

Mark 15:24 “And they crucified Him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take.”

Mark simply says, “And they crucified him.” What incredible restraint! Especially when one considers that crucifixion was, as Cicero said, “the cruelest and most hideous punishment possible” (In Verrem 5.54.165). What took place physically is described by Davis (“Crucifixion of Jesus,” pp. 186-187).

Simon is ordered to place the patibulum on the ground and Jesus is quickly thrown backwards with his shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square, wrought-iron nail through the wrist and deep into the wood. Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flexion and movement. The cross is then lifted into place.

It is gruesome to read everything that Jesus went through from the time at Gethsemane to His death on the Cross.  The whole read on this link is really incredible, but to only focus on the pain would not be sufficient of what this day was all about.  Jesus went through the worst pain ever imaginable, pain that almost everyone will not ever experience, or at least in my lifetime.  He did all of this because of His and God’s love for us.  It was an incredible event and one that allows those that believe in Christ, as a way to God the Father, to live with Him in Heaven when we pass away from this earth.

In Him, we remember

The Cross (Good Friday)

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by rylanreed

Today is a solemn day, but a joyous one because of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for the sins of the world.  The sins of everyone that has lived on this earth and will live before Christ comes back on that glorious day, He took it all so we could be able to live with Him in Heaven someday.    These are Jesus’ words and a description of the night before:

Matthew 26:39 “‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.'”

Mark 14:36 “‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.'”

Luke 22:44 “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

And Jesus on the cross:

Matthew 27:46 “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, Lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

There was a time when I was younger, (and I’m sure others’ have as well), I used to think that when Christ prayed and sweated blood in Gethsemane, he was not wanting to go through the torture that was going to happen on the cross. And when Christ was on the cross it came to a point where it was too much to bear.  That was my perception because Christ was human, God becoming man, and having to go through all of the suffering; I know I could not have handled it and I’m sure no one else really could.

I’ve grown to understand, and heard it again a few weeks back, that it was way more than just the physical pain.  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit have all been together, so when Jesus came to the point of the cross and His crucifixion, he knew what was going to happen that had never happened before.  Because of God’s love for us, He sent His Son down to die for our sins, being blameless and without sin, was able to take on all the sins of the world.  But because God hates sin soo much, He could not be able to bear to see His Son with the sins of the world on His shoulders.  God is perfect and he can not bear to be near to sin, so when Christ was put on the cross, God had to turn His back on His one and only Son.  Jesus loved us soo much that he gave up His connection with the Father to give us a chance to live with Him forever in Heaven.  He did a work that I couldn’t have done myself, and no one else could, because He loves me (and you) with everything.

Let us remember what He has done for our lives. Let us take the time to be still and wait on His love. Let us stop what we are doing and praise Him who took on what we could never have accomplished by ourselves. Let us remember HIM!

(the link is a sermon, about an hour in length, and the part on this starts around the 46th minute. I would recommend listening to all of it, if you have the time)