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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

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Fallen into a pit

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God, Music, South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by rylanreed

Lecrae: Rebel — Desperate ft. Cam

Verse 1:  (Lecrae)
Woke up this morning too depressed and shamed to leave my bed / Can’t stand to see my own reflection so I hang my head / feel like a disappointment like the scum of the earth / I’m so hurt I know you see I can’t cover my dirt
my souls dying hearts weak and I cant even cry / I’m sposed to run to you but WHY I’m such an evil guy
The sun’s shining but for me it’s the darkest of days / Try to pretend it never happened but the guilt remains
I leave the house it feels like everybody knows I did it / Feel like they reading my mind and know the sin I committed
Through your blood I’m acquitted but my heart doesn’t get it / Oh God I’m desperate for Help cause I’m grieving your Spirit / I couldn’t sing in the sunday service, Lord I felt fake / and when they started communion I just made an escape / I’m in need of your grace/ feels like you hid your face / Lord Lead me back to cross and show me my sins erased

Hook:  (Cam)
I’m so desperate; I can’t believe I’ve sinned against you
Create in me a clean heart (I’m so sorry)
Your mercy is what I need

Verse 2:  (Lecrae)
I’m waste deep in my pity/ Is Satan tryna trick me and tell me you wont forgive me
cause it’s startin to get me/ Jesus help me quickly I hate the wrong I’ve done/ I know we all fall but I feel like the only one/ Feels like I should be shunned/ should I punish myself/ I know it’s dumb cause by your death all my sin has been dealt/ But my sin is been felt/ I didn’t want to do it/ but what I want to do I don’t/ I swear I’m goin through it/ I’m tryna open up my bible need to read your pages/ need you Lord but my guilt has got me feeling so faithless/ Help me see where grace is/ take me back to the basics/ help me find my joy in you and not people and places/ my sin is ever before me I turned my back on you/ Oh father break and restore me to bring me back to you/my sin is ever before me I turned my back on you/ God break and restore me to bring me back to you

Hook:

Verse 3:  (Lecrae)
have mercy on me God according to your steady love / wipe away my transgressions and wash me in your blood
Create in me a clean heart renew a right spirit / Don’t hide your face from me God/ your Presence keep me near it
I’m waiting patience on you Lord i know you hear my cry / Restore your Joy in me/ for you alone I live and die/
It’s you I Glorify cause you don’t want my sacrifice/ you want me broken and contrite trusting in the Christ/ I confess to you my sin and you show me mercy/ I turn away from it demonstrating that you are worthy/ over lust, over pride, over all sin/ is my affection for Jesus who died for all them/ I was lost now I’m found I was toss to the ground/ My sin weighed on me heavy but I am no longer bound/ As sure as Christ wear the crown/ I know that grace will abound/ And even when I feel lost I know in You I am found/

I feel this a lot, and I think that others do as well.  This STINT year has really opened my eyes to some sins that I commit, that I never really saw before until now.  It’s God’s way of bringing us back to Him, we just need to realize that we do sin, that it is our human nature to do that, and only by repenting of our sins and turning full and complete attention to Christ, will we come out of the rut that we are in.

“14But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” James 1:14-15

I have heard from some that Satan is really battling with us as we are on STINT, and in countries that God is trying to start a work in for His glory.  Satan does tempt us, but it is our acceptance of the sin and our human nature to tend to lean towards those things that gets us into trouble.  If we would just realize that it is a sin and that we commit it, we would be trusting in Jesus and relying on His blood.  Instead, we “lean on our own understanding” and let Satan take control and so, do not let Jesus be the one and only that controls our lives.  Let us pray today that God will continually show us more of our sins, and that we would be repenting more and more, as we turn our hearts and eyes towards Christ!