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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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For to us a Child is Born

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2010 by rylanreed

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called Wonderful,

Counselor,

Mighty God,

Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end,

on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness

from this time forth and forevermore.”   Isaiah 9:6-7a

Less of me, more of you

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by rylanreed

Shane and Shane has a song entitled The Answer.  It speaks to what I want my heart wants to say, but what I have not been living for lately.  You can listen to the song here.

I’ve tried more of me and I’ve come up dry

trading You for things, things that go away

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

i have found the answer is to love You and be loved by You alone

alright! alright! alright!

You crucify me and the world to me and i will only boast in You

alright! alright! alright!

O’ so satisfied at the thought of You

growing up in me covering everything

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

i have found the answer is to love You and be loved by You alone

You crucify me and the world to me and i will only boast in You

alright! alright! alright!

You are, You are (loved by me)

You are, You are (You’re loved by me)

So many times I try to do things on my own, and fall short of anything that I want to accomplish.  I look to myself and not to Jesus, who is always there to help when you seek His face and for His glory.  I know what I should do and it is what I want to do, but so many times I let my thoughts and the thoughts of Satan come into my mind and heart. They tell me to go my own way, making it seem to be the easier and quicker way of doing things.  This is totally false and a complete lie, and one that Satan finds full enjoyment; when God’s children stray and go their own way.  I still have hope and there is hope for you as well, those that feel the same as I do, because of the story of The Prodigal Son.  God will and does take us back, when we repent and acknowledge that we need Him more than anything else.

I know I need Him to help me through this life, cause trying by myself has not gotten me far at all, maybe a little bit lower in the ground.  He can and will pick me up and carry me to a place that will allow me to go on with life as I follow Him to life ever-after.

Hearing his voice

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2010 by rylanreed

After watching  The Passion earlier, I started thinking about the angry crowds who were shouting ‘Crucify Him!’ We always look down on the one’s who shouted those words, wondering how they could do that to their Savior. Remember, these were the same people who less than a week previously had welcomed Him into Jerusalem with much celebration. I often hear people say something along the lines of: When the end times come, I won’t be one of those “weak” Christians who are going to fall away(Matthew 24:12). Are you sure? Don’t be too proud(already not a good sign).

I don’t think that anyone in that crowd that welcomed Jesus into the city thought that they’d be crying for His blood a few short days later.  How does one explain their actions? Well, Jesus said that it was the hour of the power of darkness(Luke 22:53) and it seems that in an “hour” such as that, most bend to the enemy’s whims.  Just something to be said, there will be many “dark hours” apart from the end times.

So, what makes those who stay true to the Lord Jesus Christ different from those who don’t?  Not much, in the whole scheem of things, but there is some thing that can determine the difference.  We are all made the same, no one is “better” than the other, only God knows in each person’s heart who is His’ and who has fallen for the devil.  It is not anything that we have done, or not done, to be apart of God’s family; all we get  to do is accept God’s gift and ask Jesus to help us live our lives for Him.  There are other voices that are out there, one’s connected to His’ and others that maybe look and try to sound the part, but will lead in another direction. 

John 10:1-5 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, FOR THEY KNOW HIS VOICE. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

Jesus’ sheep will know His voice. Some will not be apart of the flock because they didn’t hear His voice. There are many shepherds(even well meaning ones) who would lead us off a cliff. I’m making it a priority to KNOW His voice.

so unworthy

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2009 by rylanreed

There are just some points in my life where I see my wrong and the sin within, maybe by comparing what I do to someone else, and wonder how I could deserve such grace.  How many times have I walked away from Him, or been a hypocrite, pretending that I was a Christian but living the way that I wanted to live in my dark little hole.  I’ve seen so many other people that look and do so many good things, and have wondered why me and not them, but that is how grace works.  See, its really not the fact of what I have done to be deserving of any of what God has given me, but its hopefully the praise and adoration that will come from a heart that knows without Christ it is worth nothing and having God get all of the praise and glory.  And for those that look good and do great things, they pretty much have believed in themselves and will believe in themselves until something big changes their lives, or they meet the Creator face to face on that Judgment day.  I am humbled each and everyday for what God has done in my life and the chance for me to be in Heaven with Him when I die.

Here is an excerpt from a friend, and I think he explains it well enough for everyone to understand where we stand with Christ:

Every now and then I realize anew how unworthy I am of everything that God does for me every day; the way He loves me absolutely unconditionally. That’s when I break. When this happens, it is usually the highlight of my week. Is this strange to you? What does the Bible say on this?

Read Luke 7:36-48. (own commentary) The woman, a “known sinner” cries, washes His feet with her tears, dries it with her hair and anoints His feet at huge expense while the watching pharisee judges. Jesus’ response?  v47 “But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

Jesus tells us that the most important important thing we can do is to love God(Mat 22:37). If we’re honest with ourselves about where we are(and as Paul points out in Rom 3, we’re all in a bad place), we will love Him more.

CS Lewis puts it this way: “Knowledge of broken law precedes all other religious experience.” Not to condemning us, but making us realize our constant need for our Savior!

Jesus speaks about Himself in Luke 20:17-18: The stone which the builders rejected, has become the chief cornerstone. Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.

Personally, I choose being broken.      André Baladi

He’s our Father

Posted in God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2009 by rylanreed

What does it mean to be a good father?  Taking care of his family, loving his family, providing for his family, directing his family in the way they need to live.  When most people think of what a father should be, it usually isn’t the last one on the list or anything spiritual.  Usually it is all about the father providing, in wealth, for the family and making money the priority, not specifically his family.

You get one of three kinds of fathers in this day in age, excluding a spiritual family, and even then these could be the same kinds found in those households too.  The first would be nonexistent. This is when the husband would always focus on work and wanting to get more on the next paycheck, that he would totally forget the different things that were going on with his family back home, or if he was at home, totally not be there mentally and thinking about other things.

The second kind would be the father that verbally or physically abuses his family in some sort of way that would make them be more obedient.  This could be putting a kid down for not playing at his perfection or using force to move someone to do something for him.

The third father would be the “not at all father.”  He got mom pregnant, but is not around at all and only pays mom when the court makes him.  All three of these examples are not sounding too much like a good thing, but there is one kind of a father that has his priorities straight and that is God.

God the father is calling all of us to be His children through the blood sacrifice and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   Its says in Galatians 4:3-7 “In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of women, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying ‘Abba! Father!’ 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”

Paul uses verse three as an explanation for who we were when we were born, and then in verse 4 he’s not saying that Jesus came because we were born, but that He came in God’s right time for all who will be chose to find grace in the cross.  It’s really having nothing to do with our birth or the like.

For those that are called into His kingdom, the one’s that God chose before the hand of time, He calls us His children and we have every right to see Him as our Perfect Father and come to Him in any kind of situation and He will be there for us.  Here is a little excerpt from a friend of mine…

One thing that I had to face myself before I could even begin moving in that direction was a more intimate relationship with the Father (because we find our identity in Him specifically). Many of us view the Father as strict and distant even if we find it easy to relate to Jesus of the Holy Spirit. This is often because we project our view of our earthly father onto God the Father. Jesus came to restore us to the Father. Have the courage(cause I know that it takes some) to go to Jesus in prayer and ask Him to lead you to the gentle and loving Father whom wants us to call Him “Abba” or “Daddy”. It’s the start of something great!
– André Baladi

The Cross

Posted in following Jesus, God, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2009 by rylanreed

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2

Christ is our Savior and Lord, and it is only through Him and the Cross that we can be saved and live forever in Heaven with God.  How blessed are those that have taken the grace that has been given by Christ, even though no one deserves it at all, only death and separation.  But Christ came and died on that wonderful wooden cross, so that those who are called to His name can live for Him and bless His holy name in all that they do.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  1 Corinthians 10:31