From: April 2, 2020
From: April 2, 2020
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From: April 2, 2016
Jesus was determined to go to Jerusalem. As he traveled from Galilee, he sought to take the direct route through Samaria, but they would not “receive” him. Their rejection was a foreshadowing of the rejection he would face in Jerusalem. Yet, he “set his face” to go there. It was time. The reason for his coming was at hand. The betrayal, the rejection, the cross, the death and the burial… all these stood between him and his ascension back to the Father. He “set his face” to endure all these, looking past them to the time when he would be “taken up,” having completed his mission. Like a mother giving birth, who sets her face to endure the labor, Jesus “set his face” to endure the cross in order to experience the joy that was set before him (Heb. 12:2). Looking past the dark shadow of the cross, Jesus “set his face” to the bright glory that awaited him with the Father. Those who follow Jesus have a similar way of facing life, setting their face on being with Him, they order their lives accordingly.
From: April 2, 2015
I am especially glad on this day that Jesus has removed the curse of sin and death from those who believe in Him. So that the resurrected Lord stands with us even in the cemetery saying, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26).
From: April 2, 2014
This Mosaic law along with the double importance that the Passover Sabbath began at sundown was the motivation behind the Jews’ insistence that Pilate remove the bodies of Jesus and the two thieves from their crosses before sunset. Strange that they cared so much for this minor law, yet willingly broke the commandment not to murder. Also, it is significant that the law says that anyone who is executed on a tree is “cursed.” This emphasizes the degree to which Christ took on our sin and death that he became “accursed” for us. So, the apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” (Gal. 3:13).
From: April 2, 2013
Practically, if you want to plow a straight furrow, you have to keep your eyes forward. Plowing requires forward focus. Following Jesus is similar. If you want to be His follower, you must keep your eyes on Him. Clinging to your past, you will lose sight of where Jesus leads. Following Jesus requires total surrender to His leading.
From: April 2, 2012
Jesus sent 36 teams of two out to prepare all the little towns in Israel for a visit from the Messiah. He told them what to take, where to stay, and what to say. Jesus is still sending out disciples. Have you heard your call yet?
From: April 2, 2011
Christ was accursed that we might be blessed. He took our death and offers His life!
From: April 2, 2009
What’s with the four tassels?
Deuteronomy 21 has this seemingly random list of laws and regs. Some involve personal conduct, like what to do with disobedient sons, or when someone commits adultery. Others seem more like building codes, such as, build a railing around your roof to keep people from falling. Stuck in the middle of this list is the instruction to make sure you wear a tassel on the four corners of the hem of your outer garment. These tassels were to be a reminder of the commandments of God.
I was reading the blog of a Messianic Jew recently, who said that each tassel was to have blue thread, wrapped in accordance with the name of YHWH. So, the “Y” or Hebrew Yod would have the number of wraps corresponding to its number in the order of the Hebrew alphabet, and so on for each following letter.
Is it possible that the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment, actually touched one of these tassels?