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MY PRAYER FOR TODAY :
Lord we know You are coming back soon. You know the burden in my heart for my family and friends (and their children and mine). You know how much my heart breaks for those who are lost. Lord please hear our cries for them. Speak to their hearts. turn them away from sin and away from the lures of the devil who is trying to confuse them and deceive them. The people of this generation don’t believe that You could be returning very soon, but all it would take would be for them to read Your word for themselves and we know Your word will open their spiritual eyes and ears and understanding for The Truth. Lord please impress upon their hearts a need to know You, impress upon their hearts to read Your Holy Word, show them how much You love them by placing them in your care, for Lord you know without You, they haven’t got a prayer. Give them a hope and a future. Take away all feelings of unworthiness that they may be feeling. Fill their hearts with Your joy. Lead them to Your heart, Lord!!!

Please Answer our prayers ASAP and bring them to true repentance and Salvation in Jesus name Amen.

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The Elect Lady 

“The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth.” (2 John 1:1)

The Greek word for “lady” (kuria) is used only two times in the Bible, and both of these occurrences are here in the one-chapter epistle of 2 John. It is also fascinating to note that kuria is the feminine form of kurios, which is the Greek word for “Lord.”

Evidently this “elect lady” was a special woman, very highly esteemed by the apostle John as a capable and conscientious mother to her children.

It is uncertain, however, whether this distinguished lady was a literal mother in the church with literal children or possibly a metaphor for the church itself, with the “children” its individual members. Good reasons can be given for both interpretations, and it may even be that John wrote his letter with this dual meaning in mind under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

In either case, it is significant that this mother is called “lady” instead of the much more frequently used “woman” (Greek gune), or even “mother” (Greek meter). The Greek kuria was evidently used to stress deep respect and honor to such a mother in the church. She clearly was training her children in “the truth,” much as Timothy’s mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, had brought him up to have “unfeigned faith” in “the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15).

In addition to faith in God’s truth, of course, there should be genuine love. The second use of kuria is in verse 5: “And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another” (2 John 1:5). HMM

DAYS OF PRAISEMay 13, 2018

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 PASSOVER – PRAISE JESUS!

 PASSOVER PICTURES BEING FREED FROM THE BONDAGE OF SIN!
Exodus 12:5-7, 13-14 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year:  you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:  and you shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month:  and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.  And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. – – – And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where you are:  and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.  And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and you shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.
WHEN CHRIST SHED HIS BLOOD, IT MEANS HE GAVE HIS LIFE!
Genesis 9:4  But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood:  and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls:  for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul.
John 10:17-18 – Therefore does My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again.  No man takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself.  I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.  This commandment have I received of My Father.
CHRIST IS THE PASSOVER LAMB WHO FREES US FROM THE GUILT OF SIN!
John 1:29, 36 – The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world. – – – And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he said, Behold the Lamb of God!
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened.  For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:  therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Hebrews 9:12-14, 22 – Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctified to the purifying of the flesh:  how much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? – – – And almost all things are by the Law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.  [Note:  Blasphemy of the Holy Ghost is the rejection of His testimony that Jesus is the Son of God, and therefore, it cannot be forgiven – it is the rejection of Christ!]
 PASSOVER – A DAY FOR US TO REMEMBER HIS SACRIFICE!
A DAY TO CELEBRATE WITH PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING!

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  • A passionate prayer
  • A traitorous arrest
  • A trumped up charge
  • A false trial
  • Lying witnesses
  • A denying disciple
  • Washed hands
  • Unrighteous remorse
  • A Place called Skull
  • A remote crossroads of the world
  • Between two thieves
  • Sneering rulers
  • Scoffing bystanders
  • Abusive soldiers
  • Insensitive crucifiers
  • A repentant robber
  • A new mother and her new son
  • Weeping women
  • A worshipping Centurion
  • Three hours of darkness
  • The earth shakes
  • Some living dead
  • A criminal’s cross
  • A sealed stone
  • Salvation!

Salvation? How can the salvation of all mankind happen in this way? In this ignominious, inglorious way? How can this be? That all of the sins of all who have ever lived or are living or will live are paid for on a criminal’s cross? Aren’t criminals most in need of forgiveness? Can criminals even be forgiven? How can a Man who hung on a criminal’s cross pay for all the sin of all people?

And in Jerusalem of all places. Why not Rome, the political capital of the world? Or Athens, the cultural capital of the world? Or Alexandria, the educational capital of the world? Or Ephesus, one of the economic capitals of the world? Or Corinth, certainly one of the sin capitals of the world? Yes, that’s it, why wasn’t sin paid for in one of the greatest sin centers of history?

It just doesn’t make sense. How can this Friday be Good? And how could salvation happen in this way?

No blaring trumpets, no glorious angels, no parades of power and purity, just another Friday crucifixion in the ancient Roman empire. Amazing. Excruciatingly painful, but almost ho-hum for the Roman soldiers. Just one more criminal to throw on the trash heap of history and off we go for a few drinks and a good time of gaming.

Yet salvation did come this way. Yes, it did!

God had worked for thousands of years to provide His salvation. First there was creation, then rebellion, and then rejection, banishment, separation-we were cut off from God and Life. But that’s when God began the redemption process, first with promises, then with prophecies, and all with purpose, the purpose of demonstrating His power through His weakness as He kept His promises and fulfilled His prophecies. His Son became one of us: His Son became His Slave, His sacrifice. our Savior. And in Jerusalem.

God loves weakness because weakness is the greatest way He can show His power. How can an ordinary Man who isn’t even worthy of a second look become our Savior? But He did through the power of God’s weakness in Jerusalem.

How can Jerusalem become the place of salvation? Jerusalem was a world capital in the ancient Roman Empire. One of the greatest structures of all, Herod’s Temple, was in Jerusalem. The city was a spiritual capital in the empire, but Jerusalem was different from the other world capitals. It was . . . well, it was Jewish, quirkish, lavish in its own way, but certainly not in the Roman way. Jerusalem was really a weak world capital, crushed under the Roman heel. But God had made Jerusalem the center of His salvation purposes, the place where all His promises would be fulfilled, an unlikely place populated by some very unlikely people. How like God to do this.

This is my salvation, my deliverance, my eternal life started on earth and slated to last forever. Again, I must ask how can this be? How can a five-year old fatherless and familyless little boy get father, mother, and family in the blink of an eye? How can that little boy receive a call to serve God? How can that little boy grow up to be blessed with mentors and marriage and sons and daughters-in-law and grandchildren, and faithful friends full of love for him? How can that be? Only because God glories in taking the weak and making us His vessels of glory.

It has been many years since God saved me and I still serve Him. Salvation never ends; why should service? And may I die as Jesus died: with a cross on my back, resurrection in my heart, and the interests of God on my mind.

What has your salvation been? Can you join with me in this Good Friday season and rejoice in God’s salvation for you? Think of what He has done for you and join me.

MORE ARTICLES FOR PASSION WEEK-

Passion Week – Good Friday Events 1/2 – The hurt of Peter’s denial of Christ
…Then the high priest had an inspiration. He would charge Jesus under oath to answer this question: “Are you the Christ, the Son of God?” (Matthew 26:63). This was a question Jesus was not legally obliged to answer. And yet Jesus chose to answer. I used to think that this was because the high priest put Him under oath. I now look at it differently. This was a question Jesus must answer. To refuse to answer would imply that He was not the Messiah, the Son of God. If He were the Messiah, the Son of God, then why would He not answer to this effect? This was the crux of the coming of our Lord – to reveal Himself as the Messiah, and as the Son of God.

Our Lord’s answer was far from tentative. Not only did He identify Himself as the Messiah, the Son of God, He also referred to Himself as the Son of Man:

Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:67).

This is an incredibly powerful statement. Jesus affirms His identity. He is the Messiah. He is the Son of God. He is also the Son of Man, which means that He will return to the earth in power, to deal with His enemies and to establish justice…..

Passion Week – Good Friday Events 2/2 – Jesus arrested and crucified – It is finished!
After rebuking His disciples for attempting to defend Him by force, Jesus then turned to those who had come to arrest Him. Why were they seeking to take Him by force? What was the need for this great “posse” (to use a term from the old Western movies – a large party of folks authorized to assist in the arrest of Jesus)? Why did they have to arrest Him at night? Jesus had not been in hiding, as if He were a wanted felon. He had publicly taught in the temple. He was never more accessible for arrest than during the previous week. If the disciples’ (threatened) use of force revealed some wrong thinking, so did the show of force by those who came to arrest Jesus in the garden.
 Let us leave these verses by taking note that Peter surely was willing to die for His Lord, just as he had claimed earlier. No one would start swinging his sword against an armed force this large without expecting to die (or at least expecting our Lord to intervene with some “heavenly firepower”). Our Lord was indicating to Peter and the rest that if He needed heaven’s intervention, He could do so without His disciples precipitating violence.
 
Passion Week – Good Friday Events 2/2 – Jesus arrested and crucified – It is finished!
~~https://rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/passion-week-good-friday-events-22-jesus-arrested-and-crucified-it-is-finished/

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https://rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/a-meditation-for-good-friday/

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Jesus Is The Lamb

March 26 

The LORD’S Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, (PALM SUNDAY), occurred only days before His crucifixion and is recorded in Matthew 21:1 – 9, (also in John 12:12 – 16). This event was predicted by the prophet Zechariah in the 6th century B.C. Lets take a look at some of the features in Zechariah’s prophecies, and how they are fulfilled in Messiah Jesus.

Zechariah 9:9 — “Your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.” — Fulfilled by Jesus during His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. (Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-40; John 12:12-19)9:10 — “He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.’” — Jesus established the covenant of grace which is available for Jews and Gentiles alike; the church has expanded from sea to sea, and the gospel has been preached all over the world. (This verse is practically a quotation of Psalm 72:8, which is about the Lord’s Anointed King.)9:11 — ““As for you also, because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.” — Through the sacrifice of Christ and the atonement provided through His blood, God has liberated those who were trapped in the pit of sin and death, separated from God.9:12 — “Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.” — Jesus will compensate those persecuted and killed for their testimony of faith. He calls all those persecuted for the sake of the gospel to maintain their hope and faith in God, the ever-present refuge.9:14-16 — “Then the Lord will be seen over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord God will blow the trumpet, and go with whirlwinds from the south. The Lord of hosts will defend them; They shall devour and subdue with slingstones. They shall drink and roar as if with wine; They shall be filled with blood like basins, like the corners of the altar. The Lord their God will save them in that day, as the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, lifted like a banner over His land.”
— This part can be summed up in three words: HIS KINGDOM COMES!9:17 — “For how great is its goodness and how great its beauty! Grain shall make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.”— Bread and wine, the elements of the Lord’s Supper in the New Covenant which was established through Jesus blood give joy to God’s people, reminding them always that the price has been paid for their sins.Did you know there is one other time in the Bible that people wave palm branches and cheer Jesus? It’s in heaven….
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
(Revelation 7:9–10)

HOSANNA! BLESSED IS HE WHO CAME! 
BLESSED IS HE WHO IS COMING AGAIN!

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