Friday, March 30, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 March 30

“And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto him, Thou sayest it. And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing. And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee. But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled. Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired. And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them. But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy. But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them. And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band. And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews! And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS” (Mark 15:1-26)

Today’s Morsel:  Many around the world today will celebrate what they call “Good Friday”.  There are many theories for the use of this term.  Some believe it was called “Good Friday” as this was the day that Jesus died for their sins, while others believe something totally different.  Was it good because this day would start the spreading of the good news of the gospel to everyone?  Was it good because God is good all the time?  Or was it good because good always triumphs over evil?  For me, no matter what title is ascribed to it, it is good news to my hearing to know that the God of all creation was willing to come to earth and die for me that I might live and be with Him throughout eternity.  To me, there is no better news.  How about you?

Sing:  O' how He loves you and me. O’ how He loves you and me.  He gave His life, what more could He do?  O’ how He loves me, O’ how He loves you, O’ how He loves you and me.

Thought For Today: Calvary speaks of the greatest love.

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