A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Today's Christian thought: Wednesday March 17th, 2004
Two days ago we looked at Matthew 26, the chapter that discusses in detail the last days of freedom for the Lord, the last supper and His betrayal and capture. Today we will go on to His mock trial, torture, crucifixion, and burial. As we go through Matthew 27, try to focus on how horrible it was for the Lord and how, because He knew the glories life eternal in heaven, He did not raise even a finger to prevent those things that would end His earthly ministry and return Him to heaven. I am not trying to convince you not to use modern medicine to make your life comfortable here on earth, nor am I trying to convince you to end your life before it's time. What I am trying to get you to understand, as Paul so wisely stated in his letter to the Corinthians, that life in heaven is much better than life here on earth. But while we are here, we should not put the worldly comforts ahead of our serving the Lord and doing His work.
Many of you have told me that you would gladly die for the Lord and I do not doubt the truth of your claim. But, what I am trying to point out to you here is that you need to put doing God's work here on earth, ahead of earthly pleasures. You can life without that second microwave. You can life without high speed internet, you can life with clothing from the Salvation Army instead of Macy's. What you can not life without is a smile from the Lord. And how do you put a smile on His face? How about putting aside some earthly pleasures and using that money for the Lord's work? How many Bibles have you bought and handed out? How much money have you sent to the Right To Life groups? How many times have you offered to buy cookies, ice cream or hot dogs for your churches Sunday School classes? When was the last time you offered to send a Homeschool mom out to lunch while you took care of her kids for an hour or so?
Look at what Jesus went through for you, can you not put off a few earthly pleasure for Him? Or is what He allowed and preordained to happen to Him in vain in your eyes.
Matthew Chapter Twenty-seven
1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put Him to death: 2 And when they had bound Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
3 Then Judas, which had betrayed Him, when he saw that He was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 saying, "I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? see thou to that." 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. Judas did not repent to God, asking His forgiveness, he repented to himself, he said to himself, "oh, what have I done?" or something to that effect. He then committed a crime against God by hanging himself, taking his own life.
6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, "It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood." 7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. 8 Wherefore that field was called, 'The field of blood', unto this day. 9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, AND THEY TOOK THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER, THE PRICE OF HIM THAT WAS VALUED, WHOM THEY OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL DID VALUE; 10 AND GAVE THEM FOR THE POTTER'S FIELD, AS THE LORD APPOINTED ME (Jeremiah 32:6-9 & Zechariah11:12,13) .
11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked Him, saying, "Art thou the King of the Jews?" And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. 12 And when He was accused of(by) the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
13 Then said Pilate unto Him, "Hearest Thou not how many things they witness against Thee?" 14 And He answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marveled greatly. Jesus heard lie after lie told about Himself, He heard the words He spoke twisted around to sound evil, yet He never defended Himself, He never raised an objection or tried to correct them, no He, like a lamb, was silent before His shearers. Now where is that said? Where in the Old Testament was it prophesied that Jesus would not utter a word in His own defense?
15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. 16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. 17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, "Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?" 18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered Him.
19 When he(Pilate) was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, "Have thou nothing to do with that Just Man(Jesus): for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of Him. 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. Would you go back to verse 19 and see what Pilate's Wife told Pilate? Would you notice that she and Pilate knew who Jesus was, but were so in love with the things of this world that neither fell down on their faces and worshipped Him. Don't fall into the trap of loving earthly things more than doing Jesus's work.
21 The governor answered and said unto them, "Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you?" They said, "Barabbas." 22 Pilate saith unto them, "What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?" They all say unto him, "Let Him be crucified." 23 And the governor said, "Why, what evil hath He done?" But they cried out the more, saying, "Let Him be crucified." 24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it." 25 Then answered all the people, and said, "His blood be on us, and on our children." Pilate knew that Jesus was and is the Messiah, but, he would not take the steps necessary to proclaim it and save his own soul. Instead he, like so many leaders today, was scared of a few rebels. Mel Gibson, in an effort to make his movie "The passion of the Christ" a bit more politically correct and maybe pacify his critics, took out verse 29.
26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus(whipped to the point where there was not an inch of skin left on any part of His body), he delivered Him to be crucified. 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto Him the whole band of soldiers. 28 And they stripped Him, and put on Him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand: and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 30 And they spit upon Him, and took the reed(a reed is a solid stick, one used to walk with, to move stones with, a stick of hardwood about three inches in diameter), and smote Him on the head. 31 And after that they had mocked Him, they took the robe off from Him, and put His own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. Note, not one word of protest, not one threat, not one word in His own defense. Jesus put up with all of that for you.
32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear His cross. 33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34 they gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall(spit): and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink. 35 And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, THEY PARTED MY GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND UPON MY VESTURE DID THEY CAST LOTS (Psalm 22:18).
36 And sitting down they watched Him there; 37 And set up over His head His accusation written, "THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS". It is interesting to note that verse 37 states that the crime for which Jesus was punished was for the crime of being the King of the Jews.
38 Then were there two thieves crucified with Him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. 39 And they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads, 40 and saying, "Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save Thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross." 41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders, said, 42 "He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. 43 He trusted in God; let Him(God) deliver Him(Jesus) now, if He(God) will have Him(Jesus): for He said, I am the Son of God.
44 The thieves also, which were crucified with Him, cast the same in His teeth.
45 Now from the sixth hour(noon) there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour (3PM). 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?
47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, "This man calleth for Elias." 48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink. 49 The rest said, "Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save Him."
50 Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice (Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit (Luke 23:45)), yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
52&53 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Verses 52 and 53 jump forward three days and refer to the resurrection of the Old Testament saints at the same time Jesus was resurrected from the grave and reappeared to His disciples. Starting with verse 54, we go back to chronological order, picking up immediately after the Lord gave up the Ghost.
54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God." This is the Centurion that was in command of the Roman soldiers who tortured and crucified the Lord.
55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto Him: 56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.
57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: 58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
61 And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre. 62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63 saying, "Sir, we remember that, that deceiver said, while He was yet alive, 'After three days I will rise again.' 64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night, and steal Him away, and say unto the people, "He is risen from the dead": so the last error shall be worse than the first.
65 Pilate said unto them, "Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can." 66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. (Matthew 27:1-65 ACP/KJV)
Just like so many today, Pilate, the chief priest, the centurion and most of the people knew exactly who Jesus was and is. But like most today, while they are willing to know who He is, they are unwilling to put Him ahead of worldly goods. I know of men who swear up and down that they are Christians, but while they will spend hours in front of the tv watching Peter Jennings and other such trash on televison with their families, they can never seem to find the time to have even a half hour Bible study with their family. I know of mothers who swear up and down that they are Christians, mothers who can find the time to spend hours searching stores with their daughters, looking for just the right bikini, the right hip huggers that ride just high enough on the her hips to barely hide her pubic hairs, but can never seem to find the time to teach their daughters God's rules concerning chastity and modesty.
Why is the country and the world in such poor shape? Why are the morals of the country and the world in the septic tank? It is because Christians refuse to put Jesus first! Think of what Jesus did for you and then find a little time to thank Him.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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