A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Important Note: Starting Wednesday March 29th, 2006, the thoughts will be posted at 7PM.. This is to assure that all thoughts are proof read before posting.
Rev. Bob Celeste
Why would I want to see a man like Pontius Pilate as the Governor of Kentucky? There are very few I have ever met or spoken to in Kentucky that I would recommend for crucifixion. On the other hand the halls of Government in Augusta, Maine have more than a few that while not seeking the cross are in fact seeking the lake of fire. But we will save that for another day. Today I want to talk about a good trait Pontius Pilate had.
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.
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&10 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; 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.
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.
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."
26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: (Matthew 27:1-26a ACP/KJV)
Back in the year 33 AD the governor was a man by the name of Pontius Pilate,and this governor released one prisoner a year. It seems that whatever prisoner could put together the largest and loudest cheering section got released.
This coming Tuesday, April 4th, a dear brother in the Lord will be going up for his parole hearing. Allen is a man I have known for coming on 23 years, and he and I have been brothers in the Lord for the past 12. I have been visiting him in prison in Kentucky for the past nine years. Instead of a Parole Board and a hearing, oh how I wish we could just turn to one man and ask him to release him.
How I wish we could just get a cheering section of a hundred or so to go and yell, "release him" and when the governor yells back "who?", hundreds scream "Allen!"
But why am I wishing, we have a Man we can go to with just that kind of request, His name is YESHUA in the Hebrew, IESOUS, in the Greek and JESUS in English. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them. ... And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.
Can I get one or two or more of you to join with me this coming Tuesday in fasting and praying for Allen's release? Can one or more of you join with me in forgoing solid food for one day and spending time that day in prayer, asking the Lord to release Allen? During that day I will also be praying for the health of many, comfort for others, wisdom and guidance for myself, and a few other things. I will be giving Jesus praise for much and beseeching Him for salvation for very many. You can do the same. I'm not asking you to only pray for Allen's release that day, you can pray for everything on your prayer list and even everything that should be on your prayer list, just add Allen's release to that list.
Lord, help us to understand that You are about one zillion times to the zillion power more powerful than Pontius Pilate. Thank You Jesus.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
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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.
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