Good Friday Reflections

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. MARK‬ ‭15:22-41‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Then they brought Him to the place [called] Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh [to dull the pain], but He would not take it. And they crucified Him, and divided up His clothes among themselves, casting lots for them to see who should take what. It was the third hour (9:00 a.m.) when they crucified Him. The inscription of the accusation against Him had been written [above Him]: “THE KING OF THE JEWS.” They crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left. [And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “He was counted with the transgressors.”] Those who were passing by were insulting Him with abusive and insolent language, wagging their heads [as a sign of contempt], and saying, “Ha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in [only] three days, save Yourself by coming down from the cross!” In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were ridiculing and mocking Him among themselves and saying, “He saved others [from death]; He cannot save Himself! Let the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe and trust [in Him]!” Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him. When the sixth hour (noon) came, darkness covered the whole land until the ninth hour (3:00 p.m.). And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “E LOI, E LOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” –which is translated, “M Y GOD, M Y GOD, WHY HAVE Y OU FORSAKEN M E?” Some of the bystanders heard Him and said, “Look! He is calling for Elijah!” Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave Him a drink, saying, “Let us see whether Elijah is coming to take Him down.” But Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed out His last [voluntarily, sovereignly dismissing and releasing His spirit from His body in submission to His Father’s plan]. And the veil [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. When the centurion, who was standing opposite Him, saw the way He breathed His last [being fully in control], he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” Now some women also were watching from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome. When Jesus was in Galilee, they used to accompany him and minister to Him; and there were also many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.”

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“It is finished.” He suffered so we could live in Glory with the Father. By virtue of our Holy Baptism We died with him on that cross and come Sunday morning we will be raised anew with his Glorious Resurrection.

However we must not be stagnant just because our Victory has been won for us on Golgotha/Calvary. We have commandments to follow as well as the Great Commission to fulfill. We must not turn a blind eye to sin. We must teach the sinner that they are in sin and teach them of the redemption offered by Christ.

Pray for the world brothers and sisters, pray for those in sin that they may seek redemption, pray for the governments of the land, pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters, and lastly pray for me.

Remember It Is Finished but do not squander the Victory won this day!

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Bible Challenge

My Dear Friends,

I’m constantly asked which version (translation) of the Bible do I recommend, I’m now answering with this challenge. I hereby challenge you to Read the Bible in each of the Word for Word Translations (Amplified, ESV, KJV, NAB, NASB) then make note at which one inspires you the best! After you have found the one that speaks to your heart go out and get a study edition of that translation.

Now you are going to ask why I only suggest word for word translation or the paraphrase translations. Let me put it to you this way the Thought for Thought translations are beautiful but they change the Authors meaning, edit His words as an afterthought. I know I would not want someone to edit my work after it has been presented to the people, so I can imagine how God feels.

Be Filled

Solomon Ginsburg was a man who knew the power of giving himself to the meditation of Scripture. He was a Messianic Jew who lived a hundred years ago and traveled the world preaching the gospel. In 1911, he decided to head to America. His route took him to Lisbon, where he planned to cross the Bay of Biscay to London, and from there to travel on to the States.
Ginsburg was apprehensive about his travels. Arriving in Lisbon, he found the bulletin boards plastered with weather telegrams warning of terrific storms raging on the Bay of Biscay. It was dangerous sailing, and he was advised to delay his trip a week. His ticket allowed him to do that, and he prayed about it, mulling over a verse he had read that day—Deuteronomy 2:7: “The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey.”
The Lord seemed to assure Ginsburg his worldwide travels were under divine protection. Ginsburg boarded ship at once, crossed without incident, and caught the Majestic in London. His transatlantic voyage was smooth and restful. Only after arriving in the United States did Solomon learn that had he delayed his trip in Lisbon, he would have arrived in London just in time to have boarded the Titanic.

Confirmation…

I opened my Bible app as I do every night when I lay down for the night and the random passage that was generated for me was Hebrews 6:10. I made a photo out of it to share with everyone. 


This scripture is so true for me and all of us who bring the Light of Christ unto the nations!