Archive for the ‘First Person Story’ Category

Mark 3:7-12 The Crowds Are Growing

Think this, only BIGGER!

Think this, only BIGGER!

Jesus left Capernaum and we are going to join Him and His disciples somewhere on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. We don’t know how long He is here but it is long enough for people from OVER 100 miles away to join Him.

Jesus is on the seashore and Mark reports that people “from Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem and Idumea and from beyond the Jordan and from around Tyre and Sidon” were all present. That is an amazing amount of territory to cover! Mark’s list only includes three cities by name, so we don’t know exactly where the people from the territories listed came from. They probably came from several cities, so for expediency, they were listed by region instead. Here is a Map of Ancient Israel I found. This map comes from the website Bible-History.com. It lists the distances between some of the cities. Read more »

Matthew 27:45-56 Death Comes Finally

God's greatest gift. Opening in three days

God’s greatest gift. Opening in three days

We return in our reading today to the cross where Jesus has been unjustly condemned to die. I have been trying to stay with Matthew’s account as we are reading through Matthew, but there are elements that I truly believe need to be told in this story that Matthew didn’t mention. It is not that Matthew disagrees with other writers through his omissions, but that he had a different focus and audience in mind when he was penning his narrative. The Holy Spirit was directing Matthew’s words and crafting them to reach a specific segment of the people. The Holy Spirit did the same with Mark, Luke and John. Giving them the words to reach their intended audiences. Since we have the complete works of all four, I want to include events, especially Jesus’ words while on the cross, from the other authors. I hope this meets with your approval. If not, I’m sorry and you don’t have to read on. But I’m the author today and I feel led to include Jesus’ words. Read more »

Matthew 27:32-44 On The Cross

He uttered not a word

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth Isaiah 53:7

We are joining Jesus as He physically walks the road to Golgotha. There He will willingly lays His life down. He will submit to all the brutality that is involved in crucifixion, without the slightest hint of resistance. He will be displayed for all to see and continue to be subject to humiliation and mocking from the very people He came to save.

The Roman soldiers are finished with their mocking of Jesus. I’m not certain if they had to stop because it was time for the three condemned men to make their journey or if the time for the journey was determined by when they decided they had had enough sport. I believe they stopped mocking Him because Jesus wasn’t giving them the reaction they were seeking. I don’t know whether there was any down time between the end of the mocking and the starting of the final journey. Read more »

Matthew 27:15-26 The Crowd Rules

I am innocent of this Man's blood

I am innocent of this Man’s blood

We are with Jesus again today as He finishes His time with Pilate. Jesus has answered none of the religious leader’s charges, except the one concerning Him being King of the Jews. Jesus’ attitude and behavior impressed Pilate. In our reading today we will see how hard Pilate tried to release Jesus.

Pilate was a Roman citizen and the Governor of this province. That is why the High Priest and the Sanhedrin brought Jesus to him. He had the power to carry out a sentence of death upon any prisoner. The Jewish religious leaders lacked that authority, as they were under Roman rule. Read more »

Matthew 26:69-75 “I Don’t Know This Man”

Before the cock crows

Before the cock crows

We are joining Peter in the courtyard of Caiaphas’ home today. Peter started off the night swearing his allegiance to Jesus, demonstrated that allegiance by lopping off the High Priest’s servant’s ear, then fled into the night after Jesus told him to put his sword away. After Jesus was bound and led away, Peter circled back and followed Jesus as He was taken to Caiaphas’ home. Peter was snuck in the door by John and is now hanging around with the guards who brought Jesus here. Peter is here for one reason; to find out what will happen to Jesus. Tonight, though, Peter is about to face his greatest fall. Read more »