Good Friday!

Jesus_On_CrossAs I write this there are still a few hours left of Good Friday but you are probably reading this on Saturday, I should have posted this last night, right?

Yesterday was Holy Thursday, the day Jesus had, what we refer to as, the Last Supper, John 13: So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron. When he got to Simon Peter, Peter said, “Master, you wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You don’t understand now what I’m doing, but it will be clear enough to you later.” Peter persisted, “You’re not going to wash my feet—ever!” Jesus said, “If I don’t wash you, you can’t be part of what I’m doing.” “Master!” said Peter. “Not only my feet, then. Wash my hands! Wash my head!” Jesus said, “If you’ve had a bath in the morning, you only need your feet washed now and you’re clean from head to toe. My concern, you understand, is holiness, not hygiene. So now you’re clean. But not every one of you.” (He knew who was betraying him. That’s why he said, “Not every one of you.”) After he had finished washing their feet, he took his robe, put it back on, and went back to his place at the table. Then he said, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as ‘Teacher’ and ‘Master,’ and rightly so. That is what I am. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other’s feet. I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done, you do. I’m only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn’t give orders to the employer. If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life. Then Jesus walked with them to the Garden.

Boy I can see it now! “YEA”, Satan is saying, “Jesus is DEAD! I told you we could do it! Let’s party down!” Satan and his angels holding a party because the only Spirit/person ever born that could take him down was finally, completely, irrevocably dead! He had started trying to get rid of Jesus when Moses’ generation was born; having all the children under the age of two killed…he thought he could wipe him out then! Again he instructed Herod to have all the boy babies under the age of two killed…Jesus escaped. Satan realized it when Jesus went into the desert for 40 days to fast and he tempted Him to turn the stones into bread, accept Kingship from him, Satan but when Jesus didn’t buckle under any oh his temptations, only answering with the Word of God everything that Satan brought to Him, Satan left him for a while, only to return later under the guise of Judas, who betrayed Him!

Jesus was finally left alone as the soldiers took Him away from the Garden to be questioned and then crucified. His disciples, all afraid of facing the same fate, ran! As far as I am concerned, Jesus is the ONLY star in the headlines today. That headline would read, “He died…for US.” Satan partied until suddenly there was an earthquake, WAIT, what was that bright light shining through the darkness, the glow around this, this what? An angel? WHO IS THAT? IT IS JESUS!!

Jesus fought him and WON, he took the keys of death and hell away from him, so legally WE ARE FREE! The earthquake happens again, the soldiers fall to the ground and Jesus burst forth from the grave! HE IS RISEN INDEED!

We just need to come to the realization that we are really free from Satan and we do not have to be afraid! 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man, but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

Everything you have ever done is wiped away with one little phrase “Father forgive me, a sinner. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior” There it is, all done, FREE AT LAST! We are all faced with temptations of every kind every day and if we use the example Jesus left us, answering everything Satan throws at you with the Word, you too can win the victory!

It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!

4 Replies to “Good Friday!”

  1. To this one I can relate to Peter. I remember the first foot washing I attended as a young Christian man. I could have washed the feet of every man in the room with no problem but it scared me to death to think someone wanted to wash mine. I had to stop & think by saying no I was being disobedient & I was robbing one of the other men in the room of a blessing as he wanted to be right with the Lord. With that in mind I sat back in my chair & let it happen. Oh did ever get blessed, it was an awesome time. The cause of the fear?–Pride, I was too proud to humble myself & let it happen. It was a great lesson I learned that night & one that has opened doors for me many times since. As smart as God says Satan is, & the experience he has acquired over the years one would think he would have known this death was for only three days. He had to have heard Jesus telling them people as He did those last couple weeks. It does amaze me. One of my all time favorite Easter cantatas is “Then Came Sunday” It tells the whole story & I love the music. I have been involved with production of this one with two different churches. We did it four times over the weekend at the one church & twice at the other one. I walk around even today catching myself singing various songs form the score. Sometimes I don’t even bother to trey & stop the tears I just let them flow & concentrate on praising the Lord for what it all means. May the true Spirit of Easter fill your very being until you can not contain it any longer & like the Oil flowing down Aaron’s beard bathe you in His fullness this Easter weekend & all the days to come.

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  2. Harolene, you will never know how much comfort I receive from you thru this message you write here. Thank you my friend.
    You and your family are in my prayers.
    I pray you all have an awesome Easter.
    I am doing very well considering my place in life.
    I feel so good about life in general. I am not afraid of my impending death. I have to admit, it scares me silly to think of what I face before my final day, but I know God has promised it won’t be more than I can take. I pray for that strength everyday.
    Hospice has convinced me I don’t have to hurt. I don’t like taking pain meds. but Thank God for the relief they give me.
    HE IS RISEN. YES, JESUS LIVES. HE LIVES IN MY HEART. WITHOUT HIM, I AM NOTHING. I have never been able to say I love myself until recently. I do love myself and I love everyone else. I thank God that I have been given this time of reflection. I am ready when he calls me.
    Love and prayers, Joyce.

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    1. God bless you dear Joyce… No one can know the exact end of days and I may go before you go but if you proceed me, please give my daddy a hug from me.. It’s a very exciting time. ❤️

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