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Away With This Man

April 11, 2015

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Away With  This Man

In society,  there always seems  to be some  who are rejected  as some sort  of misfit.     All sorts  of reasons  are made out  to be valid:   different clothing  —  too fat or thin  —  too tall or short  —  uncomfortably intelligent  or lacking  in knowledge  —  different accent  —  different personality  —  different beliefs.     The list goes on.

When Jesus was rejected,  people were  most uncomfortable  with the truths  He spoke.     Jesus’ truths  revealed  corrupt hearts  and minds  —  sins of every sort.     Nobody wants  their pet sins  revealed.     Nobody wants  to admit  guilt.     So,  when Jesus was  on trial  before Pilate,  the people guiltily  deemed it necessary  to cry out  in Luke 23:18,

Away  with this man,  and release  for us  Barabbas!

What do we  anxiously want  to do  with Jesus?     Do we want  to lock Him up  so that others  won’t recognize us  as so-called Christians?     Do we want  to deny Him,  so that  we can live  more boldly  in our sins  —  as the rest  of this world?     Do we want  to openly deny Him  as a Savior  of any sort?     Do we just want  to get rid  of Him  in our lives?     Is Jesus  an embarrassment  to us?     Do we cringe  at the thought  of praising Him?

Our earthly thoughts  are quite the conundrum  —  aren’t they?

What kind  of corruption  —  like Barabbas  —  do we replace Jesus with?

In general,  people don’t want  the embarrassment  of accepting Jesus  as their honest-to-goodness  Savior  from all their sins.

Maybe it’s time  to dig more  into God’s word  to be reminded  of all the reasons why  we need a Savior  from our sins.     Our eternity depends  on our facing the truths  of our being  —  and our Maker’s salvation  through Christ Jesus alone.

When we let Jesus  relieve us  of our guilt,  we exclaim,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  there is true joy  in knowing You  as our Savior!     Thank You!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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