The Word: Episode 0671 Ephesians 1:3-10

“For You”

December 10, 2018

“For You”

Blessings folk!

It was prophesied.
It was fulfilled.

Jesus was…
  • Mocked
  • Beat
  • Spat upon
  • Humiliated
  • Given faux worship crowning Him with thorns
  • Stripped

Note who did what.

Mar 15:16-20

The soldiers took Him away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium),
and they called together the whole Roman cohort.

They dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him;

and they began to acclaim Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

They kept beating His head with a reed, and spitting on Him,
and kneeling and bowing before Him.

After they had mocked Him,
they took the purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him.
And they led Him out to crucify Him.

All endured for His creation.

All for us.

All for you.

Do you believe?

Have you believed unto salvation?

The Word: Episode 0670 Ephesians 1:1-5

“Pilate: Crucify Him”

December 9, 2018

“Pilate: Crucify Him”

Blessings folk!

Pilate knew what was happening with Jesus.
He knew that the religionists were envious of Jesus.
He also knew the politics of the situation.
It was not good for Pilate.

He sought a way out, a solution.

Mar 15:6-15

Now at the feast he used to release for them any one prisoner whom they requested.

The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection.

The crowd went up and began asking him to do as he had been accustomed to do for them.

Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”

For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.

But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead.

Answering again, Pilate said to them,
“Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”

They shouted back, “Crucify Him!”

But Pilate said to them,
“Why, what evil has He done?”
But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!”

Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them,
and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

At the Jewish feast of Passover/Unleavened Bread Pilate was accustomed to releasing a political prisoner at the behest of the people.

The crowd went up and demanded this.

Pilate seized the moment…”do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”

But, the chief priests had stirred up the crowds to ask for the release of Barabbas.

Pilate then made a serious mistake.
He asked the people what they wanted to do with “the King of the Jews”.

The shouted “crucify Him”.

Pilate demanded to know the evil?

They demanded “crucify Him”.

Pilate was weak.
He wished to satisfy the people.
He feared the religious rulers.
He had the testimony of Jesus.
He knew about his wife’s dream about Jesus.

Yet, he still allowed Jesus to be crucified.

Compromise of truth always leads to weakness.

Do not do so.

The Word: Episode 0669 Acts 19:28-41

“It Is As You Say”

December 8, 2018

“It Is As You Say”

Blessings folk!

The plot and plan of the Jewish leadership progressed.
God was not surprised.
It had been prophesied.


Mar 15:1-5

Early in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole Council, immediately held a consultation; and binding Jesus,
they led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate.

Pilate questioned Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
And He answered him, “It is as you say.”

The chief priests began to accuse Him harshly.

Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying,
“Do You not answer? See how many charges they bring against You!”

But Jesus made no further answer; so Pilate was amazed.

Pilate asked a direct question.
“Are You the King of the Jews?”

Jesus answered directly.
“It is as you say.”

The religious leadership launched again with the accusations.

Pilate questioned Jesus.
He wanted to know why Jesus did not respond to the accusations.
Pilate was amazed.

Why did Jesus not respond?
Because the Father did not tell Him to.
This was prophesied centuries before…

Isa 53:7
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.

Jesus was “silent before its shearers”…the religious rulers.
He did speak to the political leadership.

This passage in Isaiah was also found later in the Word…

Act 8:32
Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:

Jesus knew the Word.
Jesus knew the Father.
Jesus did only that which Father instructed.

May we do likewise.

The Word: Episode 0668 Acts 19:24-28

“Once, Twice, Three Times”

December 7, 2018

“Once, Twice, Three Times”

Blessings folk!

Jesus had just been judged and condemned as blasphemous.
Still, He bore the punishment.

Peter viewed from nearby…

Mar 14:66-72

As Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came,

and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said,
“You also were with Jesus the Nazarene.”

But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you are talking about.”
And he went out onto the porch.

The servant-girl saw him, and began once more to say to the bystanders, “This is one of them!”

But again he denied it.
And after a little while the bystanders were again saying to Peter,
“Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean too.”

But he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this man you are talking about!”

Immediately a rooster crowed a second time.
And Peter remembered how Jesus had made the remark to him,
“Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.”
And he began to weep.

A bold servant-girl of the high priest saw Peter.
She confronted him.
Note that it was not a question.
It was a statement.
“You also were with Jesus the Nazarene.”

Peter denied her statement…denial one.

Peter relocated to the porch.

The servant-girl saw him again.
This time she proclaims the confrontational statement by telling those who were standing by “this is one of them.”

Peter denied her statement…denial two.

A short period of time passed.

Now the bystanders…more than one…said to Peter “surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean too.”

Peter denied their statements…with a curse and by swearing…denial three.

Immediately a rooster crowed a second time.

The Word of the Lord to Peter came true…

Mar 14:30

And Jesus said to him,
“Truly I say to you, that this very night, before a rooster crows twice,
you yourself will deny Me three times.”

Peter weep bitterly.

Think not that we can stand firm in our own strength.

Only by the power of the Lord can we press on and stand firm as days darken.

Prepare now through the small things.

The Word: Episode 0667 Acts 19:23-25

“I AM, You Will See…”

December 6, 2018

“I AM, You Will See…”

Blessings folk!

Jesus is before the high priest
False accusers have come and gone.
Even those who hated Jesus and wanted Him dead knew that the accusations were not credible.
They needed more.

Mar 14:60-65

The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying,
“Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?”

But He kept silent and did not answer.
Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him,
“Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”

And Jesus said,

Tearing his clothes, the high priest said, “What further need do we have of witnesses?

“You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?”
And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.

Some began to spit at Him,
and to blindfold Him,
and to beat Him with their fists,
and to say to Him,
And the officers received Him with slaps in the face.

The high priest pressed in with questions after the false accusers.
Why did Jesus not answer?
Why have you not responded/defended Yourself against these men?

The priest cut to the issue.
“Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”

Jesus answered.
“I AM”
The response God gave upon Moses’ inquiry as to Who was sending him.

Jesus was acknowledging that He was “I AM’, but He did not stop there.

“You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”

Jesus was referencing the Old Testament - Daniel 7:13-14 to be exact.

Dan 7:13-14

“I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.

“And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.

They knew what Jesus was saying.
You saw the responses:

  • The high priest tore his clothes
  • The high priest declared blasphemy
  • They all condemned Him to death
  • Spit
  • Blindfolded
  • Beat
  • Mocked by demands to “prophesy”
  • Slapped

As we are in the season of celebrating His coming the first time, remember what He endure for us.

Rejoice in His coming soon…and all that will be done then.