Acceptable to You

Psalms 19 14David knew he had prayed for his bodily sins but now he asks The Lord to watch over the words that come out of his mouth and the feelings of his heart.

He knows that what he says and feels is sometimes a big downfall. He asks God to help him be acceptable. David knows that he can plead his case to God for forgiveness.

There are sins that we know we do and sins we are not even aware of. They all need to be forgiven.

When we pray, it is essential that we ask forgiveness for the things we do and for the words that come out of our mouths and to ask for our hearts to be opened.

We are blessed that the Father sent his Son to us and by the blood Jesus shed on the cross, we have the privilege of asking Him to intercede for us to our Heavenly Father.

If we are faithful, Jesus will intercede and we will be cleansed.

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Heavenly Father

Thank you for sending your son, Jesus to this world to teach us so many things, but especially about you and your love. Thank you that you had the perfect plan for our salvation. When Jesus was put on the cross and shed his blood for us, he did it for more than just salvation. He is our redeemer, our healer, our intercessor and so much more.

He died for me Father! May I never forget that I was one of the people he died for.

Father, help me to remember that I do, say and feel things that are unacceptable to you. I need the cleansing of forgiveness in all aspects of this body. Help me to remember to call out to Jesus. my strength and my redeemer and ask for him to intercede for me.

Just like David, I want to be blessed with total forgiveness. I want to be acceptable to you, so that you can use me, here on earth, to accomplish some of your tasks that require an earthly body. Once cleansed, let me be aware and ready to follow your lead.

Thank you Father for Jesus and the Holy Spirit. They help me live the way you want me to live and when I stray off the path, they are there to guide me back to you. I am so very, very blessed Father and I do give thanks.

Praise you Lord!

In the holy name of my Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

Walk with Jesus

With the coming of Easter, it is a good time to look at the week’s events prior to Jesus’ crucifixion.

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Please note that Mark’s Gospel is written in a chronological order while the other Gospels are written in a topical order. Matthew Henry, Jamieson Fausset Brown, Adam Clark and others have further information.

The following is a timetable I found that many Scholars and authors use when explaining the events that happened during Jesus’ last week before His death. You will see that Palm Sunday, in their interpretation, actually fell on a Monday.

Apparently there are different methods and calendars to use, which may account for the different days. I have chosen to use the following time table for the purpose of easier understanding,

If you believe it to be wrong, then by all means change the days to the ones that you are comfortable with. The main thing to remember is that all of the events in the Bible are true and that they all happened the week prior to the crucifixion.

1. Saturday

Arrival at Bethany
Disciples went for colt (colt is a young male donkey)

2. Sunday

Crowd came to see Jesus

3. Monday

Triumphal entry – called Palm Sunday
People and Disciples rejoicing
Jesus wept over city
Jesus’ arrival at Temple
Jesus went back to Bethany

4. Tuesday

Cursed a fig tree
Cleansed the Temple
Went back to Bethany at the home of Simon
Anointed with oil

5. Wednesday

Fig tree withered
Temple controversy – Judas talks of betrayal to priests
Went back to Bethany
Gave the Olivet Discourse

6. Thursday

Passover dinner (Last Supper)
Jesus gives Judas a chance to confess
Peter denies Jesus’ prediction
Prayed at Golgatha
Betrayed by Judas
Peter tries to fight the soldiers on Jesus’ behalf
Peter cuts off mans ear
Jesus heals ear back onto mans body
Disputes the miracle, Jesus is arrested
Disciples disappear

7. Friday- early morning

Judas takes money and tries to give it back
Judas hangs himself on a tree.
Peter denies Jesus as predicted
Jesus goes on trial
People given a chance to release either Barabbas or Jesus
People chose to release Barabbas – notorious prisoner
Pilate washes his hands of guilt upon Jesus’ death
They people cry out that they will accept responsibility for Jesus’ death – them and their children.
Soldiers mock Jesus

Friday afternoon

The journey to Golgotha begins
A man in the crowd is picked to carry Jesus’s cross
Simon carries the cross as Jesus is too weak
Jesus is nailed to the cross
A criminal is placed on each side of Jesus’ cross
Crowd mocks Jesus
Religious leaders mock Jesus

Darkness came at noon across the whole land
darkness continued until 3 pm
Jesus calls out at 3pm – has a drink
Then calls out again and releases his spirit
The curtain in the sanctuary was torn in 2 from top to bottom
Next came an earthquake and tombs opened
Bodies of godly men and woman who had died were raised from the dead and appeared to many people in Jerusalem.

The burial

Joseph (a rich man who had followed Jesus) went to Pilate, asked for and received permission to take Jesus’ body down
Joseph offers his tomb and Jesus was wrapped and placed inside.
Leading priests went to Pilate and asked for guards to watch over the tomb site
Pilate agreed. Guards arrived, rolled śtone in place and guards stayed to watch over the tomb.

8. Resurrection

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary visit the tomb
Earthquake – Angel rolled the stone away and sat on top of it
Guards saw angel and fainted
Angel told women to go and tell others that Jesus is risen!
Soldiers were bribed by the leading priests to say that Jesus’ friends had taken the body away.
Unfortunately many today, still believe that lie.

The following are scriptures for more reading…

Jesus predicts his own death (plainly) – Matthew 16:21-28, Mark 8:31-38
Arrival at Bethany – Mark 11:1-7.John 12:1-8
Crowd came to see Jesus –John 12:9-11
Triumphal Entry – Matt. 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:35-38
Found the temple empty – back to Bethany – Mark 11:11
Cursed the fig tree – Matthew 21:18-19, Mark 11:12-14
Cleansed the temple – Matt. 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-46
Priests and religious leaders plot to kill Jesus – Mark 11:18
Jesus and disciples return to Bethany – Mark 11:19
Fig tree withered – Matthew 21:20-22, Mark 11:20-26
Temple controversy – Matthew 21-Matthew 23 incl., Mark 11:27 – Mark 12:44
Olivet Discourse – Matthew 24-25, Mark 13:1-30, Luke 21:5-36
Jesus anointed at Bethany – Matthew 26:6-10, Mark 14:3-9
Plot to kill Jesus – Matthew 26:1-5, Mark 14:1-2,
Betrayed by Judas – Matthew 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-11
Last Supper – Mathew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:14-30
Jesus predicts Peter’s denial – Matt. 26:31-35, Mark 14:27-31
Jesus prays in Gethsemane – Mark 14:32-42
Judas betrays for silver – Matthew 26:47-50, Mark 14:43-45
Jesus arrested – Matthew 26:50-56, Mark 14:46 – 49
Disciples flee – Matthew 26:56, Mark 14:50-52
Jesus before the council – Matthew 26:57-68, Mark 14:53-65
Peter denies Jesus – Matthew 26:69-76, Mark 14:66-72
Jesus’ trial before Pilate – Mark 15:1-15
Soldiers mock Jesus – Mark 15:16-20
Judas hangs himself – Matthew 27:1-10,
Jesus’ trial before Pilate – Matthew 27:11-26
Simon from Cyrene – Mark 15:21
Soldiers mock Jesus – Matthew 27:27-31
The Crucifixion – Matthew 27:32-44, Mark 15:22-32
Death of Jesus – Matthew 27:45-56, Mark 15:33-41
Burial of Jesus – Matthew 27:57-66, Mark 15:42-47
Guard at the Tomb – Matthew 27:62-66,
The Resurrection – Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-20
The report of the guard – Matthew 28:11-15
The Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20

The Triumphal Entry

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When Jesus and the Disciples were getting close to Bethany and Bethphage, Jesus asked two disciples to go into the village. He gave them specific instructions –

Go to the village, find a specific colt 1

One that no one has ever sat upon. 2

They were told to unleash it.

Then told what to say when questioned.

And then once they had the colt in hand,

To take it to Jesus.

All happened exactly as Jesus predicted!

Then Jesus rode the colt to Jerusalem 3,4

A few authors believe that Jesus had prearranged this meeting but the majority insist this was the beginning of Jesus showing his true authority as Christ, the Messiah.

Usually Jesus discouraged the people from calling out that he was the Messiah but on this special day, He is finally able to reveal in openness, his true identity.

The following scripture was a foreshadowing of the event that would happen 500 years after it was written. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy.

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Jesus, will present himself as King to Jerusalem while riding a colt.1

The people of Israel will be rejoicing.

Jews of Jerusalem will see their King has arrived.

They will be shouting in triumph.

Their King has come.

He is just.

He offers salvation.

He comes lowly.

He comes riding an ass (the colt of an ass) 3,4

The people of Israel had been waiting for their “King” to arrive and now the Messiah of Jerusalem had come. They expected Jesus to take over, as the new and mighty King they longed for.

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Mark 11:7 tells us that clothes were thrown onto the colt and Jesus was placed upon them. He began his Triumphal Entry towards Jerusalem.

People then, were spreading their clothes and palm leaves on the ground for Jesus to travel over. They cried out their praises “blessed is the Kingdom of our father David that comes in the name of the Lord” as they followed him into Jerusalem and to the Temple.

At this point in scripture, Matthew and John give accounts of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry ending and leading us directly into the Temple where Jesus starts condemning the people for misusing his Father’s house. For my post today, I specifically used the Gospel of Mark because in verse 11, Mark records different details of Jesus arriving at the temple.

Mark 11:11

And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked around about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

Mark writes that once they arrive at the Temple, it was evening and all of the activities were finished for the day and the place was empty!

So Jesus turned around and went back to Bethany for the night.

Can you imagine! All the buildup and excitement of their King finally coming to take the throne and what happened? Nothing!

It must have been such a shock and let down for the people. Jesus did nothing! He just turned around and headed back to Bethany with his disciples!

I’ve often wondered why the people turned on Jesus so quickly. I can see now that they probably felt cheated and humiliated at being taken in by what they thought was a fraud and feeling that they had been deceived by Him. I would assume they told others and insisted that he was not the King they were waiting for.

Most authors seem to agree that Matthew and John didn’t record the end of that particular night but went straight into Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple the following evening.

Jesus wasn’t surprised by the people’s reactions. He knew everything that would be taking place and was prepared for all of it. Everything had to occur the way planned, so that victory of life, through Jesus, could prevail.

I now have a better understanding why the people’s love changed to hate so quickly and why they called out for Jesus’ crucifixion!

NOTES:

1 The young male of a donkey/ass is called a colt.

2 It doesn’t matter that the colt had never been ridden before and may be hard to control, Jesus is Lord over all.

3 This is the first time we hear of Jesus riding an animal. He walked everywhere.

4 When coming in peace, royalty would enter a city riding a colt or a donkey. The opposite would occur when someone entered riding a stallion. People would immediately understand that the rider was mighty and meant business.

God of all creation, blessed be your name,

Thank you Father for sending your only Son so we can be forgiven of our sins. The verses of Mark, tell that The Triumphal Entry was the first day that Jesus allowed people to see and know of his true identity. The people became excited and began to praise him as the King he is. It must have began as such a glorious day!

However, it didn’t last. By the evening the people were turning against him. Jesus knew this would happen as it was all part of the plan that needed to take place. Jesus had to be hated and crucified so that he could offer redemption for all people.

While reading these passages, my heart breaks knowing the day of his Triumphant Entry was just the beginning of a long, painful, horrific week for Jesus.

Thank you Father for sending angels to give him the strength he needed to accomplish what had to be done. Thank you for sending Jesus to us and for the sacrifices he made. Thank you that although he needed to present himself as a lowly, loving man, the second coming will be much different. He will come riding a stallion and will be filled with might, strength and power. Then rejoicing and praises will last forever and Jesus will be King evermore.

May we always sing praises and give you glory, while waiting for your return.

In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

Forgiveness Conquers Sin

GodBlessYouBefore Jesus’ crucifixion, religious people took offerings to the altar and it was usually a lamb. It was killed, spilling its blood for their sins to be forgiven. Today we have The Lamb (Jesus) who was crucified and shed his blood, enabling our sins to be forgiven. Once we truly confess, we are cleansed through mercy and grace. God can then hear our prayers and praises. These are the gifts today’s verses are talking about, the gifts we set before God. A gift of praise and worship and love and gratitude!

Matthew 5:

[23] Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

[24] Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. (KJV)

The author is stating that if someone has an offence against another they must fix it as soon as possible. If we are holding onto anger, hatred or the refusal to make things right, then what good does it do to offer our worship to God? He won’t hear it and can’t accept it because it’s buried in sin.

It doesn’t matter if the other person has since passed on or we don’t know where they are living now. It doesn’t matter that they hurt us so badly that we cannot bring ourself to meet them face to face. The important part is to start the healing within ourselves.

If we won’t truly apologize or accept an apology, we are holding onto sin! If we refuse to let our anger go, we are holding onto sin. If we can’t let it go because “they started it and they need to apologize to me!”, we are holding onto sin. “But you don’t know what they did or said to me” shows we are holding onto sin.

It doesn’t matter what happened. What does matter is that we confess the anger and unforgiveness (sins) we hold for others. It doesn’t mean we agree with what happened or that we need to become friends again. It’s important that we let go of the anger, the hatred, the envy etc. and give it over to God to deal with it. Our job is to let it go and feel peace towards the person or the situation.

Sometimes we have held the emotions for so long that we don’t know how or where to start. Maybe it’s buried so deep that we can’t even remember what we are angry about. It doesn’t matter. If there are unsettled angers they need to be dealt with.

How? It’s easy! First we must want to set things right. It’s imperative that we feel the true need to repent. If we know we should “let it go” but just can’t seem to get to the point of wanting to forgive, call on Jesus, he will guide you.

The way David pleaded for forgiveness (see “Search me o God” post) is exactly the way we need to bring each sin in front of Jesus and ask for forgiveness. We must keep repenting each sin we hold until all of it has gone.

Once we have confessed, through Jesus, and set the situation right in our hearts, we can then go before God with our gift of love and worship and he will gladly accept it!

Father in Heaven,pray

May I always remember that sin of any kind cannot be in your presence. Help me to be aware of where it may be growing in me. Help me make amends immediately because the longer I leave the problem, the harder it is to make it right. The enemy will use the situation and quickly help it grow.

Lord in those times where I do meet a person face to face, may the Holy Spirit give me the right time, the right words and fill me and the room with his presence.

I know it’s best if I can meet in person but there may be people that I’ve hurt (and they don’t want to see me) or some who have hurt me and I just can’t bring myself to meet them face to face. I know I could write to them or phone, text, do anything to clear away the deep emotion, but sometimes, I can’t even do that. Whether I can communicate with others or not, I know that it is still very important that I truly confess my sin to you, through my Saviour, Jesus Christ.

If I was the sender of the problem, once you have forgiven me, help me to “let it go” and forgive myself. If I hold onto unforgiveness towards myself and won’t let it go, then I am still carrying that sin.

Whatever the situation, please Lord, fill my heart with forgiveness, love and kindness and help me to settle all unresolved issues. Give me the strength to truly bless the person/situation in order to find peace.

Thank you Lord, for allowing me to rectify all outstanding angers or refusals to forgive. Thank you for cleansing me of sin. Thank you that by the mercy and grace of God, through Jesus Christ, forgiveness conquers over sin and love prevails.

In the name of Jesus I pray.

Amen