A special weekend approaches.
For just a few minutes: Listen.
Leviticus 20:7-8: “You shall consecrate yourselves, therefore and be holy, for I AM (Exodus 3) the LORD your GOD. And you shall keep My statutes and practice them, I AM the LORD Who Sanctifies you.”
The LORD – He is the One who Sanctifies – sets apart, makes holy –
He is Jehovah – Mekoddishkem – The LORD Who Sanctifies.
Hebrews 10:10-14: “By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time, the same sacrifices, WHICH can never take away sins: (but HE (Jesus) having offered ONE sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN at the right hand of GOD — For by ONE offering HE has perfected for ALL time those who are sanctified.”
John 17:15-19: “I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, BUT to keep them from the evil one. They are NOT of the world, even as I AM not of the world. SANCTIFY them in the TRUTH; Thy Word is Truth.
SOON AFTER MIDNIGHT,
Jesus was arrested at Gethsemane by temple officials and taken first to Annas and then to Caiaphas, the Jewish high priest for that year.
The guards blindfolded Jesus, spat on him, and struck him in the face with their fists.
Isaiah 50:6: “I gave My back to those who strike Me, And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard.”
Jesus was Scourged: stripped of his clothing, hands tied to a post. The soldiers used a short whip with lead balls and sheep bones tied into leather thongs, some whips had broken glass.
After the scourging the soldiers often taunted their victim. (taken from “On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ; William D. Edwards, MD; March 1986).
It was customary for the condemned man to carry his own cross.
The crucifixion – nails (spikes 5-7 inches) in the wrist, between the carpals and the radius – probable transection of median nerve. The feet positioned on top of each other and nailed through the nerves.
Luke 23:44: “And it was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, the sun being obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two.”
John 19:30: “Tetelestai”- – “It is Finished!” (Tense, Mood & Voice) — Perfect Indicative Passive =Past completed action- used to declare a statement of fact – with a present or continuing result).
Mark 16:6: “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. HE HAS RISEN‘ HE IS NOT HERE; BEHOLD, HERE IS THE PLACE WHERE THEY LAID HIM.”
Luke24:6: “HE IS NOT HERE, BUT HE HAS RISEN.”
Hebrews 10:14: “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”
Hebrews 13:12: “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.”
Ephesians 5:1,2: “Therefore be imitators of GOD, as beloved children;
and walk in love, just as CHRIST also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to GOD as a fragrant aroma.”
Someone spoke at me recently–“Love is all around us” — Is that truly what God’s Holy Word says?
If that is true then why the Cross — which is our Sanctification – His Blood shed for us.
What Jesus did – Sets us apart; He Makes all things New ( March 2 Post – Adonai — HE Makes us new).
Let’s look closely to what God Almighty says — because He wants us to be sanctified in His Truth – not just what I want to think or want to “feel”.
1 John 4 —The key repeated words in this chapter: Abide and Love:
“Love is from God.”
“The love of GOD was manifested in us, that GOD has sent HIS only begotten SON into the world so that we might LIVE through HIM.”
***“We love, BECAUSE HE first loved us.”***
There’s so much more in that Chapter — take time and read it and be blessed,
Let Him reveal how much HE loves you/us.
Have a Blessed Resurrection Day! Sing praises to His Holy Name!