Reading the Bible from the Courthouse steps

 

 

 

 

National Day of Prayer – May 4

Daniel 9:19

O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people, bear your Name.

The National Day of Prayer observance in Huntsville will be Thursday, May 4 on the east side steps of the Madison County Courthouse, 12:00 noon.

As part of the National Day of Prayer celebration the entire Bible will be read out-loud from the west side of the Madison County Courthouse steps. Beginning May 4 at 1:30 pm, and continuing for 72 hours, with many readers, on the public square of our city and for all to hear, God’s full Word will go forth. 

Would you like to be a part? Would you like to include your family, friends, church or business? 30 minute slots are available. 

Here’s the sign up link.

The grand finale event will be a gathering to read the final chapter, Revelation 22 to worship the Lord of our City, Jesus Christ, and to receive communion.

Sunday, May 7, 5:00 pm

Big Spring Park, at the fountain by the rock cliff

I hope to see you there!

 

 

Holy Week

 

 

 

 

 

Over on the sidebar you will find the posts, written several years ago and still the most popular on the blog, regarding Jesus’ daily activities during each day of Holy Week.

 

Blessing to you this week!

Think on this…the one liners

 

 

 

 

 

I am thinking on all the one-liners I have read recently in John 18, the one sentences John made sure to include. What is written and especially what is not, is left to deeper study and my imagination. 

 

John 18: 1

When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side was an olive grove.

Jesus was traveling from the last supper to the Garden of Gethsemane with his disciples. John just happens to mention Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley. Why? Well, because one had to walk through the Kidron Valley to get to this familiar and favorite garden. But is there more?

John MacArthur (Grace to You) talks about the many tunnels under the temple mount, and Scripture verifies this (David, Hezekiah). There was a particular drain that led from the altar to the mountainside facing the Kidron Valley. During Passover thousands of lambs were slaughtered at the altar in the temple court. Their blood along with the water for rinsing drained to the Kidron Valley, and at this particular time of year the flow coming from the mountain would be red with blood and full of the stench of blood. Jesus would have seen and smelled the blood from the many sacrifices. The Lamb of God fully knew He was going to slaughter to become the One sacrifice.

 

John 18: 10

Then Simon Peter who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (the servant’s name was Malchus).

Luke 22: 51

And he (Jesus) touched the man’s ear and healed him.

We know nothing about this ear except that it belonged to Malchus, a servant of the high priest. The ear was cut off. Does cut off mean severed from his head? Was the ear on the ground? There had to have been blood everywhere. Jesus quickly calmed a situation that could have easily erupted into more bloodshed and even His own death. He averted this by healing Malchus’ ear. If he had picked the ear up off the ground and put it back on, I believe John would have said so. John mentions nothing; it is Luke, the physician, who tells us Jesus healed the ear. Did Jesus touch Malchus’ head, stop the blood flow, and create an ear? I think that is exactly what He did.

 

John 18: 40

“Give us Barabbas!”

The crowd cried out to Pilate to release Barabbas instead of Jesus. Barabbas means “son of the father”. Bar means “son of”, Abba means “father” (MacArthur). I saw the symbolism this week for the first time. The Son of  the Father was given up for the son of the father.

 

Oh, what a Savior!

 

Think on this…bloody sweat

The following excerpt is from John: That You May Believe by R. Kent Hughes found in Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross, edited by Nancy Guthrie.

 

 

 

Mark tells us that Christ repeatedly fell to the ground and “prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.” Evidently he was in such  agony that he would cast himself to the ground, then stand up, then again fall to the ground in prayer. No one has known the sorrow our Lord experienced. Luke the physician says, “And being in anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” So great was his agony as the coming dread engulfed him that he actually broke out in a bloody sweat. These and similar verses caused Celsus, a second century heretic, and others after him to argue that Christ was only a man. After all, they reasoned, he displayed in the garden and on the cross less fortitude than other men have shown in battle or at the stake.

But actually Christ’s agony demonstrates that he knew exactly what was involved. It was not the pain that caused the horror. It was not the shame. It was not he imminent desertion of the disciples. It was the fact that he was going to pay the penalty for our sins! The understanding of what the sacrifice meant, which only omniscience could bring, caused our Lord to break out in a bloody sweat. It was the crushing realization of he horror that crushed him. Christ’s resolve to endure the agony, even at such a great price, demonstrated his lordship and divinity.

 

Oh, what a Savior!

 

Book designer and more: Andrea Wilhelm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To all of you who have been asking… She’s the one who did the hand lettering in Unlocking Belief. She’s the one who crafted each chapter’s design. She’s the one who found the keys and door images. Andrea Wilhelm – she’s the one!

I cannot begin to tell you the number of decisions Andrea walked me through! Unlocking Belief became a labor of love for both of us. 

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