The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

( FaithOfJesus thread begun by rRandyP )

Today's Verse:


kjv@Mark:14:12 @ And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?

kjv@Mark:14:13 @ And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him.

kjv@Mark:14:14 @ And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?

kjv@Mark:14:15 @ And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us.

kjv@Mark:14:16 @ And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

kjv@Mark:14:17 @ And in the evening he cometh with the twelve.

kjv@Mark:14:18 @ And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me.

kjv@Mark:14:19 @ And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?

kjv@Mark:14:20 @ And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish.

kjv@Mark:14:21 @ The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.

kjv@Mark:14:22 @ And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.

kjv@Mark:14:23 @ And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.

kjv@Mark:14:24 @ And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

kjv@Mark:14:25 @ Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

kjv@Mark:14:26 @ And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

kjv@Mark:14:27 @ And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.

kjv@Mark:14:28 @ But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.

kjv@Mark:14:29 @ But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.

kjv@Mark:14:30 @ And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.

kjv@Mark:14:31 @ But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.

Today's notes:


Key Concepts:

What is God's righteousness observed doing?:

What does this tell us about God's righteousness?:

How is man reacting?:


Peter no doubt meant every word that he said. I have the feeling that he was of the mind that Jesus was attempting to rally support and that he being somewhat the leader would start the ball rolling. Perhaps this was a test now of the men's resolve to step out of the boat of troubling impossibility and walk across all despair to come this time to Jesus' rescue, to remove the mountain into the sea, to gather two or more in His name and ask believing.

There would be many pieces of Jesus' teachings that could be looked back on to see that His departure would be needed in order to fulfill. How could He for instance return on clouds of glory and power without first leaving them to come back? How could the groom return at an hour unknown to find the bridesmaids with lamps unlit? How would the seed germinate into a tree without first dieing in the the ground? How could we always have the poor, but not Him much longer? How could there be a time without the groom that these disciples would fast? Nearly everything that He has said to them all of this time has had references direct or implied to His death and resurrection. Then there is all of prophecy. How could one not know that this is what has long been planned for?

When it is said "I will smite the shepherd" kjv@Zechariah:13:7 who is the "I" speaking? Why then are the men offended? Because it is the LORD doing this smiting. Better I guess that it would be the Chief Priest or the Romans. Our perception of the LORD is that everything that HE does is positive and supportive and edifying, that HE doesn't do anything against our will (perhaps to convince us slowly to change our will but not to cross it). This is almost as the cutting down of the entire tree, the end of the many directions the branches wanted to take this. It is the sense of overwhelming judgment, the arrival of a tsunami, the inability to do anything about it but grab tight to a door frame and suffer it, the helplessness and immediate danger and exposure to the hostile elements. Perhaps even the offense that this leaves their house in ruin, but the house of the enemy intact and for all appearance all the stronger as refuge. Yes they survive, but look at the condition they are left to survive in. This could be the offense and or the internal offense physically felt or man's natural enmity revealed and exposed like at no other time.

This brings us again to the question of God's righteousness. Is it right for HIM to have brought us to this? to force this upon us who want to believe? to endanger our fledgling belief so soon for the sake of being even more right? Is it right of Him to require this of Jesus? Could there have been another way more easily performed and digested? Our presumption, given that this is the way HE chose to go about it, is "No there wasn't" "this was the only way".

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. The elements of Communion do not need to magically become real to those who accept Christ's sacrifice of body and blood as being undeniably real. The hocus-pocus is to make the priest seem real not the sacrifice. It is likely that the same priest would deny Christ three times (or more) just as Peter (the one he proports to be the continuation of) did. It is the identifiable purpose of the sacrifice that needs to be remembered, the complete sufficiency of that sacrifice towards atonement in each individual, not the stand in replacement and miraculous empowerment of the Catholic Church. This long held stance of Rome in the Eucharist as they perform it may even be considered the denial of Christ in and of itself if not properly thought through.
  2. The Communion performed among Protestants is just as vulnerable to defilement as the ritual it is protestant against. The opposite form is weak in that it is openly performed by parishioners simply because they are told to, they have always just done it, it is listed in the program flyer. It tends to cheapen/sully the remembrance of Christ's sacrifice and thus atonement. And if to cheapen/sully than of equal effect to deny. What then is the answer? kjv@1Corinthians:11:26-27 showing His death till His return in our worthiness.
  3. Who is to to say that in some way or form that they do not or will not deny Christ Jesus? That their support is unconditional and permanent? That offence no matter what God allows or does will not be taken? Any of us? Better to ask when offense comes will that end our belief and devotion.

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