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.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Mark:15:42 @ And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,

kjv@Mark:15:43 @ Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

kjv@Mark:15:44 @ And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.

kjv@Mark:15:45 @ And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.

kjv@Mark:15:46 @ And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.

kjv@Mark:15:47 @ And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.

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?:


Joseph was also a follower of Jesus and counselor in the Sanhedrin kjv@Matthew:27:57 who waited on the kingdom of God kjv@Luke:23:51 secretly for fear of the Jews kjv@John:19:38. We often see secretly held faith as a bad thing; cowardly. It could though mean that things had happened too fast on the ground for him to keep up with (especially if he had been kept out of the loop by the others). There is the part of us that fully believes, believes to the extent of what has been thus far revealed. There is also the part of us that believes that the others can see things just as plainly as we do giving us the hope that they will come to a similar conclusion if left to their own. It does not have to be cowardly in every instance as it could be a product of what is yet to be revealed. In this case there was much still being revealed by the moment. In this case it would not have mattered what Joseph could have done not so secretly as it would have no impact on the occurrences until this particular opportunity to secure the body and bury it. Cowardice may have in fact been wisdom until now. Cowardice in one area may become the reason for later boldness in another. That being said, it is typically pure cowardice motivating most other situations.

There is popular speculation that in death Jesus was delivered into hell to pay the actual price we would have paid in our death if not for Him. The theory even extends to the possibility of demons and or Satan himself being able to inflict torture upon our Lord. No one would debate that the price has to be paid. The argument though becomes to whom is the price paid to? Is it extracted from Jesus by the demonic world as payment to them? or is it extracted in the forsaking of the Son mercy paying the just demands of righteousness to appease the sin debt with God? If extracted by separation and transference to be paid to God direct, then we can allow for Jesus' words to the second crucified thief that "this day" (which was virtually about to end at dusk) "you will be with me in the Paradise". If not, would a mere three days in Satan's torture cell be enough pay? What is the price?

The greatest punishment for sin most likely is not at the hands of demons for they are being punished/tortured as well. It would be complete and total separation from God. We have very little perception of just how much God provides for us just to keep us sane and relatively pain/disease free and filled for hunger/thirst/companionship. To remove one's self from all that, to step out of, to be absent (even in partial measure) of that is more than any soul can bear. Many doubters revel in their boasts of "hell being more fun than heaven" and "hell being one big party". How could it be being that it is void of God and all that HE brings graciously to HIS intended creation.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Everything that I have brought up today of course is all speculation. Speculation that leads to unsubstantiated conclusion is certainly dangerous water to tread. Speculation however can lead to an appreciation for the vast expanses of the decisions righteousness and sovereignty must traverse, appreciation for the many matters left outside our understanding or control, these then can be the safer conclusions being without unsubstantiated claims yet clear and open to the immense profundity surrounding God and each and every occurrence.
  2. This world officially now stands condemned because of this substitutionary death and the payment made therein on it's (the world's) debt paid complete but still for the love of it's sin rejected.

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