Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Luke 23 Devotional Thoughts by Stephen Taylor

Luke 23:28

Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.”

 

Jesus says this on His way to be crucified. He has been beaten, whipped, spit on, mocked, abandoned. He is disfigured and probably very heavy in His heart, but He still stops to warn and try to encourage others. So, my question is this: in our worst times, when things seem the bleakest and the world is overwhelming us, are we able to look outside ourselves and show the love of Christ to those around us? Do we determine how we are going to act in a situation, or does the situation determine how we act?

 

I’m not saying this is easy, but through the power of the Holy Spirit, it is possible! God knows that none of us are perfect, but He does expect us to try! When I think of Jesus dragging His Cross, I don’t see just those two beams of wood on His back, but I see Him dragging me and my sins to freedom! Jesus fought to get me there, He fought to set me free, and He fights for me this day! So, I encourage you to fight for each other the way Christ fought for us and to be ready to speak of His glory, His goodness, and His love, no matter what storm you may be facing!

 

2 Timothy 4:2 - Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage - - with great patience and careful instruction.

 

That is a command, not just for pastors but for every follower and believer in Jesus Christ our Lord!

 

God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to God Almighty, The Risen King, and my Counselor the Holy Spirit! 

 

 

Luke 23:33

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.


I want to paint a picture for you. It’s a story most of us know, but I want to look at it a little differently. I’m talking about Jesus and the thieves on the crosses next to Him. The one that mocked Him, cursed Him, and wouldn’t accept Him is the old me, the me who thought he knew better and didn’t need anyone or anything, who mocked and laughed at people for trusting in things they couldn’t see. I was angry and bitter, dying in my sins. All the while, salvation was just a few feet away!!

 

And then I met Jesus, and His love overtook me!!! He transformed me into the one who accepted Him, loves Him, and asked for forgiveness!!! My body may still fade, but I found my eternal peace, love, and forgiveness in Jesus Christ!! Giving Him my life, not because I owe it to Him but because I trust Him and love Him!!!!

 

My favorite part of this picture is that the only thing standing between the old me and the new me is Jesus Christ!! What bridges the gap between the old me and new me?? Jesus Christ!!!! You get to choose what side of the cross you want to be on!! I urge you, wherever you are, to accept His gift of salvation and let Him take you from criminal to child of the Most High God!! One day, this body will fade and be no more. That’s not debatable; that’s a fact!! The real question is: Do you want to go alone or with the One who gave His life for you???

 

Be encouraged and be encouraging!!!! I love you all, God bless, and glory to God!!!

 

 

Luke 23:34

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” 

 

I was praying the other night, and God brought something to my mind: at no point during the mocking, beating, torture, or crucifixion of Jesus, did Jesus ever stop loving us! That blew me away, as I had never thought of it like that. God told me, “Not even for a split second did Jesus doubt or regret what He was doing for you and your salvation!!” Thank You, Jesus!!!! Words can’t even describe what that means to me, and He is saying the same thing to you today!!

 

You know that thing that you hide from the world, that thing that no one knows about but it keeps you bound up? It’s okay; Jesus knows, and He loves you anyway! Jesus is saying, “Stop running, child. I know it hurts, but we will get through this together!! Just let me in, and I will heal you!!! Let’s do this together. I will never leave or forsake you; I will never make you go at it alone!!!”

 


These are promises from Jesus to us. They’re 2000 years old but are just as true today as the day He said them!! If you’re hurting, lost, broken, or just tired, then look to the only one who willingly went to the cross for you!!! Jesus wasn’t concerned about the humiliation, pain, or death. What He was concerned with was where YOU and I were going to spend eternity!!

 

Jesus died with love in His heart, and it’s time we start living with it in ours!!!!

 

I love you all, God bless you, and Glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!

 

 

 

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