Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, "He has risen from the dead," and the last fraud will be worse than the first." Pilate said to them, "You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can." So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard. - Matthew 27:64-66 (ESV)
"And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" And some of the bystanders hearing it said, "Behold, he is calling Elijah." And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down." And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!""
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Last replied by HammDogg13 on Thursday, 16 August 2012
Here was the devotional from today. I always appreciate reminders that troubled times mean we should cling to God even more rather than giving up.
Tue Jun 12
5 But I trust in your unfailing love.
I will rejoice because you have rescued me.6 I will sing to the LORD
because he is good to me.
David was faithful to God and trusted wholeheartedly in Him, but he felt the pressure of his problems as much as anyone. Instead of giving up or giving in, however, David held on to his faith. In times of despair, it is much harder to hold on than to give up. But if you give up on God, you give in to a life of despair.
Discussions are always welcome :) Think of this place like forums. And I agree, no one was looking for a poor boy in a manger. And no one would have thought, "God, could you please have a son and sacrifice him using one of the most horrific ways to die so that my sins will be made like snow?"
Last replied by HammDogg13 on Tuesday, 29 May 2012