Tag Archive | Pharisees

Children of the Devil Part 1

Hello everyone! Before I begin I would like to apologize for basically not posting last week; we’ve had a rough week here and it made posting very difficult. However, I will try to continue with my regular weekly posts again. Thank you for your patience!

Today’s post is on John 8:44. In this passage the Pharisees are telling Jesus (Lord of all things) that their true father is Abraham. However, Jesus tells them that if their father was Abraham, they would do as Abraham did: love the Lord! And of course if they loved the Lord they would love Jesus, because the 2 are synonymous. Instead their father was the devil, and Jesus says this because they do as their father does: pride, lying, and namely murder.

So if the pharisees wanted to fulfill their father (the devil)’s desires, then what would it be? To kill Jesus. However, they did not know that this was God’s plan. It was Jesus’ plan to lay down His own life! As odd and unreasonable as it seems, Jesus did lay down his life, but why? For you. For your sins, for your life!

People, being the sinful creatures that we are, could not live without an atonement to cover over our sins and make us blameless in God’s sight. The only other way to live was to obey the law perfectly, but if you’ve been alive for more than 1 second, you must realize that being perfect all the time is impossible for us humans. So, we needed a sacrifice that could atone for all our sins, past, present, and future.

This is what God knew way back before time was even invented. God knew that us humans couldn’t be perfect, and that we’d need a sacrifice to atone for our sins. So, out of love for his people, Jesus became the sacrifice that would atone for all humanity, past, present, and future. Jesus came down from heaven, became a man, and died on a cross to save us from the world from their sins. To save you from your sins

 

– Charity Cleveland
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

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Plotting Violence

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 24:1-2 which says

“Do not envy the wicked,
do not desire their company;”

“2 for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble.”

Verses 1 and 2 tell us that “their heats plot violence” and “their lips talk about making trouble”. We can see from verse 1 that Solomon is talking about the wicked. We are told not to envy them or desire their company, because they plot violence and make trouble.

This points forward to the pharisees. The Gospels tell us many times that the pharisees, who hated Jesus, plotted to kill Jesus. Their hearts plotted violence, and they talked about making trouble. But this does not only apply to the pharisees; it applies to us.

How? Every person who is born on this earth, aside from Jesus who is fully human and fully God, is born wicked. We are born with evil hearts, and we can’t do anything about it! Much like the pharisees, if left to ourselves, we would strive to obey the law and utterly fail. We would act righteous and pretend to be good, but instead our hearts would plot violence.

But we have a savior: Jesus! The pharisees, who were plotting violently against Jesus, killed Him on a cross.  But, of course, this was all part of God’s plan. Jesus had to die. He had to die to save all of us from our sin. But Jesus rose again on the third day, and arose to heaven to prepare a place for all believers. Praise God!

We can also learn from this passage that making friends with the wicked is wrong. This is an exhortation not to make friends with those who are not believers. Bad company corrupts good character. We can try and give them the Gospel if they are willing to hear, but we shouldn’t become very close friends with those who might try to influence us away from Christ.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

Thirty Pieces of Silver

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Zechariah 11:12-13

“I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So they paid me thirty pieces of silver. 13 And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord.”

This, again, is a prophecy; it was pointing forward to an event that would occur in the future. This passage is talking about a shepherd who was scorned by the flock, and whom they only valued at thirty pieces of silver. This passage is pointing forward to someone who is the Good Shepherd, was scorned by those he loved and cared for, and who was sold for the price of thirty pieces of silver.

This passage is pointing forward to Jesus ! Jesus would be the shepherd  who was scorn. He actually was sold for 30 pieces of silver. He was betrayed by his friend, and sold for 30 pieces of silver to the Pharisees.

Jesus was sold to His death, but why did He die? He died for us. He was sent by God to die with all our sin on Him. God loved us so much that He sent His one and only son, whom He loved, to die in our place.

The most precious son of God, was sold at the price of a slave. That is a picture of how He became a servant. He became a servant, even though He was the son of God. He still gave His life for us, even though He was the King of kings.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

 

Pouring nard

Hi, God’s word for me today is in John 12:3 which says,

Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”

In this passage Jesus was at Lazarus’ house and they were reclining at the table. Some Pharisees went there too not only for Jesus but also for Lazarus. They decided that they should kill Lazarus too because people were believing in Jesus because of him. Then Mary took a jar with pure nard (which was an expensive perfume) in it. Then Mary poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped His feet with her hair then the house was willed with the fragrance of the perfume. Judas Iscariot thought that the perfume should have been sold and then the money should have been given to the poor. However it wasn’t because Judas cared about the poor, it was because Judas was the one who was supposed to take the money to the poor but he used the money for his own purposes instead. Jesus then told Judas to leave Mary alone and that they would have the poor forever but they wouldn’t have Jesus forever.

Jesus was right, they wouldn’t have Him forever. Jesus was going to die for the sins of the world! Then He was going to rise from the dead and ascend into heaven. But let’s start from the beginning, Jesus died for us on the cross! Jesus came down from heaven and atoned for the sins of the whole entire world.

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (NIV 1 John 2:2)

Jesus died for our sins on a cross so that we could live!

We should trust in Jesus as our savior! If we trust in Jesus and repent of our sins then we will be given eternal life. We should believe in Jesus as our savior so that we can be free from our sins, Jesus died for us on the cross and we should trust in Him as our savior. We should repent of our sins and believe in Jesus and we will be freed from our sins. Jesus took our sins and God’s wrath on Him and He died for our sins on the cross, we should trust in Jesus as our savior.

We should also be like Mary, we should give Jesus everything we have. That perfume was a lot of money and she could probably have sold it for her own benefit but she wanted to glorify Christ and so she poured it at His feet. We should do the same. We should glorify Jesus. We should give God glory, we should give Him all of our praise. We should also share the Gospel with unbelievers, if we give them the Gospel then they can accept Jesus as there savior and live.

Thank You Jesus for loving us enough to die for our sins. Thank You Jesus for atoning for our sins on the cross. Thank You Jesus for taking our sins and God’s wrath on You and then dying on a cross for us. Thank You Jesus for loving us enough to take all of our sins on You and to die for us. Thank You Jesus for rising again on the third day and then ascending into heaven to mediate on our behalf and to prepare a place for us. Thank You Jesus for all You have done for us.

Are you trusting in Jesus?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

Knowing His Voice

Hi, God’s word for me today is in John 10:27-30 which says,

27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me,is greater than all[a]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.””

In this passage Jesus is talking to the Pharisees and they had wanted to stone Him because they thought He was a mere human, but Jesus is God-man. Jesus then told them that they were not His sheep, his sheep listened to His voice. Jesus said that His sheep followed Him and that He gave them eternal life, they would never perish and no one would snatch them out of His hand. Jesus said that no one would snatch them out of His hand or out of His Father’s hand. Jesus said that He and the Father were one. Jesus was saying that His sheep knew His voice and that they followed Him. Jesus gave His sheep eternal life and they would never perish because they were in His hand and in His Father’s hand.

Who are Jesus’ sheep? We are if we trust in Jesus! We were sinners that had all of God’s wrath on us but then Jesus came down from heaven and took our sins and God’s wrath on Him and then He died in our place at the cross! Jesus took our place when He died for us. If we trust in Jesus then we will have eternal life, we will become Jesus’ sheep! Jesus died for us on the cross, He loved us enough to die for our sins. He was our atoning sacrifice, He died in our place at the cross!

We should trust in Jesus, if we believe in Jesus and repent of our sins then we will become the sheep of God! We will become the children of God, we will have eternal life and we will never perish. But why did Jesus die for our sins on a cross? Why would God come down from heaven and die for our sins?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV John 3:16)

Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins, we should trust in Him as our savior, we should believe in Him and have eternal life. If we trust in Him then we will not perish, we will be in Jesus’ and in the Father’s hands. That is one tight grip!

We should trust in Jesus and we should follow Jesus. We should listen to Jesus’ voice and we should follow what He is telling us to do. We should follow Jesus’ voice, we should obey God. We can’t be perfect, all humans have flesh but Christians should not have habitual sins. Jesus is in us and is making us more like Him. We should trust in Jesus.

Thank You Jesus for loving us enough to die in our place at the cross. Thank You Jesus for taking our sins and God’s wrath off of us and then dying for us on the cross. Thank You Jesus for making us apart of Your flock. Thank You Jesus for loving us enough to atone for our sins. Thank You Jesus for rising again on the third day and then ascending into heaven to prepare a place for us and to mediate on our behalf. Thank You Jesus for all that you have done for us.

Are you trusting in Jesus?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

Making the Blind See

Hi, God’s word for me today is in John 9:39-41 which says,

“For judgment I have come into the world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, you guilt remains.”

In this passage Jesus had heard that the man who had been healed was thrown out of the synagogue and He came to the man, Jesus asked the man if he believed in the Son of Man. The man who once was blind said that he did not know who the Son of Man was, and then he asked Jesus who the Son of Man was so that he could become a believer. Jesus told Him that He (Jesus) was the Son of Man. Then the man who once was blind believed and worshiped. Then we come to verse 39-41 where Jesus says why He had come into the world and the Pharisees overhear Him.

But what does Jesus mean when He says that He had come into the world for judgment? What does Jesus mean when He says that He had come into the world to make the blind see and to make those who see blind? Well what Jesus means is that we were all blind in sins, we were going to die because we were sinners and we had God’s wrath on us. But Jesus came down from heaven and He died for our sins so that we could live! Jesus loved us enough to die for us on the cross. What did Jesus mean when He said that the Pharisees said they could see and were guilty because of that? The Pharisees claimed that they were perfect; they said that they kept all the rules but in truth no one could obey the law. But the Pharisees, who were blind just like everyone else (meaning they had sin) said that they could see (said that they were perfect).

That was why Jesus came down from heaven and died for our sins. Jesus died for us because He loved us, He died for us and He atoned perfectly for our sins. We just have to repent of our sins and accept Jesus as our savior, Jesus sets us free from our sins we just have to repent of our sins and believe in Him. We should trust in Jesus, we should believe in Him and live. We should trust in Jesus and be set free from our sins. We should trust in Jesus as our savior. We should believe in Him and be set free from our sins, some people think that we are free to sin if we trust in Jesus but that is not true, we are set free from our sins. We should trust in Jesus and live, we should believe in Him and be set free from sin.

We should also be like the man who once was blind. We should ask worship Jesus! We should worship Jesus, He made us and He died for us (God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus are all three in one). We should praise God for having mercy on us sinners. We should also share the Gospel with unbelievers. We should give unbelievers the Gospel so that they came live, so that they can be set free from their sins. We should worship God and share the Gospel with unbelievers and with believers (so that we can encourage them).

Thank You Jesus for coming down from heaven to die for our sins. Thank You Jesus for dying on the cross with our sins and God’s wrath on You. Thank You Jesus for coming down from heaven to be our atoning sacrifice. Thank You Jesus for rising again on the third day and then ascending into heaven to prepare a place for us and to mediate on our behalf. Thank You Jesus for loving us enough to die for our sins on a cross. Thank You Jesus for all that You have done for us.

Do you trust in Jesus?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

You Will Die In Your Sin

Hi, God’s word for me today is in John 8:23-24 which says,

23 But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”

Jesus is talking to the Pharisees, here, and He is telling them that they would die in their sins. Jesus told them that if they didn’t believe in Him, they would die in their sins. Jesus said that He was from above and that they were from below, that He was not of this world but that they were. They were sinners and they were going to die in their sins.

So were we! We were going to die in our sins just like the Pharisees were. But if we trust in Jesus then we will not die in our sins, but why? Well we were sinners and we were going to die in our sins but Jesus came down from heaven and took our sins on Him then He died on the cross for us. If we trust in Jesus then we will live. That is why Jesus told the Pharisees that they should believe in Him and live. All humans are born with sin and we can’t get out of it ourselves but if we trust in Jesus then we will live.

We should trust in Jesus and live. If we trust in Jesus and repent of our sins then we will live, we will have eternal life, we will be covered by Jesus. Jesus’ blood is covering us, we are pure and holy in God’s sight because Jesus died for us. Jesus exchanged His perfection for our sins. Jesus came down from heaven and died for us, Jesus was (and is) from above, He is not from this earth and He still died for us. But on the third day Jesus rose from the grave and then ascended into heaven to prepare a place for us and to mediate on our behalf. Jesus died for us and we should trust in Him, we should believe in Him and accept Him as our savior. We should repent of our sins and accept Jesus as our savior so that we can live, so that we can become children of God.

We should trust in Jesus so that we will not die in our sins. We should not be like the Pharisees, we should believe in Jesus and not try to work our way into heaven. If we try to work our way into heaven, it won’t work but we should trust in Jesus. We should believe in Jesus and we should help others to believe in Jesus. We should share the Gospel with them so that they can live. We should give the Gospel to unbelievers so that they can live, we should share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus with them.

Thank You Jesus for dying on the cross for us. Thank You Jesus for taking our sins on You and dying for us on the cross so that we could live. Thank You Jesus for dying with our sins on You so that we wouldn’t die in our sins. Thank You Jesus for rising on the third day and then ascending into heaven to prepare a place for us and to mediate on our behalf. Thank You Jesus for giving us Your perfection in exchange for our sins. Thank You Jesus for all that You have done for us.

Are you trusting in Jesus?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.