A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
What is the Church? The Greek word ekklesia which is translated “church” means “the called out” and originally signified a group of people assembled for a civil purpose (Acts 19:32 where the word is rendered “assembly”). This word was used in the New Testament to denote the body of the faithful in Christ. Note: The Church is not the building but it is the Believers who make up the Body of Christ. The Church is not perfect, meaning, that we the Believers are not perfect. We can find many faults in the Church because the enemy goes to Church too, seeking to devour any and all who believe (1Peter 5:8). Note: If the Church was perfect before, it’s not perfect now because I am a member and I am not perfect. So please, let us pray for one another (1Thessalonians 5:17) and forgive one another (Colossians 3:13) and God, who sees us through the shed blood of His Son Jesus The Christ will be pleased with us and will bless us, His Church.
cont’d from previous blog, “Jesus Before Pilate”, Matthew 27:21)The governor answered and said unto them, Whither of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. 22) Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called the Christ? They all say unto him, Let Him be crucified. 23) And the governor said, Why? what evil hath He done? But they cried out the more, saying Let Him be crucified. 24) When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Deuteronomy 21:6. 25) Then answered all the people, and said, His Blood be on us, and on our children. Numbers 35:33. 26) Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. Quest Study Bible – vv24-25 Pilate was guilty of cowardice and the unjust use of his authority. Caiaphas, who should have understood how Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Messiah, bore the greater guilt. Though he knew about Jesus’ Miracles and ministry, his hatred and envy caused him to condemn Jesus (John 11:49-50). v25 The Jews’ curse upon themselves has been awfully answered in the sufferings of their nation. Is not Barabbas preferred to Jesus, when sinners reject salvation that they may retain their sins, which rob God of His Glory (praise, honor, splendor) and murder their souls. The Blood of Christ is now upon us for our good, through mercy, by the Jews’ rejection of it. O let us flee to it for refuge! Matthew Henry CC. “Jesus Sentenced To Be Crucified”, John 19:1) Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him. (Scourge, an instrument used for severe punishment. The number of strikes 39. The Romans used a scourge of thongs made more painful because of the use of metal pieces or bones, to rip the flesh. Jesus was whipped before being formally judged.) * 2) And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on His Head, and they put on Him a purple robe. (The crown of thorns was in mockery of a kingly crown and the thorns pierced Him. Placing a purple robe on Jesus made Him a caricature of a royal conqueror.) *3) And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote Him with their hands. (Hail, King of the Jews, said to mock Him.) * 4) Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring Him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in Him. 2Corinthians 5:21. (Pilate may have been showing compassion). * 5) Then came Jesus forth wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the Man! * 6) When the chief priests therefore and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, Crucify Him, crucify Him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye Him and crucify Him: for I find no fault in Him. Acts 3:13. I find no fault in Him: This was the third time that Pilate declared he could find no legal grounds for capital punishment. 18:38; 19:4.
More to come and God Bless You.