Jesus our Saviour and Friend
By Victor Hall | 30th July 2015
Two thieves were crucified with Jesus, one on His right hand and the other on His left. Mar 15:27. Luk 23:39-43. Joh 19:18. The trauma caused by their fear and suffering agitated their minds as they began the painful process of dying by Roman execution. Their anguish, joined with their struggle to survive, caused them to grasp for anything that could alleviate their suffering and rescue them from death.
They had walked with Jesus from the court of Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. They had heard the accusation made against Jesus at Pilate’s judgement seat. The chief priests, with the elders and scribes of the national council of the Jews, had accused Jesus before Pilate of committing the crime of blasphemy. They said, ‘We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God.’ Joh 19:7. The Jewish council had rejected Jesus as their Messiah and King. Pilate wanted to release Jesus, but the Jews told Pilate that if he released Jesus he was not a friend of Caesar.
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Enter Through the Door
By David Baker | 6th August 2015
Jesus spoke to the Pharisees, saying, ‘I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out’. Joh 10:9. It is only by the door that we are to go in and out. However, there are those who try to enter another way. The Good Shepherd warned, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber’. Joh 10:1.
Jesus used the illustration of a sheepfold, but we might also consider the door of Moses tabernacle. In the Old Testament, the altar or the place of offering was at the door of the tabernacle. The Lord promised, ‘I will meet with you, to speak to you there’. Exo 29:42. Like the Israelites of old, we must also come to the door of the ‘true tabernacle’ with our morning and evening sacrifice. Heb 8:2. As we give ourselves wholly and continually to the Lord, we are able to hear Him speak. However, it is important to note that the doorway is narrow.
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