Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Greatest Injustice

Hello friends!  We are reading through the Biblical account of the final days of Jesus life.

Mon 3/30: Luke 22:39-62

Tues 3/31: Luke 22:63-71

Wed 4/1: Luke 23:11-25

Thur 4/2: Mark 15:1-14

Fri 4/3: John 19:1-37

Sat 4/4: John 19:38-42

Sun 4/5: John 20, Acts 1:9

Today’s reading is Luke 23:11-25.  As I read through this passage of Scripture, the one word that came to my mind is “injustice”.

The definition of injustice is – 1) absence of justice : violation of right or of the rights of another : unfairness 2) an unjust act : wrong.

Time and time again we see the absence of justice as both Pilate and Herod proclaim Christ’s innocence:

I have not found any offence (crime or guilt) in this Man in regard to your accusations against Him” vs 14

No, nor indeed did Herod, for he sent Him back to us; behold, He has done nothing deserving of death” vs 15

I have found [no offence or crime or guilt] in Him nothing deserving of death; I will therefore chastise Him [in order to teach Him better] and release Him” vs 22

Yet, despite what the officials said, the people demanded Jesus be crucified and both Herod and Pilate caved in to those demands.

I live with someone who has a heightened sense of justice. It is very difficult for this family member to observe injustice taking place without doing something about it. Can you relate? Can you imagine being one of Jesus’ followers and witnessing this injustice taking place right before your very eyes? What would you be thinking? What would you do? What could you do? You would be powerless to do anything but helplessly watch from the crowd as the man You had come to trust, believe in and rely upon was being sentenced to pay the price for a crime He didn’t commit.

There was nothing just or right or fair about Jesus’ trial. Since God is Just, can you imagine how He must have felt as He watched the scene play out before His eyes, knowing He had the power to step in and save His Son from this great injustice? God knew that even though it went against His basic character, this time acting justly was not the right thing for Him to do. That is hard for me to wrap my mind around!

God subjected Jesus to the greatest injustice, so that justice would rule and reign from that point on . . . forevermore.

Have you been treated unfairly recently? Are you still waiting for justice to prevail from something wrong that happened years ago? Have you, or your rights, been violated in one way or another? You’re in good company. As you think about what Jesus went through, may you be encouraged that, one day, justice will indeed prevail!

The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. Psalm 103:6, NLT

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Holy Week, 2015

Hello friends! This is a most special time of the year, for us as believers, as we remember and reflect upon Jesus and His sacrifice. This week, I will be reading portions of Scripture leading up to the death and resurrection of Christ and I invite you to join me. See the reading plan below:

Mon 3/30: Luke 22:39-62

Tues 3/31: Luke 22:63-71

Wed 4/1: Luke 23:11-25

Thur 4/2: Mark 15:1-14

Fri 4/3: John 19:1-37

Sat 4/4: John 19:38-42

Sun 4/5: John 20, Acts 1:9

I will also be blogging some of my thoughts about the verses throughout the week as well.

Let’s start with today’s reading: Luke 22:39-62 . . .

Jesus was equally both God and man. In this portion of Scripture, we get a glimpse of His omniscience as He knows what is about to take place in His life, yet, we also see His human frailty as He sweats drops of blood and begs His Father to “remove this cup from me.” (vs. 42)

Of course we know that, because of His great love for you and me, God was not going to let Jesus get out of the brutal death and excruciating pain of having God the Father turn away from Him as He took upon the sin of every human being both past, present and yet unborn. That’s a lot of sin. Our only response can be, “Thank You, God, for loving us so much that You subjected Your Only Son to such torture”.

I believe that Jesus’ prayer in verse 42, sets a precedence for open and honest communication with God. Jesus shows us that it’s acceptable to ask God to remove something difficult from your life as long as you are surrendered to His ultimate will and purpose for your life. We all face things in life we wish would just go away: heartache, illness, broken relationships, financial struggles, etc . . . Just like Jesus, we can ask God to “remove this cup from me”, as long as we follow that request with, “yet not my will, but Yours be done”.

Since it was not God’s will to “remove this cup”, let’s not miss the significance of the very next verse, “And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him in spirit.” (vs. 43) If God doesn’t remove the difficulty in your life, you better believe He will send you all the help and strength you need to do what He’s called you to do, just like He did for Jesus.

Therefore, our response can be just like Jesus’ in verse 44, “He prayed all the more earnestly and intently”. If you find yourself in agony over current life circumstances, press into the Lord like never before. He has all you need to get you through! Just like He did with Jesus, He is doing something amazing in your life and it will turn out for your eventual good and His eternal glory!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Photo Credit

photo credit

One of the things I have enjoyed about having teenagers is interacting with them via social media. It is fun to see them tagged in photos and the comments they make on friends timelines, etc. . . No, I am not a stalker, just a well-informed Mama (*smile*).

Plus, you learn a few things by stalking following your kids on social media. Several months ago, I noticed the initials PC: with someone’s name following it. I asked my daughter what it meant and she replied, “Duh, Mom, that means ‘photo credit’. It’s the person who took the picture.” Although, I’m not totally sure she said “Duh”, I AM SURE the “Duh” was implied.

Recently, I was looking at a picture in which my daughter was tagged. In the comments below the picture, the person who had taken the picture commented, “PC: @soandso”. It seemed apparent that this person was somewhat offended that credit wasn’t given for the great picture that was taken.

TBH, (to be honest – another thing I have learned from stalking following my kids on social media) I thought it was a little presumptuous to insist on taking photo credit for simply taking a snapshot of the photogenic group captured in the picture. Almost as instantly as I had that thought, I sensed the Holy Spirit asking me, “Kate, how many times do YOU insist on taking ‘photo credit’ for things I have done?”

  • Like the good ideas I give you, or
  • The work I do through you, or
  • The love that I put in your heart for others, or
  • The thoughts I give you to illustrate a Biblical concept, making it easier to understand, or
  • The list could go on and on . . . .

Ouch! That stung! Yet, I knew the Spirit was right. I struggle with wanting credit for simply being the instrument God has used. How about you? When I insist on “photo credit”, I take the focus off of where it should be, Jesus, and put it on myself – someone He used to simply capture a snapshot of how He has been working. I am wise to remember that I can no more take credit for the beautiful picture of how God is working, than that young person can take credit for the beautiful picture of my daughter and her friends. I just happen to be the one standing around who said, “Yes” to taking a picture.

Help me remember, Lord, that even though You use me, You are the One doing the work. May I be willing to refrain from taking credit for anything You do. You can do amazing things in and through those who don’t care who gets the credit. May I be just such a person! In Jesus’ Name and for His Sake, Amen

Your Friend in Ministry,

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