THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 5-28-2017

LESSON TITLE: “JESUS’ DEATH AND BURIAL”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. WHAT A HONOR IT IS TO HAVE YOU WITH US TODAY AS WE GIVE THIS TIME TO THE ALMIGHTY CREATOR. I HOPE YOU ARE ALL READY TO DO YOUR PART THIS MORNING, AS WE GROW TOGETHER IN THE THINGS OF GOD. IT IS OUR DESIRE TO ALWAYS STAND ON HIS WORD AND TO DO THINGS HIS WAY, SO THAT WE MAY BE PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT. NOW, LET’S BEGIN OUR PRAISE THIS MORNING, BY APPROACHING HIS THRONE IN PRAYER, BOW WITH ME PLEASE!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE, THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO BE YOUR SERVANTS. AND FATHER, HELP US TODAY AND EVERY DAY TO BE LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD AND TO ILLUMINATE THAT OTHERS MIGHT KNOW YOU THROUGH US AND ULTIMATELY THEY MIGHT BE SAVED AND HAVE THE SAME PROMISES. FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR JESUS, FOR WE KNOW ONLY THROUGH CHRIST DO WE HAVE THE GREAT PRIVILEGE TO BE BLESSED NOW AND ETERNALLY. AND FATHER, HELP US THEREFORE TO LOOK TO CHRIST, TO FIND THE STRENGTH THAT WE NEED TO DO WHAT YOU HAVE ASKED OF US THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND FAITHFUL IN THE END. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

THE WONDROUS PROMISES OF GOD ARE CERTAINLY A GREAT MOTIVATOR FOR US TODAY. AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, I HOPE WE WILL BE CHALLENGED BY THE PROMISES OF GOD TO SERVE OUR CREATOR AND TO GIVE HIM OUR VERY BEST. OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING FOCUSES OUR MINDS ON THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF GOD! SO WONT YOU JOIN IN WITH THE BRETHREN AS WE BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE TO GOD. AND PLEASE PARTICIPATE WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING TOGETHER, “STANDING ON THE PROMISES!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN WITH A QUESTION THIS MORNING, “WHICH WAY ARE YOU HEADED IN YOUR CHRISTIAN LIFE?” YOU MIGHT WONDER, WELL WHAT DO YOU MEAN, EXACTLY? WELL, I AM ASKING ARE YOU HEADED FORWARD OR BACKWARD?

YOU SEE, WE HAVE MANY EXAMPLES IN THE BIBLE THAT TEACH US THAT WE MUST BE MOVING FORWARD IN OUR CHRISTIAN LIVES. BY MOVING FORWARD WE MEAN THAT WE ARE GROWING AND IMPROVING DAILY IN THE THINGS WE DO AND SAY, AS FAITHFUL CHILDREN OF GOD. NOW IF WE ARE NOT MOVING FORWARD, THEN THERE IS ONLY ONE OTHER OPTION: WE MUST BE MOVING BACKWARDS.

THE BIBLE SAID THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! IN FACT, LOT’S WIFE LEARN THIS THE HARD WAY WHEN SHE LOOKED BACK AND TURNED INTO A PILLAR OF SALT. REMEMBER WHAT JESUS SAID IN LUKE 9:62, “NO ONE, HAVING PUT HIS HAND TO THE PLOW, AND LOOKING BACK, IS FIT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD.” WHEN WE OBEY GOD’S WILL AND BEGIN LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, THERE IS ONLY ONE ACCEPTABLE WAY TO GO, AGAIN THAT IS FORWARD.

ANOTHER SCRIPTURE THAT HELPS US TO SEE THIS SAME POINT IS PHILIPPIANS 3:14. THERE PAUL SAID, “I PRESS TOWARD THE GOAL FOR THE PRIZE OF THE UPWARD CALL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.” PAUL SAID WE MUST BE LOOKING AND HEADING FORWARD IF WE ARE TO BE PROPER IN THE EYES OF GOD.

WELL, YOU MIGHT SAY, WHAT ABOUT THOSE THAT AREN’T REALLY MOVING FORWARD, BUT MAYBE THEY AREN’T REALLY GOING BACKWARDS EITHER? WELL, I KNOW JUST WHO YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT AND THE BIBLE ADDRESSES THEM ALSO. AGAIN, WE MUST REMEMBER THAT THERE IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE STATE BEFORE GOD, THAT SAYS WE CAN STOP GROWING OR GOING FORWARD IN OUR CHRISTIANS LIVES. ALSO, THERE IS NOTHING IN THE BIBLE THAT SAYS WE CAN JUST BE SATISFIED WHERE WE ARE AND DO NOTHING ELSE. ISN’T THAT WHAT PAUL REALIZED WHEN HE SAID, “BRETHREN, I DO NOT COUNT MYSELF TO HAVE APPREHENDED; BUT ONE THING I DO, FORGETTING THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND AND REACHING FORWARD TO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE AHEAD,” VERSE 13, OF THE SAME PASSAGE!

ANOTHER GROUP WHICH REALIZED THIS THE HARD WAY WAS THE LAODICEANS IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION. IN CHAPTER 3, VERSES 15 & 16, WE READ, “I KNOW YOUR WORKS, THAT YOU ARE NEITHER COLD NOR HOT. I COULD WISH YOU WERE COLD OR HOT. SO THEN, BECAUSE YOU ARE LUKEWARM, AND NEITHER COLD NOR HOT, I WILL VOMIT YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH.”

IT IS OUR DUTY AS FAITHFUL SOLDIERS OF THE CROSS TO ALWAYS MOVE FORWARD IN OUR DAILY CHRISTIAN WALK. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY THAT GOD KNOWS THAT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT DOING HIS WILL AND BECOMING ALL THAT HE WANTS US TO BE IN OUR SERVICE TO HIM.

THIS MORNING I WILL BE LEADING OUR DISCUSSION IN OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “HE PREACHED TO THEM JESUS.” OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC THIS MORNING WILL DEAL WITH, “JESUS’ DEATH AND BURIAL.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY OF THE MORNING. NOW LET’S RETURN TO OUR SONGS OF PRAISE. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'VE CONTINUED WITH US NOW AS WE GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER GREAT PERIOD IN THE LIFE OF JESUS AS WE'VE BEEN LOOKING NOW FOR SEVERAL WEEKS THE FACT THAT JESUS WAS PREACHED UNTO SALVATION. AND OUR FOCUS TODAY, AFTER HAVING LOOKED AT THE PRIMARY PERIOD OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST OF WHEN HE WAS REALLY BORN, A YOUNG MAN, AND THEN ALSO THE LATTER PART OF HIS LIFE AND THE WORK THAT HE DID IN HIS MINISTRY. AND WE FINALLY, TODAY, GET TO THE IDEA OF HIS FINAL DAYS ON THE EARTH. AND AS REALLY WE MOVE INTO THE PARALLEL GOSPELS, WE FIND THAT EACH ACCOUNT ACTUALLY DEALS SOMEWHAT WITH THOSE FINAL DAYS OF JESUS' LIFE. MANY OF THEM ARE, OF COURSE, IN COMPLETE UNISON IN THE WAY THAT THEY TELL THE STORY BUT IT'S BENEFICIAL BECAUSE SOME OF THEM WILL GIVE US AN ADDITIONAL DETAIL ABOUT SOMETHING THAT MIGHT HAVE TAKEN PLACE DURING THOSE FINAL DAYS, FINAL HOURS, AND FINAL MOMENTS OF THE LIFE OF JESUS.

WITH THAT IN MIND THEN WE BEGIN AROUND MATTHEW CHAPTER 26 WHERE WE SEE THAT THE JEWS HAD PLOTTED AGAINST CHRIST. THEY WANTED HIM DEAD. THEY DID NOT BELIEVE HIM TO BE THE SON OF GOD, ALTHOUGH THEY BELIEVED, IT SEEMS, THAT HE MUST'VE BEEN FROM GOD AND PERHAPS EVEN WAS A PROPHET, BUT THEY WERE AGAINST AND BECAUSE OF WHAT HE WAS BRINGING AGAINST JUDAISM AS HE BROUGHT IN AND USHERED IN THE KINGDOM THAT WAS TO COME, AS WELL AS THE GREAT OPPORTUNITY OF REPENTANCE UNDER SALVATION. AND NOW THE JEWS HAD WAITED FOR SO LONG FOR THESE TRUTHS BUT IN THE FACT THAT JESUS DID NOT ESTABLISH AN EARTHLY KINGDOM, THEY REJECTED HIM AS THE MESSIAH, AS THE CHRIST, DESPITE THE FACT HE CAME WITH THE FULL POWER OF GOD AS GOD. AND EVEN THOSE WHO WITNESSED IT BELIEVED HIM TO BE THE CHRIST.

BUT AS WE CONTINUE THERE IN CHAPTER 26, WHAT WE BEGIN TO SEE ARE SOME OF THOSE EVENTS IN THE LAST DAYS AND PERIODS OF HIS LIFE. WE SEE THAT HE MET WITH HIS DISCIPLES FOR THE PASSOVER FEAST AND THERE IN THE PASSOVER FEAST WE FIND THAT THE GREAT BETRAYER IS MENTIONED, JUDAS, HAVING ALREADY BEEN CHALLENGED TO BETRAY THE CHRIST FOR A SUM OF MONEY, WE ALSO SEE THE WARNING ABOUT THE DENIAL OF PETER AND HOW THAT PETER WAS TOLD THAT HE WOULD DENY HIS SAVIOR DESPITE THE FACT THAT PETER SAID IT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN AND THAT HE WOULD DIE BEFORE HE DENIED HIS SAVIOR. WE LATER SEE AFTER THE GREAT FEAST AND THERE THE OBSERVANCE OF WHAT WE CALL THE LORD'S SUPPER HAVING BEEN INSTITUTED, THAT HE TAKES SOME OF HIS DISCIPLES TO THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE AND IT IS THERE AND AGAIN IN MATTHEW 26 THAT AS HE IS IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE THAT HE EVENTUALLY, AFTER HAVING PRAYED TO HIS FATHER, HE IS BETRAYED BY JUDAS COMING WITH, NOT ONLY JEWS, BUT ALSO WITH SOME OFFICERS OR SOLDIERS AND THEY ARREST HIM AROUND MATTHEW 26 AND VERSE 47. IT IS ALSO THERE THAT EVEN PETER DRAWS THE SWORD AND AS ONE ACCOUNT INDICATES, AFTER HAVING CUT OFF THE EAR OF ONE OF THE SERVANTS, IT IS JESUS HIMSELF THAT DOES A MIRACLE: PERFORMS THE MIRACLE OF RETURNING THE EAR TO THE HEAD OF THE SERVANT.

AS WE MOVE ON FROM THAT PERIOD, THEN WE BEGIN TO FIND SOME OF THOSE IMPORTANT MOMENTS, LIKE WHEN JESUS COMES BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN COUNCIL. HOW THEY ACCUSE HIM, HOW THEY MOCK HIM REALLY IN WAYS, HOW THEY REJECT HIM, AND IT IS WITHIN THAT PERIOD, AS PETER IS BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN COUNCIL, THAT PETER IS THERE IN THE COURTYARD. AND EVENTUALLY AS IS SAID DENIES CHRIST THREE TIMES. NOT ONLY DECLARING THAT HE DOES NOT KNOW THE MAN BUT EVENTUALLY EVEN SWEARING IN THE FACT THAT HE DOES NOT KNOW JESUS AND IS NOT HIS FOLLOWER. AFTER THAT, WE REMEMBER THERE AS PROPHECY INDICATED FROM JESUS' LIPS ITSELF IN VERSE 75 THAT THE ROOSTER CROWED AND PETER WAS REMINDED THAT THE BETRAYAL WAS COMPLETE AFTER THE SANHEDRIN COUNCIL BASICALLY CONVICTED HIM OF THE CRIME. THEY FINALLY TAKE HIM BEFORE PILATE IN CHAPTER 27 AND IT IS THERE BEFORE PILATE THAT THEY SEEK SOMEHOW THE ACCEPTANCE OR THE SANCTION THAT THEY MIGHT BE ABLE, ACCORDING TO THEIR LAW, TO KILL JESUS. IT IS WITHIN THAT DISCUSSION THAT PILATE SPEAKS WITH JESUS. THAT HE TRIES IN MANY WAYS TO EVEN OVERCOME THE PROBLEM HOPING THAT HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO SPARE THIS MAN IN WHOM HE FEELS THERE IS NO PURPOSE OR REASON THAT HE IS DESERVING OF DEATH. BUT IT IS ALSO THAT SAME PILATE WHO EVEN AT A FEAST THERE IN HIS HONOR IN VERSE 15 OF CHAPTER 27 CHALLENGES THAT THEY RELEASE JESUS FOR THE SAKE OF THE FEAST. IN TURN WHICH THE JEWS ACTUALLY PREFER A CRIMINAL NAMED BARABBAS AND THEY ASKED THAT HE BE RELEASED RATHER THAN JESUS. AND AFTER THAT WHAT IS IT THAT THE JEWS REQUEST TIME AND AGAIN OF PILATE? THAT HE BE CRUCIFIED, VERSE 22. AND AFTER THEY CONTINUE TO PERSIST, AFTER PILATE TRIES TO PUT THEM AT EASE, THEY WILL NOT HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY. AND IT IS AS WELL THERE IN THE SAME TEXT AT VERSE 26, AGAIN MATTHEW 27, THAT PILATE RELEASES BARABBAS. HE HAS JESUS SCOURGED, OR BEATEN, AND THEN HE DELIVERS HIM UP TO BE CRUCIFIED ACCORDING TO THE DESIRE OF THE JEWS.

NOW, IT IS WITHIN THAT MOMENT THAT WE BEGIN TO REALLY SEE SOME OF THE DEPTHS OF DESPAIR IN THE HUMANITY OF CHRIST. IN THE FACT THAT HE IS BEATEN SEVERELY, IN FACT HE'S NOT ONLY WHIPPED, BUT HE IS SCOURGED. THE CONCEPT OF SCOURGING UNDER THE OLD LAW WAS NOT JUST A WHIP BUT A WHIP WITH SOME SORT OF ROCK OR BONE IN THE END THAT WOULD LITERALLY DIG INTO THE FLESH WHEN THE PERSON WAS BEATEN BY THE SOLDIER. IT WAS THIS EVENT, THAT HAD NOT ONLY TAKEN PLACE ONCE WITH JESUS BUT MULTIPLE TIMES. AND THERE WAS THOSE SAME SOLDIERS THAT MOCKED HIM AND RIDICULED HIM AND PLACED A ROBE UPON HIM AND EVEN A CROWN OF THORNS, PROCLAIMING HIM TO BE THE KING OF THE JEWS. GIVING A REED IN HIS HAND AND DECLARING HIM TO BE SOMETHING THAT THEY DID NOT BELIEVE HIM TO BE. BUT THEY MOCKED HIM EVEN GAVE HIM SOUR WINE TAKING HIM EVENTUALLY TO WHAT WE CALL CALVARY, OR GOLGOTHA, THE NAME OF THE HILL. THE PLACE OF THE SKULL, THE PLACE OF DEATH. WHERE WE ALSO FIND THE SOLDIERS TAKING JESUS, CAST LOTS FOR THOSE CLOTHES THAT HE HAD, AN EVEN EVENTUALLY NAILING HIM TO THE CROSS. AFTER NAILING HIM TO THE CROSS, ALL THE WOUNDS, ALL THE BLOOD, THE CROWN OF THORNS, THE SOUR VINEGAR THAT THEY GAVE HIM, ON AND ON AND ON THE PERSECUTION CONTINUED. AND NOW AS THE BLOOD FLOWED FROM HIS FEET AND HIS HANDS AND HIS BODY AND HIS HEAD, HE THERE ON THE CROSS HAD A PLACARD, OR AN INSCRIPTION, ABOVE CONCERNING HE WAS ONCE AGAIN IN MOCKERY: THE KING OF THE JEWS. YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS HAPPENING - HAPPENING FOR WHAT PURPOSE? YOUR SINS AND MY SINS.

WELL, IT IS THERE THEN FOR A FEW MOMENTS WE WANT TO THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT JESUS WAS ON THE CROSS, DID HE SUFFER ON THE CROSS? CERTAINLY HE DID. ACCORDING TO HISTORIANS CRUCIFIXION WAS PERHAPS THE CRUELEST OF ROMAN DEATHS. AND THE REASON THAT THEY WOULD PLACE THE NAILS IN THE HANDS AS WELL AS THE FEET WAS TWO-FOLD. NOT ONLY FOR CERTAINLY THE PAIN THAT IT INFLICTED BUT IT GAVE THE INDIVIDUAL THE ABILITY AFTER HAVING DEALT SOMEWHAT WITH THE PAIN TO PULL UPON THE NAILS THAT WERE IN THE HANDS OR WERE IN THE WRISTS. AND TO PUSH UP WITH THE FEET THAT ALSO HAD NAILS IN THEM, THAT THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO AT LEAST MOMENTARILY, GASP FOR AIR. BECAUSE AS YOU HUNG THERE, IT PREVENTED YOU FROM BEING ABLE TO BREATHE BECAUSE THE INDIVIDUAL WAS WRITHING IN PAIN. YOU SEE, THIS WAS A CRUEL SITUATION. AND FOR HOURS HE HUNG THERE. FOR HOURS HE SUFFERED, AND FOR A PERIOD OF TIME HE CRIED OUT KNOWING THAT HE WAS FULFILLING THE PURPOSE OF GOD OVERALL TO SHED HIS BLOOD THAT HE MIGHT OFFER FORGIVENESS OF SINS TO ALL OF MANKIND AND THAT THE BLOOD THAT HE SHED MIGHT BE USED, ACTS 20 AND VERSE 28, TO PURCHASE THE VERY CHURCH OR KINGDOM THAT HE HAD SPOKEN ABOUT AS WELL WHICH HAD BEEN PROPHESIED ABOUT.

IT IS THERE IN VERSE 50 OF MATTHEW 27 THAT JESUS CRIED OUT WITH A LOUD VOICE AND HE YIELDED UP THE SPIRIT AND THEN SOME GREAT MIRACLES TOOK PLACE IN THE TEMPLE, AND EVEN THE DEAD, MANY DEAD, BEGAN TO COME OUT OF THE GRAVE. PEOPLE ALL OVER BEGAN TO REALIZE THIS MUST HAVE BEEN THE SON OF GOD, INCLUSIVE OF EVEN THE SOLDIERS THAT WERE THERE IN VERSE 54. THEY SAID TRULY THIS WAS THE SON OF GOD! WHEN THEY FELT THE EARTHQUAKE, WHEN THEY SAW THE RESULTS THAT TOOK PLACE ACCORDING TO THE PROPHETIC WORD.

WELL, FINALLY THEN AS WE THINK ABOUT THE DEATH BEING COMPLETE AND THE REALITY THAT HE HAD DIED, WE LEARN THERE IN MATTHEW 27 THAT AN INDIVIDUAL CALLED JOSEPH, A MAN OF MEANS, A RICH MAN, CAME AND REQUESTED THE BODY OF JESUS. HE WITH OTHERS THAT WE ARE FAMILIAR WITH PREPARED THAT BODY AND THEY TOOK THE BODY THERE AND BURIED IT IN A TOMB HE HAD PREPARED FOR HIMSELF. AND AS THEY BURIED THE BODY, IT'S ALSO SIGNIFICANT NOW THAT ALL HAD BEEN ACCOMPLISHED IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE LIFE, IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST AND THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD, AND AS WELL NOW OF THE ACTUAL DEATH AND BURIAL OF JESUS CHRIST. AND BECAUSE THE JEWS, THESE JEWS WHO HAD QUESTIONED WHO JESUS WAS SUPPOSEDLY, WHO WERE NOT SURE IF HE WAS REALLY FULFILLING THE WILL OF GOD, ALTHOUGH THEY KNEW EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED TO HIM WAS ACCORDING TO PROPHECY, IT WAS THESE SAME JEWS, VERSE 62, WHO GO TO PILATE AND BEG THAT HE PLACE HIS GUARDS BECAUSE WHAT DID THEY KNOW? THEY KNOW THAT PROPHECY ALSO SAYS THAT ON THE THIRD DAY HE WOULD RAISE OR RISE FROM THE DEAD. AND SO WHAT DOES PILATE DO? HE SEEMINGLY VERY FRUSTRATED GRANTS THEM THE REQUEST, THEY PLACED THE GUARDS THERE AT THE TOMB AS WAS COMMANDED THAT SOMEHOW THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO STOP THE PROPHECIES OF GOD FROM COMING TO FRUITION. IT'S ALSO VERY SAD. BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT AS WELL THE JEWS BRIBED THE GUARDS SO THAT THEY MIGHT NOT TELL ANYTHING LATER THAT HAD HAPPENED AS THEY HAPPENENED WITHIN THE RESURRECTION. AND THE RESURRECTION AND ALL OF THE BEAUTIES OF IT IS WHAT WE WILL FOCUS ON NEXT WEEK.

BUT WHAT WE WANT TO REMIND OURSELVES OF THIS DAY IS THAT WITHIN THE GREAT PERSECUTION AND SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST, THE SCOURGINGS AND THE BEATINGS, THE PLACING OF HIS BODY UPON THE CROSS, THE WRITHING PAIN AND ANGUISH THAT HE WENT THROUGH INCLUSIVE OF AND UP TO THE POINT OF DEATH AND EVEN HIS A BURIAL, WERE ALL A PART OF THE BEAUTIFUL AND PRECIOUS GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. THAT GOSPEL, IN FIRST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15 VERSE ONE THROUGH FOUR, THAT IS AT THE VERY HEART OF REALLY WHAT IS THAT JESUS DID THAT WE MIGHT BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD! BRETHREN, FRIENDS, WE MUST NOT ONLY PREACH JESUS, HIS LIFE, BUT JESUS, HIS SUFFERINGS, AND JESUS OF CALVARY, AND JESUS HIS DEATH AND BURIAL, IF WE ARE TO BELIEVE, OBEY, AND FOLLOW OF WHAT IT IS THAT GOD REQUIRES OF THE FAITHFUL.

NOW, THE QUESTION I WOULD ASK YOU, IS THERE ANY REALLY QUESTION AT ALL THAT JESUS HIMSELF LOVED US, HAVING DONE ALL OF THIS IN RELATIONSHIP TO HIS FINAL DAYS AND MOMENTS ON THIS EARTH? HE DIED FOR YOU AND ME! FOR YOUR SINS AND MY SINS! NOT ONLY SHOULD WE PREACH JESUS BUT MAY WE BELIEVE AND FOLLOW JESUS KNOWING THAT THE FAITHFUL WILL RECEIVE THE GREAT REWARD IN THE END.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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