Following The Script


Then they began to spit in Jesus’ face and beat Him with their fists. And some slapped Him jeering, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who hit you that time?”

~Matthew 26:67-68, NLT


The passion of Christ is the greatest and most stupendous work of Divine love that the world has ever seen.

~Paul of the cross

Every thing Jesus did was on purpose; He was following a prophetic script detail by detail. Nothing was random or coincidental. When He rode into Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday, it was actually the day the Jewish family chose a lamb for Passover. They would take the lamb into the house and for the next four days, the lamb would live inside with the family. Jesus, fulfilling Passover, entered the house on the 10th of Nissan and was offered as a sacrifice on the the 14th {Thursday} and He was raised from the dead on the Feast of First Fruits {Sunday}. If this does not amaze you consider this: The Priest would literally lay their hands on the sacrifice before it was offered. This ceremony was called Semikhah. As the priest laid his hands on the head of the sacrifice, he was symbolically transferring his sins and the sins of the people onto the sacrifice. You are probably wondering what that has to do with today scripture.

When I read through the Passion narrative, it moves me and I always get deeply disturbed about the way Jesus was treated and I have even prayed: “Father, I know He had to die for our sins, I get that but why all this none sensical abuse. Did they have to slap Him in the face; was that necessary?”  Who was it that did the laying on of hands before the sacrifice? The Priest! Who is participating in Jesus crucifixion and hitting Him on the head? The Priest! They were fulfilling scripture and not even aware of what they were doing. Think about this: they were literally laying their sins on Jesus. Why did they spit in His face and hit Him with their fist? Because of their envy and hate. It was envy and disrespect that spit in His face. It was anger and hate that hit Him with the fist.

Let me share another thought: they were fulfilling prophecy and didn’t know it. Do you think it is possible for God to fulfill scripture without us knowing it? Doug sings a song that expresses some of my wonder and awe…

I don’t know why Jesus loved me
I don’t know why He cared
I don’t know why He sacrificed His life
Oh, but I’m glad, so glad He did
He left His mighty throne in glory
To bring to us redemption’s story
Then He died but He rose again
Oh, but I’m glad, so glad He did


The kids are off to camp and that includes 40 plus from the POINT and four of our Grandchildren. I would hate to know that I had to go to the beach in this weather. You do realize that the first half of 22 is almost history. Sunday is the last Sunday in the first Semester. PTL, they have changed the forecast again and the temps are a bit lower. The high for Monday is 83 degrees followed by three more days in the 80’s. I can live with that! The sun poisoning or the alerrgies are still bothering me. My eyes are swelled again today and I didn’t get in the sun much at all yesterday. It is the first time in my life, I have had to avoid the sun.

Hope you have a good day and a good weekend. Thanks for reading the blog.


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