Do you realize that the ultimate purpose of Jesus coming to earth on that Christmas morning was to die for you and me? 

 

Once again, below is today’s text from the Merged Gospels, combining these events seamlessly from all the Gospels. I trust you appreciate the work of Gary Crossland as he has painstakingly merged all four Gospels from the Greek text, in proper sequence leaving nothing out.


#283. The Death of Jesus, and the First Earthquake – MT 27:45-51,54, MK 15:33-39, LK 23:36b, 44-48, JN 19:28-30 (Location – Golgotha, just outside the city of Jerusalem, Passover, 30 AD.)

        

And it was now about the SIXTH hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, the sun being obscured. And at the NINTH hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani,” which is translated “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” And when some of the bystanders heard it, they began saying, “Behold, this man is calling for Elijah.” After this, Jesus knowing that all things had already been accomplished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.” Now a jar full of sour wine was standing there. And so immediately, one of them ran, and taking a sponge, they filled it with sour wine. They came up to Him, bringing it to Him, and put it on a reed, a branch of hyssop, and brought it up to His mouth, and gave Him a drink. But the rest of them said, “Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him, (and) take Him down.” Therefore, when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished,” and He bowed His head. *And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, saying, “Father into your hands I commit My spirit.” And having said this, He breathed His last, and gave up His spirit. And behold, * the veil of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook and the rocks were split. Now the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He [cried out and  breathed His last, (and) saw what had happened. He began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.”  And those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened. (Both) he and they said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God.” And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened, returned, beating their chests.

 

May our lives be changed by the transforming work of the Holy Spirit through the living Christ.

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

                                                                      Pastor Mike