While they were eating: Mark 14.18

“While they were at the table eating, Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you eating with me will betray me.'”

Mark 14.18

Jesus knew. His death was not an accident, but the culmination of God’s redemptive plan. For this Jesus came to earth. His death was by loving design.

We rejoice in salvation from Jesus’ death. We also take up our cross to die to ourselves. Then we can proclaim his death to others. This is our message.

#votd #Mark #cross


7-14-2017 Only One Death Stands Out

“’And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.’ This He said, signifying by what death He would die” (John 12:32-33 NKJV). In our world, our attention seems to stay focused on the human abuses: crimes, violence, riots, mobs, murders, drugs, wars, threats, bombs, destruction, and genocides. The cross of Jesus Christ stands above all our sordid history. In our world, we see headlines and reports of: boyfriend/girlfriend violent abuse, neglected & abused children, abortion murders, and merciless behavior toward each other. Above one Person in history had absolutely pure motives, words, deeds. Jesus died with love for you, so “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#cross, #sins


1-13-2017 Bullies At The Cross “And those who…

1-13-2017 Bullies At The Cross
“And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, ‘Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself, and come down from the cross!’ Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes, said, ‘He saved others; Himself He cannot save’” (Mark 15:29-31 NKJV).  While Jesus was clearly weak and defenseless, people took their verbal shots at Him. The blasphemers hurled “fake news” at Him, for Jesus never said He would tear down and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem in 3 days. The “chief priests” “mocking among themselves,” or boldly misrepresenting His doctrine of salvation in their “private group!”  They had to admit Jesus “saved others,” but ignored why He could not save Himself.  Someone had to die to give bullies like them a chance to do better! Christ has “loved us and given Himself for us” (Ephesians 5:1 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#blaspheme, #cross, #mocking


1-12-2016 What Law Did Jesus Fulfill

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18 NKJV). Jesus, then, gave 6 quotes from the Law of Moses which He contrasted with His own Laws (Matthew 5:21-48). After He was raised from the dead, “He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures” (Luke 24:44-45 NKJV). Once fulfilled, the Law of Moses was removed by Jesus’ cross. “He takes away the first that He may establish the second” (Hebrews 10:9 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#cross, #fulfill, #jesus, #law, #moses


3-3-2015   Today’s Jews Are Not God’s Chosen People

In Antioch of Pisidia, Paul preached Jesus Christ: “through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39 NKJV). “The law of Moses” was given only to the Israelites (Deuteronomy 5:2-3) and only until Jesus Christ came: “[the Law] was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made” (Galatians 3:19 NKJV). That promised “Seed” is Christ (Galatians 3:16). Concerning Moses’ Law, Jesus “has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14). Since Jesus’ death, none of the Jews can claim to be God’s Chosen People. God said, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Luke 9:35 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#christ, #cross, #israelites, #jews, #moses-law, #seed


Psalm 70

Vs. 1: A call for speedy deliverance;

Vs. 2-3: A request for opponents to be “turned back;”

Vs. 4: A desire that those who change glorify God;

Vs. 5: An appeal from the lowly.

These verses almost duplicate Psalm 40:13-17. Psalm 40 was written by David and prophetically described Jesus’ death. Psalm 70 is projects the communication between God and Jesus just before Jesus died. For comparison, read both Psalms.

Verse 1: “God” (Elohim) is the same Deity as “LORD” (Jehovah). The call is for God to be “pleased” to hurry with deliverance, but not from the cross. “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour?’ But for this purpose I came to this hour” (John 12:27).

Verse 2: Sinners who see the error of their way have a sense of “shame.” When Jesus “said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him” (Luke 13:17). “Mutual confusion” is the same as “confounded,” and simply expresses the desire for those who wrongly destroy Jesus, to see their error. Shortly after his conversion to Christ, “Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ (Acts 9:22).The Gospel challenges the thoughts of sinners. “Turned back” shows a change of direction, “driven backward” indicates conviction to change, add these expressions and “repentance” is the result. Jesus’ cross should cause those who understand its meaning and their own sins, to be driven back from their sins. After He was raised from the dead, “Then He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem’” (Luke 24:46-47). Verse 3: Those who would say, “Aha, aha” are the Gotcha people. “And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him” (Luke 11:53-54). Listening for the wrong purpose causes people to not even hear what is said!

Verse 4: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

Verse 5: Jesus Christ on the cross, substituted Himself for sinners who are the “poor and needy.” “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18). This Psalm ends with a statement both Jesus and a sinner can make. The sinner who repents can make the same acknowledgment that Jesus made: only God can deliver. Jesus, in death, committed His spirit to God (Luke 23:46). The sinner must commit his/her spirit into the hands of God’s design. “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection” (Romans 6:4-5).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#baptism, #bible-study, #book-of-psalms, #cross, #daily-bible-reading, #gospel, #jesus-christ

The Same Road

The road Jesus took through life ultimately led to the cross. No one can deny that.

The road we must take as Christians is the same one. This is where the disagreements begin.

Yet, Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me,” (Matthew 16:24 NASB). To follow Jesus, we must take the same road.

Some people would be glad to follow Jesus just as long as the road doesn’t lead to suffering. Then they’re ready to part ways with him. Yet, following Jesus always means this. “Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,” (1 Peter 4:1 NASB).

The “prosperity gospel” doesn’t fit this, does it? With the prosperity gospel, you give and you get what you want. Jesus’ gospel teaches that if you give you will get tough times and persecution. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus,” (2 Timothy 2:3 ASV), and, “Yea, and all that would live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution,” (2 Timothy 3:12).

Everyone travels a road in this life. Christians travel the “road not taken” as Robert Frost called it. It is a road that leads to suffering, just as it did for our Lord.

#cross, #road, #way

The Best Thing About God In 1 Corinthians

In my view, the best thing about God, is found in 1 Corinthians Chapter 1, where Paul emphasizes the fact that “the power of God” is closely associated with the “preaching of the cross” (1 Corinthians 1:18; cf. Romans 1:16).

To those who have no desire to know, understand, or continue to pattern their lives after the instructions found in the saving gospel of Christ, the preaching of the cross is to them “foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:18; cf. Romans 1:21-22).

#associated, #best, #continue, #cross, #desire, #god, #gospel, #instructions, #know, #pattern, #power, #preaching, #thing, #understand

Did Judas Know?

Matthew 26:21-25, ” Now as they were eating, He said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.’ And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, ‘Lord, is it I?’ He answered and said, ‘He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me.’The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.’ Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, ‘Rabbi, is it I?’ He said to him, ‘You have said it.'”

Two things are curious about Judas.

First, it appears from this passage that  he did not know he would betray Jesus (Luke 22:3)

Second, none of the apostles thought Judas was capable of such evil (John 13:26-30).

What comments do you have?

#betrayal, #cross, #jesus, #judas

Blood and Water in Salvation

I think that an understanding on blood and water in salvation is key to understanding baptism and God’s plan of redemption. I have posted a series of yes/no questions to help guide the student through a the subject of water and blood in salvation.

#baptism, #blood, #cross, #jesus, #salvation, #water

“Jesus did not pay for the church with …

“Jesus did not pay for the church with His blood just to have people disdain it and ignore it (Acts 20:28).”

Martel Pace, “Hebrews” Truth for Today Commentary Series, page 533.

#blood, #church, #cross, #jesus

Harsh Words

To me, clearly one of the most challenging things that Jesus said was:

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find” (Matthew 10:34-39).

We see the fruits of this everyday. They are not willing to pay the price necessary to submit to God. Their flesh is still predominant.

The most chilling moment for me at the cross was when darkness fell upon the world. I am continually in awe at the depth of the Bible’s teachings on light and darkness.  “The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble” (Proverbs 4:19).

People walk in darkness and do not make sound decisions. It skews their perceptions of the world and they do not attribute the proper value to things. Hence, they cannot leave their overcome their own fleshly desires and come to Christ (James 4:10).

#cross, #darkness, #decisions, #light

“Why hast thou forsaken me?”

Of the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross there are several that have caught my mind, but the most compelling and heart-wrenching was, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34).

Not everyone agrees with me why, but that’s okay. Many people, when they hear Jesus’ statement, point to 2 Corinthians 5:21 and say that’s why. This small article is not intended to be an exposition of that scripture. Suffice it to say I believe what Paul is saying there is a metonymy, a putting of a part for the whole, that Jesus was made to be a sin offering, not literal sin (Hebrews 4:15).

The act of atonement is happening at the cross, or the process where the justice of God meets the satisfaction of the law’s demands. The soul that sins must die, Ezekiel 18:4, 20 tells us. Jesus had never committed a sin, but died as our sin sacrifice (Romans 5:8-10). The penalty of sin must be paid. Had the penalty not been paid, God’s justice is not satisfied and the law is merely a joke.

But God allowed his son to die. He couldn’t save him. If WE are to be saved, then God the Father must allow his only begotten son to die for US. Doesn’t this take us back to Gethsemane? Jesus asked, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done,” (Luke 22:42). Certainly, Jesus was faced with his own death, but he was also faced with the prospect that, at some point, he would be separated from his Father.

Anyone who has ever had to let a family member die knows how difficult it is to let go. But, what if you had the ability to save them? Could you just let them go? God had to do exactly that. He had to allow his son to die so that we could be saved. “But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8 NET).

#cross, #jesus-christ

It Is Finished! I have to agree with Lau…

It Is Finished!

I have to agree with Laura on this one. By our Lord saying these words, it is a culmination of Old Testament prophecy that was in the plan of God before the foundation of the world. Jesus had to be lifted up on the Cross (prophecy) to redeem fallen man, but we can glory in the fact that He is not on the Cross now but died ONCE for us. It behooves us to worship Him Daily and seek to live for Him who died for us!

#cross, #cross-of-christ, #love-of-christ, #mercy

It is Finished

Jesus’ statement, “it is finished” sticks with me. These three words are not a statement of merely the end of His earthly life. It is so deep and carries with it so much.

#cross, #cross-of-christ, #crucifixion, #nudge