Day 65 of 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus – friends stand afar off

afar off

Accused by false witnesses

Ps. 38:11 – My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague, and my nearest kin stand far off.

Ps. 88:18 – You have removed lover and friend far from me; My acquaintances are in darkness.

Mat. 26:56b-58 – Then all the disciples deserted Him and fled. 57 Those who had arrested Jesus led Him away to the house of Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and elders had gathered. 58But Peter followed Him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. And he went in and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.

Mat. 27:55 – And many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to minister to Him.

Mark 15:40 – And there were also women watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome.

Luke 23:49 – But all those who knew Jesus, including the women who had followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching these things

The adventure of buying and selling a house – and God’s faithfulness

buying and selling a house

This post is for the benefit of anyone who has ever experienced the long term process of buying and/or selling a house. This is our story of God’s faithfulness and leading through what turned out to be about a three-year process. In the end, it was worth it, but I am getting ahead of myself.

My wife was raised in Mississippi, where we live now. For more than 20 years we lived in Kentucky in two different locations. After five years of marriage, we were finally able to buy our own home in south-central Kentucky, a nice two-story house with great neighbors – but far away from family. I was fairly close to mine, but her family was 10 hours away. The cry of her heart was “I wish we could see my family more than twice a year.” And she was right.

That heart cry resonated in my head and my heart and in my prayers until God gave me an answer that shocked both of us – “Why don’t we sell our house and move to Mississippi?” That is what the Lord laid on my heart and that is what came out of my mouth, to sell our house and move. Oh, the journey that began!

I believe we went through four realtors before we sold our house – long periods of nothing, many changes, some repairs and lots of prayers. That was the selling end of the deal. On the other end of the spectrum was finding and buying a house in Mississippi. That was an adventure!
I don’t know how many houses we looked at, but it was a lot! Cracked foundations, holes in the roof, “level” houses going down-hill, “under contract”, “sorry, this house is not for sale”, “If you live here you have to pay an extra fee”, “this one’s out of our budget but we might as well look at it anyway”, and at least three “I think we’ve found our house.” The house the Lord led us to – very clearly led us to – is on a solid foundation with a new roof, fairly new appliances, and even a room for my piano and a bonus storage room – and a shed! The Lord provided the wisdom, the financing, the timing, and the peace that was needed in order for us to make this transition. It was a hard process and stretched our faith and endurance to the limits, but God was faithful all the way. He led us through it all.

If you are in a long process and you find it discouraging, just realize you are not alone. There are those that can relate down here, and there is a Heavenly Father who totally understands and who is totally in charge. God is good and will stay with you through the journey.

Day 64 of 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus – Commit his spirit into God’s hands

into God's hands

                                   Father, into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit”Ps. 31:5 – Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.

Luke 23:46 – And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands, I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.
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Jesus committed His spirit to God the Father. Now we can, will, and do commit our spirit, our life, our heart to Jesus. All the connections of the old and new testaments and between God and man are woven together in Jesus Christ. Everything is through Him.

Day 63 of 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus – be accused by false witnesses 

accusedAccused by false witnesses

Ps. 27:12 – Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence.

Ps. 35:11 – Malicious witnesses rise up; They ask me of things that I do not know.

Mat. 26:60-61 – They did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward. But later on two came forward, 61 and said, “This man stated, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days.’”

Mark 14:55-61 – Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, and they were not finding any. 56 For many were giving false testimony against Him, but their testimony was not consistent. 57 Some stood up and began to give false testimony against Him, saying, 58 “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’” 59 Not even in this respect was their testimony consistent. 60 The high priest stood up and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?” 61 But He kept silent and did not answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?”

A little humor to brighten your day – “Get in Shape” (senior style)

(a selection of quotes from “Over the Hill and On a Roll” by Bob Phillips. See if you can relate to any of these – I know I can!)

Get in shape

child laughing

  • “As you grow older, you will find it takes just about half as long to get tired and twice as long to get rested. The iron in your blood has turned to lead in the seat of your pants.”
  • “Show me a man with his head held high, and I will show you a man who is having trouble adjusting his bifocals.”
  • “They say that life begins at 4o – but so does lumbago, bad eyesight, arthritis, and the habit of telling the same story three times to the same person.” 
  • “I’ve got to the age when I need my false teeth and my hearing aid before I can ask where I’ve left my glasses.” (Now that’s pretty bad!)
  • “My doctor said I look like a million dollars – green and wrinkled.”
  • “It’s hard to feel fit as a fiddle when you’re shaped like a cello.” 
  • “If you’re pushing 50, that’s exercise enough.” (That would never do for Keisha, our fearless leader in the senior exercise class! 
  • “She had her face lifted, but it turned out there was one just like it underneath.”
  • “You know you’re an adult when you’ve ceased to grow vertically, but not horizontally.” 
  • (and finally) “I know she’s got her own teeth. I was with her when she bought them.”
  • Remember, kind readers, that you are dearly loved as you are in body, mind, and soul. I’m sure God laughs at the funny stuff we do sometimes as seniors.

God bless you all and give you lots of laughter!

(This post is dedicated to the honor and memory of my late brother-in-law, Dan, who was a gentle soul and who had a great sense of humor.)

 

 

 

Have soldiers cast lots for his clothing (Tunic)

cast lots for his clothing

          Ancient tunic

Day 62 of 100 prophecies – Have soldiers cast lots for his clothing (Jesus’ tunic)

Ps. 22:18 – They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.

Mat. 27:35 – And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots.


Mark 15:24 – And they crucified Him, and divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots for them to decide what each man should take.


Luke 23:34 – But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves


John 19:23-24 – Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. 24 So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be”; this was to fulfill the Scripture: “They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”

Day 61 of 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus – Have hands and feet pierced

Hands and feet pierced

                                   The cross of Jesus Christ


Ps. 22:16 – For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.


Zech. 12:10 – “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

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Day 60 of 100 prophecies fulfilled – Be thirsty during His execution

 

execution

                                                             The crucifixion of Jesus Christ

Ps. 22:15 – My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And You lay me in the dust of death.

Ps. 69:21 – They also gave me gall for my food And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

John 19:28 –  After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, *said, “I am thirsty.

Day 59 of 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus: be mocked and insulted by many

 

insulted

                                                       Jesus

Ps. 22:7-8, 17 – All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying, 8 “Commit yourself to the Lord; let Him deliver him;
Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”
17- I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me;

Matt. 27:31, 39-43 – After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
39  And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying, 42 “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43 He trusts in God; let God rescue Him now, if He delights in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”

Mark 15:29-32 – Those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Ha! You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save Yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes, were mocking Him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself. 32 Let this Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe!” Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him.

Luke 23:35-39 – And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” 38 Now there was also an inscription above Him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!”

Day 58 of 100 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus – Feel forsaken by God

 

Feel forsaken by god

                               Forsaken by God

Ps. 22:1 – My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?
Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.

Mat. 27:46 –  About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Mark 15:34 –  At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”