Daily Devotions

The Purposeful Place
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 3/31/2011 9:15 AM
Jesus finished the Passover, the Last Supper, with the disciples and left the upper room inside the walls of Jerusalem. Then He crossed the Kidron Valley – leaving the Temple Mount behind Him and went up on the western slope to an olive garden on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. They went to Gethsemane which means “oil press.” On Jesus’ final night, He was indeed pressed down.

The Vine and the Branches
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 3/29/2011 6:09 AM
On the last night with His disciples, I believe the faces of Jesus’ disciples were burning in His heart. His eyes must have been moist. I can see Jesus trying to grab every facial expression and every bit of human eye contact He could for His last few hours with His disciples. He was trying to savor these last moments with them. Yes, He knew He would see them again but only briefly until heaven.

Peace of God
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 3/28/2011 7:26 PM
The Gospel of John records the intimate details of the disciples’ last night with Jesus. Jesus told them that one of the disciples would betray Him. The charge of treachery stunned them. They questioned their own hearts, “Surely, not I, Lord.” Then, Jesus told them that they would be ashamed of Him. They all would fall away. Even Peter, the rock, would fall away. Peter’s ego made him agree that satan would desire to defeat him. However, he was insulted that he could be easily defeated by the evil one.

Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 3/25/2011 5:25 AM
Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.” My Bible says the Greek word for “you” in Luke 22:31 is plural. In my Kentucky language, “Satan has asked to sift you all as wheat.” All of the disciples were sifted. In v.32, Jesus spoke directly to Peter about His specific prayer for him in this warfare. Many scholars believe satan attacked Peter with greater force than the others. As the leader of the disciples, he took the brunt of satan’s fury against the disciples.

Yeast of the Pharisees
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 3/24/2011 9:22 AM
Friendship bread – oh, I can almost smell it baking now in the kitchen. Yeast and flour, cinnamon and sugar, the smells are breathtaking and one of the first things that you notice when you walk through the kitchen door while the bread is baking. And once cooked, it is some of the best tasting bread you have ever put into your mouth. My mouth is watering thinking about this bread baking!

Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 3/23/2011 6:08 PM
The crowds are gone. The public confrontations with the Pharisees are over. Jesus spent His final hours with the ones He chose from the crowds. He left those who rejected Him and focused on the ones God gave Him. It was Jesus’ last night with His disciples. It was a time of final teachings. It was a time of sweet remembrance.

The Extent of His Love
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 3/22/2011 3:13 PM
Let’s talk about the interactions between Jesus and His followers on Jesus’ last night which was also His last Passover Feast. The brotherhood of men touches my heart like nothing else. The closeness of the disciples and Jesus’ great love for them permeate this night. Jesus was their whole lives. In Him, they were cleansed from their past lives.

Poured Out
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 3/21/2011 11:32 AM
In the first story about Mary in the Bible, she is found sitting at Jesus’ feet while He is teaching. Her sister Martha is distracted by the preparations and complains to Jesus that she is not helping her. Luke 10:41-42 says, “ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’ "

Does He Still Feel the Nails?
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 3/18/2011 12:41 PM
Roman crucifixion was probably one of the most severe forms of punishments that you could exact on someone. It was not to be taken lightly, and the Romans normally saved it for only the most hardened of criminals. Convicted criminals were either tied or nailed to two pieces of rugged wood and then left to die. The death was not quick, and it was extremely painful.

Examination of the Temple Treasury
Devotions and Christ Compels Updates 3/17/2011 10:02 AM
One of Jesus’ final acts in the temple was to examine the offerings of the people. Jesus sat down in a place with the perfect view of people putting money into the treasury. This was more than normal people-watching. This inspection went deep into the hearts of each person who placed his money in the temple treasury.

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