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MM Meditation – the Stave of the Crucifixion

Mark 14
42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrays me is at hand.

43 And immediately, while he spoke came Judas,
one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves,
from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying,
Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.

Men with weapons of war came after the One sent from the God of Peace to help mankind find peace with the God.

In the strength of their flesh they brought weapons to subdue, to conquer and to overcome. Their sweaty, sin-stained hands gripped blunt, wooden clubs drawn in anticipation of silencing the mouth of the innocent One who preached and purchased the salvation they were rejecting.

They did not know the ironic foreshadowing spoken by their powerless wood-hewn clubs.

The same word that was translated “stave” was also translated “tree.”

Their first weapons, the clubs, wielded no power.  Their second weapon, the cross used to crucify our Lord, was the greatest form of torture.  The wooden beams brought suffering to the Lord Jesus, but what they meant for evil, God meant for good.

I Peter 2:24
“Who Himself bore our sins
in His own body on the tree,
that we, having died to sins,
 might live for righteousness—
by whose stripes you were healed.”

They had no power in their staves, but we have power in the tree, because the grossest weapon of cruel murder was the greatest tool of salvation.

May we praise, thank and adore Him for enduring the the torture of men’s wooden weapons, while bearing our sins on the Cross.

Our joyful response for Him dying for us, should be to fully live for Him.

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Each item mankind used to torture or mock the Lord Jesus Christ,
the Lord Jesus Christ used to show forth His glory in Salvation.

MM Meditation – The Sword of the Crucifixion

Mark 14:

42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrays me is at hand.

43  And immediately, while he spoke came Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

44 And he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he; take him, and lead him away safely.
Men with weapons of war came after the One sent from the God of all Peace to help all mankind find peace with God.
In the strength of their flesh they brought weapons to subdue, to conquer and to overcome. Their sweaty, sin-stained hands gripped the very tools that symbolized the spiritual power of the One they came to harm.  The razor sharp blades were drawn in anticipation of silencing the mouth of the innocent One who preached the way of salvation they were rejecting.
They did not know the ironic foreshadowing spoken by their powerless blades of steel.
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Ephesians 6:17
And take… the sword  of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
They intended their blades to cut through weak flesh, but they dangled uselessly in the air. The real power is in the spiritual Sword.
Hebrews 4:12
 For the word of God is living and powerful,
and sharper than any two-edged sword,
 piercing even to the division of soul and spirit,
and of joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.


At the moment of mankind’s greatest sin, hating and rejection the Savior of the World,  their weapons had no power.  They could not overpower the One who willingly was going to die for their sins, and the One who would willingly give up His own spirit.  He alone had the power over sin and death and hell, even His own death.  They could not take His life, He gave it.
 
But our Sword, our written, God-breathed Word of God, has power over all the powers of evil.  It has the power to convert our souls through faith and give us a home in Heaven.
 
Our Sword has the power to kill the flesh, the Old Man, and give life to the New Man.
 
Our Sword has power because their swords didn’t.
 
Those wicked men foolishly went to the Savior with their swords,  expecting a battle.
 
We wise believers need to go into battle for the Savior with our Sword.
 
 
 
 
 

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