"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins," Matthew 1:21.

Matthew 3:11-12 says, "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His treshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

"Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.  Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, 'If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.'  But He answered and said, 'It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'  Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down.  For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you, and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.'  Jesus said to him, 'It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'  Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  And he said to Him, 'All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.'  (This is so funny seeing that Jesus already OWNED these things.)  Then Jesus said to him, 'Away with you, Satan!  For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve'," Matthew 4:1-10.

Mark 11 15-18 says, "So they came to Jerusalem.  Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and oveturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.  And He would not allow anyone to carry wares throughout the temple.  The He taught, saying to them, 'Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations?  But you have made it a den of thieves.'  And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching."

"Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve went to the chief priests to betray Him to them.  And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money.  So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him," Mark 14:10-11.  Mark 14: 17-21 says, "In the evening He came with the twelve.  Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, one of you who eats with Me will betray Me'."  "and they began to be sorrowful, and to say to Him one by one, 'Is it I?'  and another said, 'Is it I?'  He answered and said to them, 'It is one of the twelve, who dips with Me in the dish.'  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 never been born'."  "But after I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee," Mark 14:28.

"But Pilate answered them, saying, 'Do you want me to release to you the King of the jews?'  for he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.  But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.  Pilate answered and said to them again, 'What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the jews?'  So they cried out again, 'Crucy Him!'  So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.  Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they called together the whole garrison.  And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and began to salute Him, 'Hail, King of the jews!'  Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him.  And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him," Mark 15: 9-20.

Isaiah 53:5 says, "But He was wounded for our trangressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed."

The battle is not our's, it's the Lord's!  Jesus Christ won that battle for us over 2,000 years ago.  Do you ever meditate on the horrifying, extent our Lord and Savoir went through for us, to save us from our sins?  Do you ever think about the wondrous, love He showed us, that will never ever, be repeated?  "No greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.  'You are my friends if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you," John 15 13-15.

Jesus loves us, unconditionally!  How you not love Him?

"I love the Lord.  He heard my cry, and pitied every groan.  Long as I live, and troubles rise, I'll hasten to His throne." 

"There is no pain Jesus can't feel, no hurt He cannot heal.  All things work according to His perfect will.  No matter what you're going through, remember God is using you.  For the battle is not yours, it's the Lord's!"   HALLELUJAH!




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