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It is not easy to read the treatment of Jesus in Matthew 27:15-31 without great emotions.  The passage also highlights an essential fact about Jesus from the lips of Pilate’s wife when she calls Jesus an “innocent man”: that Jesus was perfectly sinless.  Pilate himself exclaims “What crime has he done?”  We can further ask, "what sin has Jesus ever done?".  He had 33 years to commit even one sin, but never did.  He was tempted daily as we are, but never gave in to it and sinned. 

What does that mean for you and me today?  I feel I can relate more personally to Jesus knowing that as a human being His flesh felt the same feelings that my flesh feels.  Pray this short prayer with me: “Lord Jesus, when I feel the struggles of my flesh, I am comforted to know You understand.  You experienced everything I am experiencing.  Help me to overcome the temptations I feel, and that You felt.  Amen.”

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In Genesis 1, God like an artist starts with a lifeless planet earth covered with complete darkness and ocean.    He, then, adds light to the canvas separating it from the darkness.  After adding the sky, He then brushes in the land.  Next, he adds plants and trees to the landscape to which He gave the ability to reproduce through the seed process.  After adding the sun, moon, and stars, He brushes in all marine life and birds, also giving them the ability to reproduce as He gave the plants.  After initially creating life, He lets reproduction take over.  Another thought is that when He next creates plants and animals, He has them reproduce “after their own kind”.  An elephant doesn’t give birth to a tiger, but the reproduction process is done within its own species. 

Next, God adds human beings who are unique in that they are made in God’s image.  The image of God means God made human beings to share some of the same attributes, such as the ability to think creatively and make decisions.  God is concerned about right and wrong and made folks in His image with a sense of right and wrong.  In Romans, we read that every person is without excuse since God has created them with a basic ability to understand His truth revealed in creation.  In Genesis 2, we read that Adam and Eve are held accountable for their actions as they knew what they were doing was wrong.  But as we enter this New Year of 2018, we as believers have something Adam and Eve didn’t have, which is the Holy Spirit inside of us.  My prayer for myself and all my Faith Bible Church family is that we live as new creations this New Year.  We have a fresh canvas and a fresh start.


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