Daily Devotional – 3/30/18 “Public death, quick burial!”

After the Jewish leaders accused Jesus, tried Him in front of a court of unpopular opinions, beat Him, mocked Him, spit on Him, put a crown of thorns on His head, made Him carry a cross to Golgotha Hill, nailed Him to that same cross, laughed at Him and shot dice for His clothes; they had the audacity to not want Him to hang there because the following day was Sabbath. So you mean to tell me, they had no care for the Savior yet they didn’t want to contaminate the Sabbath by reminding them of the crucifixion? They’d done all these things to Jesus, while He was still saving folk (the criminal next to Him) and thinking about others (us and we weren’t even there) yet He couldn’t stay where they’d hung Him. A Man who came, willingly, to drink our cup of suffering couldn’t hang on the Sabbath. And in order to speed up the process of Him dying, they ordered for His legs to be broken and His body immediately removed. Oh but when they realized He was already dead, they still pierced His side. Unknowingly to them, they were simply fulfilling scripture.

However beloved, don’t think, for one moment, there aren’t those who are plotting your public death but quick burial. See, they want you to hurry up and die because they cannot have the death of your dreams overshadowing their day. They need you to hurry up and take your last breath so they can swoop in, clean up the mess and go on to their celebration. Because if folk see the RIP on your business, you vision, your destiny and your purpose; they may actually cry for you and not celebrate them. Don’t worry about them though, you’ll rise again because they have no power over you. When Pilate told Jesus, he had the power to release Him or let Him go, Jesus replied in John 19:11, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” In other words, when you walk in the authority of God, nobody can do to you what God doesn’t allow. All you have to do is be willing to be used. Because they that publicly ridiculed and accused you are the ones guilty who will have to pay for the crime and while you’ll be soon set free.

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