Death Penalty is government sanctioned punishment by death.

Yep, death. Terminal. No chance for redemption or reformation.

The crime is judged heinous enough to be deserving of nothing less than death for the person that committed, or allegedly committed, the criminal act.

Jesus was subjected to capital punishment.

Thankfully, He defeated even that.

Hosea 13:14 (KJV)

I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

(Picture taken at Singapore Art Museum, March 2013)

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Good Friday.

The adjective (Good) used with this noun (Friday) messes with my mind – Every. Single. Time.

Until I remind myself to see the adjective for Friday in the context of Sunday.

Then I shudder.

Amazing Grace.
Thank you, Lord.

I re-read the scriptures in reference to Jesus’ final hours in preparation to write the Easter Production by my church. The accounts at the Garden of Gethsemane was hard. Very very hard. I saw things I had never seen before.

I’m not going to write an essay here. I’m just recording here the words, phrases and sentences that struck me enough from the scriptures to highlight them. So what you see below is simply the Words I highlighted and the associated underlines (bolded and underlined below).

These are all from the NASB version of the Bible and are not in context.

My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.

Fell on His face and prayed.

Let the cup pass from Me.

He went away to second time and prayed.

Went away and prayed a third time.

Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail Rabbi” and kissed Him.

Began to be very distressed and troubled.

Deeply grieved to the point of death.

Fell to the ground and began to pray.

Remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.

Again, he went away and prayed, saying the same words.

Whomever I kiss, He is the one.

And they all left Him and fled.

He knelt down and began to pray.

Remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.

And being in agony He was praying very fervently.

His sweat became like drops of blood.

Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?

 

Now just taking the Words I double underlined, I’m left with:

Deeply grieved.

Fell on His face.

Second time.

Third time.

Distressed.

Troubled.

Deeply grieved.

To the point of death.

Fell to the ground.

Remove this cup.

Again.

Same Words.

They all left Him and fled.

He knelt down.

Remove this cup.

Agony.

He was praying very fervently.

His sweat became like drops of blood.

 

Amazing Grace. Crazy Love.

Working on my church’s Easter production, I’ve had to get back into the scriptures and read the accounts of Jesus’ last week before his crucifixion.

Amazing Grace.

We say Amazing Grace. And yes, we mean it. But once we suppose that we truly understand Amazing Grace, we don’t.

What Amazing Grace is to me, it is not to you.

What Amazing Grace meant to me in the past pales in comparison to what it means to me now.

We increase in our understanding of Amazing Grace as we are sanctified.

But of this I am certain. Once we presume to fully understand Amazing Grace, we don’t.

And this one thing I’m convinced of. We will never truly understand the extent of His Amazing Grace this side of eternity.

So, Lord, tutor me and increase my understanding of your Love.

Your Amazing Grace.