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Morning and Evening: 4/02

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Jesus answered Pilate’s question in Matthew 27:11, “Are you the King of the Jews?”, with “You have said so!” But when the priests and elders accused Him, He gave no answer. He answered the Gentile but refused to respond to the Jews! This fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah 53:7 “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.”

Humility is power under control. Pilate declared Him by his own statement, the King of the Jews. What more needed to be said? “By His silence He declared Himself to be the King and true Lamb of God”. Self sacrificing, defenseless, yet totally in control of His words and deeds in total submission to the Will of His Father! The Alpha and the Omega knew the end from the beginning and for the “joy” that was set before Him endured this shame.

That joy brought you and I into the family of God. That’s why our heart sings and spontaneous words of praise flow from our lips. “Be with us Jesus and in the silence of our heart let us hear the voice of Your love.”

“Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush Him; He has put Him to grief, when His soul makes an offering for guilt, He shall see His offspring; He shall prolong His days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in His hand”, Isaiah 53:7.

Spurgeon in this devotion really challenged me about prayer: “Do not let your prayers be all about your own sins, your own desires, your own imperfections, your own trials, but let them climb the starry ladder and get up to Christ Himself, and then as you draw near to the blood-sprinkled mercy seat, offer this prayer continually “Lord, extend the kingdom of your dear Son.”

I pray the Lord will extend His kingdom in my heart and mind; extend His kingdom in my family; extend His kingdom in our body; extend His kingdom in my community; extend His kingdom in this nation; extend His kingdom in this world! Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus! Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven!

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