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Know God in a Year #230 Evil Gives the Worst to the Best

Arriving at the hill that looks like a skull, the victims are fastened to their crosses. The jealous priests have arranged for Jesus to be in the middle, signifying that he was the worst of them.
The thieves struggle, but Jesus doesn’t.  As the spikes are positioned, John lifts Jesus’ fainting mother away. She revives to hear him say, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.”
Some of the soldiers are mocking with the priests and rabble. Some are impressed; they’ve never seen anyone behave like this. Some are forever changed. And some by choices to harden their hearts make Jesus’ prayer unanswerable for them.
Either way, God wins, exposing and conquering Satan who has had the power of death; to offer those who respond the power of life.*
Offenses are often written and nailed to crosses. Pilate has a sign put above Jesus, in Hebrew, Latin and Greek, “The King of the Jews,” giving him the last word–look how the Jews treat their king.
The priests are upset with it and go to him, “Make it say ‘He said, I am King of the Jews’.” But Pilate despises them and their jealousy, and himself for giving in to them, and says, “What I have written, I have written.”
Ruach directed the writing of that sign. Thousands are in Jerusalem for Passover from many countries, and, witnessing the awful events of that Passover Friday, are drawn to study the Messianic prophecies.** Many become believers and take their new beliefs home.
Matthew 27:31-43,  Mark 15:20-32,  Luke 23: 24-38,  John 19:16-24    *Hebrews 2:14, 12:2    **Psalm 22:16-18,  Isaiah 53 (over 200 prophecies scattered in various Old Testament Scriptures, especially Psalms, Isaiah, and Zechariah)

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