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Know God in a Year #236 The Deceiver Unmasked


Ever since his success with Adam, Satan has tried to ruin the minds and hearts of humans. God has countered, working for their uplifting, even adding hatred of evil into our broken natures.* The questioning universe watched. When Jesus entered our world, Satan was amazed that God would actually become a human, and focused his […]

Know God in a Year #235 What the Watching Universe Saw


Jesus’ cry, “IT IS FINISHED!” rang from world to world through the universe with great celebration. The battle over, earth was won. Jesus, as the second Adam,* had succeeded as a man; and ransomed our world from Satan! But even bigger was the assurance that the universe was eternally secure. The truth about God and […]

Know God in a Year #234 No Coincidence


 The people around the cross stand as if paralyzed, holding their breath, gazing at Jesus. Again the darkness settles and a horrific rumbling is heard deep in the earth.  Terror grabs priests, soldiers, friends, enemies, and the curious as a violent earthquake shakes them to the  ground. Thunder and lightening increase the deafening noise and […]

Know God in a Year #233 When God Lets Go


The intense darkness over the area lifts from the hill after three hours, but it still covers Jesus and Jerusalem. The Father covers his son’s last agony of death and His house. About three o’clock Jesus cries, “My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?” God isn’t killing Jesus; he is suffering the wrath […]

Know God in a Year #232 His Compassion Doesn’t Stop


Hearing the words of the condemned man, Jesus’ heart lifts with joy, strengthening him. In the hush of anticipation, His melodious, caring voice responds immediately to the thief, “I promise you today, (right now–even though I look helpless) you will be with me in paradise.” A  gleam of sunlight pierces the dark– the affirming token of his […]

Know God in a Year #231 One Last Choice


The soldiers thrust the cross into the hole made for it, causing agony to Jesus. “I’m thirsty,” he says from the cross, hanging between heaven and earth. A soldier brings a sedating mix for pain, but after tasting it, Jesus refuses it. His mind must be clear. Faith is all he has to keep hold […]

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 […]

Know God in a Year #229 Help is Here


Take one more day to consider God’s Spirit, who has carried Jesus, the man, his whole life–suffering with him the whole time. It intensifies in the garden and now. Ruach is happy He can support him, but how painful it is for Abba and Him to watch and not be able to step in and […]

Know God in a Year #228 Spirit Provides


The Holy Spirit (one of the three-in-one Godhead called Ruach in Hebrew) is extremely busy. Not only is Jesus completely relying on Him and has been all night through all kinds of emotional and physical torture and temptation, but Ruach will keep him through the worst–when he feels totally separated from the Love that has […]

Know God in a Year #227 Compassion Prevails


The cross made for Barabbas is laid on Jesus’ bleeding shoulders. He tries to carry it and falls. All night he’s been under stress, no sleep, nothing to eat or drink, walking from place to place, subjected to horrible abuse. The garden experience alone would have killed him; but strengthened by an angel, he went […]