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Topic: Staff (01/31/13)
TITLE: The rule of jesus
By Kimberly Lunn
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Something that God had used for His glory was now being used to torture His beloved son. Matthew 27:28 and 29 Puts a whole new light on that staff. First they twisted a crown of thorns on his head and put a staff in his hand. That staff which represented royalty and protection, was now just a cruel source of amusement for the soldiers. Canít you here them mocking? Here He is the King, all hail the King of the Jews. Pretending to bow down before Him. Look at Him doesnít He look so regal. Then they began to spit on him and snatch the same staff and hit him again and again on the head. That staff that represented Gods power was now being used to strike His head. They shouted, ďArenít you going to call God down and save yourself? Look at Him now, He canít even save himself!Ē Jesus is being led down the path towards the hill of Golgotha. Staggering down the road, stripped, naked, flesh raw with the beatings, he stumbles and falls. Someone else has to carry His cross. He is placed on that cross and nails are driven into His hands and feet. He cries out in agony. Again a drink of vinegar is offered to him on a staff. This staff that once represented Moses striking a rock and giving water, is now offering Jesus sour vinegar. The mocking continues, even the thief next to Him pokes fun. Jesus cries out, God where are you? Satan is dancing around laughing with glee, ďLook at your son now, He is going to die!!!!Ē Jesus finally breathes his last breath and dies.
Itís a good thing the story doesnít end there. Three days later, the tomb, soldiers guard where Jesus body lay. A great Earthquake shakes the ground. Those soldiers, who once mocked Him, are running away in fear and trembling. The Woman come weeping, they have come to mourn his death. The tomb is empty. Where have they put my Lord?Ē, Mary wails! Suddenly a bright light appears and an angel appears HE is not here He is risen!! The disciples run to see and are amazed. Jesus comes up from the grave, in glorious victory. He appears to his friends in many places. They see Him rise up in the clouds. Christ ascends to His heavenly throne where His staff is restored to His righteous right hand. The staff again becomes a symbol of Gods power, rule, and protection for His people.
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