The Way of The Cross
Mark 14:67 -
And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.
Today's scripture talks of Peter just before he denied Jesus thrice, the Lord bought my attention to Peter warming himself. The event of Jesus' crucifixion happened during the winter season in Israel. Actually, Israel does not have a winter season for it has only two seasons, summer which is from late May to October and rainy / winter season which is from November to May. The winter / rainy season see the temperature go sometimes very low such that times it even snows.
In this period during evening people gather around a fire to keep themselves warm. Peter's denial did not happen on the day Jesus was crucified but on one of the early days of the 5 days during which Jesus was arrested and tortured, since on the day of His crucifixion He was so bruised that people could not recognize Him as a human.
We need to understand when one bleeds one looses ones strength and it caused the person to be weak. The climate being cool (between 6 to 11 degrees at normal times) we can imagine with all the blood Jesus lost during those days of torture He must have been shivering and that could also be a reason for Him needing help to carry the crucifix.
Some Christians believe in a set of events connected to Jesus' crucifixion calling them the 'Way of the Cross'. These events are not only far from reality, they are also far from that which is recorded in the Bible. They put events like Jesus fell only thrice which is not in the Bible nor written in Historic records. They actually diluted the suffering of Jesus on the crucifix and made a drama of it such that some people mimic it to the extent of even nailing themselves on a crucifix.
The person who wrote the script of the movie "The Passion of Christ" shared according to historic documents that the Romans soldiers who whipped Jesus, after the Jews did, were shocked to see Jesus still alive after they were done with Him, to the extend a fear had come into them that the hand of their gods was behind Jesus being alive, so they dipped Him in salt water to stop His bleeding.
Today's message goes to all those who think they can encapsulate the suffering of Jesus during the crucifixion; they need to think that again. They need to come out of the deception they live in and open their eyes to the reality of the Truth. They need to stop doing the drama that they do in this so called 'Lent' period and spend more time knowing the Truth.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, people are deceived with wrong information so that they lose the benefits your sacrifice made available to them. Lord, no doubt the blood of the sacrificial lamb was applied on outside not for man to see but the Angel of death from the Lord to see. Your blood not only protects us from the wrath of God but has also been shed to gain numerous benefits like peace between God and man. Lord, we pray your people understand this Truth and be blessed in You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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