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August 7, 2021 – Luke 22-24

“The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Him to death, because they were afraid of the people” (22:2). The day that Jesus was brought before Pilate and Herod brought a most interesting occurrence. Luke reports, after both of them had questioned Jesus: “That very day Herod and Pilate became friends. Previously, they had been hostile toward each other” (23:12). Furthermore, the crowds “kept up the pressure demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And their voices won out” (23:23). And so, “they crucified him” (23:32).


The religious leaders, Satan, political rulers, the crowds, the soldiers, and even one of the crucified criminals . . . they all either sought Jesus’ death, allowed his death, or mocked him in his death. Seemingly, the story was coming to an end. The hope and the promises were crumbling before the disciples’ eyes. But there was one promise that must not be forgotten, the promise that the Messiah would rise! And so, on the first day of the week, the men announced to the women who had come to the tomb: “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here, but He has been resurrected!” (24:5,6) Indeed!


Christ is risen, Christ is risen!

Tell it with a joyful voice.

Christ has burst the three days’ prison;

Let the whole wide earth rejoice.

Death is conquered, we are free;

Christ has won the victory. --Cecil Francis Alexander (1846)

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