A Crown of Thorns…and Nails

…a few more thoughts on this Good Friday...

Twisted thorns were a painful crown;

the persecuting soldiers shoved it down.

Punishing whippings made Him terribly bleed…

This He endured because of our need

to be forgiven and restored to God–

then have Jesus guide us, with staff and rod.

Nails that pierced His hands and feet…

made His bearing of our punishment to be complete.

Now, all that’s left is for us to confess

our faith in the Lord Jesus–through Him, we’re blessed!

P. A. Oltrogge

“But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him”  For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Romans 10:8-13

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” John 10:11

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:27-28

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

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