What comes to your mind when you hear or see or read the words Prime Time? Do you think TV hours from 8pm-11pm? Do you think of it as the optimal or best possible time to do something? Do you think of it as the highest priority time? Do you think of it as the best years of your life? Or are you like me who likes math and it resonates around prime numbers (numbers that can only be divided by 1 and itself)?
Today is prime time in my life as I consider ages and even a special birthday. 13 is a prime number. 17 is a prime number. 47 is a prime number. But 20 is 10×2, 4×5 and 51 is 3×17 and so aren’t prime. Happy 17th little one!
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: John 19:28
‘After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” ‘
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- In the midst of trials and troubles, we need to maintain an unclouded mind.
- Jesus while on the cross never lost focus of what needed to be fulfilled. He maintained an unclouded mind.
- He knew the prophets and their predictions
- We see Psalms 22:15 fulfilled on the cross as we consider today’s verse and reflect on what the Psalm says: ‘My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.‘
- We see Psalms 69:21 fulfilled on the cross as we consider today’s verse and reflect on what the Psalm says: ‘They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.‘
- Let’s consider what John 19 is saying in the moment:
- ‘After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.’ — John 19:28-30
- He took the pain of the cross – crucifixion, one of the most excruciating forms of torture in human history. Painful. Gasping for air. Tremendous thirst.
- Jesus knew everything that was going on and being fulfilled.
- Nobody killed Jesus, He gave up His life for you and for me to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way.
- Jesus took on the pain and suffering of the cross in order to pay the just penalty of our sins, the sins of humanity so that everyone who would turn to Him and receive the gift of Grace from God would be able to be saved and reconciled to God.
- He conquered both sin and death by not only dying on the cross but also resurrecting three days later.
- He became the substitute, our redeemer
- He took the death that we deserve because of our sins
- Jesus made sure every i was dotted and t was crossed in the prophesies so that when He said “It is finished” it was.
- That is how important we are to God!
- That is how much God loves us!
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Why was it important to Jesus — and to us — that every detail of prophesy be fulfilled?
- He didn’t want any detail to be missed or and requirement to be missed.
- To us we know that everything was done in a way that we can be fully reconciled to God through Jesus
How do these fulfilled prophecies strengthen our faith?
- It is amazing to consider the hundreds and thousands of years that they all took part of or were spoken in and yet, they all were fulfilled through Jesus!
- Thank you Lord!
QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.
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