FBC E-Blast - June 24, 2013
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First Baptist Church
June 24, 2013
Luke 23


We've all been teased. We've all been made fun of for some quirky character trait or a physical flaw. We've all bore the brunt of a joke but few of us have chosen mockery, willingly placing ourselves on the front lines ready to receive a barrage of verbal assaults. Jesus did. Jesus chose to endure the questioning of Pilot, the ridicule of the Jewish Council, and the rejecting crowd screaming, "Crucify, crucify Him." Despite His power, Jesus allowed them to continue their insults knowing His death would soon follow.

The Bible says in Isaiah 53 that Jesus "was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering." It says that He was "oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth."

Jesus swallowed the name-calling, the rejection, and the beatings for our sake. He bore this suffering and by doing so, demonstrated His love for us. Christ's obedience placed Him in extremely uncomfortable places. Jesus was able to endure His circumstances because of His undeniable love for the Father and for us. We see Christ's undeniable love for us on the cross. His undeniable love marks us. In our hardest times, we can endure hardship and ridicule because of Christ. We can show the world what true love is. We can be undeniable.

Father, may You and Your work be undeniable in our lives.

Used by permission from NewSpring Church

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  Yesterday we continued our new series of Samson by looking into Emotions That Take Strong Men Down. Samson kept making poor decisions. We saw how he was driven by the emotions of burning anger and destructive pride. We ought not be like Samson as emotionally driven, instead we should be Holy Spirit led.
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