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Death Valley Gold Mine

This picture illustrates a divine truth found in Chapter 14 of my inspirational book, THE GREATEST MOMENT.

The painting is word picture about Death Valley, which is my lead-in to the chapter about hidden treasure in the Cross. Like undiscovered gold, ‘life” can be found in the most unexpected places. We normally associate Death Valley with death and loss. We often do the same with Calvary, but there are living treasures to be discovered there. Life is one of them. Aspects of life are hidden in the barrenness of Death Valley. Something similar can be said for the Cross.

As for the painting, my second, I’m learning how to blend warm and cool colors to create depth. Notice the shovel stuck into the ground, next to the pick. And no, those are not watermelons, they’re barrel cactus.

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Canceling the Code

Judge's rulingCanceling the Code   

Having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; [God] took it away, nailing it to the cross (Colossians 2:14).

Scripture: Colossians 2:11–19  

Song: “At the Cross”

“Well, how do you plead?” asked the judge at traffic court. “As guilty as the serpent in the Garden of Eden,” replied the minister. Bewildered, the judge asked Dale to explain his answer.

Dale told him that in the garden, Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, but the serpent had no one to blame. “And neither do I, so I’m guilty as charged.”

The judge laughed at the minister’s reply. “That’s the most sincere plea I’ve heard in years, and it’s refreshing too.” Amused with his honesty, the judge dismissed the case and forgave Dale’s speeding ticket.

Seldom are offences forgiven, especially when we are truly guilty. But that is exactly what happened on the cross. With His atoning death, Jesus paid the penalty for sin and canceled the written code against us. Although the Old Testament was a good tutor, we no longer need to keep its numerous laws and regulations. Now, only one code is expedient: that we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Dear Father, Your Son’s sacrifice removed the barriers that separated me from You. Your new covenant gives me hope for the future and the freedom to serve You daily. Thank You. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

“Canceling the Code” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2010 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Crucify Him

Crucify HimCrucify Him

Read 2 Kings 15:13 through 17:41; Luke 23:13–34

They kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” (Luke 23:21).

Pilate wanted to release Jesus. He did not see any merit in the accusations of the religious rulers, so he decided to punish Jesus and quietly discharge him. The Jewish leaders, however, were not satisfied. They wanted crucifixion. Pilate felt his idea of punishing and releasing Jesus would be enough. Others had granted this type of pardon before. But the crowds would not have it; they requested a convicted murderer instead. Pilate could feel the anger in their voices. No matter what he offered, they kept shouting, “Crucify him!”

Crucifixion is a horrible, painful death. Only people full of hate or jealousy would wish it upon a person. Nevertheless, they were making the right request. Without the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross, there would be no forgiveness. Jesus the God-man was the only person who could pay the penalty for sin needed to provide redemption for humanity. We have the gift of eternal life because they crucified Him.

Challenge for Today: As ugly as the act of crucifixion was, it was God’s chosen instrument to bring you redemption. Whom can you share the message of the Crucifixion with today?

—Charles Earl Harrel

God’s Word for Today © 2004 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.

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