Saturday, April 04, 2015

April 4, 2015 … That Tree of Love

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 94

Devotional Song: ... Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in a video of Ray Boltz singing the poignant song and pertinent for this day after Good Friday … Feel The Nails, pondering if Jesus still feel those nails every time I fail.

Highlight Passage Matthew 27: 32 [NKJV] … 
32 Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. 
… A Man named Simon was compelled to help Jesus carry His tree of love to Calvary
Highlight Context - Matthew 27: 27-35 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK
… They hung our Lord on the most infamous tree in history

Reference Passage #1 - Genesis 3: 6 [NKJV] … 
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 
 … A tree used by God to test His children

Reference Passage #2 - Psalms 1: 3 [NKJV] … 
3 He shall be like a tree, planted by the rivers of water, … that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; … And whatever he does shall prosper. 
… A righteous man is like a tree which does not whither

Reference Passage #3 - Isaiah 53: 4-9 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK
… 700+ years before it happened on that tree, the Messiah’s death was prophesied

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Dave Branon, reflects on a big willow tree which the author had to remove from his yard, taking a long week of work to take down. And in the process of felling that tree, Branon reflected on the use of trees in the Bible to convey significant meaning.

 There was that tree in the garden (see Genesis 3: 6) testing the faith of mankind. There was the reference to that tree in Psalm 1 where a righteous man was compared to a tree which thrives near God’s living waters. But the most famous, or should we say “infamous,” tree in all of Scripture is the one which was transposed into a cross to which King Jesus was nailed and died for the sins of ALL mankind [see attached photo].

 Branon, in today’s ODB title, called Christ’s cross “The Tree of Love,” and I have appropriated that title for my blog here today; because this is THE tree which the Bible uses to convey life from death, where sin is defeated for all times in the selfless act of the Son of God on that tree, on which He bore my sins and yours, shedding His blood to cleanse all those (you and me) who nailed our Lord to that tree.

 Today, on this day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, is a good day to remember the tree on which our Lord saved all those who are willing to receive His saving grace in faith. I pray - and will pray below - that you have joined me in praising our Lord for what He did on that tree of love.

My Prayer Today: I pray a prayer of thanks for all of us who’ve recognized Your act of love on that tree at Calvary; … that tree where Your blood saved all who’ve been received into Your kingdom forever by Your saving grace. … Amen

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