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Devotional - Week of April 12, 2009 (Who Crucified Jesus?)


Hello everyone! I pray you had a wonderful Easter and that we each remember why this day is so important. Our Lord Jesus Christ left His heavenly home and came here to die on the cross for us and our sins. As a person, I cannot imagine that type of love but I do thank our Lord for this gift He gave us.


Here are the prayer request this week:


1) I ask for your prayers for me. I have been doing real good handling some situations in my life but for some reason tonight I am afraid. These last couple days have been very tough, my partners and I had to make a decision regarding one of our companies this past week which could hurt us, I said some things to my brother that although we have gotten pass it, it is hurting me inside that I even said those things. I let the company get between me and my brother and that is not good to me. As I told my brother, Southtech is where I work, not who I am. I need your prayers to give me strength to go on and that God will bless Southtech Plastics with more business and opportunity than we have ever had in the past.


2) The soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq:


a) Sgt. Daniel J. Beard, 24, of Buffalo, N.Y., died April 3 in Al Diwaniyah, Iraq,


b) Lance Cpl. Stephen F. Dearmon, 21, of Crossville, Tenn., died April 3 as a result of a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq.


c) Spc. Israel Candelaria Mejias, 28, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, died April 5 near Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when a mine detonated near him during combat operations.


d) Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods Jr., 24, of Lebanon Junction, Ky. died April 10th when their military vehicle was struck by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Mosul, Iraq.


e) Staff Sgt. Bryan E. Hall, 32, of Elk Grove, Calif. died April 10th when their military vehicle was struck by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Mosul, Iraq.


f) Sgt. Edward W. Forrest Jr., 25, of St. Louis, Mo. died April 10th when their military vehicle was struck by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Mosul, Iraq.


g) Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch, 20, of Davenport, Iowa. died April 10th when their military vehicle was struck by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Mosul, Iraq.


h) PV2 Bryce E. Gautier, 22, of Cypress, Calif. died April 10th when their military vehicle was struck by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Mosul, Iraq.


3) The soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan:


a) Tech. Sgt. Phillip A Myers, 30, of Hopewell Va, died April 4 near Helmand province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom.


b) Spc. Adam M. Kuligowski, 21, of Arlington, Va., died Apr. 6 in Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.


c) Lance Cpl. Blaise A. Oleski, 22, of Holland Patent, N.Y., died April 8 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


d) Airman 1st Class Jacob I. Ramsey, 20, of Hesperia, Calif., died April 10 of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Kabul Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 712th Air Support Operations Squadron, Fort Hood, Texas.


4) We lost two law officers this week:


a) Deputy Sheriff Richard James (Ricky) Stiles Jr. (37)

East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 7, 2009

He is survived by his parents, daughter, son, grandmother, two sisters, and fiancée.


b) Detective Allen Pearson (29)

Lenoir County Sheriff's Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - He is survived by his wife.




I ask that we lift up these men who are defending our country and their loved ones that our Lord give them strength. I asked that we continue to pray for our country, economy, the leaders of this country, the leaders of our churches, and leaders of the businesses that employ people and all the men and women who have lost their jobs. Lord be with all these people and allow each of them to feel your love and comfort.




May God’s Grace be with you all…


Robert Cohn


Who Crucified Jesus?


When they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him. —Luke 23:33


When looking at Rembrandt’s painting of The Three Crosses, your attention is drawn first to the cross on which Jesus died. Then as you look at the crowd gathered around the foot of that cross, you are impressed by the various facial expressions and actions of the people involved in the awful crime of crucifying the Son of God. Finally, your eyes drift to the edge of the painting to catch sight of another figure, almost hidden in the shadows. Some art critics say this is a representation of Rembrandt himself, for he recognized that by his sins he helped nail Jesus to the cross.


Someone has said, “It is a simple thing to say that Christ died for the sins of the world. It is quite another thing to say that Christ died for my sins. . . . It is a shocking thought that we can be as indifferent as Pilate, as scheming as Caiaphas, as callous as the soldiers, as ruthless as the mob, or as cowardly as the disciples. It wasn’t just what they did—it was I who nailed Him to the tree. I crucified the Christ of God. I joined the mockery.”


Place yourself in the shadows with Rembrandt. You too are standing there. But then recall what Jesus said as He hung on that cross, “Father, forgive them.” Thank God, that includes you and me. —Henry Bosch


Behold the Savior of mankind

Nailed to the shameful tree!

How vast the love that Him inclined

To bleed and die for thee! —Wesley


The cross of Christ reveals the love of God at its best and the sin of the world at its worst.


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