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The Scariest Duty - Part 3

Chaplain Bill Wolfe / Llano County Sheriff's Department

It’s difficult to decide just where to start now that I’ve got to start somewhere. I guess I’ll start with a portion of the 4th verse of the Book of John, Chapter 18: “Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth…” So often we read that verse and I don’t think we really stop to contemplate what it says. Jesus knew. He comprehended what physical pain was coming. He was just in the Garden of Gethsemane with His disciples where He agonized about what He was about to suffer. Dare I ask? Could Jesus have had a season of fear? He was fully human. It would be human to fear what He knew was coming. Preaching was easy. Healing the sick required little physical courage. But this … His crucifixion … this was something else again.

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But Jesus knew that this, His scariest duty, was His duty. No one but Himself could carry this load. This was the whole reason He came to earth. It was The Plan from the very beginning. He did it willingly. He did it for us.

The scariest part of His scariest duty, I believe, came as He hung on that Cross. In Mark 15:34 it says: Jesus cried out in a loud voice “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Up until that point, the Father had always been with the Son. Suddenly, Jesus was on His own. That had to be a terrifying, and possibly unforeseen, experience. Moments after that, He “gave up the ghost” and suffered His line-of-duty death.

But the Good News of Easter is that He didn’t stay dead. They buried Him behind a huge rock, but it couldn’t keep Him in the grave. Remember I said: “A person may well come out the other side a changed individual…” Jesus did just that. He “came out the other side” as the Risen Christ, with a glorified body – a body that while being solid to the touch could walk through walls, one that was no longer subject to death and aging.

Now, the Scripture tells us, He “ever liveth to make intercession” for us. (Hebrews 7:25 KJV) Because Jesus made it through His scariest duty, He is ready, willing and able to walk with us as we go through our “scariest duties.”

I’ve run out of time again. Drop me an email and we can talk more about it.

Until then: Blessings to you and yours.


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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Just read this one - thanks for the word of encouragement, Chaplain. It's been much needed the past few weeks.

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    FtrLaw002

    almost 5 years ago

    12 Comments

    Good one.. Probably obvious to most of you all, the "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" is Psalm 22:1.. and he was drawing more attention to the Sacrifice He would be making in fulfilling the prophecies. He didn't actually think God abandoned him for good or forever, but his human nature totally endured the pain on that Cross.

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    Carmine_Johnson1

    almost 5 years ago

    10 Comments

    One may never get the opportunity to know how the Lord is going to use a person's message. I want to let you know what an encouragement this is to me right now. Thank you.

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    retiremnpd58

    about 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    Keep up the FAITH, chaplin, we need you brother more than EVER!
    PHILIPPIANS 4: 13 SAYS: WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROGH CHRIST, WHO STRENGTHENS US!

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    RevKenCoppock

    about 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Just has Jesus conquered the Cross and Death, we too can conquer all things with our faith in Him. Excellent article Chaplain, and God bless and keep you safe.

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    ccso8462

    about 5 years ago

    1148 Comments

    Great article Chappy. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

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    professionalstudent

    about 5 years ago

    102 Comments

    Thanks again for giving me food for thought, and reminding me of all Jesus did for me! You are right, I've read that verse but never really thought about all it meant... (John 18:4).

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    tylert

    about 5 years ago

    8 Comments

    Thank you for this encouraging article!

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    ironman123

    about 5 years ago

    90 Comments

    great article thanks for sharing it with us

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    bruceg1220

    about 5 years ago

    746 Comments

    Thank you Brother, I look forward to reading topics like this.

    Your Brother in Christ and future Deacon and Police Chaplain,

    Bruce

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    arkansaslady47

    about 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    Very well said! Thank you for the insight.

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    Constable1

    about 5 years ago

    24 Comments

    Thanks Brother, you are so right. He has risen! Glory...glory...glory

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    tinbadge50

    about 5 years ago

    84 Comments

    Thank you Chaplain Wolfe!

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    sdaily

    about 5 years ago

    732 Comments

    It's been a while Chap!

    As Usual, I love reading your articles... They are what keeps me going!

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    AuntieAbby03

    about 5 years ago

    506 Comments

    Great article...

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