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Hello, Go has given me something in Psalm 119:161 which says:

“Rulers persecute me without cause,
    but my heart trembles at your word.”

The Psalmist is saying that rulers were persecuting him, but without cause! He is being persecuted unfairly! He is saying that he hasn’t done anything deserving of persecution, and yet he is being persecuted. Does this actually mean the Psalmist? Maybe, but the main point is actually Jesus. The Psalmist is prophesying about Jesus.

Jesus was persecutes without cause. He trembled at God’s word, saying that He was to die. He shed tears of blood! Do you know in what circumstances you shed tears of blood? This is how it happens: You are in so much stress and anxiety that the blood vessels in your face burst, while you are crying, the blood comes out with the tears. Only if you are in DEEP anxiety will you shed tears of real blood. Jesus was really trembling at His Father’s word, but He fulfilled it. He died on the cross in our place, being falsely accused, and then persecuted for no evident reason. Pilot said he found no fault in Jesus. Pilot’s wife told Pilot to leave Him alone. But He was put to death for us.

The question is why? Why would Jesus die for us? The answer is in John 3:16 which says:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus gave His life because He loved us! Praise God! Jesus suffered unfairly, and saved us from our sin. He suffered unjustly, and yet He didn’t ask God to free Him from suffering on the cross, instead He asked God to forgive us. What great love! Praise God!

Dear Heavenly Father

Please help me to seek You more. Please help me to rejoice in You, and love you with all of my heart. Please help me to love You. Thank You for loving me so much, Lord. Thank You for all Your love, and Your kindness. Thank You for giving Your own son for me. Thank You for all Your blessings Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland


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