“They took Jesus, and led him away.”

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Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.  (John 19:16)

He had been all night in agony, he had spent the early morning at the hall of Caiaphas, he had been hurried from Caiaphas to Pilate, from Pilate to Herod, and from Herod back again to Pilate; he had, therefore, but little strength left, and yet neither refreshment nor rest were permitted him. They were eager for his blood, and therefore led him out to die, loaded with the cross. O dolorous procession! Well may Salem’s daughters weep. My soul, do thou weep also.

What learn we here as we see our blessed Lord led forth? Do we not perceive that truth which was set forth in shadow by the scapegoat? Did not the high-priest bring the scapegoat, and put both his hands upon its head, confessing the sins of the people, that thus those sins might be laid upon the goat, and cease from the people? Then the goat was led away by a fit man into the wilderness, and it carried away the sins of the people, so that if they were sought for they could not be found. Now we see Jesus brought before the priests and rulers, who pronounce him guilty; God himself imputes our sins to him, “the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all;” “He was made sin for us;” and, as the substitute for our guilt, bearing our sin upon his shoulders, represented by the cross; we see the great Scapegoat led away by the appointed officers of justice. Beloved, can you feel assured that he carried your sin? As you look at the cross upon his shoulders, does it represent your sin? There is one way by which you can tell whether he carried your sin or not. Have you laid your hand upon his head, confessed your sin, and trusted in him? Then your sin lies not on you; it has all been transferred by blessed imputation to Christ, and he bears it on his shoulder as a load heavier than the cross.

Let not the picture vanish till you have rejoiced in your own deliverance, and adored the loving Redeemer upon whom your iniquities were laid.

Lord, You are my rock and my strength. When I grow weary, let me turn my thoughts and my prayers to You. When I am discouraged, restore my faith in You. Let me always trust in Your promises, Lord, and let me draw strength from those promises and from Your unending love for me. Amen

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Founder/Pastor - Streets of Joy Men's Discipleship and Faith Based Counseling. I am certified in the following from Faith-Based Counseling Training Institute where I hold certifications in the following areas: Licensed Pastoral Counselor. Restorative Therapist. Advanced Anger Management. Chemical Dependency Counselor. Violence Intervention Specialist. Crisis Chaplain. Family Therapist. Leadership Coach. I was called into ministry in 1998 where I have had the pleasure of being a part of numerous discipleships all over the Midwest, mainly focusing on drug and alcohol addictions as well life's controlling issues. I am also a retired CEO & Founder of Sonoran Desert Investment Group - Where I made investments in start up businesses, purchased company's; reorganized them and resold. I was also a mortgage banker of real estate loans along with many individual groups of investors. Furthermore, I am a 1978 graduate from UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada graduating with a bachelors degree in business/finance not to mention I was a 4 year letterman in football for the Running Rebels (Go Rebels!!!!)

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