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Dr. A.J. Higgins

Monday Meditations

Yielded Up His Spirit

By On December 10, 2017

“When he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.” Matthew 27:50 KJV “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.”  Matthew 27:50 NASB The loud voice would have been unique for a man suspended on a cross, who normally would be dying from asphyxiation. But the Lord Jesus was never dying….

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“My God, Why?

By On December 3, 2017

“Jesus cried … My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46 KJV “Jesus cried out…My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 NASB Why this cry from Calvary? The Lord Jesus was not ignorant of the reason. Certainly – and I am almost loath to write it – He was not complaining about being…

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‘Bearing Shame and Scoffing Rude…”

By On November 26, 2017

“They reviled Him … the chief priests mocking Him … the thieves cast the same in His teeth.” Matthew 27:39-44 KJV “Hurling abuse at Him … the chief priests were mocking Him …the robbers were also insulting Him with the same words…” Matthew 27:39-44 NASB On the cross, the Lord Jesus became the object of reproach from everyone. Passers-by flung…

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Three Drinks Offered on the Cross

By On November 19, 2017

“Golgotha … They gave Him vinegar to drink … He would not drink.” Matthew 27:33-34 KJV “Golgotha … They gave Him wine to drink … He was unwilling to drink.” Matthew 27:33-34 NASB By comparing the Gospel accounts, it appears that there were three different occasions when the Lord Jesus was offered something to drink. Matthew records the first occasion:…

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Morning of Entertainment for Roman Soldiers

By On November 12, 2017

 “ .. The whole band of soldiers … they mocked Him … they spit upon Him … smote Him … and led Him away to crucify Him.”  Matthew 27:27-31 KJV “…The whole Roman cohort…mocked Him…they spat on Him…beat Him….and led Him away to crucify Him.” Matthew 27:27-31 NASB The whole band was called. They didn’t want even one of their…

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Barabbas over Jesus

By On November 5, 2017

“A notable prisoner called Barabbas.”  Matthew 27:15-24 KJV “A notorious prisoner, called Barabbas.” Matthew 27:15-24 NASB Pilate was in a bind. He had been pushed by the Jewish leaders into an uncomfortable corner. There was little love lost between the factions. The Jewish leaders hated Pilate and all he represented. The Romans disdained the Jews. Yet some coexistence was needed;…

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The Authority of the Governor

By On October 29, 2017

“Pontius Pilate, the governor.” Matthew 27:2 KJV “Pilate, the governor.” Matthew 27:2 NASB Only Matthew calls Pilate, “the governor.” In fact, Matthew does so on seven occasions in this final account of the trial and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus. Look at verses 2, 11, 14, 15, 21, 23, 27. Matthew, who had worked for the Roman government would be…

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Friends Were Silent; Others Were Not

By On October 21, 2017

“I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood … have nothing to do with that just man.” Matthew 27:4,19 KJV “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”   “Have nothing to do with that righteous Man…” Matthew 27:4, 19 NASB Friends were silent. Worse still, one of the inner circle even denied Him. When character witnesses and friends…

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They Spat in His Face

By On October 15, 2017

“Then did they spit in His face and buffeted Him; others smote Him.”  Matthew 26:67 KJV “Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists; and others slapped Him.” Matthew 26:67 NASB Earlier, we are told of a face that did “shine as the sun” (ch 17:2). Isaiah told of a face before Whom winged seraphim veiled…

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Four Perspectives on Gethsemane

By On October 8, 2017

“That the Scriptures of the Prophets might be fulfilled.” Matthew 26:56 KJV “… to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.”  Matthew 26:56 NASB Each Gospel account stresses a different aspect of the Garden and focuses upon a slightly different expression from Christ as He submitted to wicked men. Matthew stresses the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophets. It is consistent…