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"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.

Charles Spurgeon
 
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Rejected and cast down by men, but not by God. Amen

The stone the builders rejected has become their greatest stumbling block.

Now, pick up the cross of our testimony and follow Him.
 
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Now, pick up the cross of our testimony and follow Him.
Hello dear sister.

I read this and this thought came to mind.

Isn't it really the testimony of Christ and His work through us? It's awesome and personal because it's the evidence that we know to be true, because we have lived it! And though we may not know scripture perfectly to quote it all. This testimony of ours we do know and must share, for it is surely evidence of His redeeming work that we know intimately!

Thanks for sharing your words.
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Hello dear sister.

I read this and this thought came to mind.

Isn't it really the testimony of Christ and His work through us? It's awesome and personal because it's the evidence that we know to be true, because we have lived it! And though we may not know scripture perfectly to quote it all. This testimony of ours we do know and must share, for it is surely evidence of His redeeming work that we know intimately!

Thanks for sharing your words.
YBIC
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Yes, of course it is; now don't walk on by, tell that broken hearted person, crying on the park bench Jesus loves you and gave me these words to tell you... Uplift and encourage them.
 
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It's both. WE overcome by the word of OUR testimony with His.

Rev 12:11; "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

Rev 20:4; Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Luke 21:13; "It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.
 
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