Jesus knew He would die a horrific death. He washed feet.
(saw this yesterday)
There are no words to describe the all encompassing depth of His love for us.
Of Christ, John the Baptist replied, "but among you stands One you do not know.
He is the One who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."
Were I to be pre-advised that my physical death to this earth would be tomorrow, I would praise God for His Biblical assurance that, due to my unmerited eternal Salvation in Jesus Christ, in 24 hours, I would meet my Savior face-to-face, and I would thank Him that I have been allowed to live in "interesting times" when Biblical prophecy is coming to fruition on a daily basis.
I would pray that my grandchildren come to accept God's eternal Salvation in Christ through the unrelenting conviction of the Holy Spirit, and that among the inhabitants of our nation, "all who are willing to receive Him," be allowed their "come to Jesus" moment.
I would thank God for having allowed me to live in this land at a time when open access to God's Holy Bible was still legally assured..., and the freedom to assemble and worship (despite the attempted encroachment of these last two years), was still constitutionally guaranteed.
I would pray that God's long overdue, physical judgement upon this country, which it so richly deserves:
1) for outlawing Him and His Holy Word from our schools in 1962 and 1963;
2) legalizing abortion - the wholesale "slaughter of the innocent" of the fruit of our womb, in 1973;
3) legalizing abominable same sex marriage, in 2015;
4) culturally ignoring the spiraling sexual abuse of our children - child porn videos soared from just under 80 million in 1985 to a half-billion by 1993;
5) A 2018 study revealed between 2016 and 2017, the madness that has overtaken/conquered the minds of our youth by propagandizing transgenderism and "grooming" in public schools resulted in the number of gender surgeries for biological females quadrupling in the US);
that this judgement of our nation, though it precede the Rapture, spare all the redeemed of God, as He has promised in the 91st Psalm... (a Psalm sharing themes from Psalm 90, attributed to Moses, and some themes and phrases from Psalm 27 and Psalm 31, which is attributed to David, but regardless of human agency, ultimately, the author is our Triune God, via the inspiration of God, the Holy Spirit).
Vs. 1 - 2, Psalm 91, portray God as a shadow and a fortress to which his servants can respectively retreat for rest and protection.
Vs. 3 - 4, compare God’s servant to an endangered, vulnerable, hunted bird, assuring God's ability to free them from entrapment. Vs. 4 particularly compares God to a nurturing parent protecting its young with its wings.
Vs. 5 - 10, expands on God's protection from sickness, war, and persecution by the wicked.
Vs. 11 - 13, appoints God's angels to protect His servants - allowing them to overcome the influence of Satan (portrayed as a lion and a serpent). Matthew 4:6 applies this Vs. 11-13 protection to Jesus Christ, God's Messiah.
Vs. 14 - 16, spoken by God Himself in reassurance that He hears His servant's prayers and will protect all who have placed their trust in Him.
Psalm 91- God's protection of His faithful while they remain upon the earth:
1 "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.a
2 I will say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly plague.
4 He will cover you with His feathers; under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the calamity that destroys at noon.
7 Though a thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, no harm will come near you.
8 You will only see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the LORD your dwelling - my refuge, the Most High -
10 no evil will befall you, no plague will approach your tent.
11 For He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.
12 They will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.b
13 You will tread on the lion and cobra; you will trample the young lion and serpent.
14 “Because he loves Me, I will deliver him; because he knows My name, I will protect him.
15 When he calls out to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation."
1 a Hebrew Shaddai
12 b Cited in Matthew 4:6 and Luke 4:10–11