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I posted this on Facebook late last night regarding the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States:

I can’t say I wasn’t surprised that Donald Trump won the election, but I’m glad he did. He was my seventeenth choice of the seventeen Republicans, but once he was the official nominee, I supported him. I didn’t, and don’t, defend everything he’s ever done or said – I wouldn’t do that with any fallen and sinful human being. But at this point in our nation’s history, he’s the flawed vessel needed to pump the brakes on the runaway Leftism that is seriously damaging our nation. I hope he does it. He has my prayers, as does Mike Pence. As a nation, we have a lot of problems to work on, and a lot of sins for which to repent. Maybe, just maybe, God has given us mercy in the form of time to do just that. Although the Presidential campaign seemed to last forever, the real work has just begun. I’m especially thankful that, by God’s providence, we live in a country that has non-violent transfers of power.

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In relation to Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate in John 19:1-16, J.C. Ryle wrote:

We see the Savior of mankind scourged, crowned with thorns, mocked, smitten, rejected by His own people, unjustly condemned by a judge who saw no fault in Him, and finally delivered up to a most painful death. Yet this was He who was the eternal Son of God, whom the Father’s countless angels delighted to honor. This was He who came onto the world to save sinners, and after living a blameless life for thirty years, spent the last three years of His life on earth in going about doing good, and preaching the Gospel. Surely the sun never shone on a more wondrous sight since the day of its creation.

Let us admire that love of Christ which Paul declares, “passes knowledge,” and let us see an endless depth of meaning in the expression. There is no earthly love with which it can be compared, and no standard by which to measure it. It is a love that stands alone. Never let us forget when we ponder this tale of suffering, that Jesus suffered for our sins, the Just for the unjust, that He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities, and that with His stripes we are healed.

Let us diligently follow the example of His patience in all the trials and afflictions of life, and specially in those which may be brought upon us by religion. When He was reviled, He reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not, but committed Himself to Him that judges righteously. Let us arm ourselves with the same mind. Let us consider Him who endured such contradiction of sinners without a murmur, and strive to glorify Him by suffering well, no less than by doing well.

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on John 19:1-7. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Will you mock, misunderstand, or magnify Jesus as God?

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