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At the age of 33,
Jesus was condemned to the death penalty. 

At the time crucifixion was the "worst" death. Only the worst criminals condemned to be crucified. Yet it was
even more dreadful for Jesus, for unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion Jesus was nailed to the cross by His hands and feet, rather than tied...


Each nail
was 6 to 8 inches long. 


The nails
were driven into His wrist. Not
into His palms as is commonly
portrayed. There's a tendon in the wrist that 
extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew
that when the nails were being hammered into the
Wrist, that tendon would tear and
break, forcing Jesus to use His back
muscles to support himself, so that He could breathe. 


Both of His feet
were nailed together. Thus He was forced to 
support Himself on the single nail that
impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could
not support himself with His legs for long because of the pain, so He was forced to alternate between arching His
back and using his legs just to continue to 
breath. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the
suffering, the courage. 


Jesus endured this
reality for over 3 hours. 

Yes, 
over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of
suffering? A few minutes before He died,
Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water
from his wounds. 


From common images we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side... 
But do we remember the many wounds 
made to his body. A hammer
driving large nails through the wrists, the feet overlapped
and a nail hammered through the arches, then a
Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. And...
before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and
beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the
flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His
face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The
crown of thorns (two to three inch thorns) cut deeply into His scalp. Most men
would not have survived this torture. 

He had no more blood
to bleed out, only water poured from His 
wounds. The 
human adult body contains about 3.5 liters
(just less than a gallon) of blood. 

Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood;
He had three nails hammered into His
members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond
that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His 
chest.. 

All these without
mentioning the humiliation He passed after carrying His own
cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his
face and threw stones (the cross beam was almost 30 kg of weight, to which His hands were nailed). 

Jesus had to endure this experience,
so that you may have free access to God. 

So that your sins can be "washed" away.
All of them, with no exception!
Don't ignore this.

JESUS 
CHRIST DIED...FOR YOU!

He died for you!

Accept the reality, the truth, that
JESUS IS THE ONLY SALVATION FOR THE WORLD. 

God has special plans for YOU!
Share this with all your friends...
about what He went through to save you.
Really think about it!

 
Friday night my siblings and I led group devotions. We talked about how God is working in Colima and in our lives, we just need to look and see through eyes of hope and love. Our God is greater, higher, and stronger than any other. He is bigger than our problems. I need to remember to look at people with God's eyes and love everyone for who they are. This mission trip has been an awesome experience and has changed me in many ways. Our group has become my second family. It is so cool to see us grow together as a team. Today was the best day ever! To start we went to church and worshiped one great God with many different people from many different races. Then we walked to Subway. Afterwards we went swimming with a bunch of kids from the orphanage, it was tons of fun! We also went to play with the little kids at Casa Cuna. Tonight we are having a Superbowl party :) Needless to say God has blessed me and has changed me in so many ways! 
 
What another beautiful day in Mexico! It is 80 degrees and sunny, praise God for great weather. God has been so good to us. Today we had french toast and fruit for breakfast (one of my faves) and had some sort of chili soup for lunch. The staff treat us so well. We cleaned up and swept in order to lay tile. It actually was very fun and kept me very busy. It is so neat to see God working in this place. God uses our small hands for his greater purpose!  I am very tired so decided it would be a good idea to hangout at the pool for the rest of the afternoon! Pray for us as we continue to do God's work... tonight my siblings and I are leading team devotions
 
Buenos Dias! For breakfast this morning we went to Casa Leonel (the orphanage) to eat breakfast. We ate scrambled eggs and ham, fruit, and bread! I could live off the bread here... :) After breakfast we headed to the new Christian school just built this year. It is a truly beautiful school! The kids are all so cute dressed in their plaid skirts, blue shorts, and white polo shirts. At Esperanza, the orphanage we work at, we had to prepare to lay tile. I have never inhaled so much dust! I did a lot of sweeping, cleaning, and lifting tile! The whole time all I could think of was "Choose Joy!" I still am waiting to see the plans God has for us down here. God is good, all the time, all the time God is good! I miss all of you back in Michigan and can't wait to see you all. Keep praying!
 
Our trip to Mexico would not be the same without some sort of delay or problem with the flight. We didn't have to wait long to realize that due to weather issues our flight out of Grand Rapids was delayed. The rest of the flights then were delayed too. I am so thankful that we arrived on the same day to beautiful weather in Mexico! We arrived in Guadalajara at around 6:30, not arriving at our hotel til around 11. It was a long day...
 
I am overjoyed at the fact of Christmas break being around the corner. I cannot wait to be given countless gifts; go to many parties and see all my family. I love having fun in the snow (at least when we have snow). But is this REALLY CHRISTMAS? Jesus' idea of CHRISTmas is that Christ is the center of our lives. That doesn't quite match up with reality; I get all caught up in all the different things going on that I forget what Christmas is truly about. If Christmas never happened; if Jesus never came into the world. We would not be here- nothing would be here. Jesus came as a precious gift, to bring light, hope, and salvation. He later died on the cross to save sinful humans from hell. He gave us eternity! I love Christmas and having fun, but need to be constantly reminded of the amazing gift Jesus gave to us.
 
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I love chapels, I can hear God's voice during them. In chapel, Mr. Doll really challenged me. God has been tugging at my heart to do something, to change my world, make a difference in someone else's life.  I am not sure what God's plan is for me, but I know that I can't continue going through the motions. I need to live life to the fullest. God has blessed me so much more than I deserve. I need to use that blessing to be a blessing to others. When I think that I need more and I don't have  the best of everything, I complain. Then I think of all the many blessings God has given to me. Food... clothes... a house... friends... parents... education... freedom.... the list goes on and on. Why do I need more? Instead of becoming greedy, I need to give and share some of my blessings. I am trying to listen to God and see where he is leading me to use my gifts. I want to live for God and serve him.

 
Chapel on Tuesday and Mrs. Hollenbach's  were both great reminder for me that I am made in God's image- he loves me unconditionally. I am equally loved in God's eyes. Somedays I think that I have no purpose, I am not needed for anything. Other days I feel like I am doing something, I am making a difference. The truth is that everyday God will be there for me even though I fail him everyday. When I am lonely I love to listen to Christian music. Your Love Never Fails is a great reminder for us all, that God loves us all the time! So in times of struggle remember: God makes all things work together for my good!

    WHAT I Am writing about

    • What is God saying to me?
    • How have I seen God?
    • What questions do I have about God and/or faith?
    • My thoughts on faith
    • How am I seeing God at work in my life and the lives of others. 
    • Thoughts on verses, chapels, and quotes.
    • Anything else about faith.

    Ellie Schreur

    I am in 8th grade. I like hanging out with my friends, I like to run, I like listening to music, and I LOVE JESUS! Jesus Christ is my life, it is my goal that everyday I strive to become more and more like him. He means everything to me. Whenever I need him he is always there. My goal is to share his unconditional love and amazing sacrifice on the cross to the least of these- to those who need it most. 

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