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Devotionals by Raul Ries

FRIDAY April 19, 2019


So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”
Matthew 27:54

While Jesus was dying on the cross, there werethose who blasphemed Him, saying,“If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross” (Matthew 27:40).The chief priests with the scribes and elders also mocked Jesus, saying:

“He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God’ ” (Matthew 27:41-43).

Jesus cried out in Hebrew these on the cross, “Eli,Eli, lama sabachthani?” meaning, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” God the Father turned His back on Jesus. Imagine, He was totally alone. At this very dark moment in Jesus’ life, sin was placed upon Him until He would die and accomplish the purpose for why He came.

People watching Jesus’ crucifixion had no compassion and no love. They looked to see what He would do. Jesus cried out with a loud voice and died. The veil in the temple was rent in two, the earth quaked, rocks split open, and many saints were raised from the dead (Mathew 27: 50-53).

What reaction did the centurion and those guarding Jesus have towards all the things they saw? They declared: “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Mathew 27:54) In your life, have you come to the same conclusion?

Don’t ever think that there are many ways to the Divine. Jesus is the One qualified Mediator, the only qualified sacrifice, and the only qualified Savior.
~Erwin Lutzer~

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About Somebody Loves You

'Somebody Loves You' program is designed to equip listeners with the necessary tools to live out their faith. 'Somebody Loves You' features Raul Ries' humorous, sensible and comprehensible teaching of God's Word.

About Raul Ries

Raul Ries, 60, is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs and President of Somebody Loves You Ministries. After his miraculous conversion in 1971, Raul began to read and study the Bible extensively even though he had a limited education. In 1974 he began a home Bible study with seven other committed individuals. Soon, he started to preach and counsel youth during the noon hour at his former high school, Baldwin Park High. Calvary Chapel West Covina grew out of Raul's home fellowship, as well as his Kung-Fu studio, and was soon meeting weekly at an old converted Safeway store. In 1993, the congregation moved to Diamond Bar and occupied a 101,000 square-foot corporate building on 28 acres. Calvary Chapel Golden Springs (as it is now called) draws between 10,000 - 12,000 in attendance weekly.

Author of several books, including Fury to Freedom (the story of his early life and dramatic conversion), Raul Ries has also produced three films: Fury to Freedom (feature film dramatization of the book); A Quiet Hope (a riveting and stirring documentary detailing seven soldier's accounts of the Vietnam War and its aftermath); and A Venture in Faith (a documentary of the history of the Calvary Chapel movement).

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