THE VICTORY AT EASTER

 

(At your darkest hours, “where were you? Where did you go? His cross calls you in forgiveness and love.”)

Luke 23:32-43 (NIV)

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[a] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”

36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: 

“This is the King of the Jews,”

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[b]

43 Jesus answered him, I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

This robber who asked Jesus to remember him in His Kingdom, was never baptized. He had never done good works, he had never attended a tabernacle, and he certainly was not kind and loving to those he robbed.   Yet, he was the one who saw and believed in Jesus’ Kingdom at His last breath. He asked Jesus for forgiveness and Jesus by His grace forgave him while dying next to him.

Then: I asked Jesus, “Where were the disciples?   Where were the fishers of men? Where were those at your deepest hours to give the hope to others of Your Kingdom?”

Then this week before Easter Sunday, I found out why.  I heard the Living Word speak out the truth I had missed before.  That is what happens as we read with Him.  His Words live and breath and becomes our being.

It was written. The Old Testament has the prophecy that had to be fulfilled, like all the other truths of Jesus. So, His disciples were not supposed to be with Him.

Zechariah 13:7 and 8 “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me, declares the Lord Almighty. Strike the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.”

This fulfills the Word of God for every prophecy of Jesus as answered.

Matthew 26:31 and 32 “ Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”

John 19:25-27 “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.   When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loves standing nearby, He said to His mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son’, and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

There is so much mockery and hate around Jesus on that cross. Do we know how that feels? Many Christians do.  Paul wrote about our sufferings for Jesus our Savior. Paul wrote he would count it all joy to suffer for Him.

Our perfect Savior suffered, He bled to death on the cross, and heard the vilest of words, and yet He still loved them all.   So can we expect any less than Jesus?   Can we expect to skip around the world’s darkness? Or do we make the Light shine?

I weep at the thought of forsaking my first love, my Jesus.  As I kneel at His cross and ask forgiveness, Jesus reminds me of His Words of Promises. Through His Love for us, we are forgiven forever.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever”. (Psalms 23:6)

Where was I? Where was I when others were suffering and needed to know Jesus?   Where was I when people just like me were in desperation? Where was I when all others around me were hungry for the Truth? Where am I now?

Jesus asks us “Where are you?”

The robber on the cross makes this scripture come alive to speak:

 Romans 5:8 (NIV)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

There is a new song in my heart since I first heard it. The world needs this song!

You and I can sing the same!

“The Cross meant to kill, is my Victory.” By David Crowder.

JESUS is The Victory! HE LIVES!

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YOUR WINGS OF THE MORNING

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Psalm 139:9-10 (KJV)

9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

The blush of the morning Sun reveals that even there, He holds your right hand. He holds you as He soars your spirits in His Joy. Even if you are afar in the unknown seas, His comfort is with you. He holds you above the squalls of the waters.

The first moment of consciousness in the dawn is Jesus. You close your eyes, and empty the sleep of sands. He waits while you cleanse your thoughts only of Him. Then, He whispers, “Good Morning, I gave you a new day”! You experience the pure love as His child with no other cares in the world.

Jesus has shown you how to find Him intimately on the “wings of the morning”.   As you personally know Him deeper, your highest desire is to share His Love with the world. Those prayers you say in a solitary place; rise to Him with a sweet aroma. He whispers in the morning dew, “Join Me, I have equipped you with all you need to become a fisher of men.”

His hand will lead and hold you on your journey.

Prayer 1. Dear Father, my first love of life, please lead me beside the still waters and restore my soul.

Prayer 2. In the quietness of my solitary place dear Lord, please whisper again the path You hold before me.

 

 

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Prayer 1. Dear Father, my first love of life, please lead me beside the still waters and restore my soul.

Prayer 2. In the quietness of my solitary place dear Lord, please whisper again the path You hold before me.

 

THE GREAT DELIGHT

 

1 Corinthians 11:17-22 (NIV)

17 In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. 18 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval. 20 So then, when you come together, it is not the Lord’s Supper you eat, 21 for when you are eating, some of you go ahead with your own private suppers. As a result, one person remains hungry and another gets drunk. 22 Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God by humiliating those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? Certainly not in this matter!”

When I read this scripture, I do understand that the message is involving the Lord’s Supper. I also know that some churches do not allow some brothers or sisters in Christ to take the body of Christ and the blood of Christ in their building, if they are not members of that church.

Is this a time of humiliation?   Paul was given the Holy Words of this Scripture to make known this truth. We do not need to be divided. The greatest offering given to me was a “prayer of blessing”. What a great pleasure of overcoming differences. I was welcomed. I did not leave differed, but delighted.

I also think God wants us to understand that although He created us equal in body, soul, and spirit, He has made us different for a very good reason.   It makes me wonder if the differences within the churches could be looked in another way. Perhaps this is a gift of being different. Jesus was “different”! Yes, he was despised because of this, and He was perfect.   What if our differences in Christ are made to delight in one another?   Showing that Jesus lives within us and offers a different way of thinking and studying, but not lacking in the belief of our salvation in Jesus Christ.

“God made us different, not to divide us but to delight us.” Pam Kidd

(Permission was given for me to share this by Pam)

So where does God show us this? My heart says it is where there is love in sharing our differences. We eat differently, dress in other ways, have different holidays, and pray in different ways and places. Would any of us like exact sameness? I mean wouldn’t life be boring? If we look at the Fruits of the Spirit, they are the same for all of us, but the Gifts of the Spirit are very different and fit the pieces God has Purposed.

Romans 1:16-17 (NIV)

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[a] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”[b]

 

I had to ponder just what God means for us to delight. Share the Gospel as He has given us. There is no set way the Holy Spirit will send His living Word from your lips to another. We will not be divided from Jesus we will delight in Jesus! This is the great Delight of our Salvation. Jesus!

There is a very favorite scripture that many Christians know and have recited because of the last words. Perhaps they forget what the first ones really are.

Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

How do I delight myself in the Lord? Other scriptures come my way in this, and I will just say the words, you can look them up. “The joy of the Lord is my strength”. The JOY of the Lord! How do you get the JOY of the Lord? You have to know Him in great pleasure of spending time with Him. We have to know Him by the knowledge of God’s great love for us.

“You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.”   He turns my darkness into light!   He is my Lamp! He cannot be my Lamp if I don’t’ hold onto Him. He cannot give me Light unless I follow Him.

Delight, how sweet the sound; like an aroma of the sweetest scent.

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