All posts for the month April, 2011

Glory Revealed

Published April 25, 2011 by imdaddysgirl

Let every man and woman count himself immortal.  Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection.  Let him say not merely, “Christ is risen,” but “I shall rise.”  ~Phillips Brooks

Easter is my very favorite Holiday.  Of all the joys in life, what greater event could we possibly celebrate?  Jesus has risen!  The perfect God became a sinless man, to lay down His life to pay the penalty for my sin.  Brutally tortured and crucified.  Declaring, “It is FINISHED.”  Temple veil torn.  Access now granted for you and for me.  No longer restricted access after much sacrifice.  “He appeared once, for all, to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”  (Heb. 9:26)  “He is  the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 Jn 2:2)

Dead.  For sure.  For three days.  John 10:11, “The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”  The “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29).    Christ, “our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” (1 Cor. 5:7)  No fault found in Him.  Spotless.  Free of all blemish.  A perfect sacrifice.  No life taken from Him, the Author of life.  He gave His life.  For you.  For me.

…” And He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”  Heb 9:28  The stone was rolled away.    “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days.” (Jn 2:19)  It was IMPOSSIBLE for death to keep its hold on Him. (Acts 2:24)  

How does this affect my life centuries later?  If I “confess with my mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”  (Romans 10:9)    He has given me “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”  (1 Pet. 3:18)

How will this resurrection impact my future?  2 Cor 4:14  “The One who raised Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in His presence.”  For it is the will of the Father, “that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall  have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”  (Jn. 6:40)  

So it is that the same hope I found in Christ years ago, was found yesterday by many.  An Easter Sonrise celebration where the life, death and resurrection of Christ was proclaimed.  Joggers paused to listen.  Cyclers stopped their spinning wheels.  Walkers strolled in.  A community gathered.  His church outside the walls.  Christ proclaimed.  A living hope.  Received fresh into hearts prepared by the Father.   Filled with promise.  Oh glorious day!

Thank You, Father for resurrection and life!  Thank You for Your goodness and grace!  Thank You for eternal life and hope.  Grow strong in the hearts of new followers.  Help us to follow Your example always and live fully to bring You glory.


Proclaiming the Lord’s death until He comes

Published April 22, 2011 by imdaddysgirl

Broken like the bread of life, we often flee from pain.  We resign to live our lives, not knowing death’s true gain.
This is not the will of God, for in dying we will live.  The cross, a sign of victory and of the healing it will give.  

~Tom Booth

Easter is my very favorite Holiday!  Even before I understood its true meaning, I enjoyed the yearly childhood  ritual of getting a pretty new dress, a bonnet,  gloves and shoes.  And I still enjoy  a good Easter egg hunt!  I love all of the symbolism of the Spring season related to new life and new beginnings.  Yet, it is so much more…

Spring is a time for planting.  Seeds have to be sown before there can be a harvest.  So, as I reflect this Good Friday, I find the need to consider the cost.  While I know the end of the story and I celebrate Christ’s resurrection everyday, there was a great price paid.  An eternal seed was planted… of which you and I can reap of the harvest daily.

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone.  But its death will produce many new kernels – a plentiful harvest of new lives.”  John 12:24

Not wanting to assume that every reader has this understanding, Jesus was speaking of His own death here which would purchase life for you and I.  Jesus also used the symbolism of broken bread and poured out wine which believers continue to share as communion and a time of remembrance.  “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”              (1 Corinthians 11:26)

Before I really knew Jesus, (but was raised to know about Him) I felt anger for those I thought were responsible for killing Jesus.  Soldiers, religious rulers of the day, friends who betrayed Him.  What I didn’t realize was that Jesus GAVE his life for you and I.  He said, “No one takes my life from me. I give my life of my own free will. I have the authority to give my life, and I have the authority to take my life back again. This is what my Father ordered me to do.”     John 10:18  

The price for all sin ever committed was paid by Jesus that day, for once and for all.  The righteous requirements of a holy God were met through the sacrificial death of Jesus the God-man who had never sinned.  Through His sacrifice, the price for my sin was paid.  The price for all sin was paid, for you and for me and for all who will accept and receive Him and His salvation.

Why would He do this?!  Why would anyone ever do this?!  It was for me and for you.  It was the Father’s will.  He gave His life so that we could be united with Christ, have fellowship with Him and be made one with Him and with one another.  Philippians 2:1,2   

What shall my response be, but to praise Him, wonder in His goodness, revel in His love and never- ending faithfulness.  Today I shall check my attitude.  I shall ponder Christ’s sacrifice and the power of love.  I shall challenge myself to receive Him fully and set my heart on things above.  I will agree to take up my cross and follow Him.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2:5-11

Heavenly Father, please help me to honor you today and everyday by the power of the cross.  Jesus, I thank You for the price You paid for me to know You.  Thank You for revealing truth to me by Your Holy Spirit.  Help me to live at all times in a way which brings You glory and honor.  Thank You for giving Your life for me that I can live in You.  Lord, I remember what You have done and I thank You.