Then the angel spoke to the women.“Don’t be afraid?” he said. “I know you are looking forJesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said would happen. Mathew 28:5-6
Jesus came and told the disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit. Teach these ne disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
I thought this morning about the disciples and the grief they must have been feeling today (all those years ago) as the sun rose and they woke. They lost their teacher, their brother, their hope, their leader, their confidant, their friend, their Lord.
The disciples were often not quite sure of things. They KNEW who Jesus was but their flesh couldn’t understand what God was doing. They often asked Jesus. “What do you mean?”, “Where are you going?”, “How do we get there, again?”, “Is all this really true?”. They knew but they couldn’t understand.
I get that. I often feel that way too.
So, the sun rose and their Lord was dead. They didn’t understand. They were lost, maybe hopeless and definitely Grieving.
Today we know we don’t have to grieve Jesus’ death because we’re on the other side of the resurrection. We know He’s alive.
Somehow, as believers though, our hearts feel the grief today don’t they?
There is a place for our grief today because we know the weight of it and that weight is our sin. Our sins have been handled but we still sin don’t we?
Let us grieve today because of our sins and repent.
James 4:7-10 says: So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners: purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
Sister, this grief that James is talking about is good soil for our hearts to grow in. Just like April rain brings May flowers. How much louder do we laugh after we’ve grieved. How much deeper is our joy on the other side of grief.
The disciple’s grief on this day was grief with an unknown outcome. Our grief on this day is with the knowledge that we will celebrate our risen Lord. We can safely grieve our sin, repent and know that God will renew our lives.
I pray that today, with much expectation for the SON to rise tomorrow, we will put our sins to death and allow the Lord to restore us to new life.
In remembrance of Good Friday, I asked my kids this morning if they could tell me what Jesus actually did when he died on the cross. Each of them gave me a similar answer but the way my little (7 year old) Coco phrased her answer made my brain explode a little bit.
She very nonchalantly said, ” He handled our sin cause we couldn’t do it by ourselves.”
I looked up what the word “handled” means and the definition is: to deal with, have responsibility for, or be in charge of.
Sister, sin is dealt with because of the cross. Jesus took responsibility of sin on the cross, and he is in charge of sin because of the cross.
We could never do this by ourselves. Without what Jesus did on the cross our sins are still ours to deal with. Without what Jesus did on the cross we are still responsible for our sins. Without what Jesus did on the cross sin is in charge of us and we have no Freedom.
BUT Jesus died on the cross, He handled our sin and because this is true; we are free.
Better than all spiritual gifts, Better than any earthly thing, better than anything we can humanly comprehend, is Love.
Who can ever live up to the true definition of love?
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
For God so LOVED the world that He gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
There is only one man who can boast of LOVE and it is Jesus.
Sister, let us lean into true love today. That is Jesus.
Three years ago I shared this little blurb in explanation of why I was going to take a break from social media. I remember exactly how I felt during that time. I was completely overwhelmed by the cultures ideas and my heart was so heavy for people I loved and people I didn’t even know. When the memory of it popped up yesterday I began to think about how much I have learned in the past three years (because of this particular break) and the peace I have come to know.
For years I had been reading parts and verses of the bible. That isn’t terrible but it sure isn’t how I was going to get to a place where I felt confident that I knew the character of God. I can confidently say that I now know the character of God after reading and studying the whole bible. To be clear, by no means do I believe I have “arrived” at some perfect knowing or relationship with Him, I just know what the entire word of God says and knowing that has changed my perspective. I still get overwhelmed with our cultures ideas but it does not consume me because I know God already won the war between truth and lies. My heart still gets heavy for those I love and those I don’t even know but it doesn’t paralyze me because I know God loves them more than I do, I know He is working all things together for the ones who love Him, I know He is good, I know He gets the last word, I know Jesus died and rose again, I know there is no grave where His body lays because I know He is alive. I know He is coming back and I know if there is not a victory on this side of heaven for someone there will be in eternity.
I say all of this because I want this peace for every woman, I want this peace for my children, and for everyone I love and for everyone I don’t even know and that is why I try to be faithful in sharing the truth and freedom we have in Christ. To do that well though, I need a break. I need to finish my classes, play with my sweet kiddoes and sit by the pool with a fruity drink (not a must but certainly sounds amazing).
I hope you might take a break too. Shut everything off, sink into the word of God, sit with one of your kiddoes and ask them their thoughts on stuff, splash in the pool with your littles, write letters to ones you love, bake some cookies, refill your tank this summer. Set your eyes on where you are in this exact season. Until September!….
and remember Love God your most so you can love others your best.
Have you ever wondered what God wanted you do? Have you ever believed you’d be fulfilled, content, successful, validated when…(fill in the blank)…happens?
Have you ever tried to explain to your kids what’s really important in life? Have you ever prayed for peace for your children who are trying to figure out what their role in this world is?
I know I have.
I just finished the book “Lord, where’s my calling” and I can not stress to you how greatly every Christian would benefit from reading this book. This book has lifted the weight of these questions off my heart. It’s a book packed full of FREEDOM.
As I read it, the Lord highlighted so many ways that I am missing Him because of my own agenda, and feelings , and most of all my ego. The simplicity of what life can be like when we keep the main thing the main thing is such freedom. Teasi Cannon (the author) does such a great job talking this out in her book. After reading it, I felt like her and I had just been out for coffee and she answered questions about how to follow Jesus that I didn’t even know I had. This book truly is one that will “get your mind right”.
It reminds me of ballet. Your core is one of the most important parts of the body while doing ballet. If your alignment is off you will not be able to execute the steps properly and even if you manage the steps they will be wobbly and messy. In ballet terms this book corrects your alignment and sets you up for a successful performance.
This book is so much more than it’s title. These days we may not hear people ask about their “calling” very much. It’s more likely we will hear people say , “How do I live my best life?” or “What is my truth?”…. This book answers those questions too and it answers them well, with purpose, truth, intelligence and clarity.
Here’s one of my favorite excerpts…
“If we could somehow put our longing for a special calling under a microscope, I wonder what we’d find at it’s molecular level. What would we see underneath all the layers? Could it be that what’s actually there is a need for joy? Or maybe a need for peace and patience or self-control? I wonder if we’d see that it’s not a big plan we are aching for but simply more of Him – the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. And maybe we’d start asking for what – or whom – we really need.”
I pray that you will take the time to read this book and share it with your kiddoes and friends. It will leave you with peace and contentment and a hope in Jesus alone.
I asked God, “How much do you love me?” He said, “This much…” Then He spread His arms… and died for me.
These were the words written on a little plaque my mom bought from (I think) the dollar store when I was about eight years old. It was the classic 80’s style home decore. It was a peace oak stained wood, painted with a maroon colored sky, white fluffy clouds, a golden cross off in the distance and Jesus in a white and pale pink rob with his back facing out and His arms stretched out wide in the clouds as if he was falling forward. I can still remember the emotion that came over me when I read those words. Some how my little eight year old heart understood completely what God, the God of all creation, did for me on the cross. Some how, in that moment, I knew the depth of God’s love for me was real and true. I begged my mom to let me put it in my room. I recall a sort of confused look on her face but of course she said yes. I shared a room with my little sister at the time and I slept on the top bunk. I hung that plaque on the wall right next to where I laid my head to sleep. From then on I can remember a deep understanding that God died for me. I didn’t have much of a concept, though of sin, redemption, restoration, and never took the time to see what the bible said about anything. This, naturally, left me with no real direction on how to have an actual relationship with God. When I got to college and started asking questions about who Jesus actually was and how He came into the world (through a virgin birth, yeah right?, was my thought then) I was exposed to a ton of ideas about the specifics.
I have noticed lately, a lot of Christians these days don’t see the importance of understanding who Jesus actually is. They are of the understanding that we can’t really know exactly who He was and if we try, we are only fooling ourselves. There is also an idea that somehow we are or can be equal to Jesus. That we have exactly the same qualities as He and all we have to do is believe it.
If there is one thing I have learned about Christianity through the years, it is this one thing. Jesus is God. It doesn’t work any other way. There is no other way to see Jesus through scripture. It is very clear who he is and who he said He was.
I believe one of the reasons this is hard for people to comprehend is because we so easily forget the Holiness of God. If we could only comprehend the weight of His HOLINESS. I mean, the word says we can’t even be in His presence or we would literally die because of His holiness.
And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. (Exodus 20:19)
Moses’ sandal’s couldn’t even touch the ground he was walking on next to the burning bush. Because it was Holy ground(Exodus 3:5-6)
“The bible says that God is Holy, Holy, Holy. (Isaiah 6)
Moses’ face glowed (it GLOWED!) after being in the presence of God. (Exodus 34:29-30)
From the very beginning, before God created the earth He knew He would have to save us.
Proverbs 3:19-20 - By wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens. By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the clouds poured down rain.
The plan was always redemption and God knew the only one who could redeem us was HIMSELF and the only way He could get to us (without us literally falling over dead upon His arrival) was through His Holy Spirit and Mary of Bethlehem giving birth to Him, who we call Jesus, the son. It always was and always will be THE FATHER THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.
When Moses asked , who do I say sent me? God said, Tell them I AM sent you. (Exodus 3:14)
When Jesus was asked, who are you? He said, I AM. (John 1:1-2, John 8:58)
It is clear who Jesus said he was.
Sister, Our God died for us! If that is not true, we do not have Freedom.