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April 06, 2020
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God". (John 1:1)
Typically I write a different format on Easter and what it means to me and the Christian world.
This time is different on the most part.
This is Holy Week.
Right now, more than ever My family is relying on our faith.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
Christians from around the world take time to remember and celebrate what Jesus Christ (God the Son), did for all of mankind.
I urge all of you with faith to not only pray for your land, but the whole world.
We are going to great lengths, these days, to avoid exposure to people who might carry the COVID-19 virus. No one wants to be exposed to a carrier nor do we want to carry the virus to others.
The word 'carry' is a familiar one to Christ followers.
In this Holy Week, the final days leading up to Easter, we remember that Jesus is a 'carrier'.
Not of a deadly virus, but of salvation and hope because He carried the cross to Calvary.
Victory over death, and so you may live life to the fullest.
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10).
We are making efforts to stay safe and healthy around here.
Not only are Karen and I senior citizens, but Yolanda has several underlying issues we pray for each day.
Like you, Vet appointments, dental appointments and others have been delayed or rescheduled.
Don't just sit around, however.
Try to get outside if your health and the weather allows it.
This time of year life abounds.
Even if you simply go outside for a few minutes to listen to the birds singing.
A sun slashed day will brighten any day.
Can you tinker around outside?
Take walks (I do all the time).
“Where, O death, is your victory?Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15: 55)
Spring is my favorite season.
After a long winter of snow, cold and sometimes weeks of sunless days, who wouldn't look forward to a change.
Winter does play a part in my appreciation for Spring, but it is much more than that.
Spring is a promise of new beginnings.
Spring brings forth new life.
The days grow longer, birds and other wildlife become more active.
Yes, the length of day dictates more then temperatures.
As the days grow warmer, the grass turns green.
Flowers begin to bloom and trees and other plant life wakes up.
Insects wake up and eggs hatch.
You might even see of feel love in the air.
Love, another life giving moment.
If you think about it, many of your favorite spring smells are life giving or from life giving.
The intoxicating aromas of hyacinth and lilacs.
The smell of a fresh cut lawn.
The fresh smell of the earth as we dig in.
I really enjoy the smell of dirt, fresh cut lawns, spring rain, flowers and even worms.
Birds become more active, frogs begin to sing, some critters wake from hibernation.
'After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit'. (John 19:28-30)
God the father in all his wisdom waited for the right time in human history.
Jesus had to suffer and die the most inhumane, hideous death possible.
No other time in the history of man kind was there or has there ever been such a viscous way to kill or execute another person.
So now you see.........................
Jesus not only had to die or become the ultimate sacrifice,
He had to be beat and beat some more (by his stripes you are healed).
He was humiliated, as he was spat on, kicked, punched, cursed, and more.
He was nailed to the cross without a stitch of clothing on.
He had to not only die for our sins, but the time was such that he had to feel the pain.
He had to suffer.
Jesus had to experience everything humanly possible so he could relate to us and what we go through everyday.
For you and me.
Easter, the celebration of living and life.
“So you and I can have life and have it more abundantly.”
No more need for annual sacrifices to our Heavenly Father.
He loves us so much that the Trinity set forth this plan from the beginning of time.
Now this is just my thought or opinion......
When Jesus died, I feel he died of a broken heart., not just the pain.
He felt the separation from God.
“My God, My God.................. why have you forsaken me?”
“It is finished”.
He died right after that.
Or did he?Can you imagine, the prince of darkness laughing, thinking he had won the battle.
At once, on The prince of darkness door step stands the Prince of Peace.
Hand them over he tells the liar and coward.
Hand over the keys of death.
Cowering, Satan hands over the keys of death to the King of Life.
He Has Risen!
Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? (Luke 24: 1-4)
"Treat the earth well:
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our
Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."
Ancient Indian Proverb.
Your friend indeed,
Better yet, have them sign up so they can receive their own letters.
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