The suffering Servant

Isaiah 52.12

“See, my Servant will act wisely;
    He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
Just as there were many who were appalled at Him—
    His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
    and His form marred beyond human likeness—
 so He will sprinkle many nations,
    and kings will shut their mouths because of Him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
    and what they have not heard, they will understand. Isaiah 52:13-15

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Hope for today: pray to our Father

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After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

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Hope for today: grave clothes gone

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38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”  John 11:38-44

Growing measure of faith

Romans 12.3

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves,

it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.


So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.
He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in.


Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there,


as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen.


Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.


(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)


10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.”
John 20:1-10

Peter and John left the crucifixion site fearful, full of sorrow, defeated, without hope BUT God was still at work. They did not believe the promise Jesus had made that He return. BUT GOD is at work and their faith will grow.

Now, I am no Greek scholar but have been taught that John used three different Greek words for “seeing” in the above passage of Scripture:

verse 5 –  “to glance in, to look  in”

verse 6 – “to look carefully, to observe”

verse 8 – “to perceive with intelligent comprehension”

being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

May the following verses help us to understand God’s expectation that we grow in our faith as well. Faith is the economy of the Kingdom and without it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:2-3

 I pray that out of his glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, Ephesians 3:16

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 2 Thessalonians 1:3

Thanking God for the measure of faith that He has given and is maturing!
Hallelujah to the Lamb of God for making it possible!

Philippians 1.6

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Hope for today: the King of Glory

HopeLift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Psalm 24:7-10

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Hope for today: my Rock

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Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.
He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

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Wisdom Wednesday

Empty tomb with three crosses on a hill side.Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day He will be raised to life!” Matthew 20:17-19

Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday! I pray that the following Scriptures and quotes will us to keep Jesus and His amazing love, grace, and mercy in our hearts and minds… and devote our lives to the praise of His glory! Please leave a comment if inspired by the Lord! Resurrection - 1Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:23-25Resurrection - 4As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ” Mark 16:5-7Resurrection - 5Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.  Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die—ever. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she told Him, “I believe You are the Messiah, the Son of God, who comes into the world.” John 11:25-27Resurrection - 2With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all…  Acts 4:33Resurrection - 6We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. Romans 6:9
Resurrection - 8Jesus said to her, “Mary.”She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. John 20:16-18Resurrection - 10“For as by a man came death, by a man has come the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:21-22Resurrection - 9“For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.” Romans 6:5Resurrection - 7

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

Galatians 2.20

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Hope for today: Your unfailing love…

HopeLet me hear of Your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting You. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to You.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to You to hide me.
10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God.
May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
11 For the glory of Your name, O Lord, preserve my life. Because of Your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.
12 In Your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes, for I am Your servant. Psalm 143:8-12

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Secure the tomb…

John 2.19

“The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that He has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”
65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.
Matthew 27:62-66

Now, how secure would that have to be?
Can finite man secure an infinite, all-powerful God?

66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal
on the stone and posting the
guard.
Matthew 27:66

Jesus did say…

“Jesus answered them,
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19

Here it is one more time, the enemy meaning it for harm but God using it for good!
The sealing of the tomb by the Roman guard will make it impossible for anyone to seal Jesus’ body! Man – once again proving 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 to be true.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” 20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

1 Corinthians 1.25

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