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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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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Grace for today: everything for a godly life

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2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:2-8

 

 

Surely, this man was the Son of God

Mark 15.39

And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus,
saw how He died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
Mark 15:39

Our Lord was on the cross for six long hours, all the while being faithful to his assignment to seek and save the lost. Even as He gives up His spirit, we see man drawn to Him, conviction of sin, and belief confessed that He was the Son of God!

Jesus had stated that this would happen:

27 “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. John 12:27-33

As we look at the at the centurion, we have the confirmation that Jesus, even on the cross, is drawing to the world, the ‘whosoever will,’ not just the Jew. I am reminded of Paul’s description of the Jew’s blessing and heritage, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen (Romans 9:4-5).

The centurion of the Roman army knows nothing about any of this blessing. Nor, did he see even one of the many miracles, signs, and wonders that Jesus performed. At least, I would think not. 🙂 The very fact that he is a Roman centurion lets us know that he lives in a world of many ‘g’ods with altars, and temples of all types.

He just knows that he is a man of authority assigned to watch over and the prisoners and execute the crucifixions on this day. Most likely, it is not the first day he and his men had done this. He has seen many men die, it is nothing new to him…but there is something different going on here, today. Something different about this man. The centurion has seen and heard much this day!

Seven sayings

Was there ever a man like this man?!? Luke 23:47 gives us further insight, The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”” Certainly, this statement reveals the power of Jesus’ Words to draw to Himself lifted on a cross. This is critical because Jesus also told us that “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him (Luke 23:47a).” Blessed is the Lamb of God who was drawing on this day and continues to draw men unto Himself!

The power of a cross with the Son of Man nailed to it draws man to the Son of God! Hallelujah! O What a Savior! All by the grace of God!

Recognizing Jesus as a righteous man helps us to know that apart from Jesus man is not righteous, convict us of our sins, and inform us of our need for a Savior. Man apart from God described by God in His Word:

For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
11     no one understands; no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
    no one does good, not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14     “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

But God so loves the world that He draws us to His Son lifted on a cross as He draws unto Himself…and man must make His choice. “”But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am? (Mark 8:29a)”

And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how He died,
he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
Mark 15:39

Blinders off, the eye of the heart opened, and Truth received. “SURELY this man was the Son of God.”

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 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 2:1-8

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 8:8-13

WHOSOEVER WILL LET HIM COME!

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Mark 8.29a

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“It is finished.”

John 19.30

When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished,”
and He bowed his head and gave up His spirit.
John 19:30

 “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

“And He has a name written on His robe and on His thigh:
King of kings and Lord of lords.: Revelation 19:16

A. W. Pink stated, “He entered the awful Darkness that I might walk in the Light; He drank the cup of woe that I might drink the cup of joy; He was forsaken that I might be forgiven!”

Isn’t this just the opposite of how it usually works? I mean look at the many wars and skirmishes around the world. I don’t see any kings dying for the subjects. Usually, it is the subjects who die to keep the king alive.

But not so with the King of kings and Lord of lords! Jesus:

  • Jesus dies so we might live.
  • Jesus is separated from the Father that we might be reconciled.
  • Jesus is forsaken so we might never be.
  • Jesus endures the Father’s wrath so we might be spared.
  • Jesus suffered loneliness so we might never be alone.
  • Jesus paid it all because He knew we could not.

“…Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8

“It is finished!” Nothing left for this servant, this body of flesh to do! I have successfully completed what I left Glory to accomplish! The debt is paid. The assignment finished. Salvation assured for “whosoever” will repent of their sin, believe in their heart, and confess with their mouth that I Am Lord and God has raised me from the dead [hold on its coming].

Personally, I am so blessed that the John 19:30 says that Jesus “gave up His Spirit” for He is God and no man or army of men or satan himself could have taken it. He did this because of amazing love, grace, and mercy.  “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father John 10:18).”

“But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin
by the sacrifice of himself.”
Hebrews 9:26b

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,
because He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

You Are My King (Amazing Love)

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken
I’m accepted, You were condemned
And I’m alive and well, Your spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken
I’m accepted, You were condemned
I’m alive and well, Your spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love and I know it’s true
And it’s my joy to honor You, in all I do to honor You

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken
I’m accepted, You were condemned
I’m alive and well, Your spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love and I know it’s true
And it’s my joy to honor You, in all I do to honor You
In all I do to honor You

You are my King
You are my King
Jesus, You are my King
You are my King

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love and I know it’s true
And it’s my joy to honor You

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love and I know it’s true
And it’s my joy to honor You, in all I do to honor You
In all I do to honor You, in all I do, let me honor You

John 19.30a

 

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