Sunday, April 20, 2014

He's Alive!

He's Alive!

That you may know . . . the exceeding greatness of His power . . . which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead.   Ephesians 1:18-20, NKJV

God the Father split history in two when He flexed the divine, eternal muscle of His will and exerted His power on His Son's behalf! How He must have eagerly anticipated and rejoiced in the vindication and resurrection of His Son! His power was so mightily tremendous that Jesus was:

Raised up from the dead!

Raised up without our sin!

Raised up to life!

Raised up through the walls of the tomb!

Raised up past the guards!

Raised up through all His invisible enemies!

Raised up to a position of authority over the entire universe! Raised up to be seated at the right hand of God!

Jesus was raised up! He's alive!


Blessings

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Thank Him Now

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities.   Isaiah 53:5, NIV

Perhaps thinking to satisfy the crowd's thirst for blood without actually going so far as to execute Jesus, Pilate had Him flogged. The flogging would have ripped the flesh off of His back, exposing His internal organs. History records that flogging victims either passed into unconsciousness, went insane, or died. The miracle is not that Jesus survived the whipping, but that He submitted to it! How easy it would have been for Him to defy them and, without cursing but in righteous judgment, send them all to hell!

Why? Why would God allow His Son to endure such physical torture? The answer had been given years earlier, when Isaiah solemnly prophesied, "Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. . . . He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed" (Isa. 53:4-5, NIV).

Thank Him now for bearing God's judgment that should have been yours!


Blessings

Friday, April 18, 2014

SET FREE

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.   Romans 6:18, NIV

With blood flowing from His wounds and streaming down His face from the thorns in His brow, Jesus stood before Pilate. As part of the Passover celebration, it was Pilate's custom to release any prisoner the crowd chose. It just so happened that "at that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. So . . . Pilate asked them, 'Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus Who is called Christ?'" (Matt. 27:16-17, NIV)

The rulers shouted back, "No, not him! Give us Barabbas!" (John 18:40, NIV). Barabbas! Barabbas was a thief and a murderer and a rabble-rouser! The religious leaders of Israel were demanding that Barabbas be set free and Jesus be crucified. And so Barabbas became the first person to be set free by the death of Jesus.

Jesus died, not just in the place of Barabbas, but in your place and mine. Because He died, I am free! Free from my sin and its penalty.


Blessings

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Antidote to Fear

Trust in God; trust also in me.   John 14:1, NIV

Jesus commanded His disciples to "trust in God; trust also in me." The antidote to fear is faith.

When I toss and turn in the middle of the night, worried and fearful over something that is impending in my life or the life of someone I love, I am comforted and calmed as I meditate on Who God is. It helps me plant my faith in Someone Who is bigger than my fears. I just fall back on Who God is and rest in Him. He cannot be less than Himself! And my God is God!

Next time you feel afraid, make up a list - not of your fears but of the characteristics of God. Find a Scripture verse or passage to substantiate each one as you reconsider your situation in light of Who God is. Then, if you feel it would be helpful to list your fears, make sure beside each one you write down the attribute of God that applies. The secret to peace lies in your focus.

Blessings