He is Risen Indeed

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“As 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…’” Mark 16:5-7

“He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” Luke 24:6-7

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matt. 28:6

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,” John 11:25

And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.” 1 Cor 6:14

Listen to He is Risen HERE.

Hallelujah. Today is the day of all days to celebrate. No matter what you may be going through, you are not alone. You are being held in the arms of a risen Savior! Let the joy of Jesus’ victory wash over you. We don’t need to be bound by our darkness.

Listen to Resurrection Power HERE.

We are living in the light of Jesus’ goodness because of what Jesus did for us. He gave us freedom, and we can live with him forever. We have Jesus’ power inside us, and we are unstoppable.

Rejoice today that you know Jesus.

Let’s pray. Lord, I am so thankful for the freedom you have given me. I know that whatever comes my way you are here with me. I just need to call on YOUR power and not try to be the hero all the time. You have gifted me to help others, and Lord, I pray that it is with this new freedom I will see those people raising their hands. We are redeemed and forgiven. Hallelujah. Thank you for what you did for me! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 27:14 – Between Death and Life

Psalm 27:14 says: Wait for theLord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

We wait in stillness for the resurrection. We stand in awe of what our Lord and Savior did for us. This is the day we remember his body lying in the tomb. Yet his soul descended to the depths of hell. It is just as we proclaim in our Creed.

For those Jesus left behind that day, they mourned. They hid in fear. They rested for it was the Sabbath. It must have been so surreal. Just a few short days before there had been such a triumphant entry into Jerusalem with shouts of Hosanna! Jesus was king. What happened?

Continue reading “Psalm 27:14 – Between Death and Life”

Good Friday – Perfect Love

Read Isaiah 53:3-5

Jesus was pierced for our transgressions. He endured suffering for you and me. We need to take a pause from our busy lives and remember.

Watch and Listen to PERFECT LOVE (Mary’s Song) HERE.

We may each have a special memory of a Good Friday service that touched our hearts. Or perhaps it’s a remembrance of when it first struck us exactly what Jesus had done for us.

Take time today to reflect on this act of love. The greatest gift of all. Not only did God leave his heavenly throne to become one of us, but he also died a horrendous death so we could live. That was his earthly mission.

Jesus said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30). What was finished was his earthly life as a man. What was to begin that day was his everlasting reign as King of Kings.

Our sins were nailed on the cross with him that day. Jesus paid the price. We have been redeemed. How does that make you feel?

Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Let your legacy of faith be renewed today.

Let’s pray. Lord, I am overcome with emotion. What you have done for me takes my breath away. The gratitude in my heart is overflowing. I want to be better. I want to be the best I can be for you. Help me to reach others so they can feel your love and follow you, too. Equip me to be a servant. In your precious name, I pray. Amen.

If you’d like to watch some other touching clips:

We Are the Reason

Mary Did You Know

Luke 2:1-20

Read Luke 2:1-20

Luke is one of the books of the Bible I’ve already walked through with you, but for today’s reading, I am bringing it back. This is a story you can never hear too many times. When God became one of us. He loved us that much.

So much focus is placed on the “holidays” these days. I think many have lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas. I’m as guilty as the next, wanting to make sure everyone’s gift is just perfect, that tree is decorated with all my favorite ornaments, etc. But amidst the craziness, there is a baby.  We remember this birth more than any other birth in history. As we should. This is the birth of a king. Our King, and he’s the Savior of the world. Continue reading “Luke 2:1-20”

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I truly appreciate each and every one of you as loyal blog readers and as folks just visiting for the first time.  Easter is the PERFECT time to celebrate and have a special blog post.  Most of you know that I am walking through the psalms, and every so often make a diversion to another book of the Bible.  Today will be a little different.  We’ll have a couple readings because today is JUST THAT SPECIAL!

Easter – when we celebrate being Christians! Jesus died for us, and we remember the empty tomb. He is ALIVE! Let’s start with the story from Matthew’s account.

Read Matthew 28:1-10.

I’ve always liked the different versions of the resurrection (same theme–Jesus is alive!) because different people will tell the same story differently, from their own perspective.  Matthew is one of my favorites because it focuses on the women closest to Jesus, and being a woman, that makes it especially special.

I can almost imagine being there with them, going to take care of things. I can identify with deep sadness at the death of a loved one. Isn’t it great that God uses angels to help with the message? It’s just another example of how God works in our midst! And then, they get to see Jesus and fall at his feet! I think I would have done exactly the same thing. Imagine the relief and joy. Imagine the overflowing love and devotion. Jesus wasn’t dead! We, too, have that joy! Jesus is alive!

My challenge to you is to hold on to this Easter faith all year long. Don’t let the trappings of the world crowd your head and make you forget. That’s the evil one you know. He doesn’t want us to remember, he wants us to have pain and suffering. Don’t let it take a stronghold, cling to your Easter faith and the Savior of the world is yours!

We have an inheritance. Read 1 Peter 1:3-4.  We have hope. We have Jesus forever.

Are you a follower of Christ? Are you seeking the truth? We all come with our own backgrounds and belief systems. I can say that for myself I have chosen Jesus and his healing and redemptive power in my life. I have chosen to walk in faith, knowing in my heart and confessing with my mouth that Jesus is LORD! He is my Lord.

We should all have the hunger we see in one of my favorite passages from the book of Philippians. Read Philippians 3:10-12. We have our marching orders for taking the joy of today into tomorrow. We want to know Jesus more intimately, we are ready to suffer in his name, and I’m going to do what it takes to be more and more like Jesus. How about you–how are you going to keep the Easter faith on fire?

Let’s pray. Father, Son and Holy Spirit I thank you for the cross, grave, and tomb and all that was accomplished for me. Keep me close to you each day so that I can truly be on fire for you. I want to grow closer each day and take on more and more of you. Cleanse me of me so that you can shine through! In Jesus’ name. Amen.