“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20).
When the women, very early on that morning after the Sabbath rest, came to the sepulcher where they had seen Joseph and Nicodemus bury their Lord Jesus, they were greeted by angels with an amazing announcement. “Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said” (Matthew 28:5-6).
He humbled himself and was fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death—death on a cross. PHILIPPIANS 2:8
When human hands fastened the divine hands to a cross with spikes, it wasn’t the soldiers who held the hands of Jesus steady. It was God who held them steady. Those same hands that formed the oceans and built the mountains. Those same hands that designed the dawn and crafted each cloud. Those same hands that blueprinted one incredible plan for you and me.
Take a stroll out to the hill. Out to Calvary. Out to the cross where, with holy blood, the hand that placed you on the planet wrote the promise, “God would give up his only Son before he’d give up on you.”
Six Hours One Friday
“We worked hard all night … and we caught nothing.” LUKE 5:5
Do you have any worn, wet, empty nets? Do you know the feeling of a sleepless, fishless night? Of course you do. For what have you been casting? Solvency? “My debt is an anvil around my neck …”
Faith? “I want to believe, but …”
Healing? “I’ve been sick so long …”
A happy marriage? “No matter what I do …”
I’ve worked hard all night and caught nothing.
You’ve felt what Peter felt. You’ve sat where Peter sat. And now Jesus is asking you to go fishing. He knows your nets are empty. He knows your heart is weary. He knows you’d like nothing more than to turn your back on the mess and call it a life.
But he urges, “It’s not too late to try again.”
See if Peter’s reply won’t help you formulate your own. “You say to put the nets in the water, so I will” (Luke 5:5).
from NEXT DOOR SAVIOR
On My Father’s Side by Barn Again Gang
This came around just in time for Easter…..keep it moving so that many may enjoy it!
This is really gorgeous, turn the volume up………………………
Good Friday is a day of sorrow. It is the day Jesus the Son of God sacrificed His life for us….Jesus Christ is our Lamb. There are no words I am able to write that can express what we feel this solemn day. The song Watch The Lamb tells the story in reverent beauty.
Watch The Lamb is performed by Ray Boltz.
Please watch it to the very end.
The radio ad for an upcoming seminar sounded intriguing. The announcer said, “You can beat death—for good! Attend my seminar and I’ll show you how.” I wondered for a few moments what the speaker would claim could beat death and what his suggestions might be. Perhaps something about diet or exercise or freezing our bodies? After listening a little longer, though, I realized he had said, “You can beat debt—for good.”
The most wonderful news is that we can beat death because Jesus paid our debt! (1 Cor. 15:55-57). Our debt of sin meant separation from God, but Jesus willingly gave up His life and was crucified on a cross to pay what we owed. As Mary Magdalene and another Mary went to the tomb on the third day to anoint His body, an angel told them: “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said” (Matt. 28:6). With great joy they ran to bring His disciples the word. On their way, Jesus met them and said, “Rejoice!” (v.9). Jesus had risen, and His followers had reason for rejoicing.
Jesus has removed the sting of death (1 Cor. 15:55). Now we too have victory by believing in the Son of God’s death and resurrection for us. Through Jesus’ perfect work, we can beat death—for good! by Anne Cetas
Dear Lord, thank You for sacrificing Your life for our
sins so that we might live. We’re thankful that because
You died and rose again, we can have assurance that
one day we’ll be with You in a place of no more death.
We owed a debt we couldn’t pay; Jesus paid a debt He didn’t owe.
March 30, 2013
This weekend brings us to the time of pondering and celebrating the two most important events in the course of human history – the death and resurrection of Christ.
Today’s video shows some favorite archaeological discoveries that help to solidify the historical context behind these events.
WATCH Video at the links below:
“I must preach about God’s kingdom … This is why I was sent.” LUKE 4:43
After Christ’s forty-day pause in the wilderness, the people of Capernaum “tried to keep him from leaving. But Jesus said to them, ‘I must preach about God’s kingdom to other towns, too. This is why I was sent’ ” (Luke 4:42–43).
He resisted the undertow of the people by anchoring to the rock of his purpose: employing his uniqueness to make a big deal out of God everywhere he could.
And aren’t you glad he did? Suppose he had heeded the crowd and set up camp in Capernaum, reasoning, “I thought the whole world was my target and the Cross my destiny. But the entire town tells me to stay in Capernaum. Could all these people be wrong?”
Yes they could! In defiance of the crowd, Jesus … said no to good things so he could say yes to the right thing: his unique call.
from CURE FOR THE COMMON LIFE
All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other. JOHN 13:35
Watch a small boy follow his dad through the snow. He stretches to step where his dad stepped. Not an easy task. His small legs extend as far as they can so his feet can fall in his father’s prints.
The father, seeing what the son is doing, smiles and begins taking shorter steps, so the son can follow.
It’s a picture of discipleship.
In our faith we follow in someone’s steps. A parent, a teacher, a hero—none of us are the first to walk the trail. All of us have someone we follow.
In our faith we leave footprints to guide others. A child, a friend, a recent convert. None should be left to walk the trail alone.
It’s the principle of discipleship.
The Inspirational Study Bible
Recently I read about Aron Ralston, a hiker who was trapped alone at the bottom of a remote canyon. With scant hope of being found and his strength ebbing away, he had to take drastic measures to save his life. During a moment of excruciating pain, he shouted in agony and in victory, because he had freed himself and now had a chance to escape and live.
Those who witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus saw His hours of agony and heard Him cry out in a loud voice, “It is finished!” as He gave up His spirit (John 19:30). His final words from the cross were not a cry of painful defeat but a shout of triumph, because He had accomplished all that the Father sent Him to do.
When Jesus died, He shared in what all of us must experience. But far beyond that, He did what none of us can do. He paid the price for our sins that we might be forgiven and have eternal life through faith in Him. “It is finished!” was the Lord’s shout of victory because now, through Him, we can escape the power of sin; we can live and be free.
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, we call the day of His death Good Friday. by David C. McCasland
I have been to the cross where my Savior died,
And all of my life is made new—
In the person of Him I am crucified.
I have been to the cross. Have you?
—Helen Frazee-Bower © 1956 Helen Frazee-Bower
Jesus died that we might live.