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Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday or the Quiet Mournful Day

  Imagine that day. As the disciples and the others sat shut up in there homes saddened by the lose of Jesus and unsure of what the future might hold. Would the authorities come and collect them? Would they be able to go back to the life they had before He selected them to follow Him? I imagine that they still felt the pain of watching Him suffer. that there minds were still filled with the images of yesterdays crucifixion. I imagine they felt powerless as they watch Him die and were overwhelmed with grief even as they took Him down from the cross and laid him in the tomb.

   But what next? What shall they do now? Now that He is gone where shall they go? So many questions and so few answers.

   They were in  dark place emotionally. Hopelessness and despair surrounded them. They undoubtedly went threw the motions of the days routine in a sad and withdrawn way.

   Have you ever been in that place? Has the sin and pain of this world and your own poor choices brought you to a place of hopelessness and despair?

  This world can do that. The weight of sin in this world can do that. The devil and his demons can try to destroy us. Sometimes our own self-destructive behavior drives us into a corner. Into a dark place. Into our own tomb – so to speak.

   Just like those who mourned the lose of the Savior way back then we may have found ourselves in a similar situation. But we know that the story did not end on Saturday. We know that the sorrow of Saturday was turned to joy on that Sunday morning.

   I want to encourage anyone out there who is in a dark place of despair and hopelessness to look for the joy of the new day that awaits you if you turn to the Son Who died and lives again. The Resurrection Sunday story is a story of hope when all seems lost. A renewal of life where death seemed victorious.

Jesus is alive.

HE IS ALIVE.

HE IS ALIVE AND DEATH HAS BEEN DEFEATED.

With the defeat of death comes

Victory over the darkness and despair that comes with it

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   Embrace the Cross of Calvary because it is here that Our Lord Jesus won the Victory for you and for me. Let the light of the new day shine on you and wash you clean as you walk with the Resurrected Savior into a new life. He die so you might live. He’s alive to love you and lead you into a new life. Won’t you let Him?

   Saturday seemed too dark to endure but the Light and Love of the Son will shine – tomorrow. Trust in Him Who promised –

I will never leave you or forsake you

The Rest of the Story

Growing up I used to love listening to Paul Harvey. He would come on the radio several times during the day and give the news and tell a story. But he always told the story in pieces or what he called pages. Usually the story would be about someone or something famous but you never knew that until he reveled it at the end. He might tell the back story that not too many people knew about. A Search for Paul Harvey will result in many amusing broadcasts.

I hope that everyone enjoyed the holiday and Resurrection Sunday and Spring break. Holy week is well remembered around the world and even those who only go to church for Easter and Christmas know how Jesus was put on trial, beaten, crucified and rose from the dead on the third day. Many may even know that He ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.

But I would like to talk about the “Rest of the Easter Story”

 After He had suffered, He also presented Himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during 40 days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

Acts 1:3 HCSB

So, perhaps I was the only one who did not know this. It’s possible that I alone thought that the resurrection and the accession happened that same day. Until my eyes were opened and I looked into God’s Word I had many misguided and preconceived ideas.  But the truth is that Jesus walked this earth for forty days in a resurrected body – eating and teaching and even preparing meals (Jn 21:4-15). How marvelous that must have been for all of them. To be in the company of the One whom you thought you lost.

Forty Days from resurrection to ascension. Forty days from Passover to Pentecost. Forty days from what seemed an ending to a glorious beginning. Forty days from Peter’s denial to Peter’s Holy Spirit-filled speech and the resulting conversion of 3000 souls!! (see here)

Take away from this whatever you will – there are just so many encouraging things to be learned from this. I see the Love of God and the ability of God to turn anything around.

God can make a way where there seems to be no way –

Trust in Jesus!

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And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.    John 20:30-31 KJV

 

One of Paul Harvey’s best known broadcasts – If I were the Devil – the sound quality is poor but the message is still great – http://nation.foxnews.com/paul-harvey/2012/03/21/1965-if-i-were-devil-warning-nation-paul-harvey

HE’S ALIVE!

 He’s Alive! He’s Alive! He’s Alive and I am forgiven!

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  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.   1 Cor 15:17 HCSB

But He did rise and when He died the veil in the Temple was torn in half from top to bottom signifying that we can boldly go directly to God because of the life-changing work that Jesus did that day.

Truly, He is alive and we are forgiven – Heavens gates are open wide.

He is alive! No great mystery. No Doctrinal dissertation. No religious dogma. No rules and regulations. No fees to be paid or tolls to pass threw.

Just open up your heart and let Him Love You!

 Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.  Rev 3:20 HSCB

 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.   Matthew 11:28 KJV

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 1:23 KJV

This is an old song but a good one which speaks to the joy of that early morning. Please take a minute (or 4:51) to be blessed by it

Happy Resurrection Sunday

He’s Alive – by Don Francisco presented here on YouTube