It is early in the morning of the third day
and the tomb is empty.
The huge stone has been rolled up and away out of its groove in the ground.
The Roman seal has been broken.
The guard (consisting of 15-30 men) felt the earthquake and saw the angel.
Inside, the tomb is empty.
All that remains is the burial cloth.
The two Mary’s have come to anoint the body. Mark 24:1
The angel tells the women “He is not here, but is risen!” Luke 24:6
As they run to tell the disciples Jesus appears to them
and He says
“Rejoice….go and tell.”
You’re on a road, traveling.
He is walking with you.
The conversation is heavy.
The past few days have been traumatic.
Your hopes and dreams have been dashed.
He is a stranger, yet seems so familiar.
He asks questions He should already know.
All day He walks with you.
Behind your despair, you feel at peace somehow.
He tells you it was necessary.
He explains the prophets and scriptures.
You listen, but not yet see.
You now have questions and urge Him to continue.
It is late.
You sit with Him and eat.
He breaks bread with you.
Suddenly, your eyes open.
Now you see.
Jesus is with you!
Vine’s Expository describes the word “passion” as ‘to suffer’ ‘at the hands of men.’
It is derived by the Greek word “pascho” which means
“to be affected or have been affected;
either in a good or bad sense.”
Pascho occurs 46 times in the KJV and
is translated several ways:
suffer, to suffer, vexed, suffered, have suffered, passion, & felt.
Third, the state or capacity of being acted on by external agents.
Lastly, coming in at number 5, ardent affection.
(Which did not come into use until the 1600’s after Shakespeare put it in a play)
Today is Good Friday or Holy Friday. (The Friday before Easter)
Today we celebrate the Passion of Christ’s suffering for us.
He allowed external forces to take control of Him
cause His suffering unto death.
We cannot begin to imagine His pain and suffering.
But be of good cheer!
My eyes will light upon the Lord
For the Lord is my light.
He shines the path my feet will walk
The Lord turns my darkness into light
It is He Who keeps the light on.
The Lord is my everlasting light and will never fail.
I will trust and rely on His light and
no longer fear the dark.
The light of the Lord is my armor.
I will live and enjoy His light.
I will wrap myself in His light.
The Lord is the fountain of life and
through His light I see.
The Lord is my light and my salvation.
He is my strength.
His light is a rare and precious jewel.
In the Lord I have become light and
walk as a child of light.
For it is the Lord Who called me into His light
On this day Christians celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus.
Jesus enters into the city of Jerusalem knowing what lies ahead.
Jesus knows He will soon be facing the cross.
And still He comes!
He knows of the humiliation.
And still He comes!
He knows the pain and death that awaits Him.
And still he comes!
He knows He must endure the cross to set us free.
He knows He must endure the cross to redeem us.
So He comes!
Actually, you do have a choice.
You have a choice to live in turmoil or to live in peace.
Jesus gave us peace.
Peace I leave with you,
My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not you heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.
We already have this peace inside of us. Jesus gave it to us.
But He also told us to use it.
To remain in peace.
Peace is a choice just like it is a choice to worry or be angry.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts….
There will be many situations to put peace to the test.
It is how we choose to act in those situations on whether we keep our peace.
And the peace of God
which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Keep the Peace!
The “Golden Rule” is a Biblical principle.
Most of us probably learned this as children, but what does it mean? Plainly, it means to treat people with kindness, compassion, patience, understanding (whenever possible) and love. In essence, just the way we all would like to be treated.
Jesus taught the people on the sermon of the mount this very principle. Matthew 7:12 AMP So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets. His teaching goes beyond simply treating others the way we want to be treated. Jesus teaches us to treat others right even when they don’t.
It is not how we feel after being treated wrongly. Don’t let your feelings dictate how you act towards others. Think first about what Jesus would do. Pray. Then act in love.
“God is not going to hold you accountable for what somebody else does, but He will hold you accountable for what you do.” Joyce Meyers
We will all stand before Him. What will God say? “Well done or …………you fill in the blank.