Finding your rhythm to run the race God wired you to run in His Plan of Jesus as Lord.
Psalm 130A Song of Ascents.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2 O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.
We have looked at the Miraculous life of Jesus. He has died and come back.
What does Easter Monday look like?
1. We need Easter Monday to be a Holiday. A Holy Day. We gather as families to say we have lived together, we will die together, Jesus is Lord. We need this day to travel and gather. (Oh Caaaanada!!!)
2. Because Easter Monday had the Lord's Family and His Disciples gather.
3. The truth is Easter Monday has emotion for all of us.
2 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you
and for those at Laodicea
and for all who have not seen me face to face,
2 that their hearts may be encouraged,
being knit together in love,
to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery,
which is Christ,
3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.
5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit,
rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
Emotional Easter Blue Monday ~
a. Some people have attended Church for the first time in a long time.
They wonder why they are far off. Denial. Avoidance.
b. Some people have worked hard for Easter to happen.
For their families, for their ministry for the Lord, for their job. Did this meet their expectations? Approval of other people. Fatigue.
c. Has the Grace of God changed us? Self doubt.
Are we New Creations in Christ? Seemed like the same ol Story. Are we rotten?
We fall in many, many ways.
d. Why do our lives look so different than we hoped. Disappointment.
When so many of us grew up with strong expectations of goodness and the culture and the television has impeded upon our expectations.
e. We caused Jesus to die? Fear.
Are we worth the effort?
Unless we except the Gift of Jesus, we have a looming gift
we will not open or rejoice in.
f. They didn't show up. Loneliness.
They are rotten. And you tried. And you didn't try effectively. And you never knew how to try.
You were self-righteous.
g. Maybe you have false guilt. A terrible trap not of God.
4. We Know by Faith we are in Grace of God.
If you spent time thinking about how hard this is for Jesus, you still have some grief that Jesus was separated from God for carrying our burdens. Yes, after Easter we know the Disciples were adjusting to their questions and misunderstandings. The family of Jesus and His Disciples were not processing what happened. They had seen all the miracles and had spent a lot of time being in awe, in joy, in hope and confusion.
5. God is giving us the tools to deal with this emotion. The Gospels - the Word of God - want us Strong. Father God hopes for us to have a Framework, where His Holy Spirit comes to our framework. Our Framework is Love, Faith. Joy, Peace, Patience, Encouragement, Gentleness, Dignity, Self-Control. Team work.
So let's look at Easter Monday ~
The tombs have opened. Old and gone memories and people have shown up.
Doubt. Thomas has said he would go with Jesus. But who is this?
The sisters of Jesus Christ are not mentioned.
How will we live, lean into and rejoice that Jesus has died. Believing He lives in us and Lives Today in Events of Prayer, in Hope, Faith, in us, in the Light of Mankind.
‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’
Jesus says again and again He saved a household. This has to do with hope and continued prayer. Salvation if from God. Draw close to Jesus confidently - He meant you.
Be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Let the Power of the Holy Spirit give you this day.
This day is given to you. Each gift has the mercies of God. Find the sufficiency of God with Gratitude. Find the tools from God Today.
Plan on this:
Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
1The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
2it shall blossom abundantly
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
3 Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
When Moses was tired, he told people he needed the help.
When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up--one on one side, one on the other--so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
Acknowledge the Victories God had given you:
Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands.
Remember and text yourself the Wonder, the Love, the Possibilities
of the Living Father God and His Son Jesus, His Holy Spirit.
Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength.
Try. God will give us persistence, diligence, patience, HOPE:
But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.
2 Peter 1
3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world
Today Is Sufficient to take on something in prayer or a life improvement project. To save someone.
Caiaphas' Tomb was Found. And in his tomb were found 2 crucifixion nails.Why? We don't have to know
We have to know We are FREE in Jesus Christ.
We will be GIVEN His Salvation. We will be with Jesus in Paradise.
Peter knew this. Past the misunderstandings, the imperfections, the trouble, the self-doubt, the awe, the confusion.
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the Words of Eternal Life."
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Peter and the Disciples began to recover from Jesus' loss and then recover from forgiveness undeserved, and recover from the reality and not the supposition. Jesus gave them work to do and they went forth and Did His Good Works.
You have Good Works prepared for us.
We are so very grateful for Your Mercy and Redemption.
Please give this to the People I love and the People You have given to me. Heaven is at hand. Paradise in Jesus is here. I believe the Promises of God.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †