Wishing everyone a blessed and Happy Easter from my family to yours! We are lucky to live in a nation where we can publically worship the King and what he sent Jesus to do for each of us. To take it for granted is like throwing away a million dollars (or whatever $ value you you think will make you happy). The ultimate gift in life is FREE, no strings attached and no family looking for payouts, it is there for us all and will replace all monetary things. It was given to us by a price paid that we, sinners, do not deserve. But God's love for his children, outpowers all that was, is, and is yet to come. Casting Crowns O'Glorious Day has become one of my favorite songs and I wanted to share it with you on the day we celebrate Jesus and the resurrection, the price that he paid before you and I ever walked this Earth.
"He IS MiNe" what a comforting and powerful truth! He has been given to us to redeem us from our sin and wipe away all the wrongs.
I found this poem...In a small book called Heaven.
I once scorned ev'ry fearful thought of death.
When it was but the end of pulse and breath,
But now my eyes have seen past the pain
There is a world that's waiting to be claimed
Earthmaker, Holy, let me now depart,
For living's such a temporary art.
And dying is but getting dressed for God.
Our graves are merely doorways cut in sod. ~Calvin Miller
Christ's nail-scarred hands and feet in his eternal, resurrected body prove that his suffering and redemption-and the face that they were necessitated by our sins-will not be forgotten.
The departing of believing loved ones is not the end of our relationship with them, only a interruption. We have not lost them, because we know where they are.They are experiencing the joy of Christ's presence in a place so wonderful that Christ called it Paradise. And one day, we're told, we'll be brought back together in a magnificant reunion to 'be with the Lord forever. '
1 Thessalonians 4:17-18
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
In the moment that we who are saved shall meet our several friends in heaven, we shall at once know them, and they will at once know us. (JC Ryle)
Jesus died on the cross as the only one worthy to pay the penalty for our sins demanded by the holiness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21) God made him who had no sin to be sin[a] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. On the cross, he took upon himself the Hell we deserve, in order to purchase for us the Heaven we don't deserve.
I found this little quote and I devote it to my brother..."If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever" ~author unknown
It's the circle of life, and it moves us all, through despair and hope,
through faith and love, 'till we find our place, on the path unwinding. (Elton John)