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Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary. – Psalms 96:6 NIV
We can’t be 100% all the time. We are human. The Lord knows that we are weak and that we need His strength. When we take time to rest from our work and glorify Him, our burnout subsides. We can heal.
There is a kind of splendor in the ordinary. In every flower and creature that God formed.
The Lord is majestic in that He took on human form to save us. Christ’s death on the cross must have been excruciating. I sometimes wonder if God the Father could have spared Jesus from the pain He endured. How humiliating it must have been to die a criminal’s death. He had the reassurance that He would rise again. He knew it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Jesus relates to our suffering because He knew what pain felt like. He endured it all for us. What an incredible sacrifice. Amen.
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. – 1 John 3:2 NIV
We are incredibly blessed to be God’s children. Our parents shape our lives and our values.
Being a mother brings a new perspective. What do we want for our children? Most of all, we can want our children to love the Lord and to keep His commandments.
When we look into a child’s face, we cannot see the future. We don’t know what our kids will grow up to be like. But we can instill in our children what it is to pray.
When Christ appears, we will finally be able to see Him face to face. And by the grace of God, He will be proud of us for keeping the faith. Amen.
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. – John 12:24 NIV
Jesus spoke to people in parables because He knew that if He used storytelling to illustrate His points, people would relate to the message.
People never expected to receive a savior who would die for their sins. They were expecting a king. Instead, Jesus came to them in a humble state.
A plant, when it buds, has a lot of potential. We don’t always see it blossom because a snow or freeze might come before it has a chance to bloom.
Jesus gently and carefully nurtures our faith as we grow. As we gain strength, we can share His love with more confidence. Amen.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. – John 1:14 KJV
Jesus is one of a kind. There is no other Savior like Him. There is no other being in the history of the universe who is God’s son and also who took the form of an ordinary human.
He embodies glory, grace, and truth. He is worthy of our time and attention. When we focus on what He tells us, we will never be disappointed. Amen.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. – 1 John 4:10 KJV
God loves us more than we can possibly imagine. Our Heavenly Father loves Jesus, yet wants to save us so much that He offered His own son’s life as a sacrifice to cover our sins.
Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins on the world.
The refrigerator in our new house broke after a day’s use. We had to buy a new one.
When our old ways and thoughts no longer serve us, we can “buy” new ones by being transformed by the renewing of our minds. Instead of hanging onto our old thoughts, we can swap them out for new ones. Just like we wouldn’t keep an old refrigerator that didn’t work, we can let go of those thoughts and worries that are broken. God can make all things new. Amen.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11 KJV
Jesus needed no earthly credentials to be exalted. He made Himself of no reputation while many others spent a lifetime building up their resumes. Jesus didn’t need an MD to be a healer. He didn’t need a PhD to become a teacher. Our Lord did not need to attend seminary to become a preacher. His name itself is holy.
At the crucifixion, Jesus offered up everything He possibly could…His own life, so that we could live. No greater sacrifice exists. We can be thankful for His life and purpose. We can trust in Him.
As I drive the final stretch of my move to Idaho today, I reflect on the day that Jesus rested in the grave on the Sabbath. He endured so much for us and I am thankful. Amen.
For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him – 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV
How incredibly lucky we are to have a Savior in Jesus! To have lived a life without sin, Jesus accomplished an amazing feat. But to lay down His life for our sake, there was no one more giving that Jesus to have lived on this Earth.
We can sing songs of praise and thank God for the doors He has opened for us. Because He lives, we can have eternal life.
The Lord gives us more than we ask or think. We don’t have to feel like we lack anything, because He is an amazing provider! He gives us a place to live, a loving family, and neighbors who help us. He blesses us each and every day with a new beginning.
As I drive today to Idaho, I thank God that this moving day falls on Good Friday. God is good! Amen.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, “Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.” – Matthew 26:1-2 KJV
Unlike us, Jesus could predict the future. He knew exactly what would happen at the cross. Did He experience fear? He accepted the anointing of oil on His feat, because He knew it represented preparation for His burial. Did Jesus fear death the way we do? Did He experience sorrow when one of His own close friends and disciples betrayed Him? How humbling it must have been to realize that He could not trust all twelve of His disciples fully after all the time He had spent with them.
Every breath we take is a blessing. Every moment that we spend with our loved ones is to be cherished. Jesus knew that the quality time that He spent with others was worth it. What an incredible sacrifice He made for us! His righteousness is difficult to fathom, and we are saved because of it. Amen.
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” – Matthew 21:6-9 NIV
Jesus was humble even when He was being exalted. To enter Jerusalem on a donkey, that must have been humbling.
It must have felt good when people acknowledged Him by setting down their cloaks before Him. It is courteous to set a clean path before someone. Many a time Jesus was not recognized for His good works, but He never sought the approval of men. He knew who He was. He would have done His Father’s works whether anyone noticed or not. He had the confidence of a king.
The Lord deserves our attention and adoration. He is worthy of praise. Amen.
That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. – Philippians 3:10-11 KJV
We desperately need to know Jesus.
When we know our friends, we talk to them. We communicate with them often and can sense when they are up or down. When they are sad, we try to comfort them. We enjoy our time with them and care about them. We cultivate our friendships so that we can stay friends.
Knowing Jesus gives us access to the power of the resurrection. His sacrifice is a gift. His suffering saved us so that we can continue our friendship with Him forever. Amen.