Holy Week

 

As we move through a very fearful time in history with COVID -19 threatening on every front and in every country every continent,  let’s not forget to celebrate our Saviour in this precious Holy  A holy week, this year, surrounded by some kind of evil force raging on all fronts, against us, around us, beside, behind and before. Yeah, today is Palm Sunday, the celebration of our King, the week before the cross, and we celebrate at home, maybe through virtual connection and Social media! Yet, today, we celebrate our Saviour, who didn’t come to be an earthly king, but a heavenly King and One of greater glory. One of Heavenly glory that would finally defeat the ultimate enemy of death! So as we move through the day our emphasis and focus are on the triumphal entry of our Lord riding into Jerusalem on the lowliness of a borrowed donkey! This event fulfilled an ancient prophecy prophesied back in Zechariah 9:9:

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is He, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

He was their King, but not a military King, arrayed in royal robes of silk and satin, purple or gold, rather He wore the common clothes of humility. His birthplace ~ a stable and His bed ~ a feeding trough. His triumphal entry wasn’t mounted on a prancing steed of pride or a spectacular show horse but rather He approached His ‘palm branch waving,” crowd of fans, on a borrowed donkey, as a lowly servant of God, coming only to seek, to save and to serve. This journey would end in death but the ultimate irony ~ Victory over it! That’s always God’s way ~ Good out of bad!

Christ didn’t come to make war with gunfire and bloodshed or to take by force as earthly kings do, but to win hearts by unconditional love, awesome mercy, amazing grace and His own shed blood and ‘self’ sacrifice for a world lost in wretched sin. He didn’t come to take people captive but to set them free; those bound tightly in their sin and on death row. He doesn’t rule a kingdom of mighty armies but His Kingdom is of Heavenly angels and weakened blood-washed saints who have been refined in the fires of adversity and come forth as gold. Powerful, prayer warriors, who’ve been washed in the Blood of the Lamb, cleansed, forgiven and set free from the chains that bound them; they are those who’ve been purged in the fires of struggle, and trial and who have tasted the results of bad choices in the fast lane and on the downside, yet strengthened, quickened and renewed by them all at the same time. His saints and warriors know how to fight the good fight of faith by putting on the full armour of God in order to stand against the wiles and deceits of the enemy. In all faith, they know how to pray mighty prayers that move the hand of God upon our sin-sick earth to see results for the glory of God’s Kingdom! He came not to take nations down but to heal their land through forgiveness and changed lives. He takes minds and renews. He takes lives and cleanses, setting them on the path of healing to a new life in Christ. His message is not one of anger but of peace with God! A peace that’s not of this world:

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14: 27:

Only a week after His triumphal entry, Christ carried His own cross to that Gethsemane Hill where He willingly laid down His life for the good of the world. He offered peace, but the majority didn’t get it, and the cross ruled as they nailed Him there ~ as we nailed Him there in those lonely moments, when God turned His back allowing the sin of the world to be laid on Him. It was there on that horrendous yet beautiful cross that Christ took the sin of mankind upon Himself. Let your mind wander to that Hill, to the mercy cross! Let your heart follow to that place where justice and mercy meet; to that scandalous place of bloodshed, horrendous horror, torture, humility and sacrificial servanthood to the ultimate degree! Yet against all odds, three days later, He rose again, defeating death, according to and fulfilling His Father’s will.

Meet Him there at the cross, for forgiveness and then look to His victory over death and the empty grave for hope and everlasting life beyond death!

One day He will rule the world in peace but until then, He still desires to make His triumphal entry into the individual hearts and souls of those that will receive Him; to set up His Kingdom of peace in the lives of humankind one by one and in so doing, heal the nations of the world one heart at a time, through cleansing and forgiveness, saving it and it’s people from its own sinful, self–destruction. He still offers peace but the majority just doesn’t get it!

His motive is salvation! His driving force forgiveness and healing! His message ~ unconditional love and His rule is peace! It’s simple yet many don’t get it! Have you got it?
#Palmsunday #Holyweek #Soulnotetoself

Between Good Friday And Easter Sunday

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So Christ is in the grave but only for a day, so let go of the sadness because the outcome is out of this world. In His resurrection He brought Hope to life and into life. There’s hope now for every hurt, every pain, every sadness and all the disappointments that plague you and stalk you and haunt you and hunt you down. Those things ~ heavy on your heart can now be given over to the One who defeated the biggest enemy of all time ~ death!! Because Christ defeated death, He defeated all of the nitty, gritty other stuff too ~ and you can live free from the fear of it all, and the sting of it all, because He lives and He’s got you and if you’ve got Him you don’t need to fret and stew over the big stuff. It won’t all disappear but He’ll take the weight and heal the hurt, and mend the brokenness and carry your load over the rough spots. So between Good Friday and Easter Sunday rejoice because Hope lives in the victorious risen Lord and in your downer than down days well ~ hope lies there too.

1 Corinthians 15: 54 – 58
“So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“Oh Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

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Death Has Been Defeated…Are You Victorious?


Galatians 2:20

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Dead to ‘self’/ Alive in Christ. Paul knew the secret of contentment! He knew the secret of living was to die to anything that appeased the flesh and the pride of life. Nothing mattered but the Lord! When Christ transformed Saul, there were huge changes. Christ transformed his entire life where his choices, his desires, his passions, his motives and his vocation all did an about face that changed his destiny. It was a defining moment! A pivotal point! Such irony when a murderer stops brutally taking lives and becomes passionate for the preservation of life and the salvation of souls. It’s a God thing. There is no other power on earth so life changing as the power of the Gospel and the message of love.

Paul became a Christ one and Christ lived in Him to empower him … “To whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). It was Christ in him that was his hope for each new day, and it was Christ in him that gave him the power and perseverance to run the race set before him as difficult as it was.

To know Christ is to have His power within. To be empowered by Him. There is no need to run here and there in desperation to find Him because He dwells within. He is a close as a heartbeat! His presence is with us wherever we find ourselves. What a comfort to know He’s there in the hard times and in the difficult moments. He’s there in the rebukes, the heartaches, the criticisms, the disappointments and the discouragements. Friends, it’s this indwelling of His Spirit that gives us the power to live a victorious Christian life on a daily basis. It’s no longer ‘I’ that live but it’s Christ that lives in me. It’s not going to be anything we do, but it will be God in us that empowers us to make it to the finish line and enter glory where we hear Him say, ” Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

Today, celebrate Christ’s victory over death. He defeated it! Our last and final enemy met it’s match with Christ’s death on the cross and His glorious resurrection. When we accept His salvation, we too are given this victory over death. He not only gives us the passion and the power to die to ‘self’ and live victoriously here, but He gives us the Hope of glory within to spur us on to our heavenly destination where Eternal life awaits when the curtains close on this physical life. Wow!! That’s a reason to rejoice. Are you rejoicing today in Christ’s victory? In your victory?