Sunday, March 31, 2013

JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING

Suggested Reading: 1 Samuel 26-27

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

This photo is of the Jordan Valley wilderness (or Judean Desert) looking towards Jerusalem, which is just beyond the horizon.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 26:23

May the Lord repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered you into my hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.

We may be dismayed as a result of today’s reading. Man’s inhumanity to man is evident, and yet David was loyal to Saul. It’s hard to understand the violence and the circumstances. While David continued the struggle against his enemies, we have the advantage of looking ahead through the centuries to the Seed of David, Jesus, who has won the ultimate battle against the “last enemy” (read 1 Corinthians 15:20-28). “The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”
There is one thing we can understand and believe, the words of the angels found in Luke 24:6 -“He is not here, He is risen!” Today is resurrection day (click here to read a resurrection chapter, Luke 24).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, in another resurrection chapter (1 Corinthians 15), Your servant Paul draws a conclusion from the fact that You are risen from the dead. I conclude with Paul that I am to be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” I pray for Your resurrection power to be released more and more in me to produce in a greater way those results. In Your conquering Name, Jesus, I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

On several occasions I’ve stood at the graves of my mother and father, one in Ruperts, Quebec, and the other in Elgin, Ontario. Mother died when I was 12 and Dad when I was 36. I heard the minister say the words of Jesus, “I am the resurrection and the life.” I thought, “It’s true! I believe it!” As I read the words on the stones, I said, “O Lord, the resurrection could happen right now while I’m standing here!” I walk away knowing that there’s still work to be done.

Bruce Stacey, my son-in-law, created the animated video shows called God Rocks?where the rocks speak. My favourite episode in the series is called “Rez, the Rock that Rolled.” The rock’s name had been “Tombstone,” an unhappy, pessimistic rock. But when he was rolled away by the angels and Jesus walked out of the tomb, his name was changed to “Rez!” His whole nature and outlook on life was transformed (here is a link to some visuals from that episode). If you or children you love have not seen a God Rocks DVD, I encourage you to place an order through Crossroads eStore here. Because I believe in the resurrection of Christ, I am a new creation!

Yours in complete confidence that the stone has rolled away and “He is risen!”

David

The Garden Tomb, Jerusalem

Many believe that it was inside this "Garden Tomb" in Jerusalem that Jesus' body was laid. This tomb was originally made for a shorter man, perhaps Joseph of Arimathea, but as you can see on the right, the end was dug out to fit a taller man's body.

12 thoughts on “Sunday, March 31, 2013

  1. Christ is Risen! … He is Risen Indeed!!!
    I hope that everyone of my blog-buddies has a joyous Easter Sunday in celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection! HALLELUJAH!

  2. He is risen, indeed, He is risen! Our mighty and glorious King! Happy Easter, fellow saints! Enjoy worshiping, today!

  3. Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord;
    And I will cause thee to ride upon
    The high places of the earth.

    Isaiah 58:14a, KJV

  4. Hallelujah, Praise the Lamb!!!!! He died for us and today is Resurrection Day!!!
    He is Risen …..Yes, He is Risen Indeed!!! Oh What a Glorious Day!!!!!!

    Happy Easter to all my fellow bloggers today. May you have a Blessed Day today!!

  5. I got goose bumps watching this and listening to Cheryl’s and the children’s voices! Thank you for the connection and everyone’s dedication. : )

  6. Hallelujah! He’s Alive! Blessed Easter dear fellow bloggers .

    p.s. am ordering 3 God rock’s the first 2 for an adorable niece named Ella Monique and a pair of precious 5 years old twins named Elijah and Niome I pray specially for family salvation in Jesus’Name Amen

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