Jesus is RISEN!

Matthew 28:1-10 (NIV)

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

 The angel said to the women,

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“Do not be afraid,

for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. 

Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples:

‘He has risen from the dead

and is going ahead of you into Galilee.

There you will see him.’

Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

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Guard the Tomb

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The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’  So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.”  So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

 

Dear Jesus,

We are sorry for what we have done

and for all the things we have left undone.

This is the longest day of our journey.

It is difficult to wait.

Forgive us Father.  We have sinned.

Amen.

What Love Is?

How do we know what love is?Pink Heart Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16 NIV

Thank you Lord for laying down your life for us and showing us how to love.  You are an awesome God.  Thank you for teaching me how to love.  Amen

Boasting

holier than thouLove is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4

Jesus I love you.  You are kind. You are patient.  You do not envy. You are God.  Clothe me in your patience, your kindness and your love.

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. ~ 2 Corinthians 11:30

Lord I boast of your love.  I am weak, impatient and have much to learn.  Thank you for your grace.  Thank you for your courage to share my weaknesses.  Help me toss away boasting and selfish pride on our journey to the cross. Cover me in your grace.  Amen. 

Full of Grace

Purple Splash CrossJohn 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Thank you Jesus for dwelling among us.  Thank you for wrapping us in your GRACE, filling us with your TRUTH and showing us your GLORY.  Thank you for the most precious gift of FAITH. Amen. REJOICE in the Lord always -Rejoice!

HOPE

Advent HOPEI wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my HOPE Psalm 130:5

Lord of the weak, tired and everyone else –

We call upon your mighty name.
We look forward to celebrating with you at your table.
Stir up the spirit of hope, peace, joy and love.
Give us the strength of your hope.
Fill us with anticipation.
Let our excitement overflow.
Inspire us to dance and sing your praises.
Bring us together.
Pour out your grace, health and generosity.
Amen.

Even Jesus Forgives

Once upon a time I was a young mother trying to be so much more perfect than anyone should ever claim to be.

Parents magazine was my role model, the parenting gospel lighting my way to the art of time-outs, negotiating realistic expectations and learning not to overreact to tantrums.

Specifically, before shopping excursions I’d make sure my toddler understood that as long as our shopping trip goes well my toddler would be rewarded, and if not, we put back her treasures and leave immediately.

Unfortunately, the magazine never told me what to do when Jesus interferes with my awesome parenting skills.

I know when Jesus enters the room I’m suppose to defer to his authority but I prefer to work as a team.  And I find it very difficult to defer when Jesus decides to humble me through a red-faced screaming toddler in a store full of judges.

Besides, parents are supposed to teach their children, not be disciplined by them, especially in public.

Honestly why do we send children to Sunday school?  We arm them with scripture and it is never cute when they expose our sins in front of a crowd. The Bible turns everything upside down and inside out! Have you ever wrestled with the Bible or Jesus in front of an audience?

Jesus graced me with many humbling parental moments.  So as you may have already guessed, I took my daughter shopping.  We were doing really good until we got to the back of the store with a completely full cart and she suddenly came down with the ‘I need, I want, I HAVE to have…’ tantrum of all tantrums.

I reminded her of our deal but that just caused her to scream harder and start rocking the cart.  Being the awesome parent, I put back all her stuff. It was a miracle. Her crying slowed, but she wasn’t any quieter. She began begging me to stop and kept repeating ‘I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!’ But we made a deal.  I couldn’t leave immediately because the cart was full. I had to suffer through and make my purchases.

Halfway to the front of the store, she began to LOUDLY preach, “I said I was sorry! YOU have to forgive me!  I said I was sorry!  Mommy, I’m sorry!  FORGIVE me! Are YOU LISTENING?  I said I’m sorry!…”

I quickened my pace.

When we got to the cashier, she was beating me with the Bible that I foolishly armed her with since birth!  (not literally)

“The Bible says to forgive!  I said I was sorry!  You have to do what the Bible says!  Even JESUS forgives!  You have to forgive me!  God is going to be mad at you! Even Jesus forgives!  Forgive me mommy!”

The cashier was no help!  She exclaims, ‘Preach it sister!’

If looks could kill, I would have hit that cashier with a million lightning bolts.

I calmly told my daughter and the cashier that I wasn’t Jesus, I do forgive her but we had a deal!

And I left the store with all my newly purchased things I didn’t need or have to have!  Sadly I’d been swallowed by the beast of impulse shopping!

My daughter loves when I share that story! I wonder why?

 

Ephesians 6:4

Do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Obviously I brought her up in the training and instruction of the Lord, AND the filled to the brim cart screams I also set very unrealistic patience expectations of a toddler, thus exasperating my child. Parenting is such a work in progress!

While I didn’t appreciate the lesson, I pray others may learn from my bible-wise daughter and teachable moment.