Jesus is our true hope..He takes us from darkness into His glorious light.
My dear friends, I have posted the link below to our Resurrection Service today celebrating our risen Saviour, Jesus. I had the privilege of speaking today and announcing His resurrection. The message outlines how God was working in the darkness and still works in our darkness to bring about the glorious resurrection of Jesus to life in us. The true light of life to light our way from darkness into life. He is the light in our darkest times. He is the true light.
God loved us all too much to leave us in darkness and sin. He planned the story of redemption from the very beginning to restore us to Him. He brought us into His glorious Light.
I pray you are blessed and take hold of Jesus the saviour of the world and the one true hope today. He can bring you out of and through the darkness into His glorious light.
So here we are, Good Friday. A day when I can pause and reflect on Jesus’ death and what it means to me.
We all have an opportunity today to ask ourselves…What does the Cross mean to me?
The Cross is a personal experience.
I have to come to the Cross for myself.
I have to accept that Jesus died for me and understand why He chose to die.
I am so grateful that others have helped point me towards the Cross of Jesus.
I am so grateful that there were witnesses to His death and Resurrection who told the story in the gospels.
I am so grateful for the ones who through the years have faithfully told and shared the the Good News.
The ones who faithfully declared the truth that Jesus the Son of God came to this world and had to die so that I could live. Jesus became my sin offering before God and paid the price to set me free. He who had no sin took my sin on Himself.
The price of sin, the wages of sin, which is death had to be paid. I was born into sin. Jesus was the one who by His death ransomed me and set me free. He took my punishment on Himself. He chose to die that I might live.
There was no other way for God’s righteous judgement to be met. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the door through which we come to God.
I understood this truth and came to the Cross. I knelt before it and said sorry to God for my sins and accepted Jesus as My Saviour and Lord. I have been born again into a new life in Jesus and have restored relationship with God in heaven and received the promise of His Holy Spirit who lives in me.
Thank you Jesus for dying for me. Thank you Jesus that you were raised from the dead by God’s mighty hand. Thank you Jesus for sending us your Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus that you love me with an everlasting love. That you are always with me and never leave me.
I pray that you also encounter Jesus at the Cross today.
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation — if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 1:21-23,2:9-15
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:17-19
I want to encourage you today if you are going through hardship and difficulties to take comfort and hope from these verses.
Habakkuk speaks of a time when there was on the face of it nothing to be joyful about. There was no fruit, no food, no oil and it was a time of barrenness and famine. It was the worst of times.
This was the truth of the situation. Sometimes we also need to acknowledge the truth about our situations rather than pretend everything is ok.
There are two very important words in these verses which will help us. THOUGH and YET.
We don’t deny our circumstances (that is the though) but (the yet) we acknowledge that true joy is not in our circumstances but our joy is found in God and His salvation. We praise Him because of who He is and His great mercy and grace towards us. We trust in His goodness to us.
We choose to rejoice and praise regardless of how we feel and regardless of our circumstances. That is the tough choice. It is difficult to choose to praise when you are in the middle of really tough times. To choose to say -Despite what is happening in my life, despite how I feel – “I will rejoice” I choose to rejoice and praise you God.
The promise in these verses is that when we look up from our circumstances to our Father in Heaven, He strengthens us and causes us to rise up. We rise up above our circumstances and we have the strength to overcome our circumstances. We discover that true joy is found only in God.
The joy that these verses speak of is a really exuberant joy. The type of joy that you can’t contain. It makes you dance for joy, it is full of zest and life.
Everything may be wrong in Habakkuk’s world but he is dancing with joy. What a picture. It’s a work of God to enable this to happen in us because it makes no sense. It flies in the face of common sense to be dancing with joy in these circumstances.
A few more encouraging verses about joy:
“Your presence is fullness of joy” Psalm 16:11
“Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” Psalm 30:5
“To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them the oil of joy for mourning” Isaiah 61:3.
This is the divine exchange. God takes our sadness and grief and gives us His joy instead.
Jesus points the way to joy in John 15:11. “These things I have spoken to you that My joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full”. That is the joy that I want to have. Jesus’ joy in me because I am abiding in Him. To experience Christ’s own joy within us.
Jesus endured the cross because of the joy set before Him. He looked ahead to the promise. “Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame; and has sat down at the right hand of God”. Hebrews 12:2
If Joy is in material things…we will be disappointed eventually.
If Joy is in results..we will be disappointed eventually.
If Joy is in experiences…we will be disappointed eventually.
If our Joy is found in Christ Jesus the rock of our salvation we will never be disappointed.
This is such a great post by Courageous Christian Father proclaiming the good news and the truth that Jesus is alive that I just had to re share with you all this morning. It makes my heart so glad to read this truth. Jesus certainly has conquered death and we have life in and through faith in Him. Life everlasting. HE IS RISEN INDEED. Everyone has the opportunity to choose life and not death. Believe in Him my dear friends.
The phrase ‘No Bones About It’ is often used as well to state a fact with no doubt meaning Christ arose from the dead His bones were never found! …
Morning all, I hope you are well. Today’s post is a story from my friend Heather.
“The Roasting Pan”
One day as I took my roasting pan out of the oven, I looked at it in dismay -what a mess. It was originally quite an expensive one but it needed a lot of scrubbing to restore it. My thoughts were- bin it !! I can always get a new one and start afresh.
But what did I hear the Lord say to me “good job I didn’t do that with you”
Yes I thought. God has taken great pains over me – to clean me up and make me fit for purpose, so that I can help others see that God loves and cares for all He has made.
God loves us and He loves us too much to leave us in our messy state and he definitely doesn’t think we are not worthy of being cleaned. He would never bin us.
Sometimes, it takes quite a few times to clean us up because we still mess up. In fact God never stops working on us. He knows we are human and will mess up, but He is always ready and willing to give us a clean start.
So let’s think more of ourselves because of what Jesus has done for us and each day set out with a clean start to be used by God.
We have been redeemed and cleansed by the precious blood of Christ.
We are new creations in Jesus.
In the Potter’s hands we can be reshaped and made as new.
Jeremiah 29 v11 says “ I know the plans I have for you to prosper you and not to harm you . Plans to give you a hope and a future.”