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 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  1 John 4:10

I cannot believe that the last time I posted something here was, well, more than a year ago. I am never a good writer to begin with and now I feel like I don’t even know a thing about writing anymore. Anyway, I just finished reading Max Lucado’s He chose the nails and I’m feeling a lot of emotions. I’ve been reading it every year since I got it in 2012, mostly I read it during the Lent and right now it’s the Lenten season so I picked it up again. I wanted to write something cohesive but I’m afraid I can’t do that. (I’m such a mess.) But hey, bear with me. I just really want to reiterate how crazy God’s love is. I know I would always describe God’s loves as crazy (I have a limited vocabulary, people) and honestly (I tried to widen my range) I just can’t find a better word because it really is!

Reading through this book for the nth time reminded how filthy my sins really are before Him. I know this isn’t entirely new and I guess my prayer in this is that what He did will never be an old story for me. I hope that every time I’d read about what God did to win my heart, every time I read His Word, I’d be filled with awe and be left astonished before His glory and amazing love but I hope I wouldn’t stop there. I hope and I pray that I will always have a response, and that the response wouldn’t be guilt or shame, I pray that my response would always be to cling to Him, receive His love, and shout it out.

I need a lot of fixing in me, God knows how gruesome I still am but God is still at work in me and by His grace I will press on, I will wrestle and persevere until that day when I see Him face to face.

See I told you I cannot write cohesively but may God bless you and may your joy be complete in Jesus’ name.

Oh and quickly, let me add my favorite quote from the book,

“And because the Beauty loved the Beast, the Beast became more beautiful himself.” – Max Lucado

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Easter Joy

“Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

1 Corinthians 15: 55

Easter Sunday; the day we rejoice and thank God for overcoming death for us. Today, we remember how Christ Jesus broke the chains and made us new. Easter Sunday; the day we celebrate the amazing glory of the Lamb of God who conquered the grave.

I couldn’t imagine how it was like for the disciples of Jesus witnessing his death on the cross without knowing that comes Sunday morning they will see the beautiful magnificent Savior they have known and loved now fully alive after that horrible death. Friday was mournful. All that was needed to be done was taken care of by our Savior Jesus Christ. All the suffering Jesus endured that we may live a life of freedom. The Lord died. That Friday on Calvary, JESUS our Lord actually died. I know there was grief, agony was totally in their hearts and hope sure was out of the picture for most of them. Saturday must have sucked; Jesus was their joy, their security, and most of all He was their friend. Then came Sunday morning…

THEY SAW THE EMPTY TOMB. Now that was startling. I don’t know how that felt like to them. And I cannot imagine the joy they felt when they see the Jesus they so love alive and breathing again.

John 20:20 After he said this, he showed them His hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Now, I didn’t see what the disciples experienced firsthand. I didn’t see the cross on the Calvary and I didn’t see the empty tomb. But I know they happened and God made my heart see. There is something though that I experienced firsthand, just as the disciples did… it’s the LOVE OF CHRIST and it’s the most amazing of all. I’m overjoyed because everything that Jesus did, He did for each and every one of us. C.S. Lewis once said “He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.”

Have a joy filled Easter Sunday everyone! Let us celebrate the the LOVE that conquered death! Time to yet again dance on God’s great dance floor! YAAAY. 

 

Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for the cross. Thank You for the love that endured the shame, the mockery, the thorns, the nails, the stab and all the pain that was thrown at You. Thank You for when You were at the cross and had the power to free yourself from it, You still chose to be there enduring all the pain so that I may not pay for the price of my sins. Lord, You knew so well that I cannot do it without You. You know that the weight of sins is unbearable for a feeble sinner like me, so You carried it and You died with it, and You rose from the death to show me that I can now live a life unashamed and filled with joy because everything has been paid for me once and for all. Thank You for giving me the righteousness to stand before You, Father. Thank You for You made me worthy to be called Your daughter. I am forever in awe of Your great love. I will forever worship You. You alone, my Jesus. Thank You. I can never thank You enough. I love You so much, my Lord. Thank You for loving me and making me Your own. I pray that I every day I will be reminded of this love You have for me, Lord. I pray that every time I hear Your name I will be swept away and rejoice. In Jesus’ name. Amen.