Peace of My Heart

An encouraging voice to drown out the noise

~He Is Risen~ March 31, 2013

Friday night we gathered with our church family to meditate on the events of the day that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified at Calvary.  Those involved in the service were clothed in black, a symbol of the sorrow that was felt when our Lord and Savior breathed His last.  The overall mood was somber and one of reverence.  The atmosphere was subdued, with dim lights and candles casting a soft glow throughout the sanctuary.  Beautifully hand-made, wooden crosses towered over the seats near the front.

But not today.  Today, we celebrate that our God is not dead.  He is more alive than any of us.

This morning we will all show up in our pastel colored “Sunday bests” ready to celebrate the victory!  Songs of thanksgiving about His gloriousness will fill the room.  The quietness of Friday will be replaced with shouts of praise.  Where the crosses stood will now be an empty tomb crafted by the hands of faithful servants of the Lord.

And I will stand, humbled, in the presence of The God who loved me, a sinner, enough to lay down His life for mine.

HeIsRisen“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

(John 15:13)

 While dyed eggs and marshmallow peeps flood your home today, don’t forget that the Easter bunny was not the one who gave his life for you…it was the one and only Jesus.  Be blessed on this Resurrection Sunday.

 

~It’s Friday, but Sunday is Coming~ March 29, 2013

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JesusonCrossToday is Good Friday, an important day to Christians everywhere.  For it was on this day, thousands of years ago, that Jesus died a criminal’s death so that you and I might live.  Tonight I, along with my family, will attend a church service, dressed all in black, to mourn the death of our Savior and King.  Tears may be shed just as they were on that faithful day.  However, unlike those who mourned His death at the cross, we know what the future holds.

Today is Good Friday, but Resurrection Sunday is on the way. 

Although Jesus died, His death was not an ending but a beginning.

He was hanged from a wooden cross replacing the need for sacrificial offerings.

He was beaten so that through His wounds we could find healing.

He was mocked by the very sinners who He willingly traded His life as a ransom for their souls.

His blood spilled on the ground at Calvary was the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of His people.

He was laid to rest in an empty tomb, sealed up and guarded by armed men.  Yet we don’t serve a God who lies dead in a tomb somewhere, our God is alive.

Though today is only Friday, Sunday is just up ahead.

Three days later and just as He promised, He rose again.  He walked out of the grave with holes in His hands, proof that He was the Messiah.  Now there is no fear in death for we know it is only a means to the end that is an eternity with Him.  The grave has no victory. Jesus does hold the keys to death, hell and the grave.  He reigns forever from His seat at the right hand of the Father, interceding for you and me when we call on His Holy name.   So saints, open up your eyes!

Today may be Friday, but Sunday is coming!

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

(John 3:16 NLT)