Jesus, the spotless lamb, is the author and perfecter of our faith.
He took our guilt and shame.
He suffered on our behalf.
He endured death on a cross.
And on the third day He rose again.
He gave His life for ours.
And our response?
We can live, love, forgive, serve, and proclaim His name to all the nations.
We can defend those who have no defenses.
We can stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
We can love the unloveable.
We can touch the untouchable.
So much of this can happen right in our own community, right where we live.
He is risen!
For you and me!
Let’s respond to His grace!
On the way,
He is Risen!
He is Risen, indeed!
When I struggle to accept someone’s word it is because I have been tricked before. When my trust has been violated it makes it very difficult for the next person to get a fair shake. Even though I have trust issues for good reason, I have always been able to take God at His Word. I am thankful for that faith He planted in me through baptism and nurtured through the years. I love His work in my life even if it is difficult during the process. Looking at the betrayal of Jesus and all the other painful events of Good Friday, I can see what God has done (and is doing) for me. Right now.
And He has done it for you, too!
On the Road,
Here are a few promises to hang onto:
Sometimes it is harder to keep our word than we can ever imagine. I’m know I have made commitments I have been unable to keep and I hate that. Even the best of intentions can be made without a full understanding of what the future holds. Of course, we can only plan to the best of our ability, but we should take very seriously the thought of a promise or commitment.
I am so thankful for God’s promises. He always follows through. He is always on time and He often delivers in unexpected ways.
Why would a Savior enter the world in such humble circumstances or die such a brutal death?
How could God work in and through a sinner like me to communicate His Gospel message to those in my sphere of influence?
How will He use my past in combination with my present to contribute to my future?
Today I am blessed to celebrate the resurrection of the Savior: The Promise Fulfilled. If God can make good on that level of commitment to me, I need to ask for greater trust that He can work out the other details of my life. He has already made the most important provision for me through Jesus. I think I can trust Him with the rest of my details.
He is Risen!
He is Risen, Indeed!