Divine Bread/Living Water: Party CrasherApril 15, 2017
Divine Bread/Living Water: Promise and PossibilityApril 20, 2017
1 Corinthians 15:20-23 NIV:
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
here was a flash of light so bright it cast shadows against the glimmering dawn. Then that voice from the garden in thunder proclaimed, "I Am. I Am alive. I Am He!" The Romans and the temple guard were once again[as in Gethsemane] prostrated against the earth, unable to move, unable to speak, unable to see. Messiah stepped from the tomb's entrance with the radiance of the sun glowing from His face. He finished His discourse with, "I am the Lamb, the Son of Elohim. I am the surety of God's provision, the treasure of Heaven, the ransom sufficient for all. I am the first fruits of many to follow, the reality of everlasting life, the gateway to Abba for those who the Father has chosen, for those who answer my call! I have set a fire in Palestine that will burn until it consumes the earth. Today, all has changed: nothing will ever be the same."
Knowing that the Kingdom of Christ operates so vastly different than the natural world, I have to consider these four things this Easter.
About the time we believe God is dead to our circumstance, He bursts out with new life, hope, wisdom and peace.
The road to real glory inevitably passes through the valley of pain and trial.
We can find the keys to Heaven hanging on a cross.
The doorway to everlasting life passes through an entrance that closely resembles a tomb.
Excerpt from The Rest of the Easter Story,
page 104-105, Chosen, Forgiven and Loved
Prayer for the Day
Lord Jesus, I bow before You and remember all You have done for me. In my heart's eyes, I see an empty cross, an empty tomb, a torn curtain, a living mercy seat. Abba's love and Your obedient heart have changed everything. Nothing has ever been the same since You left that tomb on Easter's early morning. Change me as you wish. Live in me today in Your resurrection power so that nothing will ever be the same, Amen.