He Is Risen

 

 

 

 

It’s not hard for me to believe that Jesus rose from the dead.

I have given birth to four children in my lifetime.

Before I was even aware of their existance, they each had been created inside me.

In one instant, they did not exist.

In the very next instant, they did.

God is the author of life.

Life is in His control.

So great is His power, could it be said that death is stronger?

No.

Since Jesus did not remain in the tomb, neither will those who know Him and love Him.

Do you know Him today?

 

 

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,  but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.  In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee:  ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’

–Luke 24:1-7

 

 

 

 

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Made Right With God

 

 

The room was reverently quiet as we entered.

The Good Friday service had already begun with music playing.

With every word that was spoken, those in attendance were reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice for our sin.

At the close of our time together, the room was darkened as we sat in silence.

Quietly, each row of people exited and gathered outside to look upon a wooden cross that had been placed in the ground.

Without speaking, all eyes came to be fixed on the two pieces of wood.

What Jesus did for us brings life—if we will believe and accept it.

In believing and accepting, how should we choose to live?

As we live with the knowledge of what He has done, should we not enter each moment with an inner reverence, a quietness of the soul, realizing that we have been bought with so great a price?

 

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. –2 Corinthians 5:21

 

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One God and One Mediator

 

 

 

 

The stained glass window at the back of the old church glows with the light of the morning sun.

It’s carefully crafted panels blend form and color, depicting the Lamb of God carrying the banner of the cross.

Such love did He have for us!

That love has not changed, nor will it.

As Easter approaches, there are many reminders of Jesus’ sacrifice.

Competing with this truth of unlimited love are many distractions, as well.

The enemy of our souls would have us be drawn away from the knowledge of Jesus’ sacrifice and His offer of eternal life.

The verity of God’s existence and His plan for salvation stands ready for every heart to accept and believe.

 

For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.

—1 Timothy 2:5-6

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not One Stone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of his disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said,  “The time is coming when all these things will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”

 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?”

 He replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and saying, ‘The time has come!’ But don’t believe them.  And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.”  Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven.

—Luke 21:5-11

 

 

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The True Light

 

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, events were unfolding as God had planned.

Just over three decades before, angels had heralded His birth to the shepherds.

The Light of the world had come.

As Jesus approached the day when He would be crucified, the darkness of death was fading.

The Light of Life, Jesus, would conquer death and bring life to all who would believe.

Is the light of Jesus shining in your life today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Really Being Slow

 

Apologies.

I really don’t hear about them a lot, actually.

When was the last time you heard a friend say that someone had sincerely apologized to them about a matter?

Being repentant, owning up to mistakes, understanding and admitting faults….is that a thing of the past?

Not in God’s eyes.

He wants us to come to repentance, asking for forgiveness.

Everything we have ever done or said that displeased Him can be forgiven, but we must ask Him.

There will come a time when the world as we know it is over, either by the return of Jesus or our own death.

Whether or not we believed in Jesus as God’s Son will be of paramount importance then.

Having said, "I’m sorry" to Him and really repenting will make all the difference.

God wants everyone to repent.

He doesn’t want anyone spending eternity in Hell, away from Him forever.

That’s why Jesus paid the price for our sin—so we could go to Heaven.

If you haven’t talked to God about this, don’t delay.

Tell Him you are sorry for all that you have done that has displeased Him.

Ask Him to take control of your life and guide you in all things.

Tell Him that you believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sin.

It’s not too late—-yet.

 

 

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think.

No, he is being patient for your sake.

He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief.

—from 2 Peter 3:9-10

 

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Have It To The Full

 

 

 

Today I heard the phrase, "come alive with flowers."

We tend to think of colorful blooms as being synonomous with life.

Bright and beautiful, delicate, yet strong, flowers that have emerged from the earth give us a sense of newness.

Jesus came so that we might have life–a full and abundant life.

A colorful and beautiful life, bright with His love.

A new life, emerging from the old.

Have you experienced this new life?

 

 

 

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.  All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.  I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. —John 10:7-10

 

 


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Who Is He?

 

 

 

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday.

A time to remember the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

Has Jesus come to your city?

You probably drove past a church this week.

Was Jesus there?

You probably walked by an office desk of someone who speaks openly about their faith in Him.

Was Jesus there?

You probably have childhood memories of Easter time.

Even then, was Jesus there?

Has Jesus come to your city?

Has Jesus come to you?

Who is He?

 

 

This happened in order to make come true what the prophet had said:

 “Tell the city of Zion,
    Look, your king is coming to you!
He is humble and rides on a donkey
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

 So the disciples went and did what Jesus had told them to do:  they brought the donkey and the colt, threw their cloaks over them, and Jesus got on.  A large crowd of people spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  The crowds walking in front of Jesus and those walking behind began to shout, “Praise to David’s Son! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise be to God!”

 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was thrown into an uproar. “Who is he?” the people asked.

 

 

 

 

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Full Armor

 

What is a scheme?

Curious to know what the dictionary would say, I found, "a plan, design, or program of action to be followed; project." 1

Now, here’s food for thought: apply this definition in the context of this verse of scripture—

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. –Ephesians 6:10-11

Consider it this way:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s—————-plans, designs, and programs of action against you; he has a project with your name on it.

That’s the sort of thing you wish you didn’t have to know about, right?

Preferring to be uninformed of reality may give a false sense of safety for a time, but it does nothing to safeguard or protect from dangers that truly exist.

At this point of discussion, a second search for definition is helpful.

Consider this explanation of reality:

Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined. In a wider definition, reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. A still more broad definition includes everything that has existed, exists, or will exist. 2

What is the enemy’s reality for you?

The scheme to thwart God’s plan for your life.

That scheme exists today.

That scheme existed in the past.

That scheme will continue to exist in the future as long as we are on our earthly journey.

Knowing that actually empowers us.

Although by ourselves we do not have the tools necessary to confront such a scheme, God provides them for our protection as we take a stand against it.

Our tools consist of the full armor of God:

The Belt of Truth.

The Breastplate of Righteousness.

Feet fitted with the Gospel of Peace.

The Shield of Faith.

The Helmet of Salvation.

The Sword of the Spirit.

God has not left us lacking, for He is not lacking.

We are only strong if we are strong in the Lord.

His power is sufficient to combat any scheme.

 

1Dictionary.com

2From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

 

 

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Full Armor

 

 

What is a scheme?

Curious to know what the dictionary would say, I found, "a plan, design, or program of action to be followed; project." 1

Now, here’s food for thought: apply this definition in the context of this verse of scripture—

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. –Ephesians 6:10-11

Consider it this way:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s—————-plans, designs, and programs of action against you; he has a project with your name on it.

That’s the sort of thing you wish you didn’t have to know about, right?

Preferring to be uninformed of reality may give a false sense of safety for a time, but it does nothing to safeguard or protect from dangers that truly exist.

At this point of discussion, a second search for definition is helpful.

Consider this explanation of reality:

Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined. In a wider definition, reality includes everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. A still more broad definition includes everything that has existed, exists, or will exist. 2

What is the enemy’s reality for you?

The scheme to thwart God’s plan for your life.

That scheme exists today.

That scheme existed in the past.

That scheme will continue to exist in the future as long as we are on our earthly journey.

Knowing that actually empowers us.

Although we do not of ourselves have the tools necessary to confront such a scheme, God provides them for our protection as we take a stand against it.

Our tools consist of the full armor of God:

The Belt of Truth.

The Breastplate of Righteousness.

Feet fitted with the Gospel of Peace.

The Shield of Faith.

The Helmet of Salvation.

The Sword of the Spirit.

God has not left us lacking for He is not lacking.

We are only strong if we are strong in the Lord.

His power is sufficient to combat any scheme.

 

1Dictionary.com

2From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

 

 

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Then Choose

 

 

 

 

Middle of the road.

That’s a phrase I’ve grown up with.

Undecided.

Unsure.

No real preference.

In the Old Testament account, when Joshua spoke to all the tribes of Israel about making a choice for God, he said:

“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” —Joshua 24:14-15

There really was a choice.

The people could choose God or reject Him.

Making a "middle of the road" decision wasn’t even mentioned.

Joshua did not ask the people to stay at a crossroad of indecisiveness, maybe believing God or maybe trusting in the gods of their ancestors.

He presented them with a choice.

Not only that, he gave testimony to his own conclusion in the matter.

Joshua and his household would serve the LORD.

There are many people today who are in the middle of the road spiritually.

The importance of making a choice has eluded them.

Not making a clear decision about God is, in itself, a decision.

You might hear them say, "Someday I’ll probably be ready to consider God, just not now."

Actually, now IS the time.

What about you?

If you don’t know the loving forgiveness of God, make the choice to step out from the middle of the road to His side.

As for you and your house, who will you serve?

 


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He Makes the Storm Appear

 

 

God’s breath produces ice,
    and the seas freeze over.
 Yes, he loads the thick clouds with moisture
    and scatters his lightning from the clouds.
 He guides the clouds as they churn round and round
    over the face of the inhabited earth
        to do everything he orders them.
 Whether for discipline,
    or for the good of his earth,
        or out of mercy,
            he makes the storm appear.

—-Job 37:10-13

 

 

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It’s God’s Gift!

 

 

 

 

What makes you happy?

Did you know that God gave that to you?

He made you with the capacity to enjoy what you love.

Your family, your friends, your job, your hobbies—He has given you these blessings.

Each one is a gift;

a gift from God.

 

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The God of Hope

 

 

Mornings like this are rare for me.

Nothing in particular was suddenly wrong, but inside, I just felt awful.

Out of sorts.

Somewhat sad.

It was raining lightly as I headed down the highway to work.

The sun was about to break the horizon and beams of light were racing past an opening in the clouds behind me.

As I looked up the road, I saw a rainbow forming.

First, it seemed to be only a pink bar of light, positioned almost vertically.

It was as if I were driving right to it.

As the sun rose, the rainbow grew with blazing energy and color.

Hoping for an opportunity to stop and photograph it, I finally got the chance while stopped at an intersection in a nearby city.

From this vantage point, the arch seemed to be streaming down to earth just behind a vintage style street lamp.

I felt that God was giving me a rainbow.

I thanked Him, there in my car.

The troubled tiredness and the emotionally out of sync attitude began to fade.

It was a grand and magnificent reminder that God was there.

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. —Romans 15:13

 

 

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Hear My Voice

 

 

The old radio sits in an inn dating back to the 1920’s.

With aged, darkly stained wood, it has an elegance about it.

What words have come from its speakers through the years?

Did it proclaim the start of World War II?

Did it proudly announce sports scores and election results?

What songs played with each passing decade, delighting the ears of eager listeners?

With all of its history, it is, however just a box.

A box with some very important capabilities.

Useless, though, without a transmission to receive.

Also, useless, if the power is not connected with its dial tuned for reception.

Aren’t we like radios?

If we are listening for Jesus, tuned in to what He has to say, we can tell others.

By ourselves, we are only a box.

We cannot proclaim what we do not receive.

When we are tuned in, we may also broadcast the sweet melodies of love, fellowship and mercy as we follow Jesus.

The question is, what are we broadcasting today?

 

 

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

–John 10:27

 

 

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Rooted and Established

 

 

 

When you are praying for someone, what do you ask of God?

Often, I pray for others to have a personal relationship with Jesus, if they do not.

I will talk to God about people who are hurting physically with sickness.

There are times when I pray about another’s wisdom in their choices.

I may pray and ask God to renew their mind.

Sometimes, I pray for safety in their lives.

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he writes a heartfelt prayer to those believers:

I pray that out of his glorious riches

He may strengthen you with power

through His Spirit in your inner being,

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

And I pray that you,

being rooted and established in love,

may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people,

to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—

that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

—-Ephesians 3:16-19

 

Is there someone you know that needs to be strengthened in God’s power?

Someone who needs to be rooted and established in love?

Someone that needs to grasp the love of Jesus?

Read the prayer again and every time the word, "you" or "your" is written, replace it with the name of the one you are concerned for.

As you pray sincerely, watch for God’s work in that person’s life.

 

 

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Dominion and Awe

 

 

As I opened the back door of my home to let my Bassett Hound in, a stunning sight was in full view.

The crescent moon was aglow in the night sky.

Confusing my dog, I let her into the house and I, along with my camera, went outside.

We grow accustomed to the miraculous–

To things like the waxing and waning of the moon or the existence of genetic instruction on DNA.

Which is more difficult?

To keep the earth and moon in perfect syncopation or to create and maintain a living being?

For God, the question is of no importance; neither is difficult.

Day after day, night after night, He shows us His power in magnificent ways.

Day after day, night after night, with heads down and busy to the task of fast paced living, we miss the significance of His awesome displays of glory.

If you haven’t seen the moon tonight, I encourage you to go out and take a moment to reflect on what God has made.

He is an awesome God.

 

Dominion and awe belong to God;
    he establishes order in the heights of heaven.
 Can his forces be numbered?
    On whom does his light not rise?

—Job 25:2-3

 

 

 

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There is No Fear in Love

 

 

 

I watched him for quite some time.

A squirrel nervously ran up and down a tree growing closely to a small rock fountain in my yard.

All he wanted was a drink from the calmly flowing water, but he was so terribly afraid.

Ever so cautiously, he would run down the tree’s trunk a few feet, look around to check for danger, become overwhelmed with anxiety and run back up the tree.

This process kept repeating itself and his behavior was almost tedious to watch.

If I could have communicated with him I would’ve wanted to yell, "Just go ahead and get a drink!!!"

After many attempts at courage, he finally made it to the water’s edge.

He continued his sad and miserable dance with hesitation until finally, he had his mouth in the water.

His thirst could have been satisfied so much sooner had he not be so fearful.

Jesus is the Living Water.

He said, "Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." —John 7:38

Through Jesus, we can know forgiveness and love.

We can have an abundant life.

Yet, do you know someone who is afraid to come to the Water?

Why are they afraid?

Is it because they feel they are not worthy to come?

We do not have to "clean ourselves up" in any way.

Jesus accepts us as we are.

1 John 4:18 tell us, "There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear. So then, love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment."

 

 

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His Hunger Drives Him On

 

 

It was dinner time, and I was busy cooking in the kitchen.

Through the window, my eyes were drawn to something red in a tree.

As soon as I realized what it was, I quickly left my food preparations and emerged into the yard with my camera.

A bird with a red head was grasping on to the side of a tree, sticking its beak into a recessed area of the bark, no doubt looking for food.

I watched him for quite a while.

He sought for his own dinner dilligently.

At one point, his head came away from the bark with something secured in his beak.

He had been persistent, and it had paid off.

Proverbs 16:26 reads, "The laborer’s appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on."

It was obvious to see that the bird’s appetite was keeping his interest in the search for food.

So what are you and I hungry for?

Is there a hunger to become closer to God?

Is there an appetite to be used by Him to reach others with His message?

Is there an emptiness that longs to be filled with His purpose for our lives?

If we hunger, are we then driven to be full?

 

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Imitators

 

 

 

It’s an encouragement thing….

Where I work, employees can elect to place their name on a piece of paper and be included in a drawing.

We don’t win a raffle or other type of prize.

Instead, each person takes a paper with a coworker’s name on it and keeps it a secret.

Throughout the next few months, everyone tries to do special things for the person whose name they drew.

Cards, notes and small gifts are often left in employee mail boxes.

Contagious smiles are often the order of the day as not-quite-random acts of kindness are done inconspicuously.

I was certainly smiling today.

As I checked my mail box, I found a bag of chocolate malt balls and a beautiful necklace with an antique-looking camera pendant on it.

Photography is a secondary job for me, yet not everyone knows that.

I may be well acquainted with someone for quite a while before they learn that I am a photographer.

When they do find out by perhaps viewing some of my work,  it is usually accepted with a believing attitude.

I will certainly wear my new necklace and I will not be afraid that someone will ask me why I am wearing it.

I have another necklace, however, that I wear almost every day.

Awake or sleeping, it is around my neck.

A simple gold chain with a cross.

This necklace also tells something about me far more important than my love for picture taking.

It signifies that I believe in Jesus.

It reminds those who view it that Jesus died and rose again.

Hopefully, I am only acquainted with someone for a short period of time before they learn that I am a Christian.

When they do find out, will it come as a surprise or will they feel that my words and actions have pointed to my journey of faith as a believer in Jesus Christ?

When I wear the cross necklace, I am identifying myself with Him.

Through His constant forgiveness and love for me, am I seeking to love others, as well?

 

 

 

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

—Ephesians 5:1

 

 

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Know Therefore

 

 

 

Know therefore

that the Lord your God is God;

he is the faithful God,

keeping his covenant of love

to a thousand generations

of those who love him

and keep his commandments.

 

—Deuteronomy 7:9

 

 

 

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Two Are Better Than One

 

 

 

Isolation.

A typical and prevalent response in our society.

A response to pain, remorse, guilt, lonliness.

Somehow, it seems the natural thing to do—run away before anyone sees you cry.

Is it natural, or is it taught?

"Be strong."

"Be the man!"

The problem is, we aren’t invincible.

Life brings challenges, and with them, the potential for pain and disappointment.

Why is there such a strong urge to be hidden during a struggle?

Does God want us to separate ourselves from others at times like these?

I don’t think so.

In fact, God has given us each other to minister His grace and healing in the most trying of times.

Two people together can support each other.

Three people together can support each other.

An entire group of friends can support each other.

And if they do, things are a lot better.

Loving friendships are gifts from God.

When you are hurting, don’t run away.

Run to God and to the people He has placed in your life who care for you.

When you’ve fallen, they can help you up…..

 

 

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 

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And the Waters Flow

 

 

 

 

He sends his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
 He spreads the snow like wool
    and scatters the frost like ashes.
 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast?
He sends his word and melts them;
    he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

—Psalm 147:15-18

 

 


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Raised Imperishable

 

 

 

I was totally unprepared for the strong emotion I was about to experience.

My cell phone rang and I was greeted by a voice that I didn’t immediately recognize.

Within seconds, the caller identified themselves as working with a company I had done business with last year.

At that point, I remembered this employee very well.

Being from a different country, they had maintained an accent from their homeland.

As we closed the call, he said three words that sank like lead weights to the bottom of my heart.

Whenever I am ending a telephone call or leaving someone’s presence, I typically say, "Bye!"

Many people I have known say, "Bye, bye!" or simply, "Goodbye!"

So, what were the three words this man spoke to me at the end of our conversation?

With just a hint of cheer in his voice, he said, "Bye for now."

Bye for now…..

As the words reverberated in my mind, tears began to well up in my eyes as I considered the end of life for a Christian.

Bye.

Bye for now.

But, just for now.

Not forever.

What hope do we have as believers?

When we have to say "goodbye" to those we love that love the Lord, it is really just "bye for now."

Just for now.

Not forever.

It is only a temporary separation until we are reunited through the power and forgiveness of Jesus.

Struck with the realization of what "bye for now" really means, my heart was full with gratefulness to God.

Like most people, I have had to say "goodbye" to many that I love.

The pain is great.

The grief is all encompassing.

Yet, it is only for a while.

Bye………..for now.

 

I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—  in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

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

–1 Corinthians 15:50-55

 

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