Reality Sunk In. Jesus was Gone. He is Risen! Just as He Said.

He is Risen Just as He Said! (Music Video Arise My Love by Newsong) via www.JeanWilund.com

REALITY SUNK IN. JESUS WAS GONE.

“It is finished,” He’d cried.

Then He lowered His head

and gave up His Spirit.  [Read more…]

One Day. Two Days. Reality Sunk In. Jesus Was Gone.

RIP One Day. Two Days. Reality Sunk In. Jesus Was Gone. It was the Saturday Before Resurrection via www.JeanWilund.com

REALITY SUNK IN

“It is finished,” He’d cried.

Then He lowered His head

and gave up His Spirit. 

Jesus’ followers watched as the earth moved.

Reality sunk in.

Jesus was gone.

They laid Him in a tomb.

A stone sealed away hope.

Reality sunk in.

Jesus was gone.

The disciples mourned.

One day.

The world slept.

Two days.

Reality sunk in. 

Jesus was gone.

(to be continued . . . )
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Three Powerful Ways Christ Said I Love You

Three ways Christ Said I Love You via www.JeanWilund.com

I love you. 

The three best words ever spoken. 

In French, they say Je t’aime.

In Italian, Ti amo. Spanish, Te amo.

Germans say Ich liebe dich.

But on Good Friday, Christ said I love you with three different words: It is finished.

With these three words, Christ had taken all our sin upon Himself and set us free from its destructive, powerful grip. He bought us eternal life.

No more would we have to pay the penalty of our sin. Christ paid it all. It is finished. 

I love you couldn’t be said better . . . unless perhaps followed by three other words on the third day: He is risen.

On this Good Friday, let’s focus on these three powerful, extravagant ways Jesus said to us, I love you.

Three Powerful Ways Jesus Said I Love You

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How Jesus and Barabbas Are Similar but Very Different – And That Makes All the Difference

How Jesus and Barabbas are Similar but Very Different -- And that makes all the difference for us via www.JeanWilund.com


Just imagine1. . .

Barabbas, the son of the father

“He’s so beautiful,” the baby’s mother said to her husband. “Look, he has your eyes. Let’s call him Barabbas, son of the father.”

The proud father smiled.

Years flew by, and Barabbas grew up.

Somewhere along the path of his life, Barabbas became involved with a terrorist group in the midst of an attempted revolution and became a murderer. (Mark 15:7, Luke 23:19)

Now Barabbas sat in prison as another prisoner stood before Governor Pilate. [Read more…]

Jesus, The King of Peace. Us, the Donkey?

Easter ~ Jesus, the King of Peace. Us, the Donkey? Lessons from Christ at Easter (via @JeanWilund.com)

Jesus, The King of Peace

The end was near.

Jesus’ ministry on earth was approaching its climax, but the large crowd gathered in Jerusalem for Passover remained unaware.

All they knew was this man called Jesus was coming. 

They hoped He was coming to set them free from the iron rule of Rome.

Crowds lined the streets with palm branches as they would a victorious ruler — a warrior king.

But Jesus rarely did the expected.

He came, not as the conquering king mounted on a warhorse, but riding on the colt of a donkey as the King of Peace.

It appears many felt betrayed that Christ chose to come as the King of Peace because they wound up betraying Him in the end.

Cries of “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel,” would soon be replaced with shouts of “Crucify Him!”

Jesus Christ, as the King of Kings (Revelation 19:16), could’ve rightfully marched into the capital city on a warhorse. 

He could’ve taken His place on any throne in the world, starting with the one in Jerusalem. But by design, He humbly rode in as the King of Peace on a donkey instead.

Us, a Donkey?

Jesus was pleased to ride on this humble beast of peace just as He is pleased for His Spirit to live in all who trust in Him. 

In a sense, the King of Glory has once again humbled Himself to ride a donkey. 

I guess I just called Christians donkeys. 

Calling Christians donkeys sounds worse than it is.

Kings of old traditionally rode donkeys during times of peace. They weren’t despised. They symbolized peace.

But they weren’t handsome warhorses, either. I’d rather see myself as a regal Arabian horse than a round, awkward-looking donkey.

But then again, as Christians with Christ living His life through us (Galatians 2:20), we’re really both.

We possess the strength of a warrior steed (Romans 8:37) with the calling of a peaceful donkey (Hebrews 12:14). 

Christians are Donkey Warriors

Even while seated on a donkey, Jesus never ceased to be the conquering, all-powerful Great I Am. (John 8:58)

Christians are called to be a people of peace through which the Great I Am displays His own glory. 

What donkey could feel degraded when the Great I Am sits upon him?

The warhorse suddenly becomes nothing in the presence of a donkey on which rides the King of Kings. 

It’s Not About the Steed. It’s About the Rider

I don’t want the world to notice me, but Christ in me.

I’m not always a pretty sight, marred by selfishness, anger, and impatience.

But if others see Christ in me, they’ll see the peaceable strength of love, grace, and mercy even in times when those three seem out of place.

Let’s aim to be Donkey Warriors — Christians who exude Christ’s calling of peace with the quiet power of Christ’s Spirit. 

He must increase, but I must decrease.
~John 3:30

If we live like Donkey Warriors, perhaps we’ll hear the same words spoken of our generation as were spoken during the last week of Jesus’ ministry on earth:

 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him.”

I can’t think of anything better that could be said about me than that my life made others go after Christ. 

I admit I’ve feared that my life has driven people away from Christ instead of to Him!

Read, Listen, & Reflect

I encourage you to read John 12:12-19 and consider what it would’ve been like as Jesus entered Jerusalem on the donkey while listening to Michael W. Smith’s song “Giving” from his “Freedom” album.

This song seems to fit the somber mood Jesus and the disciples may have felt as He entered Jerusalem in peace.

Then the mood in the music and Jerusalem intensifies as the people worshiped their coming King only to discover He’s not the King of War they want. Instead, He’s the humble King of Peace they need.

How can we reflect Christ’s peace to those around us today?

What can we do today to show the world the King of Peace they so desperately need? [Read more…]

A Cross, Not a Stone Because Jesus Came to Set Us Free, Not Be Set Free

Easter Tuesday ~ Everything could've been different, but God required a Cross, Not a Stone ~ Jesus Came to Set us Free, Not to be Set Free (Featuring "Freedom" by Michael W. Smith)

A Cross or a Stone?

Everything could’ve been different—horribly tragically different—if God hadn’t intervened. 

Whew!

One of the first lessons we learn in church is that Jesus came to set us free from sin and He accomplished it through His death on the cross. 

But did you know God chose the time, place and manner of Jesus’ death before the foundations of the world? 

And that man tried to change it with some stones?

For years, I never stopped to think about all the complex orchestration and maneuvering Christ’s crucifixion required. 

As man moved, God moved because He required a cross, not a stone, and Jesus came to set us free, not to be set free. 

Let’s consider just a few of the main events God had to coordinate. [Read more…]