Easter Friday ~ Jesus’ Last Seven Words and What They Mean For Us Today (Featuring “Freedom Battle” by Michael W. Smith)

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Today is Good Friday — the day Adam and Eve looked forward to since the Garden of Eden.

From the moment God gave them the promise of a Savior and clothed them in the skin of an innocent animal who died to cover their shame, they looked for this day.

Before we look at Christ on the cross and His last seven words, though, I want us to focus our hearts by listening to Michael W. Smith’s brilliant song “Freedom Battle.” I think he may have had Good Friday in mind when he wrote this song. [Read more…]

Easter Thursday ~ Barabbas & Jesus: Both Were the Son of the Father, and Why That Matters To Us (Featuring “Hibernia” by Michael W. Smith)

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God is in the details.

Long before Jesus would be betrayed and stand before Pilate on Good Friday, God was working. 

Maybe 33 years earlier, a Jewish mother and father gazed upon their newborn son. I can imagine their conversation. 

“He’s so beautiful,” the mother says to the father. “And, look, he has your eyes. Let’s call him Barabbas, son of the father.”

The proud father smiles.

Years fly by, and Barabbas grows up.

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

Arrested, Barabbas, the son of the father, now sits in prison as Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, stands before Pilate. 

Pilate looks at Jesus and then down upon the crowd of angry Jews. 

Now that I’ve set the scene, let’s cue the soundtrack. [Read more…]

Easter Wednesday ~ Jesus Came as the King of Peace, not the King of War, and How This is A Picture of Us (Featuring “Giving” by Michael W. Smith)

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Jesus’ followers wanted Christ to march into Jerusalem and conquer the Roman government. They wanted a war hero.

It seems many felt betrayed that Christ chose to come as the King of Peace, not the King of War.

They’d worshipped and adored Him as He entered Jerusalem.

But when Jesus refused to be the war hero his followers sought, they betrayed Him.

Rightfully, Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, could’ve entered the capital city on a war horse. But by design, He humbly rode in as the King of Peace on a donkey instead.

Jesus was pleased to ride into Jerusalem on this humble beast, just as He is pleased to let His Spirit live in us. 

What an honor for the donkey. What an even more astounding honor for us.

I’m struck by the thought of how Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the humble colt of a donkey is a beautiful picture of us and our life in Christ.  [Read more…]

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)

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The Red Thread of Jesus via JeanWilund.comEverything could’ve been different if God hadn’t intervened.

Whew!

We know that Jesus came to set us free from sin.

We also know that setting us free required His death, but only at the time, place and manner chosen by God before the foundations of the world.  

For many years, I took this fact for granted. I’d never stopped to think about all the orchestration this 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 events God had to coordinate. [Read more…]

Monday Music ~ Revelation Song (Phillips, Craig & Dean) Easter Week Has Begun!

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It has begun! 

Easter Week is here!

Cue the soundtrack!

By the way, that’s a hint to what’s to come this week.

Can you tell I’m a little excited about Easter week?

I’ve got a crazy week ahead of me, but I’m determined to keep my mind fixed on Easter through it all.

Please don’t let the importance of Easter week slip you by either, lost in the tyranny of the urgent.

Nothing in our lives is so urgent that the single most important event in the history of the world should be set aside for it. 

Christmas makes Easter possible, but Easter is why Christmas came.
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I’m not talking about coloring Easter eggs and preparing a spiral ham. I’m talking about letting the truth of Easter reach deep into our hearts all week.

The moments of Easter changed every other moment in history. 

Are you facing a trial this week?

The events of the first Easter week enable us to stand even as our knees buckle. [Read more…]

Monday Music ~ Jesus, Messiah (Chris Tomlin)

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Who is this man called Jesus? 

Jesus, Messiah

Name above all names

Blessed Redeemer

Emmanuel 

The song, Jesus, Messiah by Chris Tomlin expresses beautifully who Jesus is.

The movie The Passion of the Christ displays who He is in stunning visuals.  

Combining the two is perfect.

I hope this music video of Jesus, Messiah accompanied by clips from The Passion of the Christ will pierce your heart as much as it has mine. [Read more…]

An Easter Poem to Stir Your Soul — The Groves

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Happy Easter! The Lord is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

The Groves

by Sherrie Morrison

Tis midnight and on Olivet
The moon and stars are all that stare
Upon the sacred ground
Where Jesus prayed and wept.
This grove of trees – this sanctuary –
Where the Son of Man sought solace from the agony he faced,
Stands dark and still. [Read more…]

The Passover and Resurrection Celebration Page

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Passover & Resurrection Celebration!

One of my favorite websites, The Blue Letter Bible, has put together a special page to enrich your Easter celebration. 

The Passover and Resurrection Celebration Page [Read more…]