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I'm a journaler. I like to journal about life, love and my Lord. I also love technology but busyness keeps me from being as tech-savvy as I'd like to be. This blog gives me a chance to play computer and learn a few new tricks along the way; all the while serving as my 21st century journal. A journaler is just a writer by another name and writing defines me almost as much as my faith does. I've always had a desire to blend my faith and my writing into a ministry of encouragement. This blog gives birth to that desire. Be blessed as you read these weekly devotions taken from the pages of my old-fashioned journal.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

GOOD FRIDAY REFLECTIONS

Over Passion Week I have been thinking about the things Christ endured that I might be saved…
  • He was sold out by one of His own followers for 30 pieces of silver. (Matthew 26:14-15, 48-49)
  • Though the anguish of what He had to do was great He submitted to the Father’s will. He faced Gethsemane alone. (Luke 33:41-44)
  • In His trying time, during His arrest, His disciples deserted him and fled – left Him to face the mob alone. (Matthew 25: 50, 56)
  • He was physically and emotionally abused as he was brought before the Sanhedrin, the High Court of the Jews. (Matthew 26:67-68)
  • He was denied by a beloved friend and follower. (Matthew 26:69-75)
  • The angry mob opted to release a renowned criminal over the sinless Son of God. (Matthew 27: 15-17, 20-22)
  • Soldiers made a public spectacle and mockery of Him. (Matthew 27-31)
  • Though beaten, bruised and bleeding He was made to carry His own cross. (John 19:16-17)
  • Though blameless He was crucified like a common criminal – a painful death – nailed to a cross – on display for the world at large to see. (Luke 23:32-33)
  • They stripped Him of His clothing then gambled for it. (John 19:23-24)
  • He refused a sedative. He chose to knowingly and willingly suffer the untold agony of Calvary; not allowing the pain to be dulled by the narcotic-type painkiller he was offered. (Matthew 27:34)
  • The crowd continued to mock Him even on the cross; His suffering exacted no pity. (Matthew 27:39)
  • To ensure his death and as an added act of brutality a spear was thrust into His side piercing the heart and the sac around it. (John 19:31-34) 
Next I took some time to meditate on some of the things I now have because Christ chose the path of humiliation and suffering…
  • Access to God the Father - The veil of the temple that separated the Holy of Holies was torn in two. This place where the priest met with God on behalf of the people lay exposed; symbolic of the fact that there was no longer any need of an earthly priest to mediate between man and God. Christ is the way to the Father. In His name I can come into the very throne room of God’s presence and make petition of Him. In fact I am invited to do so. (Matthew 27:50-51, Hebrews 4:16)
  • Healing & Peace – His punishment gave me peace with God and a resulting peace of mind. His stripes were for my healing; healing of body, soul, mind and spirit! (Isaiah 53:5)
  • Salvation & the indwelling Holy Spirit – God’s gifts to me because I have accepted His Son. Through Him I am saved. (Ephesians 2:1, 4-5)
  • Help & Comfort in this life – I don’t have to figure it all out on my own. I have help, direction, comfort in trouble, etc. (John 14:16-18, John 16:7)
  • Eternal Life & a home in Heaven– Because of Christ’s complete work I have the promise of eternal life in the presence of God. Jesus is preparing my heavenly dwelling place. One day He will receive me into my new home. (John 3:36, John 14:1-3)
As I pause today and reflect upon what it cost Christ to give me salvation and all the benefits that are mine because of it I am overwhelmed by a sense of being deeply loved. The greatest love is the love that drives an individual to die for the object of that love. Christ loved me so much that He willingly endured Calvary to spare me eternal damnation. God loved me so much that He let it happen to His One and Only Son just so that He could be reconciled to me. What does one say in the face of such love? I LOVE YOU – the most powerful statement on earth – seems sadly inadequate. All that I am, all that I have, my very life seems a pittance alongside Christ’s gift. Yet these are all I have and so I give it all freely to the One who gave it all for me!

EASTER MORNING JOY

A journal entry from a bygone Easter …
I sit in my prayer chair as the sun rose this morning. What an awesome feeling to be in prayer at such a moment. That sweet communion; what a sense of Easter joy came over my spirit. My soul lifts within me at the realization that on that day – that first Easter Sunday morning – it was proven beyond doubt that Jesus is the Son of God.
I was not there that day but when they learned that He was risen from the dead His followers must have felt a joy akin to what I feel this morning only multiplied a thousand times over!
Lord, I have not seen the stripes, the scars; have not beheld your glory with my natural eye but Lord – I believe! You are risen! You are King! You are God! I rejoice in the first, honor the second and worship the third. You are my Savior and I give You my undying love and devotion. This Easter morning I rejoice because I serve a risen Savior; He’s in my heart today! Praise and honor to you my God and King!
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” John 11:25-26