Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
Holy Week Day Four and Five…
We are People of the Resurrection Light…
As an ordained lay minister I have been called upon to officiate at quite a few funerals, in fact in June of 2007 I officiated at my mom’s funeral. Of all the things officiating at funerals has in common for me the one that top’s the list is whatever I’ve said in the Eulogy never adequately summarizes the full impact of the deceased life. Many times when officiating at the funeral of a friend, acquaintance, or family member after the Eulogy I would think of all experiences I could have said but didn’t.
Over the past few days as I’ve thought about how to approach yesterday’s and today’s Glory Seed I find myself at the point of what can I write/say about the impact Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection that will adequately express the impact His life has had on mine. The answer of course is I can’t, no one can. No matter how hard we try, no matter how big our vocabulary is, no matter how eloquently we can form sentences and paragraphs it will never be sufficient. The best we can do is to hopefully say enough that will allow the Holy Spirit to “fire up our memories and experiences” of the many and varied times when Jesus’ life has impacted ours.
When it comes to Good Friday many choose to see today as the day Jesus died a horrible and painful death at the hands of Roman executioners. But I choose to see Good Friday differently while it is true Jesus died yet at the same time something significant also happened at the same time. That “significant something” Jesus told about before Good Friday, “Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.”” (John 12:23–24, NLT)
Good Friday is the day sin died, your sins, and my sins, and in sins place came direct access to the Father and new life for us. “By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:20–22, NLT)
For me Hebrews 10:20–22 stands as a Living Epitaph of the impact Jesus has had and is having on my life. I know I’ve left out so much more of my Jesus Story but hopefully I written/said enough to inspire you to dig into your own life and rehearse and relive your own Jesus Story.
One last thing. “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:23–25, NLT)
“Faith isn’t hoping for the best life has to offer, Faith is anchoring oneself to the Best God has to offer!”
Grace and PEACE,
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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”