Easter is Coming

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It is so exciting to think about the coming of Easter.  It is my personal favorite Holiday.  There is so much tied up in that one word.  My sweet college daughter, who is getting smarter and wiser than me by the month, told me of a comment that her Bible professor made in a class this week.  Dr. Miller remarked that if asked on Friday evening how their day was, all the disciples would have said it was their worst day EVER.

The man that they had devoted their entire lives to for many years was no longer with them.  They now had to reconsider their entire futures!

But then Easter came!  Well, to them it wasn’t Easter.  Yet. It was the day the tomb was empty!!  Oh my…I am thinking that never in the farthest reaches of their imagination did they ever even think…

I cannot even imagine living the resurrection in real time.  I  can barely live it 2000 plus years into the future. The emotion that it wells up inside me is not even word worthy.

When I think about the promises of the resurrection in relationship to my sins…food addiction, gluttony, and so much more…I think along a vein that is so rich with the shed blood of Christ.

Using the letters of the word Easter, I was reminded of 6 facts that pertain to His blood washing me whiter than snow.  Why is it so hard to remain standing in that spotlight of cleanliness??  Sigh.

E-

My forgiveness all began with God wrapping himself in a mortal body and coming to EARTH as a humble human.  Without this move, my sins would still be counted against me, or I might even be out there sacrificing bulls and rams.  But actually, not being a Hebrew, my Gentile status would have made that way of life so foreign to me that participating in it would never have crossed my mind.

A-

The world can sometimes seem shy of absolutes.   Things can seem wishy-washy at best..  But everything about Jesus was ABSOLUTE.  The meaning of the word is “free from imperfection; complete; perfect; unlimited”.  Oh my goodness, does that define Jesus, or what!!  He entered this world to fulfill a bunch of absolutes that we as sinful humans could not.  On a personal level, He set for me an example of rightness; an example of obedience to the Father, which is what I sorely lack so often.

S-

So many words starting with S that could describe the resurrection:  splendid, supernatural.  Such nice words, right?  But I am torn between two others:  SNARE and SCANDALOUS.  The resurrection would be such a stumbling block for centuries afterward to everyone who couldn’t figure out how to believe.  But Scandalous…oh, my.  The scandal lies in the grace.  The grace that poured from that cross unhindered.  For me and for you.  And for everyone who could believe. How scandalous that an innocent, perfect man would die a criminal’s death.  Hillsong United’s song “Scandal of Grace” says it so well:

Grace, what have you done?
Murdered for me on that cross
Accused in absence of wrong
My sin washed away in your blood
Too much to make sense of it all
I know that your love breaks my fall
The scandal of grace, you died in my place
So my soul will live
Oh to be like you
Give all I have just to know you
Jesus, there’s no one besides you
Forever the hope in my heart
Death, where is your sting?
Your power is as dead as my sin
The cross has taught me to live
In mercy, my heart now to sing
The day and its trouble shall come
I know that your strength is enough
The scandal of grace, you died in my place
So my soul will live
Oh to be like you
Give all I have just to know you
Jesus, there’s no one besides you
Forever the hope in my heart
Oh to be like you
Give all I have just to know you
Jesus, there’s no one besides you
Forever the hope in my heart
And it’s all because of you, Jesus
It’s all because of you, Jesus
It’s all because of your love
And my soul will live
Oh to be like you
Give all I have just to know you
Jesus, there’s no one besides you
Forever the hope in my heart
Oh to be like you
Give all I have just to know you
Jesus, there’s no one besides you
Forever the hope in my heart

T-

Every single thing that led up to Easter morning was TERRIBLE from a human standpoint.  My sin caused Christ to hang on that cross after going though an unfair trial, public humiliation, and so much more.  If I could manage to be sinless, to break free of my food addiction, to control my thoughts, to slay all my idols, Christ would not have had to endure that messy Friday.  But, my sin held him there.  My sin was the spikes in his hands and feet.  My sin was present in that crown of thorns pressed into His brow. Oh, one of the many reasons why I find it so impossible to dwell at the foot of the cross for very long.

E-

The plan of God was precise.  It played out in the way that God wrote it with no EXCEPTIONS.  Because God is EXACT.  There is no chaos in God’s world.   So when my life seems chaotic in every way, I need to take comfort in the fact that it was written down long ago and is playing out to His plan.  So when I go to bed night after night and am so frustrated with myself I could spit, well, God was not even a little surprised that my day would end the way it did.  That can be so frustrating!!  But I am learning that every day, my failures are there to teach me a better way.  It is my job to learn from my mistakes though, which I am not feeling so great at??  But I want to Embrace that Exactness of God’s character, and learn to be more like Him? That feels so far off on most days. What is really ironic is that the more diligently I pursue Him and His ways, the worse life gets.  I have decided I have truly ticked Satan off lately.  But God knew that too…when He made the plan at the beginning of time to sacrifice His one and only Son.

R-

So what began as a coming-to-earth ends with a glorious and permanent  RESURRECTION.  An event that had not happened before.  Yes, folks had been brought back to life by Christ and His disciples while He was on Earth, and even afterwards.  But no one resurrected stayed alive.  They all eventually died again.  But Christ ROSE never to die again.  This is how my many daily sins are washed away.  His blood continues to pour over my sinful soul nonstop.  And the best part is that because of that river of blood, God cannot even see my sins.  He sees Christ alone in me.  Isn’t that glorious??

And quite scandalous, too.

Begin now and prepare your heart for a celebration like no other.  A celebration of a death that would be for every single person who would ever walk on this earth.  And you only have to BELIEVE.  So easy.  And yet so puzzling and complicated.  The Bible calls it a mystery.  And Jesus is peeling away the layers of that mystery with the passage of time.

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A new DietBet starts Monday.  So weigh-in is either tomorrow morning or Monday.  Oh this time I want to do better.  I want to obey.  I want to slay my idols.  I want to be the hands and feet of Jesus that says, “Look what I did with the power of the Lord in me.”  I am also joining a group of ladies to do a 5 day Young Living Cleanse right after Easter.  I am excited about that as a way to reboot some things.  And, for me, doing it in community is something I enjoy, as opposed to alone.

Knowing that my Dietbet weigh in is not going to be so great, I am preparing myself for it ahead of time! I honestly do not know how I get into these places of laxness.  I do not know what happens to set off a disregard for God, because that is what it is??  Really.

So I battened down the hatches the other day and have had a couple good days in a row since then of eating plant based and mostly raw.

books

Stopped at the library today and grabbed these three books.  I have Eat to Live on hold, but it didn’t arrive yet.  But the cookbook will be fun, I am sure.  These may end up being perusing books as opposed to cover to cover reads. Oh to have more hours in each day for reading.  Sometimes I think I need to use my time more wisely and that will allow for more reading.  And I really do try.  But it never seems to be enough.

Have a gloriously wonderful Sunday.  Worship.  Learn.  Serve.  Give.  Grow.  Laugh.

God appreciates it all!!
Debi

 

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