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Jesus Is Risen from The Tomb

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The Empty Garden Tomb

The Empty Garden Tomb

The garden tomb in Israel is a really special place. It’s said that Jesus was buried Here after his crucifixion.

When you read Scriptures about the burial of Jesus, two people are mentioned: Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man who was a secret follower of Jesus, and Nicodemus, a pharisee who actually met with Jesus one-on-one to understand His teachings and to find out who He truly was. When I read through John 19, I picture Joseph and Nicodemus taking Jesus’ body off the cross, carrying it to a tomb really similar to the garden tomb, preparing His body for burial, wrapping His broken, bloody body in linens and anointing His body with ointment and perfume (John 19:38-42).

I can only imagine their heartbreak as they took His body off the cross and prepared the One they admired — the One they loved, for burial. What disappointment the disciples must have felt. This person they followed daily for three years was someone they lived with, shared meals with, and experienced miracles with; they heard Christ’s teachings.

Jesus was a friend to them. Jesus was a brother to them.

I also think of the women at the cross — Mary, the mother of Jesus. What heartbreak and disappointment to watch Him from afar, take His last breath. Plus the sorrow and grief they all felt as Jesus was laid in the tomb.

But here’s the turning point: the radical, unrivaled joy that each one of those people experienced when they realized His body was no longer in this tomb. Their mourning turned into dancing when Jesus himself appeared to them. Imagine their joy as the angel appears to the women and says,

“Don’t be afraid … He is not here, for He is risen.” (Matthew 28:5-6)

Wherever you’re at right now in life, please know that nothing can harm you permanently. No loss is lasting, no defeat more than passing, and no disappointment final.

I hope this quote encourages you:

“Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all of these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.” – Brennan Manning, The Ragamufin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out.

Whatever disappointment you’re going through, whatever heartbreak you’re suffering from and grief you can’t seem to shake, hold onto this truth: Jesus is no longer in the tomb and He is literally seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and I. This means that grief cannot hold us. It means that we don’t have to be heartbroken forever and disappointments in life don’t have to last forever. With Jesus, there is resurrection life.

Friend, our darkest days are not the end, the best is yet to come for you. Put your hope and your faith in Jesus because in Him, we will always and forever have hope.

Streams in the Desert – June 11

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And the Lord’s slave must not engage in heated disputes but be kind toward all, an apt teacher, patient, (2 Tim 2:24)

When God conquers us and takes all the flint out of our nature, and we get deep visions into the Spirit of Jesus, we then see as never before the great rarity of gentleness of spirit in this dark and unheavenly world.

The graces of the Spirit do not settle themselves down upon us by chance, and if we do not discern certain states of grace, and choose them, and in our thoughts nourish them, they never become fastened in our nature or behavior.

Every advance step in grace must be preceded by first apprehending it, and then a prayerful resolve to have it.

So few are willing to undergo the suffering out of which thorough gentleness comes. We must die before we are turned into gentleness, and crucifixion involves suffering; it is a real breaking and crushing of self, which wrings the heart and conquers the mind.

There is a good deal of mere mental and logical sanctification nowadays, which is only a religious fiction. It consists of mentally putting one’s self on the altar, and then mentally saying the altar sanctifies the gift, and then logically concluding therefore one is sanctified; and such an one goes forth with a gay, flippant, theological prattle about the deep things of God.

But the natural heartstrings have not been snapped, and the Adamic flint has not been ground to powder, and the bosom has not throbbed with the lonely, surging sighs of Gethsemane; and not having the real death marks of Calvary, there cannot be that soft, sweet, gentle, floating, victorious, overflowing, triumphant life that flows like a spring morning from an empty tomb.
—G. D. W.

“And great grace was upon them all” (Acts 4:33).

 God Cleanses

From: Today Devotional

  PSALM 51:1-12

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Sometimes we use fancy language in our prayers to God. It can sound as if we are trying to make a good impression. Other times, though, we are direct and brutally honest in our prayers, confessing our sin with a broken heart because we know we have failed.

Psalm 51 is a brutally honest prayer. The psalmist describes sin as a great stain on his life. He knows that the sin he has done messes up the beauty of his life. Sin is offensive to God, and it needs to be washed away.

Just as surely as sin stains a person’s life, God has the power to wipe that life clean again. The psalmist prays for forgiveness, asking God to cleanse him and make his life beautiful again. The honesty of the confession is possible because of the trust that God will hear and forgive.

Because of the grace of Jesus shown to us on the cross, we can also pray to God with brutal honesty, confessing the stain of our sin and asking God to give us pure hearts again. God promises to cleanse us and make us beautiful again. God promises to take away our guilt and shame and to renew our spirits. Our honest confession is met with God’s faithful grace and love.

The heavenly race

By: Charles Spurgeon

“So run, that ye may obtain.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

Suggested Further Reading: Hebrews 11:39-12:2

When zealous racers on yonder heath are flying across the plain, seeking to obtain the reward, the whole heath is covered with multitudes of persons, who are eagerly gazing upon them, and no doubt the noise of those who cheer them onward and the thousand eyes of those who look upon them, have a tendency to make them stretch every nerve, and press with vigour on. It was so in the games to which the apostle alludes. There the people sat on raised platforms, while the racers ran before them, and they cried to them, and the friends of the racers urged them forward, and the kindly voice would ever be heard bidding them go on. Now, Christian brethren, how many witnesses are looking down upon you. Down! Do I say? It is even so. From the battlements of heaven the angels look down upon you, and they seem to cry today to you with sweet, silvery voice, “Ye shall reap if ye faint not; ye shall be rewarded if ye continue steadfast in the work and faith of Christ.” And the saints look down upon you—Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; martyrs and confessors, and your own pious relatives who have ascended to heaven, look down upon you; and if I might so speak, I think sometimes you might hear the clapping of their hands when you have resisted temptation and overcome the enemy; and you might see their suspense when you are lagging in the course, and you might hear their friendly word of caution as they bid you gird up the loins of your mind, and lay aside every weight, and still speed forward; never resting to take your breath, never staying for a moment’s ease till you have attained the flowery beds of heaven, where you may rest for ever.

For meditation: Do Spurgeon’s words, spoken on a Friday afternoon from the “Grand Stand, Epsom Race-course” strike you as over-fanciful? The pages of Scripture are full of lessons from the heroes of faith, still speaking to us down the centuries (Hebrews 11:4). They witness to us from their own experience “It can be done; by God’s grace we ran the race; by God’s grace you can run it too” (2 Timothy 4:7).