Aug 25, 2017

Aug 25, 2017 Karla’s Blog

Today’s devotional is teaching us about that time just after Christ passed while on that cross. Can you imagine those who had helped to see this come to pass and then the earth starts shaking, tombs break open and people arise from the dead. There couldn’t possibly be a person to witness this who didn’t realize that He did have to be in fact, the Son of God himself. His disciples were denying their relationship with Christ out of fear of the masses. Surely they knew already that He was indeed the Son of God. They had seen Him perform miracles, and He had spoke to them about His imminent death. Even with the soldiers coming after them, they had to feel so disconnected from their faith. They had pledged allegiance to Christ, and yet  betrayed Him when faced with the possibility of being jailed. However after Christ’s death and the world literally shaking, they knew the power and the pledge was real.
When Christ visited again with the disciples they knew they had to share this news of Christ with everyone they could. They no longer stood around in fear, they began going out and preaching the gospel. Even being put in jail from time to time, did not deter them. They stayed vigilant in their mission and had the power of the Holy Spirit with them as they continued with this Great Commission. They knew they had a purpose. If they had not felt confident that Christ was indeed holy after that experience, do you think Joseph would have had the strength to go to Pilate and ask for the body of our Lord? Surely this would prove that he was a follower, and put him in grave danger of being arrested as well. It wasn’t just Christ’s followers who felt this earth shake, everyone did. They had to know they had killed the Son of God himself. Let the power that they received from the cross, stand you up today. It is still strong enough to prove that He was holy, and true. It will still guide us today and protect us, because God will always be real. Everlasting power from the beginning of time till the very end. What better strength could we ask for to be with us every day in this evil world we live in? There is none to compare to the greatness of knowing our Lord.  No, I can’t say it without singing that line.
I have seen some amazing things this week. A young woman who thought she was forgotten  and unwanted by her father learned she was wanted and loved. That he desperately tried to find her. What a peace of mind that gives this young mother. She had to feel all was lost when her mother died.  Now at a time when she is about to lose the grandmother who had finished raising her. She needed this knowledge of her father wanting her, and it will go a long way toward helping her through this rough time ahead. I see God providing for His people, I know with all that I am, He is real. I am so very thankful to have this relationship with my God. However I could never be more thankful for His forgiveness when I fall short. I heard something in a bible study last night that was so profound to me. How can we expect forgiveness if we too can’t forgive. With all that we have to be forgiven for, surely it is more than any one person, who has wronged us. I will forgive because I am thankful for the forgiveness of my mistakes.
Thanks for sharing part of your day with me, I hope you have an amazing weekend. Please enjoy this devotional from His Victorious Indwelling:

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” MATTHEW 27:50-54 The most timid believer is emboldened, while gazing by faith on the wondrous cross on which the Lord of Glory died, and contemplating the sufferings He endured while hanging on the accursed tree. Similarly, the boldest believer is made timid by the neglect of that cross; as we see exemplified in Peter and Joseph of Arimathaea. Peter was so bold as to say, “Though all men should be offended because of Thee, yet will I never be offended…Though I should die with Thee, yet will I not deny Thee” (Matt. 26:33, 35). Soon after, when they arrested Jesus and took Him, Peter was one of the “all who forsook Him and fled” (Mark 14:50). Peter “followed” Jesus it is true, but it was “afar off” (Matt. 26:58). The next step was to deny his Lord with oaths and curses (Matt. 26: 72, 74). But Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, went in BOLDLY unto Pilate and CRAVED the body of Jesus. (Compare Mark 15:43 with John 19:38.) How was it that this timid disciple became so bold? Was it not from having gazed on the cross, and witnessed the sufferings of his Lord and Master? So is it now. Do we want boldness for our Master and His service? Let us by faith seek grace to contemplate that wondrous scene. How did Peter, who was so bold as to draw his sword to defend his Master, become so fearful as to forsake Him, and so forgetful as to deny Him? Was it not because the Cross was not realized? And is it not so now? “CRUMBS FOR THE LORD’S LITTLE ONES”  The world…to us is nothing now but the empty tomb of Jesus. JOHN Darby

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