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The Promises of Lent & Holy Week

 

We have traveled the Lenten journey with Jesus retracing our spiritual steps these past weeks.

Now, we are going to retrace his steps, making sure we are in sync with him.

Looking up into the night sky on Saturday evening, the moon was full; a symbol of endings, a time to put the past behind us, and allow the Light of Truth to be revealed.

We have traveled the Lenten journey thus far and now find ourselves in Jerusalem for the week.

The streets are dusty and filled with many pilgrims on the path. There is a great deal of anticipation and excitement.

In the midst of it all, Jesus has a special message for us: Pick up your cross, follow me and don’t put it down. The road may be long but I am with you, always.”

I Sit At The Right Hand!

Whatever you ask for in my name, whatever you pray for in my name, your request is at my command; I sit at the right hand.
When you are troubled in thought, word, dream, sleep or action; seek my face, seek my peace. I am there for you.
Take a moment to get centered and quiet.
See the greatness of all life and the living breath, for it is holy indeed.
As you feel the precious presence of I AM; I sit at the right hand!

Jesus of the Resurrection

Isn’t it better to be rising rather than falling? Perhaps this excerpt, “Risen Life” taken from “God Calling” for April 9th will swing open wide the door of hope for those who serve Him so diligently:
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is raised upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:1)
The Call comes on this My Day for all who love me, to arise from earth-bands, from sin, and sloth and depression, distrust, fear, all that hinders the Risen Life. To arise to Beauty, to Holiness, to Joy, to Peace, to work inspired by Love and Joy, to rise from death to Life; remember that death was the last enemy I destroyed. So with death my victory was complete. You have nothing then to fear.
Sin, too, is conquered and forgiven, as you live and move and work with me.
All that depresses you, all that you fear, are powerless to harm you. They are but phantoms. The real forces I conquered in the wilderness, the Garden of Gethsemane, on the Cross, and in the Tomb.
Let nothing hinder your Risen Life. “Risen with Christ,” said my servant Paul. Seek to know more and more of that Risen Life. That is the Life of Conquest. Of that Risen Life was it truly said: “I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me.”
Fear and despair and tears come as you stand by the empty Tomb.
“They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.”
Rise from your fears and go out into the sunlight to meet me, your Risen Lord, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” (Philippians 3:10)

Lent – The Deep Things of God, Why Suffer?

Many times in the life of the seeker, or the helper we too suffer.
It gives us great comfort to know that our beloved Jesus walked this journey before us, and he understands our personal setbacks and challenges in life.
In Matthew Chapter 16, “From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things.
In his despair, did Jesus wonder when people would get his message?
Jesus predicted his own death three times and each time he was grieved. Why was no getting it?
Also, Jesus was not afraid to show his feelings.
In the Book of John, Chapter 11 it says,
“When Jesus saw her Mary, Lazarus’ sister weeping, and the others, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.
Jesus asked, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Lord, come and see”. As Jesus approached the tomb it says, “Jesus wept”.
Don’t think these incidents did not grieve Jesus, they did.
Jesus experienced condemnation and began carrying His Cross long before the physical experience happened in his life, because of the people he encountered along the way. Jesus grieved in his experience.
Not only was he prepared to embrace his own suffering, but he felt ours as well.