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Friday, April 2, 2010

.Our Rescuer.

You say you came to rescue us!” people shouted.

“But you can’t even rescue yourself!”

. . . . But Jesus stayed.

You see they didn’t understand. It wasn’t the nails that kept Jesus there.

It was love.

. . . . Then Jesus shouted out in a loud voice, “It is finished!”

And it was. He had done it. Jesus had rescued the whole world.

“That’s the end of Jesus,” the Leaders said.

But, just to be sure, they sent strong soldiers to guard the tomb. They hauled a huge stone in front of the door to the tomb. So that no one could get in.

Or out.


. . . . Only one person said her name like that. She could hear her heart
thumping. . . .

She shaded her eyes to see . . . and thought she was dreaming.

But she wasn’t dreaming. She was seeing.


Mary fell to the ground. Sudden tears filled her eyes and great sobs shook her whole body, and all she wanted in that moment was to cling to Jesus and never let go.

“You’ll be able to hold on to me later, Mary,” Jesus said gently, “and always be close to me. But now, go and tell the others that I’m alive!”

(Excerpt taken from The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every story whispers his name written by Sally Lloyd-Jones ISBN-10: 0-310-70825-7 Emphasis is mine.)

I am so thankful for the relationship that I have with the Creator of the Universe and His Son, Jesus, my - our rescuer. Easter is such an amazing time for believers. A time to reflect and remember the sacrifice that was made on our behalf - on my behalf. It was such a personal sacrifice. It was MY sins that drove him to that cross.

But like Sally Lloyd-Jones says so beautifully, it was LOVE that held Jesus Christ, my Savior on that cross. He could have chosen to escape it all, but His love for me kept Him there on that cross in agony, on my behalf. Thank you Jesus! And, not only did He pay the punishment for my sins, but He also CONQUERED death and the grave!!! It wasn't enough to die. He had to LIVE. And now I need to tell the world!

So why is it that I don't? Why is is that the people I love the most - my family, don't often hear me proclaiming the truth? What holds me back? What have I to fear?

Oh, God, forgive me. I want everyone to know what You have done, and how they can have a relationship with The Rescuer. Oh how we all need rescuing!


Melissa said...

Love held him there! What an amazing truth!

I think I may have to go invest in that book!

Tara said...

Awesome truth! My Little Man has the Jesus Storybook Bible! He LOVES it and I love how it makes sure everything points to Jesus! Great post! Thanks for sharing!

Carrie said...

Wow. What an amazing post. That Jesus Storybook Bible sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing this! I loved it! I'm so behind on my blogs, since we have company, but your Easter pictures are gorgeous, too!!! :) Thanks for the comment on my blog! :)

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