(I'm out and about doing Easter-y things with my family. This is a re-run from last Easter)
I woke up this morning and the first thing I thought was,
"This must have been the saddest day in history."
The second day.
The day that Peter and John, Mary Magdalene and Mary the Mother of Jesus, woke up and remembered what happened.
That Jesus was dead.
I just started crying. I don't know why I've never thought about *this* day before. The second day.
You know, I've often thought how amazing it must've been to be one of Jesus' disciples.
Imagine, getting to walk next to Him,
Hear His laugh.
Give Him a hug.
Ask Him questions.
And then this morning I realized that they also had to go through this day. The in-between day. The not knowing day...
...the heartache of thinking that the Man they believed was not only the future King, but God Himself...had been crucified and was laying in a dark, cold tomb.
...fighting the gut-wrenching fear and doubt...
I'm so glad this is just one day in history.
I'm so glad that Jesus didn't stay dead.
That death couldn't keep Him.
That He arose victorious over death, hell and the grave.
I love the relationship that I have with Him now. Even though I didn't get to hold His hand and walk down the beach with Him while He talked about the love of God for me....
I get to do that everyday now. Every. day.
I get to experience a *relationship* with GOD.
Because of what He did.
Taking my guilt and shame and washing it away with the blood of His Son.
Redeeming and restoring my relationship with Himself in only the way He could do it.
He did that for you too.
He wants to know you. To laugh with you and listen to your heart and share His with you.
You can have that if you want it.
Just ask Him.
Not that there won't be "second days" in your life anymore.
We still have those. The days in-between that we don't know what's going to happen and we're afraid.
when you have that relationship with Him you can call out to Him on the "second days" in your life
and He's there
It is an amazing experience to meet God and walk with Him daily.
I hope and pray that every single person that reads this experiences it.
"Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."-John 20:29
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." -Romans 3:23
"...the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 6:23
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." -1 John 1:9
"For Christ also has suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:" -1 Peter 3:18
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if anyone hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." -Revelation 3:20
Grace and Peace,
"God didn't set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ.
He died for us, a death that triggered life.
Whether we're awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we're alive with Him!
So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you'll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you're already doing this; just keep on doing it."
-I Thessalonians 5:9 (the message)