Friday, April 6, 2012

The Empty Tomb

Trying to live Easter all over again......Aren't we supposed to die daily?
Wanting so badly to live my life like the tomb is understand what our Saviour has truly done. Wanting to have the world's biggest conference call.......screaming......."don't miss it!"  The tomb is really empty!
Knowing that the only thing that should be empty in our life is that tomb! Because we are full of His Spirit;  but are we choosing to really live?

Fearful but how I live.
I can see it...........their eyes wide open with disbelief.........shocked that His body was not there.
They listen! They run.................and in that moment..........they knew what it felt like to truly live like the tomb was empty.

Beauty from Ashes.........from His blood that dripped that day.........which brought us Salvation!
Jesus choose the Cross.....his willingness to take our sin on himself....... to prove once and for all.....his supreme power over death. 

 Why? Why did you do it God? I think about His blood that still runs warm today! I think about Him who was fully God but fully human........He who sweated blood! Wondering if maybe even He had fear of what might come at the father's hand?  He who said;  "not my will but yours!"

Do we realize the suffering that Jesus endured for us? He was God, and with one inhale or exhale He who created the World with a Word could have STOPPED IT ALL!  But He didn't.
He proved to the world that he understands! He knows SUFFERING.
The Word Himself became FLESH.........the Creator who became His creation;  to feel what we feel.........hurt,  pain, He even tasted death.......all for us! 

In John 12 Jesus explains a key reason for his death:  "Salvation." John 12:23 The hour has come for the son of Man to be glorified. 24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and DIES, it remains only a single seed. But if it DIES, it produces many seeds.

This is a beautiful illustration of the necessary SACRIFICE OF JESUS.
Jesus had to die to pay the penalty of our sin, but also to show His power over death. His resurrection proves he has eternal life. Because Jesus is God.
Jesus can give the same eternal life to all who believe in him. In the very next verse he explains the attitude of his followers. John 12:25, The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

                                                       To enter through the gate which is Jesus Christ himself, we have to die to the old self.
2 Corinthians 5:17;
 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Christians are "New Creations."

 The Holy Spirit gives us new life. It's a gift.....Can we except it?

 This idea is shown in the parable of the wheat kernel. One thing dies in order to become something else. Look at Paul's discussion of the death and resurrection of Christ in:
 2Corinthians 5:14-15,;
For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15, And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
We should no longer live to please ourselves; we should live our lives pleasing Christ who died for us and rose from the grave.
Daily I live my life in distrust..............with building my own golden calf............falling to my knees crying out HOW? How do I trust? 
And all along it is Jesus himself who has shown us personally, death to self through submission to God.  Not just once a year but daily.....sometimes hourly..............or minute by minute!
Grab tight to the slaughtered Son.........let his blood run over you..................let Him bring you up in His Glory as you....Remember Christ's Crucifixion and Celebrate his Resurrection!
 Let us strive to live our lives pleasing God!

Father we thank you today that You sent Jesus to die on that cross for our sins. Thank you Father for your power over death. Help us to remember to die our flesh daily. Help us to live a life that is pleasing to you. Let us wake up each day remembering......that the tomb is empty!

all is well,