The Lamb of God

And he took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after supper, he took the cup saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” 

Luke 22:19-20 NIV

It was their last supper together.

A symbolic dinner that told the ancient story of freedom from slavery and redemption from death itself.

A lamb for each family that crowded the streets of Jerusalem that week.  A lamb sacrificed by a Temple priest.  A lamb that was consumed later as they moved through each symbolic element: the meat, the unleavened bread, the bitter herbs, the egg, the cups of wine, the applesauce.

The disciples were celebrating a holiday, Jesus was fulfilling prophecy.

Then Jesus put himself on the plate and in the middle of the story.

He picked up the bread, broke it and said, “This is my body given for you”. He took the cup and said, “This is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you.” 

Only God can make a new covenant. And He did.

After they celebrated the angel of death passing over those homes that were marked with the blood of the lamb, they witnessed the blood of the Chosen One being spilled under the lash of the whip and poured out on the wood of a Roman cross.

It was the last Passover Jesus had with His disciples before He became the Passover Lamb for His disciples and the world. 

For you. 

For me. 

Forever.

And He gave us a new way to remember it, we call it communion.

Finished

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When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John‬ ‭19‬:‭30‬ NIV

After the unfair trial.

After the man’s judgment.

After the sentence to death.

After the unbelievable physical pain.

After the unbearable separation from the Father.

After receiving horrific judgment and sin of the world upon Himself.

Before His final breath.

“It is finished.”

My sin paid for.

My debt paid.

My forgiveness, offered.

My redemption, complete.

My relationship with God, possible.

Before you ever began, He finished it.

The First Sunrise on the First Easter

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(Photo: Rebecca Verbeten, Easter Morning 2014)

Yesterday was the 28th year that I celebrated Jesus as my Risen Lord.  Every year, I take a moment to think about how it must have been for Jesus.  That first moment that He saw the sunrise in a resurrected body, through resurrected eyes.

Eyes that held ancient eternity and recent humanity.

Now He would walk on the road and walk thru walls to meet His followers.

His mission was not done.

His work on the cross was finished but His relationship revolution with humanity had just begun.

He showed His disciples His nail-scarred hands. He walked with them on the road and opened the Scriptures to them.

Before He ascended to Heaven, Jesus told them the plan:
“Go and I will go with you.”

Where is Jesus asking you to go?
Who is Jesus asking you to tell?
Who is Jesus asking you to teach?
Who is Jesus asking you to baptize?

Q. What happened after the Resurrection?

A. The Great Commission

Go and let nothing stop you.

Finished

  
After the trial.

After the judgement.

After the sentencing.

After the shame.

After the pain.

After the spiritual separation.

After the spiritual pain.

Before his final breath, he said

“It is finished.”

My sin, paid for.

My debt, settled.

My forgiveness, offered.

My redemption, complete.

My relationship with God, possible.

On this day we call Good Friday, before I ever began, he finished it.

“It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (‭John‬ ‭19‬:‭30‬ NIV)

Then three days later…it began.

Response

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Obedience is a response.

It is a gift of trust.

When I ask my children to obey me, I am asking them to trust my love for them.

I don’t ask it as a test, I ask them to follow my direction because I want them to prosper and thrive.

“God, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me— my whole life one long, obedient response.” (Psalm 119:33-40 MSG)

Insight into what?

Insight into God’s heart.

When I see God’s heart for me and all he has gone through to reach me (the cross and beyond), I realize that obedience is the gateway to prosperity and freedom.

Because he loves me.

Obedience is to be a part of a wonderful conversation with the Sovereign Creator that began the moment I accepted God’s gift of salvation through the cross of Christ.

He died and was buried in a borrowed grave. Jesus rose from that borrowed grave on the third day.

He lives.

He shows me how to live and I LIVE.

Have a wonderful Easter Weekend celebrating the gift we have in our Risen Lord.

May you LIVE because He lives.

Page One

A blank page means different things to different people.

It can be frightening- “What am I going to put here, how do I begin?”

It can be freeing- “I can start over, begin again, a fresh start with unlimited possibilities.”

More likely, it is both.

In this blog post from Livebrilliantytoday.com, I was inspired by the realization that God created the world from nothing- a black muddy soup- and that He desires to create new things in my life from nothing. How can you step out in confidence in the brand new things God is calling you to?

Because:

“This is what God does, He creates. On page one, God’s Spirit hovered over the void of nothing and created something. This alone should bring us great hope and build our faith because it shows that us that the only thing needed for new creation is God’s desire to do so.”

It isn’t a long blog but I hope that it has long impact. Click here to read the rest of it.

It is Good Friday. The day I celebrate that the penalty of my sin was paid for. The day that Jesus died so I may live in the full potential of God’s power and grace. The day that Jesus said, It is finished so I can say “It is just beginning”.

I am loving all your comments, you don’t know how much each one is encouraging and blessing me. Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful Easter Celebration filled with family, food and fellowship with your risen Savior!

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