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True Potential

 

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Romans 8:34b- “Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”

 

After Christmas, I had a hard time finding enough good places to store all of my decorations. That’s how my Nutcracker ended up in the hall coat closet…got caught on my sweater as I was taking it off the hanger…toppled onto the vacuum…landed on the floor…was decapitated…and suffered a broken arm.

It will never again be a useful nutcracker.

Oh, I can glue it back together. It might even look like a nutcracker. But because of the way it was broken, its mouth will never be able to move.

It will never again fulfill its true potential…as a nutcracker.

You know, God had a purpose in sending Jesus to earth. It was necessary for His perfect son to die in order that we might live.

Our Savior was broken— for us.

He paid the price for our sin.

On the cross, Jesus willingly fulfilled his potential. He conquered death and the grave.

Once resurrected, he took on a glorious, new and perfect body; and later was reunited with The Father in Heaven.

His power was not diminished.

His purpose was fulfilled.

He became MORE, not less.

He had done the will of the Father.

He was glorified by God and now sits at his right hand. He is active. Alive. He listens to our prayers. forgives our sins, heals, sustains our universe…

And continues to love us with an everlasting love.

 

 

 

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Priceless

 

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Matthew 27:35– “When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”

 

Have you noticed that there have been some previously useless items—even junk—auctioned off for large amounts of money in the past decade?

Used napkins, chewing gum, stray hairs from hair brushes, worn out tennis shoes…

Some of these brought hundreds—even thousands, and in some cases millions—of dollars.

Why would people be willing to pay so much for things we, in the general public, throw away every day?

What makes a wad of gum so valuable, anyway?

Turns out that it is not the “item” that is worth so much. It is the people these items belonged to—it’s the personal connection to the singers, celebrities, sports stars.

So, what about Jesus’s robe?

Some sources say that our Lord’s robe was specially made of one piece of fabric, with no seams. That would make it special. But, I suggest to you that the centurions who cast lots for His robe just may have recognized in those last moments, that He, indeed, was the long-awaited Messiah.

He was who he claimed to be. God’s Son, come in the flesh, with the express purpose of dying for the sins of a world which rejected Him.

His garment was valuable because of the personal connection. It belonged to the Savior.

And, that made it priceless.

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It Will Be All About Him

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Mark 13:26- “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not too long ago, several Hollywood movie stars were asked what it was about them that they thought caught the attention of audiences.

One said it was her outrageous costumes.

Another said it was her outspokenness.

A third said it was all about her entrances, referring to her most recent one—a drop from a helicopter onto a glittering stage. “Millions of fans watched it,” she gushed.

Jesus had a remarkable, but humble, entrance onto the earth—a baby born in a stable in Bethlehem.

He rode a lowly donkey into Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion.

No, our King didn’t choose accolades, glitter, or glitz.

But, He will come again…with the great Trumpet sound…with voices of a myriad angelic hosts…

It will be all about Him. All eyes will see. Every knee shall bow.

The King of King and Lord of Lords will have our attention—not because of his attire or public relations ploys, but because of who He is—our Savior.

He will abolish evil for all time and eternity and establish His reign of peace and righteousness.

As we celebrate His resurrection,  we also look forward to His coming, again.

Hallelujah!

 

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No Language Barrier

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Acts 2:5-8 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?”

 

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went to a Valentine celebration—complete with wonderful Mexican food and Mariachis.

We had a great time visiting with English-speaking friends, but it was difficult to talk with the other guests that did not speak “our” language.

There was only a certain amount of smiling and gesturing we could do to communicate with our gracious hosts. The language barrier prevented us from letting them know just how much we appreciated the invitation and enjoyed the evening.

Driving home, I thought of the scripture above and how nice it would have been for us to have heard each other in our own language.

You know, God hears our prayers—and our praises—no matter what language we speak…and through His Word and His Holy Spirit, He communicates with us.

With God, there is no language barrier.

No matter what our nationality, each of us hears Him in our own language.

Utterly amazing.

 

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