Because of Easter… I Can Wait

 

Albrecht Dürer, The Entombment (1504)

 “But God works in surprising ways, and sometimes he demonstrates his love by delay.” D.A. Carson, Scandalous (p. 121)

Whenever I read of the days between the death of our Lord and His resurrection, I find it easy to understand the weariness and disappointment in the hearts of the disciples. How many times we have been there, between the promise and the fulfillment of it? The waiting, the days in between, when heaven seems closed and we just don’t know where to turn because all the roads seem closed and all hopes appear to lie dead behind huge rocks. In those days of waiting we must not despair as if we didn’t know that our Lord lives, that His promise to conquer death and sin was fulfilled on an Easter Morning.

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Becky

Praying the Scriptures -A Prayer on Resurrection Sunday-

The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection by Eugène Burnard

God of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of Glory, give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I may fully know Jesus. Enlighten my eyes that I may know what is the hope to which You have called me, what are the riches of this glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of Jesus’ power toward me and my brothers and sisters, toward us who believe, according to the working of the great might that worked in Christ when you, Father, raised Him from the death and seated him at your right hand in heavenly places.

Thank you for your grace, for your rich mercy, and the great love with which you have loved us. Thank you because you made us alive with Christ! Just like today we remember and rejoice that the tomb is empty, that death was conquered, so today we rejoice that we are alive in Him! We are no longer dead, because of the power of the Resurrection, we are alive in Christ! Oh what a Glorious Grace that brings life through death! What a glorious Grace that conquers sins and through the power of the Resurrection gives us victory over the sin that once enslaved us!

Thank you because you have raised us up with Jesus and seated us with him and in Him in heavenly places. I pray that we may be a grateful and obedient people that proclaims a risen Christ and the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us, sinners.

Father help me live as you have taught us, knowing that my sinful nature has been crucified with Christ, that it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Thank you, because now, by grace I can live a life by faith in Jesus, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I praise you Conquering King!

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Becky

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A prayer based on Ephesians 1: 15- 23; 2:1-10, and Galatians 2: 20-21

 

 

A Prayer on the The Resurrection Day

The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection by Eugène Burnard
O LORD,
I marvel that thou shouldst become incarnate,
be crucified, dead, and buried.
The sepulchre calls forth my adoring wonder,
for it is empty and thou art risen;
the four-fold gospel attests it,
the living witnesses prove it,
my heart’s experience knows it.
Give me to die with thee that I may rise to new life,
for I wish to be as dead and buried
to sin, to selfishness, to the world;
that I might not hear the voice of the charmer,
and might be delivered from his lusts.
O Lord, there is so much ill about me -crucify it,
much flesh within me -mortify it.
Purge me from selfishness, the fear of man, the love of approbation,
the shame of being thought old-fashioned,
the desire to be cultivated or modern.
Let me reckon my old life dead because of crucifixion,
and never feed it as a living thing.
Grant me to stand with my dying Savior,
to be content to be rejected,
to be willing to take up unpopular truths,
and to hold fast despised teachings until death.
Help me to be resolute and Christ-contained.
Never let me wander from the path of obedience to thy will.
Strengthen me for the battles ahead.
Give me courage for all the trials, and grace for all the joys.
Help me to be a holy, happy person,
free from every wrong desire,
from everything contrary to thy mind.
Grant me more and more of the resurrection life:
may it rule me.
may I walk in its power, and be strengthen through its influence.
Give me the assurance that in Christ I died, in Him I rose,
in His life I live, in His victory I triumph,
in His ascension I shall be glorified.
Adorable Redeemer,
Thous who wast lifted up upon a cross
art ascended to highest heaven.
Thou, who as a man of sorrows wast crowned with thorns,
art now as Lord of life wreathed with glory.
What more could be done that thou hast done!
Thy death is my life,
thy resurrection my peace,
thy ascension my hope,
thy prayers my comfort.
Amen

Because in Him we live,

Becky

*From the Valley of Vision’s prayers: Resurrection and, Crucifixion and Resurrection.

>The Resurrection of Our Lord

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Katie Lloyd Photography

“Now after the Sabbath,
toward the dawn of the first day of the week, 

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 
And behold, there was a great earthquake, 
for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven 
and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 
His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 
And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 
But the angel said to the women, 
“Do not be afraid,
for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 
He is not here, 
for he has risen, 
as he said.
Come, see the place where he lay. 
Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, 
and behold, the is going before you to Galilee; 
there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 
So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, 
and ran to tell his disciples. 
And behold, Jesus met them and said, 
“Greetings!” 
And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 
Then Jesus said to them, 
“Do not be afraid; 
go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, 
and there they will see me.”” 
Mt 28: 1- 10 (ESV)
“That seems a strange mixture, fear and great joy, awe and delight, doubt and faith; yet the joy was greater than the fear. It was not joy and great fear, but “fear and great joy.” Have we never had that mixture -drops of grief, like April showers, and peace and joy, like sunlight from heaven, making a glorious rainbow reminding us of God’s covenant of peace?.

A holy fear, mingled with great joy, is one of the sweetest compound we can bring to God’s altar; such were the spices these holy women took away from Christ’s sepulcher. Fear and joy would both make them run to bring his disciples word. Either of these emotions gives speed to the feet; but when ‘fear and great joy’ are combined, running is the only pace that accords with the messengers’ feelings.”
Commentary on Matthew by C.H. Spurgeon
May our Lord revive our hearts today!

Celebrating our Risen Christ with you today.

Becky
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