HE’S Alive! HIS Resurrection Celebration is Upon Us!

My personal questions: Isn’t it breathtaking that God rose Jesus from the grave in the springtime in Jerusalem; a time when the earth is also awakening from the dead of winter? Let me also ask you: Do you have the love and joy of Jesus welling up inside you like a spring of living water? Do you feel as if you’re going to burst with joy as you proclaim “Jesus Risen”? Do you wake up every morning saying “Thank YOU GOD for another day to share what Jesus did for me on the cross? Do You tell everyone you meet that Jesus is the ONLY way and that without Him, they’re dead in their sins? John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.

John 6:40 For this is the will of My Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” What an awesome promise! JESUS will raise us up! He knows His sheep and we recognize HIS voice! As His followers, we can hear His voice because we have studied the scriptures and we know Him and our Father in Heaven. The Holy Spirit that He sent to us lives within us and speaks to us concerning every tiny detail of our lives…we just need to learn to listen…

In the Gospels, Jesus foretells of His death and resurrection.

Matthew 16:21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.

Matthew 17:22 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men,

Mark 8:31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again.

Each time Jesus spoke of His death and resurrection to His disciples, they didn’t seem to grasp what He was telling them, He even had to rebuke Peter, telling Satan to get behind Him. 2000 years later, we still face the incredulous disbelief of those who don’t understand God’s plan. The plan that was made before our creation – that Jesus would come to earth to die. That for a brief moment Jesus would be so covered by the sins of this world that the Father would leave Him because God can’t stand sin and He had to turn away from His own beloved Son. When we realize that God HATES Sin…how do we persist in it?

Eye Witnesses of Jesus Resurrected

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:5 For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas (Aramaic for “Peter”), then to the Twelve. Then He appeared to over 500 brothers at one time; most of them are still alive, but some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one abnormally born, He also appeared to me.

Promise of Eternal Life with Him

1 Corinthians 15:20 20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Romans 8:11 And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-15 Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. 15 For we say this to you by a revelation from the Lord: We who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly have no advantage over those who have fallen asleep.

Ultimately Jesus gave us the “gift of eternal life” when He died on the cross taking our sins upon himself. I have such a difficult time understanding how anyone could turn down such a wonderful gift! Does anyone want to die and stay dead forever? I’ve heard so many say…is this ALL there is? OH MY GOODNESS! My heart breaks for them! Especially because God made it so easy for us…believe, repent obey.

Has anyone else died for YOU? Do YOU know anyone whom you believe would die for YOU? Is there anyone that YOU would lay your life down for?

Jesus’ Apostles and other followers laid down their lives rather than deny Jesus (Yeshua Hamaschiah) the Messiah. Why would they do such a thing? Why would they be willing to die for Him? Why did they keep the faith until death? Because they’d witnessed His miracles, they’d witnessed His Love, They’d witnessed His death and His Resurrection!

They didn’t just believe, they knew that they were going to receive eternal life!

Jesus said in John 10:27My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish—ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand.

A Cord of Three Strands: Heavenly Father ~ Husband ~ Wife

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (HCSB) And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. In my eyes, this verse is one of the verses in the Bible that speak about union with our Father in Heaven, and especially that of a marriage: husband, wife and their relationship with God ~ YHWH the god of the Israelites, whose name was revealed to Moses as four Hebrew consonants (YHWH) called the tetragrammaton.

Ecclesiastes is authored by Solomon, it says so in the 1st verse of chapter 1, There has been some dispute about who is the author, but I’m going with what the Bible says. It’s no problem for me to believe that this book was written toward the end of Solomon’s life, because of the regrets he underwent in his realization of how far he had strayed from God. Along with so many other things, he finally came to the realization that he’d abused God’s plan of marriage (he had 700 wives) by using it as a diplomatic tool while he reigned as King over Israel. All throughout the Bible, God and Jesus talk about the sanctity of marriage and especially in the NT how marriage is a mirror of Jesus and the church when he refers to himself as the bridegroom and the church as the bride.

In the Hebrew language the number three (shelosh) means harmony, new life, and completeness. The number 3 is used 467 times in the Bible, but less than the number 7 which is used 860 times. Nevertheless, it’s a significant number in so many ways. If you have the interest and the time to study, you’ll see that the Bible has several numbers that have significance throughout scripture. Now I digress and will write more about the number 3 in another blog

…so back to marriage… I will qualify my thoughts by saying that both the husband and the wife need to want a great marriage and to also have a relationship with God…this can’t be done by husband or wife alone, however, you can pray that if it’s God’s will that your spouse will seek Salvation in Christ and to be born in them the desire to make your marriage the best it can be…

When we, as a couple, walk with Heavenly Father in Shelosh (harmony, new life and completeness), we add to the beauty of our marriage when we choose to make Him the center in our lives as individuals as well as a couple. Am I saying to you that once you do, that all will be perfect…I don’t know ~ it may take a little time, but it’s up to you both as to how much you and your spouse are willing to base your life around the truth of scripture.

If you decide that your goal is to bring God into your marriage, you need to make time together as a couple to include Heavenly Father in your life; pray to Him together, study your Bible together, go to church together. Ultimately make up your mind that everything you do includes God and that you’re doing it for HIS Glory! Become deliberate as a couple entwined with God (a 3 strand cord) in His place as the rightful head of your household. Eventually, this process of becoming deliberate will make everything you face less daunting and it will allow forgiveness, repentence, compassion and contentment to bloom and flourish. It will allow your faith and your walk with God to become the anchor of your marriage instead of you falling into the world of temptations and immorality.

Ephesians 5:22-25 Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord, 23 for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives are to submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her.

Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

This all being said, I’m certain that there are many that are saying right now…”HOW do I make time for this”? How do I live in this world and still have time for myself? How do I go to my job? Take care of the kids? Do my share of the house upkeep and still have time for us to spend together, much less, make time to spend together with God? In case you haven’t noticed, that time is one of things that God has given equally to all his creation…it’s up to us to make the most of it.

Now comes the “TIME” when you make choices: how important is your marriage vs. social media, hobbies, entertainment (tv, books, etc), things, in-laws, yourself, and even your desire to serve the church can take away from your marriage, leaving the partner to feel guilty because they don’t have your zeal. If your marriage started out with true and abiding love then it’s possible to save it, but you can’t just sit still and let it flounder until there’s nothing left.

Do you decide to nurture your marriage or let it die? Do you forget about your vows, to LOVE, HONOR and CHERISH til death do you part? Or is it time to turn to God? Do you trod along until that big “D” word is an acceptable part of your vocabulary…and sadly it’s been preceded by the I don’t LOVE You! I Hate You! Why did I ever marry you? I feel trapped! You don’t do your share! So pain upon pain, as a couple, you keep building an insurmountable wall driving the nails of “D” into the coffin that has become your marriage.

All you have to do is take one another by the hand and decide to embrace God’s grace and love; decide to walk hand in hand with each other and with God. To take a deep breath and remember how blessed and happy you felt on your wedding day and that your spouse is a gift from God. I believe that the scriptures from 1 Corinthians 13 4-7 should be spoken and expounded upon during all marriage ceremonies… because when God is included in our relationships, there’s no doubt that it will be healed and restored…

Back to the book of Ecclesiastes, I believe that if Solomon had chosen the path of his father David and chose to be a “man after God’s heart”, that he wouldn’t have written a lot of this book…