The ResurrectionLuke 24
24Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 8 And they remembered his words, 9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. 11 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. 12 Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.
If you have been reading this blog, you know how much I love the Lord. I love when we celebrate the anniversary of his birth. I love when we celebrate the anniversary of his resurrection. I do not love, however, thinking about the days leading up to the resurrection. As we watched The Passion of the Christ made by Mel Gibson, I cringed with every sound of a whip, every sound of the hammer, almost every word in that film ran cold chills over me. I could hear and feel everything they did to him. I cried through the whole movie. It seemed so very real. How could those men do something like that to the One who came to save the world? But it was prophesied in earlier text that these things would come to pass. And they did. Oh, how He loved us so that He sent His only Son to walk among us, to die for us that we may have eternal life with Him in Heaven if we but ask, have faith and obey! Imagine being so willing to give up your child for the sins of others. What great love God had for us!
If you knew Rick very long, you knew he loved the Lord with all his heart and spent his last 8 years trying his best to be in service to the Lord. Rick had a way about him that you knew when the Spirit was dealing with him. He would slap the side of his leg and move his foot in a certain way and had a little throat clearing/laugh/cry sound he made and you would get a chill and feel it too. Out in his garden 9 years ago this May Rick was willing to lay down his life if God would save his soul. The burdens he had carried for so long were weighing him down and he said he felt he had no where else to go but to the Lord. (there is a song about that) And when he got so willing, all it took was to believe and follow the Lord which he did and he was a different man from that day forward until his last. I was in Atlanta at a convention of nurses during this time. I came home to a different man!
As the days draw near to the anniversary of his last day with us, I am getting more and more uneasy and find that I am having little panic attacks. I can control them with His help, I know I have to keep them from taking over. And I will and I will be just fine. This is part of life. And I have the witness that I will see him again some day when this life here is over.
I love y'all!
To be continued..........