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Redeemed and Reinstated

(This Jesus said to show by what kind of death Peter was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

John 21:19

It is heart-wrenching to think about Peter’s denial. What he must have felt following the roster’s crowing; especially when he had been warned.

Now is the awkward moment. Jesus is alive and it’s time to address that incident.

How would Jesus do it? What would He say? What would Peter’s future with Him be like?

It’s not all rosy, but it ends with Jesus’ grace and mercy!

Scriptures

  • John 21:15-19

Man Overboard!

Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

John 21:12bc

When Peter heard that it was Jesus on the shore, he jumped in the water.

But why? Was it because he couldn’t wait to go see Him and apologize to Him for his denial or because He couldn’t bear the thought of facing Him due to it?

The good news is that Peter made it to the shore – to Jesus!

Jump, but don’t swim away. Find your way to His merciful arms!

Scriptures

  • John 21:1-14

Double Trouble

Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

John 20:29

Thomas gets a tough wrap. So many people he knows and trusts tell him the best news ever and he doubts.

But, honestly, how many times do we find ourselves in the same situation? How many times are we told, again and again, how much Jesus loves us, forgives us, and is for us, and we don’t believe – wanting some kind of “proof” to convince us.

As if the resurrection and Scriptures aren’t proof enough!

May we be blessed in believing – without seeing!

Scriptures

  • John 20:24-31

A Common Greeting for Uncommon Times

As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!”

Luke 24:36

In the context of the text, the Disciples were confused, frightened, and faced with problems they were not yet equipped to handle.

Jesus had been crucified and buried.

Women followers reported the resurrection.

The forces that were at work to kill Jesus were then directed against His followers.

All-in-all, an uncommon and difficult day.

Jesus opened them up to hear and believe God’s way, truth, and life recorded to bring us peace.

Scriptures

  • Luke 24:36-49

See AND Understand

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

Luke 24:27

The resurrection of Jesus brings completion to the prophecies of the Old Testament and clarity to the future awaiting all of us.

It helps us focus on the reality of Life beyond this life and that all our fears and uncertainties are temporary.

And all of this happens when Jesus, the resurrected One, opens Scripture – opens Himself – to us through the Holy Spirit!

May we be open to Him as He opens Himself to us – and live accordingly!

Scriptures

  • Luke 24:13-35

LOVE – is Alive — EASTER, 2022

Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.

Luke 25:5b-6a

God is love! Jesus is alive! Through the resurrection of Jesus, Love is alive and well for us and for eternity!

Death couldn’t hold Him, so it can’t can’t hold us!

What a joyous day!!

CHRIST IS RISEN!! HE IS RISEN, INDEED!! ALLELUIA!!

Scriptures

  • Luke 24:1-12
  • 1 Corinthians 15:17-26

“CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN, INDEED! ALLELUIA!!”

This is the great shout for Easter; the highest day on the Church calendar!

On this day we celebrate the victory of Jesus over sin, death, and the power of the devil. All that He went through and endured is over and exultation and joy remain.

And for all who have faith in Jesus as their savior gain the same victories He won! Our sins are gone and forgiveness takes its place. Death is gone and everlasting life takes its place. Pain and anguish are bound to this life only and joy eternal awaits.

The resurrection of Jesus is the sole event to which all of history hinges. All of the old testament points to its coming and all since draws meaning in the light of it.

If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.

1 Corinthians 15:17

Without the resurrection everything else would be pointless and moot!

Come and be with us to celebrate this greatest day of the year and see how Jesus, though His resurrection, changes everything – for you!


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LOVE – is Response

The whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Luke 19:37b-38

We see how Jesus showed His love through His actions by entering a hostile city, knowing it would mean His suffering and death – but doing it anyway for us!

In seeing His love and what that means, we are Called to respond in kind! “We love because He first loved us!” ~1 John 4:19.

Scriptures

  • 1 John 4:19-21
  • Luke 19:28-40

LOVE – in Action

“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:28b-31

The famous saying “love is a verb” is meant to evoke the reality that unless acted upon, love is only a superficial word which carries no true meaning.

Love is not just to be verbalized but also demonstrated. It is to be played out in our actions. It is to be lived.

May others know we are Christians through our actions!

https://youtu.be/B96UXyWncyw?t=1771

Scriptures

  • Luke 10:25-37
  • 1 John 3:16-18

LOVE – Everyone

“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:28b-31

We are constantly looking for loopholes when it comes to the second greatest commandment: loving others as ourselves. But God doesn’t give us any.

When we try to get away with loving just some He clarifies: love everyone. Always.

https://youtu.be/dH751o3d55Y?t=1829

Scriptures

  • 1 John 4:7-12
  • 1 John 4:19-21

LOVE – with Your Whole Being

“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:28b-31

When we do things it is not normally done in passion, with our whole being!

But that is exactly how God calls us to Love Him!

He wants no mediocre love. He wants no partial commitment.

He wants us; all of us in every way!

Nothing less will do!

Heart, Soul, and Mind!

Everything!

https://youtu.be/tbe6NhsyUAk?t=2165

Scriptures

  • Mark 12:28–34
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