Totally Unexpected!

Christ the Lord has risen today!!!

The astonishing miraculous happened.
The blinding miracle of Jesus resurrection happened without fanfare, without followers. Only the soldiers guarding the tomb witnessed the shining angel of God rolling away the stone so forcefully that it was like an earthquake. Then the angel sat on the stone. And the soldiers feinted.

Matthew 28:1-6
After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his robe was as white as snow. The guards were so shaken from fear of him that they became like dead men.

But the angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.

Nothing was as they’d expected. God isn’t locked into doing the bidding of humans.
Throughout His time on earth Jesus was set on doing the will of his father, God.

John the Baptist declared when Jesus came to him to be baptized
“Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” John 1:29

Who really expected Jesus to Himself be the sacrificed Lamb? His followers couldn’t wrap their minds around the fact He said He would die. The concept was beyond their expectations.

Priests and rabbis were outraged by His unwillingness to bend to their expectations.

The people became outraged by His seeming refusal to take up the crown to become the King they expected Him to be.

What are your expectations of God? Of Jesus? God is God of the unexpected, of true life!

“Luke 27:1-5 “The next day, while it was still very early, the women took the spices and ointments they’d prepared, went to the tomb, and found the stone rolled away from the tomb. On entering, they discovered that the body of the Lord Jesus was gone?

“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?”

We still look in the wrong places expecting a different outcome.

Prayer: “Holy Spirit, quiet my mind from chatter, help me to focus on your words, the miraculous overarching story of the triumph of Jesus over Satan and death. Fill my thoughts with Your words, Your understanding of the scope and significance of Jesus rising to life after dying for my sins.”

Soak in the story of that unparalleled Sunday. Soak in the reality that Jesus’ had willingly allowed his body to be beaten, tortured, broken and destroyed in order that the price for our sinful rebellion and disobedience to God would be paid in full, once and for all.

Rejoice in the reality that Jesus burst forth alive and thriving from the tomb, restored completely and that someday we too will be restored completely beyond anything we can imagine.

Listen to your favorite Resurrection Sunday hymns and offer up your life, your thoughts, your being to God in repentance and rest, in quietness and trust.

Some hymn ideas:

In Christ Alone
He Lives!
Christ Arose
Christ the Lord has Risen Today

Take time today to be still, to soak in the presence of the Living Savior!

Psalm 118:14
The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”

Thank you Jesus that You are my salvation!!!

The Rocks Cry Out

4.5.2020 Today is Palm Sunday, the day that we focus on Jesus riding into Jerusalem while the crowds shout out in excitement and joy expecting Jesus to overthrow the Roman empire and reign as King over Jerusalem and all of Israel.
Luke 19:29-40 “Then they brought the donkey colt to Jesus, and after throwing their robes on the donkey, they helped Jesus get on it  As He was going along, they were spreading their robes on the road  Now He came near the path down the Mount of Olives, and the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen:

The King who comes
in the name of the Lord
is the blessed One.
Peace in heaven
and glory in the highest heaven!

Some of the Pharisees from the crowd told Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

He answered, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out!”

Will your praises and adoration for Jesus overflow from you?

Today’s message on YouTube
The Rocks Cry Out

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Praise Him all creatures here below,

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts,

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

May your love and security in your redemption through the blood of Jesus be more contagious than any virus!

Love in Jesus,
Pastor Wanda