Sunday, April 24, 2011
....Jesus appeared to them.
Easter blasts in and announces for every single one of us
Easter-Where defeat meets Triumph--
Just. As. He. Said.
In The Name of our RISEN and LIVING SAVIOR,
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Friday, April 22, 2011
and to this very moment.....still does not.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
During Jesus' time, heavy stone slabs were lowered onto olives that had already been crushed in an olive crusher. Gradually, the slabs weight squeezed the olive oil out of the pulp, and the oil ran into a pit. There the oil was collected in clay jars.
The image of the Gethsemane on the slope of the Mount of Olives where Jesus went the night before his crucifixion provides a vivid picture of Jesus' suffering. The weight of the sins of the world pressed down upon him like a heavy slab of rock pressed down on olives in their baskets.
His sweat, "like drops of blood falling to the ground" (Luke 22:44) flowed from Him like olive oil as it was squeezed out and flowed into the pit of the olive press.
Peter denies Jesus three times and Jesus is questioned by Caiaphas the High Priest
"Father forgive them, they do not know what they are doing." -Jesus. (Luke 23:34)
God, Please forgive me.
In His Dust,
*Posted from 2008
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A recap of the week.....According to good Reverend Big Mike D....aka Mikey.
Me: Mikey, do you know the story of Easter?
Mikey: Yeth. Thith ith what happened... Sunday wath Palm Thunday.
Thursday was Palm Thursday.
Me: Then what?
Me: really, Nothing on Friday?
Mikey: Right. Then on Thaturday...He got on a croth....
and hung there for three dathe.
Me: Can you believe He did that for us?
Mikey: No. I would not do that. Ever.
Me: Then what?
Mikey: Then He died. Then he busted out of the tomb and wath like, WHAT UP!?
Say what you will about Mikey's version of the week...He sure got the main point-
Jesus died for us.
Jesus rose for us.
Jesus is coming back again.
Now according to the Gospels on this day...
-Religious leaders probably continued plotting Jesus' death, and Judas agreed to betray him for thirty lousy pieces of silver.
God, Thank You for what you endured for each of us. May we all be like children that know three facts- You died, You rose again, You are coming back.
In His Dust,
*last part posted in 2008
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Where did Jesus get His Authority? Great question...with an even more powerful answer-
But first, I have to share a little background info with you-
In Biblical times there were rabbis with authority and those without.
Rabbis with authority (aka Smikkah, Hebrew word for authority) got this authority, which was very rare, by two others with authority...
Jesus received His Authority from John the Baptist (1) and from God Himself (2). He said..."This is My Son...in Whom I am well pleased." This took place at His Baptism.
If a Rabbi had authority, He had "permission" to not only teach The Torah, but to interpret it as well. Matthew 7 records, "the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught them as One who had authority."
Which brings us back to the religious leader's question- Where did you get your authority?
The answer -His Daddy.
Which, come to think of it...is the same place we get our's.
The Rabbi, Jesus, is available to you, today.
Right now, at the Very Moment you are reading this.
God, Thank You.
In His Dust,
*Post from 2008
Monday, April 18, 2011
Plenty! To understand, we will need to look back at what went on during this week so many years ago-
Jesus thoughts are not recorded during His last week. But according to the gospels, we do have some information about His actions during this time.
Scholars disagree over the specific days on which certain events took place,
but, to the best of my knowledge (along with alot of help from The Gospels and http:www.followtherabbi.com)
1.Jesus returns to The Temple
2.Jesus clears the Gentile courts of money changers and vendors
3.Jesus curses Fig Tree
I remember this day as the day Jesus got mad!
When Jesus "cleared the temple", it was not a fit of rage, like
I tend to have in back of a slow driver.
Jesus' anger was very deliberate.
Jesus did not sin in His Anger.
This is a foreign concept to me...anger without sin? I lost my cool just yesterday over some drivers who thought the speed limit on Broadway was 16 mph.
Jesus anger was righteous. He was furious because they were not only ripping off poor people...but were standing in the way of the Gentiles worshiping and knowing about His Father, God.
In my opinion..I think this is what pushed Him over the edge. Stopping people from worshiping His Father...or at the very least...learning more about Him.
Humbly today and this week..I will wonder...what does Jesus wants to clear out of my life...is it my lack of patience with drivers, (as I drive by with His Fish on the back of my Tahoe?) Or is it my attitude towards someone in my life, who I see as constantly trying to "diminish out my light." Maybe God is trying to clear out my impatience and my judgment of others- ouch.
What is He wanting to clear out of yours?
God, I'm sorry.
In His Dust,
*Post from 2008
Sunday, April 17, 2011
It was on this day The Lamb of God, born in the flocks of Bethlehem, who was sacrificed for all of our sins, entered the city. This would have been the same day the Passover lambs were being selected for each family group. (similar to how we go out and search for the perfect Christmas Tree.)
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet thousands of years before: “Say to the Daughter of Zion,‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey,on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.
They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna the highest!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
The Jews would have seen a very obvious picture here- Jesus is proclaimed Messiah by the people, in doing so, they were selecting him as the Passover lamb to cover all the sins of the people for all time.
He was from the flocks of Bethlehem, as all lambs were required to be in that time. You see, early Christians understood this day (which we celebrate as Palm Sunday) as the day in which Jesus was selected to be our sacrifice.
So this Perfect Lamb waits again today....do you chose him? Thank You Jesus, for offering Yourself as the perfect and complete sacrifice for our sins.
I choose You.
In His Dust,
*post is from Palm Sunday 2010
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
If you want to measure how similar to Jesus you actually are....check your reaction when people succeed at something you are not able to do. Are you rejoicing for them...or are you secretly jealous?
OK, that one is fairly easy......but, how about your reaction if someone "gets what's coming to them."
J.B. Phillips says “Love does not gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it shares the joy of those who live by the truth.”
In His Dust,
Monday, April 11, 2011
Not to mention the economic impact of nearly $284 million dollars.
That's a whole lotta Cascarones....
which include lots of princesses and giggles... Funny memories and messy floors...
Keeping in mind the real royalty, is not here among us on stages with crowns and gowns...
but He is here. In the midst of merriment and tradition...of family and friends...
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." ~Revelation 16:19
God, Thank you for traditions and friendships.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Lassie Swims Home....
Floating on by.....here he comes....alive and well....and wet....and wagging....in the middle of the sea. After a long three weeks...and a mean old Japanese tsunami.
Against all odds, the dog apparently survived by living in a partially submerged house that had been swept to sea. (Sure hope he got a break on the rent.)
"We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard,
so that we do not drift away." ~Hebrews 2:1
God is waiting to pick us up...
and bring us to safety.
God, Thank You for offering Your Hand...at all times....no matter what.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Where's Jesus in the picture of your life? I know that the picture might be crowded....hurried....scheduled.....chaotic.... Look around....Do you see someone? Anyone? Then you see...Him. He is right in front of your face.
God, Thank You for never hiding from any of us.
In His Dust, DCC