Stones And The Message Of Easter

The Life Transforming Message Of Easter

It doesn’t matter how many people hurl condemnation, criticisms at you or revile you, Jesus isn’t one of them. He is so not a stone thrower, he is the lover of your soul.

I don’t know about you but that’s what keeps me going back to Him again and again. What I would do without the all embracing love of Jesus ?Wholesome healing love, never approval based – Just come as you are.

He told Zacchaeus, the fraudulent tax collector, “ Hey, I’m having lunch at your place today, come down immediately. ”

He told the condemned thief on the cross, who had turned to him for mercy and hope; “ Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise. ”

He had a chat with the Samaritan woman, and after their conversation, she left his presence liberated and full of joy because that divine encounter connected her with the grace she needed to forge ahead. He let her know ; “ I know everything about you and your past relationships because of your quest for love but I do not in any way condemn you. ”

“ What do you say Jesus? The angry mob pressed towards Him, questioning angrily. Pick up a stone and join us. Man, we have proof, she was caught in the very act. Look at her, just look at the mess she is. ” Instead of standing up to join her accusers, he stooped down; rather than being quick to judge, he wrote on the ground.

….“ All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone! ” John 8 : 7

I wonder what was going through her mind as she stood, surrounded by very angry and vengeful people. Each holding large rocks, ready to hurl them in exchange for her blood – her life. I imagine myself standing there, what would have been going through my mind? “ It’s over Oris, say your last prayer. ” When Jesus comes on the scene though, he turns what seems like a sad ending into a wonderful beginning. See! I’m doing all things new. ( Revelations 21:4 ). He not only made every one of her accusers drop their stones, he gave her a new lease of life.

“ How could she have done that ” ? I simply cannot believe she would have done so and so. ” That’s what we do to each other, hurting, judging and refusing to forgive. Forgetting that only God has the right to ask such questions but he chooses not to. He came to bind up not tear down. He came to set free, not cast into prison. “ I’m here with love in my heart not stones. ”

That’s the simple essence of Easter – Love that is so perfect and unfailing, it seems to good to be true. How can one so holy and perfect love someone like me? He gave up His life for us and by doing that, restored hope, faith and abundant life to mankind. Jesus lovingly took all our sin, pain and infirmities and nailed them all on the cross. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it.

Recently someone I truly loved hurt me so much. I literally felt the pain in my heart. Felt ? That’s not true, I still feel the pain so much so that I don’t even know how else to pray about it besides , “ Jesus please take this pain away. ”

As I write this post though, I feel an outpouring of God’s love. How can I expect perfect love from a human as I? Forgiveness is easier when you remember that you’re also human. The Bible tells us to forgive others because He also forgives us. Oh! the healing power of love, we love Him because He first loved us. That’s what Easter is about, a celebration of true love. Happy Easter everyone!

What does Easter mean to you?

14 Encouraging Bible Verses About God’s Comfort!

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1) Psalm 23:4 NLT : Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 

2)   Psalm:21 KJV : Thou shalt increase my greatness and comfort me on ever side. 

3) Psalm 119:50 CEV : When I am hurting, I find comfort in your promise that leads to life. 

4) Psalm 119:76 NLT : Now let your unfailing comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant.

5) Isaiah 40:1 CEV :  Our God has said: Encourage my people, give them comfort!

6) Isaiah 49:13 KJV : Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains:  for the lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

7) Isaiah 51:3 KJV : For the lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places. and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the lord; Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. 

8) Isaiah 61:2 KJV : To proclaim the acceptable year of our LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn;

9) Isaiah 66: 13 KJV : As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

10) Jeremiah 31:13 NIV : The young women will dance and be glad, young man and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. 

11) Matthew 5:4 KJV : Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

12) John 14:16 KJV : And I will pray the Father,and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.

13) 2 Corinthians 1:3 KJV : All praise to God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful father and the source of all comfort. 

14) 2 Thessalonians 2:16 – 17 CEV : God our father loves us. He treats us with undeserved grace and has given us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope. We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father will encourage you and help you always to do and say the right thing.

 

If You Are Staring At A Wilderness Where A Garden Once Was……

                  
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 God’s Promise: For the Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the lord. Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Isaiah 51:3 KJV

                     During Sunday service yesterday, the pastor mentioned repeatedly that ‘God is too faithful to fail’ and I was particularly blessed. Don’t we all need this reminder from time to time? It made me remember Eve’s journey through motherhood: 
                   

Eve must have felt all hope dashed when she lost her sons – She had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain, driven by jealousy because God had accepted Abel’s offering, killed Abel his brother, and was himself banished forever. How deep her sense of loss must have been. One minute, she was the proud mother of two lovely boys; the next minute, she was mourning their loss. The circumstances surrounding the loss of her sons would definitely shatter the heart of any mother. God had blessed Eve to be fruitful and multiply but it seemed like the exact opposite was happening. Thank God the story doesn’t end there, God eventually blessed Adam and Eve with another child named Seth, and he was faithful in calling upon the Lord and serving him. Genesis 4:1 -25
                   

Today’s promise offers hope that there’s going to be a comfort, turnaround and there’s going to be restoration. Things may look gray and bleak but I want you to trust in the faithfulness of God because you can have a new beginning. He is too faithful to abandon you or to forget His promise to you. It doesn’t matter who or what you’ve lost, or how bad your situation may seem, you may be staring at a wilderness where a garden once was but I want to encourage you to hold on because God has promised to step in and turn that situation around in your favour.

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