Set-up to be set-FREE

Jesus can’t be kept down! Hallelujah

Happy EASTER Monday 🙂

If none of the previous Monday’s have proven exceptional, today should.

This Holy Weekend of Good Friday, and Easter Sunday has been amazing, what a great reminder of agape love!

Jesus was dead and buried, with a big stone rolled against the tomb, and the Pharisees came to Pilate to ask for permission to steal the stone and guard the tomb. Pilate responded, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can” (Matthew 27:65). That they did.

They gave it their best but it was hopeless then as it is hopeless today and will always be hopeless. Try as they may, Jesus cannot be kept down. They might have buried him, used physical force, academic scorn, or political harassment. For this reason they thought the tomb was sealed. But it never worked. He broke out.

It’s clear that he was able to break out freely because he wasn’t forced in. Despite what some may think, Jesus voluntarily offered his life. He knew from the very beginning he would be betrayed but that didn’t stop him from choosing Judas as one of his 12 disciples. Jesus chose Judas, “Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor” (Luke 6:16). He knows we are going to sin and be traitors but he chose us still, “He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him” (John 6:71). No one can keep him down because no one ever knocked him down. He stepped into the tomb, and when it was time he pushed the stone away so we could see what he had done. Jesus lets himself be defamed, harassed, scorned, shoved around and killed so we can meet our God in heaven.

I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again (John 10:17-18).

Let us not feel condemned by the cross, that’s not the purpose. The cross does not convict; it cares. Let not our sins or mistakes keep us from God. My wonderful youth Pastor, Stephan Wright, who I’ve quoted in previous posts put it simply; we are being set up to meet God, like the woman in John 8 who was caught in the act of adultery by the scribes and the Pharisees. The way in which she was caught, no male present and at the scene does prove a bit strange almost like she was set up. They were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus. Although embarrassed and exposed her set up was made so that she could meet God. Her set up saved her. Our mistakes, our traitors, our enemies will lead us closer to Christ because our sins exposed are opportunities to meet God on another level.

Even in the dark of the tomb Jesus is at work, let us work even in the darkness of pain, misery and all that life brings.

We are part of his story, just like without Judas we couldn’t celebrate the resurrection of Christ. There is nothing we can do to avoid God. You can’t earn his love. His unconditional, DYING love is what will always keep us. There is a God in heaven who loves you not because of the good decisions but because of the bad because although we love him, he first loved us.

Ten Gifts of the Resurrection (@JohnPiper)

  1. A Savior who can never die again (Romans 6:9)
  2. Repentance (Acts 5:30-31)
  3. New birth (1 Peter 1:3)
  4. Forgiveness of sin (1 Corinthians 15:17)
  5. The Holy Spirit (Acts 2:32-33)
  6. No condemnation (Romans 8:34)
  7. Personal protection (Matthew 28:20)
  8. The Lord’s coming (Acts 17:31)
  9. Salvation (Romans 5:10)
  10. Our own resurrection (Romans 6:4)

The Lord is risen indeed!
This week’s Music Motivation is The Anthem by Planetshakers

Lyrics:
By his stripes we are healed
By his nail pierced hands we’re free
By his blood, we’re washed clean
Now we have the victory.

The power of sin is broken,
Jesus overcame it all,
He has won our freedom,
Jesus has won it all,

Chorus:
Hallelujah
You have won the victory
Hallelujah
You have won it all for me

Death could not hold you down
You are the risen king
Seated in majesty
You are the risen king

Bridge:
our god is risen,he is alive
he won the victory, he reigns on high

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