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I serve Christ in many different ways. I love Him for who he is and what He has done for me. I would try to give other people the opportunity to find Him for themselves. Bring all things under submission to Him who fills all things and to who all things belong.

Minister

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God allows us to minister, so that He can minister to us. We minister to each other, so that Christ can minister through us. Christ ministers to us, so that we learn to minister. We minister to Him, because He delights to know our love. We love Him with His own love.

To deny people the ability and opportunity to minister is not godlike or godly… we need to minister, so we can experience Christ in our daily lives. It gives us meaning and purpose and opportunities to use the gifts God gives us.

The Lord our God is holy. He needs nothing. Yet He loves the praises of His people. He loves it that we offer sacrifices of praise for His glory. He knows it comes from the inner workings of His Holy Spirit, and it is pleasing to Him that we serve Him.

Although we might feel we don’t need help or support from fellow believers, yet it is seemly to accept the serving with joy. God does not want us to live remote lives, but to minister to each other as He would minister to us, and accepts our offerings to Him.

To minister before the Lord is the work of every Christian. We are kings and priests to God. Through all the countless ages of eternity, we will serve and adore and enter into our true home state. How perfect to serve the One who loved us and gave Himself for us. How great the outpouring of lives redeemed and sanctified for such service. To find the place He intends for us, is true peace of heart.

Believe them

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“Who has believed their report?
To whom has God’s powerful arm been revealed?”

In this time and space the pivot of history
Was it not to the women revealed this mystery?
They loved in the shadows, out of regard
But now all is made clear- now the vanguard
The men have faltered every one
Running and hiding from heaven’s Son
Their promise to stay, now an insincere ‘moir
But the women still lingered to watch from afar.

As they watched Him die, so they saw Him risen
Over every battle for His people He has given
His life to the nails and the cross of wood
Now rampant forever as He said He would.

The first to see the Risen Lord
The first to witness the eternal God
Defeat the death that held every being
And raising the lost to inhabit His kingdom
Incredulous men could not take it in
The Living Lord has now conquered sin
Believe the women and grasp the fact
That Christ is alive, and your future hopes intact
The women witness to the truth of God sublime
They’re voices call down the ages of time
Believe them, the love stands as the proof
That Christ is risen- they sing out the truth…

Torn in two

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“Behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split.”    Matthew 27:51

The Lord Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and laid down His life in payment for the sins of His people. It was all over. The soldiers standing around heard and saw Him die and realised that this was no ordinary man and no ordinary death. The were terrified. The very rocks split in pieces and the ground convulsed and great ravines appeared in the earth. 

Who was this man? It seems God in heaven is reacting to His death. The natural creation groans and is being torn apart by this giving up of the Spirit of Jesus, the king of the Jews. God has given everything to bring valueless, immoral, spiritless beings to spiritual life. The angels in heaven gasp in amazement. They cannot fathom the limitless depths of this sacrificial love. 

The accomplishment was eternal. The complete payment for sin, for all the people of God, forever. The people held in the darkness of the lower world, are set free, such is the power of this deed. The deadness of the physical succumbs to the rampant life of the spiritual. Saints of old times are walking around and exhibit the absolute power of Christ over sin, death and hell. We are redeemed already, and every child of God will be brought into the kingdom.

So the physical earth, which will one day pass away forever, is deeply disturbed. The land is rent and the lower depths are revealed. The presence of God, barred to all human life, is now split open to reveal the reality of the holy of Holies and the open entrance into God’s holy presence through the death of that one man on the cross. 

The veil is no more. We see God with unfettered eyes, and behold His glory.

“But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit.”    2 Corinthians 3:18

Now we can see God in the pages of His holy Word and it changes us to be like Him. We change from glory to glory as we see the one we love and desire to be like Him. This is the power of God. This is the work of the Holy Spirit and the inheritance of every child of God. 

The rending of the ground and the rending of the veil, are our freedom bonds being broken forever. We stand in liberty before the throne of God, forgiven, changed and with the power of God within us. What a day that was and will forever be to all those who repent and believe. 

Violent

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“Behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from the sky, and came and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat on it.

He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying.”       Matthew 28:2 and 6

Early on Resurrection morning, while it was still dark, there was a violent earthquake. The people of Jerusalem and surrounding areas, must have felt it. I wonder what they thought it was.? 

It was caused by the descent from heaven of a mighty angel of the Lord. The angel was sent to roll back the huge stone that the authorities had placed over the entrance of the grave of Christ. No single human could move it. There was also a guard of soldiers to make sure the disciples didn’t steal the body and claim a miracle. 

The disciples were in no frame of mind to come up with such a plot. They were terrified, disappointed and in a state of cowardly retreat. They were only thinking of their own lives, not the life of their Master. 

So the angel descends with the power of God and at His command, rolls back the stone for the living Saviour to leave the tomb. Why didn’t Jesus roll back the stone for Himself.? He had the power and authority to do so.? For our benefit, we see the rule, power and intention of the whole trinity in this “momentous event.” The Lord is risen, at the command of the Father, the victory of the Son and the power of the Holy Spirit. 

There is nothing that can stop this event. 

The angel sits down on the fallen stone. An act of victory in itself. How could a stone keep Christ in the tomb.? The angel sits like it’s nothing to move that rock. The rock becomes a throne for the glory of God to rest upon. 

Nothing can thwart the Lord. It is for those who have eyes to see it. Those who believe will also rise with no effort of our own, but with the same power that brought Jesus out of the ground. 

One day soon, there will be an earthquake to end all earthquakes and all will rise. 

Perhaps we shall sit on our own grave.  But we will certainly have the victory, as the Lord Jesus Christ has the victory. 

We look at His grave… it is empty… Praise be to our Saviour, who burst the bonds of death and rose again…

 

Preparation Day

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“Now on the next day, which was the day after the Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate,

saying, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise again.”   Matthew 27:62-63

For these men, Preparation Day was over. They had already missed their chance at salvation. They were still alive, but the door of grace for them had shut. They had gone through their religious ceremonies, and yet they were still not prepared. The Lord of heaven and earth has died at their desire, and all other desires have died in them. They want to ensure that no one else has the opportunity to enter into the kingdom of God.

The hearts of the Pharisees have become hard and these leaders of the people stand before the godless authority of Pilate with their evil thoughts. They are thinking strategically in a wicked way and instead of being shocked by their ideas, they go to Pilate for help.

When we refuse God, it has dire effects in our thought processes and behaviour. These men have not just forgotten God, they have plotted against the Son of God and killed Him. It’s easy to see them as the enemy, but we all stand guilty before God.

God calls us to repent and believe, and repeatedly we refuse. Every time we do so, we become a little bit harder. Then, one day, we step over the line. God stops speaking and we become one of those without hope. These deceivers see Jesus the Saviour in that role. Evil has become good to them and good, evil. They have more respect for Pilate than for Christ. They cannot even speak the name of Jesus.

And yet, the words of Jesus prevail… “I will rise again.” Nothing can stop Him. He is the all – conquering Lord. How blind we are when we turn away. How totally foolish to throw away our chances at heaven, and yet so many do. These high officials went through the ceremonies of the Preparation Day, and still their souls were as far away from God as ever. Their hearts were not prepared and could never be. They went through the motions, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. They used every plot to thwart the plan of God. How foolish. They lost everything because they were not prepared. They weren’t prepared because they didn’t want to be.

It’s interesting what these educated men remembered. They could recall what Jesus said about His resurrection. They didn’t seem to remember the many warnings Jesus spoke to them about their attitude towards Him. They were duped by their own selective hearing and the work of the enemy, Satan, who was controlling their lives. If we refuse God, then we automatically serve Satan.

“The deceiver” turns out to be their Lord and God, and the true deceivers are completely duped and loose their souls. They are truly deceived… they are unprepared. They loose their souls…

 

 

 

Blood money

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“The chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” Matthew 27:6

The absolute hypocrisy of these men. It is unbelievable that they are still thinking in this pseudo-moral way. They have deliberately and cold-heartedly planned the murder of the Son of God, and they are worried about a detail in the law of God. Of course, it is not a detail, it is a law that condemns them over and over again. They are condemning themselves, immediately they refer to it. They have paid the “blood money” which was given into the treasury by the people of God for the upkeep of the temple. The chief priests have used these funds to pay Judas to deliver into their murderous custody, the Eternal Lord of life. Their hearts are so calloused that they don’t realise their double-mindedness.

The money came from the treasury of “Corben” for the upkeep of the temple. It certainly didn’t come from their personal funds. These men were political beings, and full of error, blown about by every wind of doctrine, and suiting only themselves. They assigned their goods as they thought best and enforced rules so that they could always justify their decisions. They took the money out for illegal and evil purposes, but took their “high moral ground” of not putting it back in. They follow the gnat and choke on the camel.!

Christ referred to the temple as His body, which would be torn down and rebuilt in three days. It is ironic that the money used to start that process should come from these funds. The temple money bought the very body of Christ so that it could be torn down as the sacrifice for sin. These hateful people were unaware of their role in that process. And yet, God purposed this.

These rulers of the synagogue had heard Jesus words of challenge and the call to repentance, which they have refused. They have become progressively worse in their rejection of Him.

They refuse to believe and accept that Jesus Christ is Lord, and have now gone past the point of no return. They are completely in the pay roll of Satan, as they unknowingly act out the fulfilment of God’s law and holy will. Their blindness is complete.

With this stained money, they bought a field. A cheap field outside the city walls for the stranger and the person without status, so the foreigner could belong there and be buried there in death. This was an attempt at moral cover-up to staunch their conscience and hide their sin. But they could not. Everyone knew where the money for this field came from and people called it “the field of blood.” This monstrous sin of injustice and the deliberate moral failure was forever remembered by all. The Scripture says this field is called “The field of blood” to the present day.

The price for Christ the Lord and Saviour of the world is thirty pieces of silver. The cash was taken from the temple and used to pay the traitor. The money landed back in the laps of the authorities, and their self-righteous mindset wouldn’t permit them to put it back into the temple funds. Then chief priests then took the money and bought a cheap field for the benefit of people they despised. The traitor ended up dead in it and the place became infamous for treachery and godless religious hypocrisy.

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O how much we need a Saviour, and what a Saviour He is. Who can resist someone who would go through such shame, disgrace and ignominy? What He endured, we will never know. His loving heart reached out to His beloved people and He rejoiced to pay the penalty for sinners. That price was far beyond money. It was a priceless cost for those wholly unworthy of its sacrifice.

May we love Him and do whatever He requires of us, with great joy.

 

 

Double-minded

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“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”  James 4:8

Without the cleansing of the blood of Christ we are still sinners. Without the shedding of His blood, there is no remission or payment for personal sin.

With unholy hearts we cannot think straight and we choose the wrong way. Without the purity of the Spirit of God, we are hypocrites – living one way or the other depending on the company we find ourselves in.

Without the Spirit of God dwelling in us in a full and rich way, we remain infants and unable to discern the deep things of God, or make wise decisions. The Christian is different to other people and she grows in grace, knowledge and wisdom. Without this filling and close personal relationship with God, we are unable to grow and remain unclear in our thought processes.

Draw near. He invites you. Become clean and righteous so that He Himself will draw near to you and you can have sweet fellowship with the Father in heaven. Become wise in the ways of God, so that you can walk this world in the certainty of complete trust in God.