How could it be
Mightily you rose
No one knows but
You how to die
And live again
How You walked
Away that day
Sacrifice for us
To Father God
You set in Order
You kept your word
To us and the twelve
You met them all
In Galilee town
You showed your scars
You walked with two
On the Emmaus road –
You come to me
When I call in faith –
I don’t know how
You do it all
I can’t explain
Thank You LORD
For Your sacrifice
For Your Resurrection
By Carol Ann Hoel © April 21, 2011
Jesus tells disciples that he will be crucified and raised again:
Matthew 17:22-23 – The Bible (NIV) – And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.
Luke 9:44-45 – The Bible (NIV) – Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.
Matthew 26:31-32 – The Bible (NIV) – Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
Resurrection – Empty Tomb:
Luke 24:1-12 – The Bible (NIV) – On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
Appearances after resurrection:
Luke 24:13-16 – The Bible (NIV) – Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven milesfrom Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.
John 20:26-29 – The Bible (NIV) – A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 21:1-10 – The Bible (NIV) – After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise showed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes. As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
Acts 1:1-5 – The Bible (NIV) – In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized withwater, but in a few days you will be baptized withthe Holy Spirit.”
Matt 17: 22-23 Unfortunately Christians do this repeatedly as they sin and forget Jesus and take back their will. 50 years ago Billy Graham used to preach “Every time you deny the Christ, you recrucify the Christ. Every time you turn away from the Christ,
you recrucify the Christ.” Pretty tough talk, I’d say.
Very tough talk. I don’t understand it, either. Jesus was crucified once. We are forgiven forever when we trust Jesus as our Savior. Jesus paid the price once. It’s finished. Jesus said it was finished. He paid for all our sins, past, present, future. All the sins of all the world. There is no debt left to pay. We need only trust Jesus, and His righteousness will be applied to our accounts, just as our sins were applied to His account, which debt He paid at Calvary.
The story of the prodigal son shows how God acts toward believers that sin and turn back to Him. God is like the father of the prodigal son. When the erring son came home sorry after wasting his entire inheritance on fast living, his father hugged him and put a robe on him, and rings, too, I think, and celebrated with a party. God loves us. He disciplines us when He must for our own good, but He never stops loving us. Blessings to you, Carl…
Yes I want Jesus to be there for me despite my failures . But if I am purposely evil to spite Him, I wonder. Perhaps that makes me a person not of God by my own declaration. Jesus’ love has no bounds we are taught but I put myself out of the loop if I reject His unconditional invitation. I will have to think about it a long time. I always do value your opinion. Have you ever checked out the theology blog “parchment and pen” ? You would be a valuable participant.
Once a person understands that Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross to pay for sin, and chooses to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, this person is saved by grace through faith. At the moment this happens, the Holy Spirit comes inside and seals the person. Then it’s a done deal. If this transaction of belief and acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior happens, God will be faithful to keep His promise. God knows who is His child. You and I may only know about ourselves, but God knows who is His. He doesn’t change his mind. If you are His via believing the gospel and accepting God’s invitation, as you put it, you are going to heaven. I can show by many scriptures and by logical consideration of them that this is true. 🙂 Blessings, Carl…
Another beautiful post, and the graphic you found has the perfect colors! Red for the blood, green for life, and pure white for the cleansing. A wonderful selection.
Thank you, Patti. I appreciate your encouraging comment. I picked this lily because of the red background that reminded me of His shed blood. I like your color key, red for blood, green for life, and pure white for cleansing. Blessings to you…
What a perfect picture to accompany your poem. I appreciate this poignant reminder of what our Lord has done.
Thank you for visiting and for your comment. Our God is awesome. There is no god like Jehovah! The resurrection proves that our God reigns! Have a blessed Easter weekend…
As always, Carol Ann, words to give pause, especially this Easter weekend. I pray it will be a time of blessing for you.
(I love the lily-of-the-valley and its fragrance, and I have a large patch of it growing under our evergreen trees in the side yard where neither children nor dogs play, since all parts of the plant are poisonous.)
Thank you for stopping by and for your comment, Carol. I always look forward to your visits.
I didn’t know that the lily-of- the-valley is poisonous. How interesting. Are all lilies poisonous or just this variety? I wonder if God causes animals instinctively to know they shouldn’t eat it? Dogs, domesticated, might not have all their original instincts working for them. It’s sweet of you to protect them.
May you enjoy a blessed Easter weekend…
Beautiful Carol! I am truly amazed and awestruck of God’s faithfulness daily. I love that he never changes as friends often do, is always available and a constant companion. Blessings Carol, Jeanne
Thank you for stopping by, Jeanne. I appreciate your comment. I, too, love the unchangeable faithfulness of God. We never have to worry that He will stop caring for us. May you enjoy a blessed Easter weekend…
only god knows god’s ways!
You are right because the Bible says that God’s ways are past finding out. When we think we know, often we find out later that we didn’t really get it. We know that God is good; on this we rely. Thank you for your visit and your comment. Blessings to you, Trisha…
i too follow your path, i know god is our best friend, well wisher and guide. i dont fret much about other things. this is enough for me.
Hugs and blessings to you, too, Trisha. Thanks for stopping by.
happy easter saturday!
Happy Easter to you…
Beautiful…may we come to Good Friday and Easter Sunday with hearts filled with the cost of Jesus’ sacrifice and great, unconditional love for us…
we who do not deserve it…
Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comment. May we savor and bathe ourselves in the fragrance and feel of His constant abiding love.
We who do not deserve it… Beautifully spoken, Jane. Blessings to you…
I love the image you have attached to this post Carol – just perfect. Lovely words too. Happy Easter weekend to you my friend xx
Happy Easter weekend to you, too, Chloe. Thank you for stopping by and for your encouraging comment. Blessings…
I have to tell you that your blog fills such a special place. Sometimes when I spend too much time blogging I feel guilty like I have been too selfish – then I pop over here and see that it can also be a godly act. Thanks Carol.
Thank you, Tammy, for stopping by and for your sweet comment. I’m thankful to God that He comforts us all with His blessings and His presence. I appreciate your blog, too. It’s a breath of fresh air. Blessings to you…
Jesus’ crucifiction and resurrection is certainly a wonderful blessing to us. Easter is such a mix of emotions for me: I am sad that Jesus’ death had to happen (to save us), but I celebrate His resurrection, which is truly amazing…
Thank you for stopping by today, Janna. I appreciate your visit and your comment. Blessings to you and yours on this day of celebrating His resurrection.