“So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.” -John 19:42-20:1
We left off in chapter 19 of John’s Gospel where death had come and we read of the burial of Christ. But as chapter 19 does not end the gospel, even so, death does not end eternal life! –excerpt from Pastor Steve Wainright’s Sunday Evening Sermon
One of those Sundays where my notes don’t do anything justice! How do you narrow so many good verses into the one that sums up the point that hit me hardest? I don’t know. I can’t, but I tried.
John 19: The Death of Christ
“Behold the man upon the cross, my guilt upon His shoulders, ashamed I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers. It was my sin that held Him there until it was accomplished. His dying breath has brought me life. I know that it is finished!!!!” -from “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”
“…giving thanksto the Father, who has qualified youto share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” –Colossians 1:12-14
I am thankful I am in Christ, qualified, delivered, transferred, redeemed, justified, and kept for the glory of God!
“Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands…” -Isaiah 49:16
(This was in reference to the stones worn by the High Priest…in relation to Jesus our High Priest! You’ll just have to listen to it!)
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What a blessing to have the Stantons there for the evening service. It was their last service in the States before they return to Peru on Thursday after a long, hard year where they have learned to trust God even more. Oh, the excitement in their faces was priceless! I wanted to bottle it up (or go with them…you know)!