I was renewed at the Minnesota Women’s Retreat with Elizabeth Talbot’s talks on the book of John. Elizabeth has a way of bringing the Bible alive. If you ever have a chance to hear her speak don’t pass it up. Well, you can actually hear her on the Voice of Prophesy every day she is one of the key speakers. You may also go to www.vop.com and hear Elizabeth.
I know you all are so much more advanced than I am on the Bible but I just never put this together. Do you remember the story of Moses and the snakes? The children of Israel were being bitten by snakes and the Lord told Moses to put a snake on a pole and when the Israelites looked on the snake they would be healed. Take a look at Numbers 21:4-9. The people of Israel are tired and impatient. They hate everything. Venomous snakes start biting the people and many die. When the people repent they ask Moses to help them. God told Moses to, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole. . .when he looks at the snake, he will live.” verse 8
It’s the same with salvation–all be have to do is look upon Jesus and believe–don’t you love that it’s so simple. John 3:14-17–read it–“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so whoever believes on Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
There you have it and it’s not complicated is it?
This is a little information I hate to tell but you already know I am pretty much an open book. Being an open book is not always good and I have tried to become a little more discreet in my information. But, I have to tell you about the flowers because I know there is a lesson to be learned.
My friend’s husband brings her flowers most every Friday. In my opinion, over the years I I I I I certainly deserve flowers every Friday but never get them. I have even let it be known, in front of my man, that I never get flowers. I mean it has been years since HE brought home a little bunch of flowers.
Sooooooooooooooooooo there is a store here in Lincoln that has a really nice bouquet for $5 on Friday and my friend’s husband always gets her 2 bunches–$10. A couple of weekend’s ago I decided to stop and buy myself one measly bunch of flowers. I brought them home and put them in a vase. Secretly probably thinking this would make HIM feel a little bad that he didn’t bring them. He didn’t say a word.
When we came home from the Friday evening meeting, on the counter I found two $5 Friday specials. I squealed with delight asking my fella if he had bought them for me——-NO, he didn’t. I quickly realized our friends have a key to the house and I knew where the flowers came from.
A week and a half later the flowers are still on my counter, I weed out the wilted ones everyday and change the water and I have certainly enjoyed the gift of flowers. If you’re wondering if I have gotten flowers from Bob the answer is no. I would guess in his own sweet time he will get some because he wants to not because I have badgered him into getting them.
Sooooooooooooooo where is the punch line you may be asking? Well, maybe I’m making more of this than I should but here goes. First I tried to get what I wanted by badgering, then I just got what I wanted by getting it myself. What I really enjoyed was the surprise of the gift. Now you know where I’m going don’t you. The GIFT.
The GIFT–we may try to work things out on our own but it will usually be inferior. It’s the gift, the thing we don’t do anything for other than accept it. The GIFT that Jesus gave us, we can’t buy it our self, we can’t even badger Him into giving it to us because it is already ours.
IDK maybe I am off base but it makes sense to me.
For me Easter weekend is not any more holy than any other weekend or day. This may sound odd to you but the truth is Jesus died for me and that makes every day holy. Because of what he did, because of his pain I want to celebrate his triumph.
When I think back to the time I finally grasped what Jesus’ life, death and resurrection did for me, I am stunned it took me so long. I am also thankful for a changed life.
“You can readily recall, can’t you, how at one time the more you did just what you felt like doing–not caring about others, not caring about God–the worse your life became and the less freedom you had? And how much different is it now as you live in God’s freedom, your lives healed and expansive in holiness?” Romans 6:19 MSG
I want to say YES, Paul, I can recall. I remember it well. Now I am thankful that I am redeemed, cleansed and set free.
Let’s celebrate the goodness of Jesus. Not just the day or the new outfit, let’s celebrate with our minds and be thankful.
I’ll never know what it cost to
See my sin on the CROSS!
But this I know
Jesus has over come!
The grave is over whelmed!
The victory is won!
He is risen from the dead!
And I hear the voice of many
Angels sing Worthy is the Lamb!
I love this song, it speaks to me. I hope you will think about the words and hide them in your heart. Jesus would have died on the cross for just one person. HE IS RISEN!!