Why Jesus Rose from the Dead

Resurrection garden

Christ the Lord is Risen, today! I love having this reminder of the true meaning of Easter beside my back door. Nothing says who Jesus really is more than seeing the stone rolled away. Death couldn’t hold him back.

My husband is always full of insight, even when he doesn’t know it…One day he asked me if I knew why Jesus rose from the dead?  Of course I go into some discourse starting in Genesis…:) about it being God’s plan for the redemption of mankind…etc, etc…he said….but do you know why death could not hold him in the grave? And what he said is so simple, yet I’d never put these thoughts into words… He said:

“The wages of sin is death and Jesus never sinned, so death could not hold him.” I just looked at him stunned and amazed at the simplicity and truth in those simple words.

And you know what? Jesus took our sins…all of our sins, the nasty, dirty, rotten, sinful things we have thought and done or that have been done to us…and dumped them at Satan’s feet. Because they all originated with him and they belong to him and Jesus just gave them back to their original owner…

The Bible says Jesus is “the author and finisher of our faith.”  Craftsmen and builders put the finishing touches on their work…and when they are done, they clean up all the debris and trash, sweep the floors clean and dump it all in the garbage so the house is presentable to the new owners.

That’s what Jesus did for us…he, by the Holy Spirit, called us… making him the author…or the one who authorizes our salvation….and then he put the finishing touches on us and got rid of our trash, to make us presentable to God.

Jesus, the Bible says, made a public spectacle of satan. In front of all the minions of hell, Jesus showed him just what all the heartaches and ruined lives and hurt and pain he caused people on earth, was worth. Jesus took our sin and dumped it all at satan’s feet. It was nothing but garbage. Jesus gave it all back to its rightful owner.

As I sit in church this morning, I’m going to look around at all our friends and think about how new and clean and pretty everyone is today and remember, …the stone was rolled away because Jesus never sinned. He lived a perfect life for me…because I certainly couldn’t.

Thankfully, we don’t have to pay for our sin and we don’t have to carry the load of guilt anymore. We only have to accept the gift of God, His son, and believe Jesus died and rose again, for us.

It’s Resurrection Sunday and the stone is rolled away!

Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

Alleluia!

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So, What’s So Good About Good Friday

A baby  lamb

Today is Good Friday. It’s the day Jesus died for you and me so we could be redeemed back to God.  That’s what’s so good about Good Friday!

The fickle crowd  who praised Him to high Heaven last Sunday now called for his death. “Crucify Him!” And so they did. Jesus could have fought. He could have refused. But He didn’t. He willingly laid down His life for us. For you and me!

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

That’s what’s so good about Good Friday!

And do you know what else is so good about today? 

It’s a Good Friday because we live on this side of the Passover Lamb laying down His life for us.  We can look back at scriptures and see the hand of God at work in the history of the world.  Most people never had that opportunity.

The most significant prophecies are found in the book of Isaiah and penned 700 years before Christ.

Isaiah 53

1Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

4 Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

Jesus Christ

And this is the day we remember how very much God LOVES us. He gave His son to die in place of us, for our sin. It’s even better because we know God did not leave Him there…..…See you Sunday!

Yes, it is a Good Friday….

Do you still have a problem believing this message?  It was all in God’s plan from the beginning. It was promised thousands of years before Jesus was born. God would send his son to redeem us.  I hope you’ll take time to trace these promises in more detail here.

My Favorite Project: Hand-Painted Easter Eggs

hand-painted easter eggs sign

It’s time for one of my favorite projects!  Hand-painted Easter Eggs.  Not up to blowing out eggs? Last year I shared my secret. You’ll want to check it out…seeing as how I have no wind to blow eggs, either.  If you’re the same way, you’ll want this little secret for yourself! But, shhhhhhhh…don’t tell and no one will ever know! [Read more…]

Palm Sunday

Jesus on Palm Sunday

The Triumphal Entry…. Jesus knows what’s coming. He knows how fickle and easily led people are. He knows it’s easier to follow the crowd, than to do what is right. He knows we mean well, but our flesh is weak. He knows not to trust the praises of men. He knows, by the end of the week, these same people will be calling for his death. He knows all of this and loves us anyway. [Read more…]

How to Make a Resurrection Garden

Resurrection Garden

Last year I made my first Resurrection Garden and I loved it! I had so many compliments on it. The only problem was that it takes time for grass seed to germinate and it was cold last year and the seed did not cooperate.  So, I’m telling you in plenty of time…..Make this today! [Read more…]

Sourdough Chocolate Sheath Cake

sourdough chocolate sheath cake

Who knew? I took my mama’s Chocolate Sheath Cake recipe and switched the buttermilk up with sourdough starter and voilà  ~ it worked. Which leads me to believe just about any recipe that uses buttermilk can be interchanged with sourdough starter. Maybe not all recipes…but cakes and breads, etc.  (So far I’ve had wonderful success with my buttermilk biscuits and pancakes!)  And taste-wise, I couldn’t tell any difference. Sourdough Chocolate Sheath Cake is awesome!!!  This is great news for those of us who struggle over throwing away extra starter at every feeding! [Read more…]

Make a Jenny Jellyfish Costume

Jenny Jellyfish Costume ad

It’s Book Character Day tomorrow at my granddaughter’s elementary school. Last week her mom handed her a stack of books and said pick out your favorite character. She did. Jenny Jellyfish. [Read more…]

Hearty Ham and Bean Soup

Hearty Ham and Bean Soupad

The great thing about serving ham for Sunday dinner is having a leftover ham bone!  Ham bones make the best soups!  And you can freeze a ham bone until you’re ready to make soup. Just wrap it up really tight with Saran and then tin foil…(write with a marker what it is and the date)…and put it in the freezer!  You will be so glad you did on a day like today…dreary and raining. Then when you want to make soup, you’ll be ready. And this Hearty Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect comfort food on a cold and rainy day and so very satisfying.  Buttery Sourdough Biscuits are made for this soup! And today it passed the taste test of Stella….along with lots of buttered biscuits! [Read more…]

Buttery Sourdough Biscuits

buttery sourdough biscuit ad

I’m still on a quest to find delicious recipes to utilize the extra starter that must be discarded at each sourdough starter feeding. This morning I was making Hearty Ham and Bean Soup and decided to make biscuits to go along with it for lunch. So why not sourdough biscuits? Well, I had attempted a recipe I had found, using sourdough starter for biscuits a few weeks ago and wasn’t too keen about it. Ok, I threw them out. They were horrible. They were way too heavy. [Read more…]

Perfect Sourdough Pancakes

Perfect Sourdough Pancakes

Since I started making sourdough bread I’ve been looking for ways to use the sourdough starter that must be discarded at each feeding. Don’t you hate to throw away perfectly good food? I do, too. I wondered if pancakes would work. [Read more…]