"The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up." (2 Peter 3:9-10)
…..Yaki Point Grand Canyon…..
I have sent this out before, but it’s one of those you never get tired of listening to. It was an Easter meditation by S.M. Lockridge (1913-2000), pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego from 1953 to 1993. Here is the 3.5 min YouTube link.
It’s Friday Jesus is praying Peter’s a sleeping Judas is betraying But Sunday’s comin’
It’s Friday Pilate’s struggling The council is conspiring The crowd is vilifying They don’t even know That Sunday’s comin’
It’s Friday The disciples are running Like sheep without a shepherd Mary’s crying Peter is denying But they don’t know That Sunday’s a comin’
It’s Friday The Romans beat my Jesus They robe him in scarlet They crown him with thorns But they don’t know That Sunday’s comin’
It’s Friday See Jesus walking to Calvary His blood dripping His body stumbling And his spirit’s burdened But you see, it’s only Friday Sunday’s comin’
It’s Friday The world’s winning People are sinning And evil’s grinning
It’s Friday The soldiers nail my Savior’s hands To the cross They nail my Savior’s feet To the cross And then they raise him up Next to criminals
It’s Friday But let me tell you something Sunday’s comin’
It’s Friday The disciples are questioning What has happened to their King And the Pharisees are celebrating That their scheming Has been achieved But they don’t know It’s only Friday Sunday’s comin’
It’s Friday He’s hanging on the cross Feeling forsaken by his Father Left alone and dying Can nobody save him? Ooooh It’s Friday But Sunday’s comin’
It’s Friday The earth trembles The sky grows dark My King yields his spirit
It’s Friday Hope is lost Death has won Sin has conquered and Satan’s just a laughin’
It’s Friday Jesus is buried A soldier stands guard And a rock is rolled into place
But it’s Friday It is only Friday Sunday is a comin’!
Have a most Blessed Easter!
“He is not here: for he is risen………….” (Matt 28:6)
The Benefit of Affliction – Day 110 – Red Book
As I read Walt’s devotional again, I thought about what Ken Boa wrote in his April letter: “…… God always acts and allows circumstances and events for a purpose. His purposes, though they may seem harsh and even cruel from our finite perspective, are always generous and good. He is both good and omnipotent, but His will is done from the perspective of eternity. One day, everything that is upside-down will be turned right-side up; everything that is wrong will be made right. God will use whatever means necessary to prevent evil and suffering from having the last word.”
Facts of the Matter March 6, 1995
THE CROSS, THE RESURRECTION…AND ETERNITY
“…I saw…a Lamb standing, as if slain…” (Rev. 5:6)
And the other nine ran away in fear.
…Until the reality of the CROSS and the RESURRECTION dawned upon them.
They (Judas excepted) then became men POSSESSED by Jesus…men OBSESSED with Christ:
“…The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world…who takes away the sin of the world”(Rev. 13:8; Jn. 1:29)
As you embark upon this week’s challenges, ask yourself:
“WHAT IS MY OBSESSION?”
“WHAT POSSESSES ME?”
The resurrected Lamb of God?
-Which rung of the corporate ladder you are on?
-How to bolster this quarter’s sales?
-Whether you should get the BMW or the Benz?
Unless and until we are obsessed and possessed by the CRUCIFIED and RESURRECTED Lamb of God, we will continue to live in the self-imposed prison of:
Doubt, denial, and fear…Like Thomas, Judas, Peter, and the other nine that ran away.
Let’s concentrate on making a living…but keep the effort in the perspective of the cross, the resurrection… and eternity.