Friday, April 06, 2012

easter thoughts

when i ponder parts of my own story of redemption, i am always humbled.
by the unconditional love of jesus.

he knew.
way back, on that first good friday, he knew me.

he knew i'd scoff him, deny him, curse him and wish to kill him.
he knew i'd be broken and and caught in great, filthy sin.

he knew that after he redeemed my life, that i'd all too often act like i'd forgotten all of his mercy.
he knew i'd value man's opinions more than his more than a few times.

he knew that i'd try leaning on myself first.

he knew i'd fail to love others as he called me to.

he knew that i'd need fresh grace every single day. every minute.

he knew i didn't deserve it, that amazing sacrifice.
and he died in my place anyway.

but it wasn't about me, was it?
my salvation has nothing to do with my being worthy, good or productive. or not.
the glory of the son of man is not about me. or you.
god is holy, and sin must be punished.
and by the best gift, death on that cross,
he displayed the glory of christ, who is the image of god.
to save undeserving humans like me.
truly, it's all mysterious to me.
but if i completely made sense of god's purposes, would god be god?

i am grieving my sin today. laying it all out to him. repentant.
asking him to renew my zeal for him. steady my hope in him.
keep me from sinning against him. ready my hands for his plans.

thanking him for loving me. giving himself for me.
praising him for his forgiveness and clean slates.

praising him for the truth of good friday, that leads to the truth of easter.
an empty tomb.
a risen, reigning and sovereign savior.
hallelujah!


i've shared this video once before.
seems fitting to share it again, at easter.
take a listen. #excellent
 
 
blessed be the god and father of our lord jesus christ!
according to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again
to a living hope through the resurrection of jesus christ from the dead,
to an inheritance that is imperishable,
undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.
{1 peter 1:3-4}
 
{check out some good friday reading here!}

16 comments:

  1. the Gospel.
    needed to hear this tonight.

    thank you, sister.
    loveyou.

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  2. You have a beautiful heart.

    "the enemies been defeated, death can't hold you down. I'm going to lift my voice in victory, I'm going to sing His praises loud!"

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  3. love. love the thought of him knowing me all those years ago. beautiful words.

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  4. you wrote this just beautifully. it's so humbling and heartbreaking to think about us being the scoffers, and the ones calling for His crucifixion. but we did. and we do. thank you Jesus for your unending grace. may you have a wonderful weekend celebrating this joyous gift of redemption. love you and hope your family is especially blessed these next few days!!!

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  5. i love your testimony, your light in the blogworld. you shine bright, hannah! happy easter. HE IS RISEN!! <3 <3 <3

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  6. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

    Happy Easter precious friend!

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  7. Happy Easter and what a beautiful message.

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  8. thanks hannah! have a blessed weekend!

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  9. Jesus is so good. This is just what I needed to read today. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. I'm a new reader and I love this!!
    Especially how you mentioned that it doesn't matter what we do.
    God is the one who deserves glory.

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  11. Hi! I'm new to your blog but just wanted to say I love the way you write. This was beautiful. Have a happy, joy-filled Easter! :-)

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  12. Sweet post (:
    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. what a blessed hope we have in Christ!
    thank you for sharing your heart, hannah.

    i hardly even know you, but i want you to know that you are a bright light for Jesus!
    every time i see a comment you leave, it is so cheery and encouraging!
    i want you to know that i aspire to be like that...that i want to be a light in this dark 'ol world for Jesus, too.
    thank you for glorifying Him, and sharing His glorious gospel!!!

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  14. Beautifully, beautifully put, Hannah. Thank you.

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