31 Days with the Savior: Conclusion

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Gentle Reader,

This series didn’t go the way I had planned.

I wanted to give you something thought-provoking each day. I wanted to go deep. To be deep. Instead, I wound up going over the basics. Again and again. Because that’s where I am. I checked out of graduate school and returned to kindergarten during these 31 days.

I think that happens sometimes on this journey of faith. Things throw us for loops and we have to go back to the foundation and examine it. We have to remind ourselves that God is good, that He loves us, that He has a good plan for our lives. We have to remember that He is going to take care of us, come what may. Sometimes we just have to sit there, too dumbfounded and numb to cry or rage. We have to wait for Him to show us where to go. What the next step is.

This conclusion isn’t going the way I planned, either. I don’t have anything remotely resembling profound to end with. Life is messy and difficult. It’s also unexpectedly beautiful and fun.

And all of it is so much better with Jesus.

Grace and peace along the way.

For all entries in the Jesus: 31 Days with the Savior series, go here.

31 Days with the Savior: Return

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Gentle Reader,

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes werel ike a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.

…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Revelation 19:11-16, Philippians 2:10-11 (NKJV)

God came to earth and lived as man. A perfect man. One who never sinned. He was kind and compassionate, truthful and arresting. He willingly laid down His life for the sake of you and me. He experienced death. He then took up His life and exited the tomb.

For two millennia, this has been message of Christ-followers. We were tasked with telling anyone and everyone about Jesus and what He has done – what He keeps doing, really (Matthew 28:18-20).

Eventually, the task will be completed. The clock will run out.

I’m not a person who spends her time trying to determine the day when Jesus will return. That’s a pointless exercise. It is, however, safe to say that we’re closer to His return today than we were yesterday. It’s safe to say that the world is getting more chaotic as the weeks slide by.

Jesus could return at any moment. It could be five minutes from now, five months or five years. Or longer. Or shorter. Or something in-between. The point is that He is coming back. This time He won’t walk among us as a humble carpenter, as the Suffering Servant. He will come as the Righteous King. He will remake the world.

Better to let Him remake us now, right here, where we are; better to bow to Him in humility today than to wait until we have no choice.

Grace and peace along the way.

For all entries in the Jesus: 31 Days with the Savior series, go here.

31 Days with the Savior: Resurrection

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Gentle Reader,

Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,  saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’

And they remembered His words. Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened. – Luke 24:1-12 (NKJV)

Praise God for the Cross, for in that sin was conquered.

Praise God for the Resurrection, for in that death was defeated.

Everything Jesus said and did during His earthly sojourn led to this moment. It was all about the agony of death and separation followed by the glory of resurrection and reunion. He did it all. He fulfilled the Law. He lived perfectly. He made the way.

He is the way.

Jesus “disarmed principalities and powers…made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15, NKJV). He is completely and utterly victorious. Jesus, “after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:12, NKJV). The work is done.

It is finished.

He is alive.

Grace and peace along the way.

For all entries in the Jesus: 31 Days with the Savior series, go here.