Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 85
Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a video of the group, Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing, Let My Words Be Few, declaring the truth of Christian love being spoken in few words … “Jesus, I am so in love of You” is all I need to say.
Highlight Passage: Romans 8:35 [NLT] …
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?
… Simply said … “NOTHING!!!”
Highlight Context – Romans 8: 28-39 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK …
… Jesus went into the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives the night prior to His crucifixion and prayed.
Reference Passage #1 - Matthew 28:5-7 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… The Angel spoke to the woman at the tomb and probably all the women could hear was … “He is risen!”
Reference Passage #2 - John 17 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… Jesus prays for me in Heaven this day … just as He did with the Disciples in that Upper Room.
My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread author, David McCasland used a rather quaint story to illustrate that often in Scripture some of the most powerful expressions come in few words. He wrote: Before Stig Kernell died, he told the local funeral home that he didn’t want a traditional obituary. Instead, the Swedish man instructed them to publish only three words noting his passing: “I am dead.” When Mr. Kernell died at age 92, that’s exactly what appeared. The audacity and simplicity of his unusual death notice captured the attention of newspapers around the world. In a strange twist, the international curiosity about the man with the three-word obituary caused more attention to his death than he intended.
Our ODB author today, as well as the linked song above, speak to a glaring truth we often find in Scripture … that some of the most powerful truths from God’s Book are often found in succinct wording, … just as the story David M uses above to make his point. Mr. Kernell, in the story above, wanted to de-emphasize his passing, yet his few words in his obituary, “I am dead!” raised more attention from their truthful exclamation than a long, drawn out dissertation.
And when Jesus died and was placed in the tomb, sealed by the Romans, when the women came to see the place, they encountered an angel, who told them that Jesus had risen; and those words - as few as they are - ring clarion truth from that moment down through the centuries. … “HE IS RISEN!!!” … And because Jesus declared three other pointed words from the cross, “IT IS FINISHED!” … we can know that His blood, which was shed on that cross, was all that we need to come to the cross and receive His eternal pardon for our sins.
Yes, my friends, on this Good Friday, know that "IT IS FINISHED" and “HE IS RISEN;” and join me with only one word … HALLELUJAH!!!
My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Yes, HALLELUJAH, my Lord, … You are risen and live in Heaven to intercede on my behalf this very moment; … and You will live with me for eternity. I say again HALLELUJAH!!! … Amen
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