Last night our family went to visit our Aunt Polly. My oldest read Luke 24. Below were the verses we discussed. Oh to have our minds opened so that we could understand scriptures! Praise God! Lord, we pray for the understanding of your Word! AMEN!
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
The Ascension of Jesus
50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
Mary Magdalene found the open tomb–Jesus was not there! The song of the enemy would not win, and Jesus brought us victory over sin and death!
After visiting my Aunt we came home to a family feast. We all gathered to cook and prepare and my youngest noticed the beauty of the sky in the sun setting.
Our family gathering filled with joy, peace, and laughter was interrupted by death and sorrow. The dreaded phone call. Like the post yesterday, we managed the “chaos”, but this morning–the “after”– I’m struggling with a deep sadness. I laid in the bed talking to God this morning. He reminded me of the movie God’s Not Dead and a scene in which someone dies a horrible, painful death, but in that dying moment comes to know the Lord and is ushered into glory.
God spoke to my sadness and reminded me that this is not our home. Anna, today of all days, remember, this is NOT your home. My mind was open to understand His Word. And, for the loved one gone from this temporary place, He is now with Jesus.
Furthermore, He sent us what the Father promised–the Holy Spirit and we are clothed with power from on high! Lord, Jesus, may we return to Jerusalem with great joy today and continually praise You! You have made us Your dwelling place–“the temple” –and we choose to claim Your work on the cross, and that the enemy will have no control over us and our minds. We are clothed with power from on high to accomplish this impossible task. We need you.
Thank you Jesus for Your grace, love, and mercy.