While they were wondering about this,suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.
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BlogFam, It is amazing and awful at the same time how we tend to fixate on the words that others have spoken into our lives that make us feel ashamed of our own selves. I really do not understand that part of the human psyche that would cause us to register and repeat those words in our own minds over and over sometimes days, weeks, months, and years after they were spoken. I have most certainly heard words from family, friends, and strangers that made me feel so small and made me question the confidence that I have through Chrsit about who I am and my purpose in life. And in those moments when my mind’s recorder wants to replay those words, I know that I MUST quickly PRAY and SPEAK LIFE into my own life and when I cannot find the words to say, I can always choose to focus on what the Word of the Lord has said about this Daughter of Zion.
I AM MORE THAN A CONQUEROR.
I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE.
IF GOD BE FOR ME, WHO CAN STAND AGAINST ME?
NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER.
NOTHING SHALL SEPARATE ME FROM THE LOVE OF GOD.
And ON and ON and ON and ON...
Friends, I am so glad that there is ONE place where I can ALWAYS find assurance and it is in the Word of God! The words that are recorded in the biblical text include some of the most powerful affirmations one will ever find. I encourage you the next time you are depressing yourself by repeating to yourself the words from family, friends, or strangers that hurt your feelings, attacked your ego, or downgraded your self-esteem, pick up the Word of God, PRAY and SPEAK LIFE into your own life. Do NOT ever FORGET that there is ONE who will ALWAYS love you unconditionally. Please REMEMBER the hundreds of words recorded in the Bible that will lift you up and make you strong.
We all need to be reminded to REMEMBER. The women in our text for today had to be reminded to remember. In their fixation on the negative events that had taken place which left their Lord dead, they FORGOT that He said that HE would RISE AGAIN! In their focus on the tomb and the spices for a dead body, they FORGOT that He would not be in the grave long enough to need what they were coming to do. In their fascination to find out exactly where Jesus body was going to be while respecting the religious law to keep the Sabbath Holy, they FORGOT that Jesus had come to fulfill the prophecies of their day as the long awaited Messiah. The women in our text for today had to be reminded to remember.
While they were wondering about this [why the tomb was empty and they did not find Jesus’ body there], suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! REMEMBER how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.
Friends, it is so amazing and awful to me at the same time how we tend to fixate on the words that others have spoken into our lives that make us feel ashamed of our own selves. BUT JESUS who knew that this day would come and that these women – as well as His other followers – would grieve His passing, gave them a word in advance that on the third day He would be raised again! Unfortunately, these women, like so many of us, forgot the HOPE of His Life and focused on the HORROR of His Death.
I do not know why they did not REMEMBER the whole message of their Master BUT I surely am glad that just like the Lord God sent these two men to help them to REMEMBER the HOPE, on today, that is what I want to do for you. I want you to REMEMBER the HOPE of the one who has risen and is no longer in the grave. I want you to REMEMBER the HOPEof the one who has plans for YOU, plans to prosper and not to harm you; plans to give you HOPE and an expected end. I want you to REMEMBER the HOPE of the one who will never leave nor forsake you. I want you to REMEMBER the HOPE of His Life and to shift your focus far away from the HORROR of the deadly assassination of your positive feelings, your ego, and your self-esteem by your family, friends, and even strangers because of the words from their tongues.
My sistas and brothas, Please REMEMBER. And when you have a moment from your memory that attempts to lead you into depressing your own self, I hope that you would PRAY and SPEAK LIFE into your own life and REMEMBER that our God’s word is true and it applies to YOU!
Let us Pray – [Ephesians 3:14-21]
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
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