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Amazing Love


Christ the Lord is ris'n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav'ns and earth, reply, Alleluia!
Charles Wesley

When I was a little girl, this was my favorite hymn to sing on Easter Sunday morning.  Even at a young age, I could sense the joy in the church as the congregation lifted their voices singing, Christ the Lord is ris'n today, Alleluia!  Although I had not yet been born again, I was always so drawn to the Easter story...

For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.   In love, He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will - to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.  Ephesians 1:4-6

Today, Easter Sunday, my daughter shared with me a timely blog post written by her friend, Tori, from Exploratorifashion.blog, regarding Jesus crucifixion.  The insights Tori shares bring to life the Words quoted above ...which He has freely given us in the One He loves....  As I read the words from this sweet young mama, I was so very blessed and encouraged.  I would like to pass the blessing along to you by sharing Tori's blog post What Easter Means to this Mama.   

As I have shared in previous blog posts, I tend to struggle with grasping God's love for me, and instead focus on my besetting sins and a feeling of "unworthiness".   The manner in which Tori shares about the crucifixion from the Father's perspective was an "epiphany" to me...  

When reflecting upon the crucifixion, I would always focus on Jesus and His incredible sacrifice for me.

 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down His life for his friends."  John 15:13.   

 But after reading Tori's insights from the Father's perspective - a father's perspective, it became more "tangible" to me to "grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know the Love that surpasses knowledge"  Ephesians 3:18-19   because I was putting myself in the place of a father seeing his child suffer and die.  I could not even comprehend knowing what God the Father knew would happen to His Son and that He watched it happen to His own Child - FOR ME!.  AMAZING LOVE!

 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16

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 As a young mama, Tori is going through the unfathomable right now in the terminal diagnosis of her precious baby, but she is choosing "joy in her pain" bringing all Glory to God.  You can read more about her story in her blog post I Choose Joy in Pain.

May we all choose Joy from this Resurrection Day forward.

HE IS RISEN!!!  ALLELUIA!

Comments

  1. Visiting from the Inspire Me Monday link-up where we are neighbors. Tori's post is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it. Her story reminds me of Psalm 30:5 "Weeping may come for the night, but joy comes in the morning." We sung that song in worship yesterday. One of my faves too!!

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    1. Thank you for visiting!

      Tori has been such an inspiration. God is using her mightily in the midst of her great trial.

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  2. I am so thankful for God's love. Great points that you shared today.

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    1. Amen! :-)

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

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  3. I'm so glad you have a new understanding of the Father's perspective. I know that becoming a parent changes our perspectives so much--as my children go through trials and tribulations, I understand so much better how deep and great the Father's love for me is. And how tender it is.

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  4. Thank you for the encouragement. :-)

    And thank you for visiting!

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  5. We have so much to be thankful for - not just because of His sacrifice on the cross but because the same power that raised Him from the dead lives in us.

    Alleluia!

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  6. Amen and Alleluia!! So appreciate the full truth in this post. AMEN AMEN! Thank you.

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    1. Indeed. I was so edified by Tori's post.

      Thank you for visiting. :-)

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  7. Thank you for sharing this great post with us at Good Morning Mondays. You have given us lots to think about. Blessings

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  8. That's also one of my favorite hymns! I'm visiting from #GiveMeGrace. Yes, it was amazing love that Christ gave His life for us. Praise God that Jesus is alive!

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