The Hour Has Come: Easter Message

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We invite you to our virtual Easter table.
Our conversation is centered on the story of this day, believing there’s always something new to learn from it. 

Can you  imagine how those who saw Jesus die felt when they saw Jesus  alive?

It was a transformational moment.

And. 

Easter continues to be transformational.

It shifted everything when Jesus broke through the power of death on humanity’s behalf.  There’s no other explanation but amazing grace, a gift of never-ending love. This transformational gift is ours to receive and to live in every. single. day. 

The gift of Easter breaks through the darkness of our world-wide situation.  

Easter has mattered from generation to generation.

Easter is the best day ever.  

We pray you will receive the gift of this day.  Happy Easter friends– Joshua & Kerrie

The Hour Has Come

We’ve compiled Think On This podcasts and articles from this past week so you and your loved ones can interact with the story.  The series came from the words in John 13:1:  “Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that HIS HOUR HAD COME that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end” ( NASB).

1.  Holy Week Sunday

PERSPECTIVE . . . The Hour Has Come

The hour has come.” These words mark the shift from “‘what was” to “what would be” through the incomprehensible and unstoppable power of God’s love . . and underlines the transforming power of what occurred on . . . Holy Week.
 
God continues to release this amazing transforming power.
So.
The story of Jesus’ coming to Jerusalem is about God with us . . . doing more than anyone would have imagined all those years ago and in 2020 . . . transforming panic to calm, fear to faith, and hopelessness to hope.

2.  Holy Week Monday

PERSPECTIVE . . . The Hour Has Come 

These words mark the shift from “‘what was” to “what would be” through the incomprehensible and unstoppable power of God’s love . . and underlines the transforming power of what occurred on . . . Holy Week.
 
Mark 11:17-18 is a powerful word imagery of Jesus, The Teacher.
There’s no way anyone would have nodded off during this teaching.
I imagine the listeners were wide-eyed and holding their breath as Jesus taught with powerful, strong, and passionate words. The religious leaders were used to being in control and the people assumed what they did and said had to be right.
So.
It was huge when Jesus succinctly underlined the wrong of what the religious leaders were doing.
But.
It’s not only a word to “them” but a revelation for each one of us: The highest purpose of the with-God life is love.  In other words, life is not about religious rules but about relationship with God and one-another through never-ending love.
 
This moment in the Holy Week is worth thinking on to evaluate what we need to release in order to experience the fulfillment of the highest purpose of living.

3.  Holy Week Tuesday

THINK ON THIS  . . . 

“Now Jesus turned to address his disciples, along with the crowd that had gathered with them. “The religion scholars and Pharisees are competent teachers in God’s Law. You won’t go wrong in following their teachings on Moses. But be careful about following them.  They talk a good line, but they don’t live it. They don’t take it into their hearts and live it out in their behavior. It’s all spit-and-polish veneer”  (Matthew 23:1-3, Msg)

Jesus said, “For a brief time still, the light is among you. Walk by the light you have so darkness doesn’t destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going. As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You’ll be children of light”. (John 12:35-36, MSG)

PERSPECTIVE . . . The Hour Has Come

These words mark the shift from “‘what was” to “what would be” through the incomprehensible and unstoppable power of God’s love . . and underlines the transforming power of what occurred on . . . Holy Week.
 
Matthew 23:1-3 reveals what occurs when we talk about the with-God life; however, we don’t live it.  Turns out there are a lot of talkers.  These talkers are the individuals who often condemn in the attempt to cover up their lack of authenticity.  Condemnation often comes in the format of assuming and gossiping.
 
In the end, Jesus’ message doubled down on the need to be authentic in faith.
Because.
An encounter with God opens the door to be free of the tyranny of rules to experience our inner formation through the reality of love, grace, and mercy.
So.
John 12:35-36 delineates this freedom as light within us, shining through our lives.

4.  Holy Week Wednesday

PERSPECTIVE . . . The Hour Has Come

These words mark the shift from “‘what was” to “what would be” through the incomprehensible and unstoppable power of God’s love . . and underlines the transforming power of what occurred on . . . Holy Week.
This Holy Day is often viewed as a day of quiet: “Jesus left the people to go to a place of seclusion.”
The thing is . . . quietness of the soul . . . is key to navigating crisis living.
Crisis interrupts life, changes priorities, produces stress, and gives reason for being on high alert for what comes next.
Crisis is a situation. It’s not to be confused with a way of living.
Crisis living in the short term can be navigated wisely and well; however, it can’t be sustained for the long-term without serious consequences. Sometimes a crisis evokes a traumatic change which makes everything seem too hard to navigate.
When the soul is quieted there’s space to settle what really matters. It’s not easy but possible to experience calm while experiencing a crisis.  In the end, it requires intentionality to synchronize with calmness in the storm of the crisis.  The simple definition of the word, “synchronize” is “when two things occur at the same time.”
Three key elements to synchronizing with calm are:
1. Breathe. Slowly breathe in through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. Besides the physical benefits of deep breathing, deep breathing gives reason to pause, step back, and gain perspective.
2. View the crisis as a process. One of the examples I’ve used as a pastor is that initially crisis feels like we are sitting in the Emergency Room waiting for our turn to be triaged. We eventually end up in Intensive Care, where we remain on high alert; however, there’s a plan in place. It may take some time but we end up being transferred to a Med-Surg floor to recover.  After there’s significant recovery, we are sent to a rehabilitation unit. We are finally sent home after learning some new skills to start the process of living our new normal daily living.
3. Take a break and meditate. Go for a walk or find a quiet spot to rest your mind and soul. Lean into the presence of God. God is with you and for you ” . . . When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God . . . ” (Isaiah 43:1-4 (MSG)).
 
Regardless of how it all seems, a crisis can be navigated with calmness and certainty that you can make your way through it. The challenge at the table: Take time to be quiet and know Christ today. (The hour has come.)

5.  Holy Week Thursday

THINK ON THIS  . . . 

Jesus: “It has been My deep desire to eat this Passover meal WITH YOU before My suffering begins. Know this: I will not eat another Passover meal until its meaning is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks for it.

Jesus: “Take this; share it among yourselves. Know this: I will not drink another sip of wine until the kingdom of God has arrived in fullness.”

Then He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and shared it with them.

Jesus: “This is My body, My body given for you. Do this to remember Me.”

 And similarly, after the meal had been eaten, He took the cup.

Jesus: “This cup, which is poured out for you, is the new covenant, made in My blood.”

(Luke 22:15- 20 (Voice).

“Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that HIS HOUR HAD COME that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end” (John 13:1, NASB).

PERSPECTIVE . . . The Hour Has Come

These words mark the shift from “‘what was” to “what would be” through the incomprehensible and unstoppable power of God’s love . . and underlines the transforming power of what occurred on . . . Holy Week.
(Note: Today’s Think On This podcast gives insight on communion.)
THE TABLE is life for one or many more. It’s where we define ourselves, develop relationships, and determine what matters. THE TABLE is where Jesus said he had the deep desire to eat this Passover meal WITH YOU before My suffering begins. It’s profound to think how Jesus deeply wanted to be with those he loved despite knowing the limited time before his suffering.
 
Rather than speaking to crowds or seeking out leaders . . . Jesus chose to sit at the table with his friends . . . celebrating the passover in conversation about the gift of new life.
 
In other words, Jesus deemed the table to be the place of greatest influence.
 
The power of God-with-us making the choice to take a seat at the table shortly before taking the final path is never to be underestimated. Clearly , the table is the key place for humanity to reserve time to be together with belief and hope of God’s more. THE TABLE is life together.

6.  Holy Week Friday

PERSPECTIVE . . . The Hour Has Come

The cross is the intersection of humanity’s relationship with God. The with-God life is for all. But. It’s a choice to step into the realm of living in and through the light of God. The story of humanity’s struggle . . . in it all . . . is outlined from Genesis to Revelation. Yet; there’s always two sides of a story. So. Every book, every chapter, and every word in God’s message reveals the promise of new life in the story of humanity’s struggle.
 
The gospel (good news) of John made it clear new life had been put into motion from the very beginning:
 
In the very beginning the Living Expression was already there. And the Living Expression was with God, yet fully God. They were together—face-to-face, in the very beginning. And through his creative inspiration this Living Expression made all things, for nothing has existence apart from him! Life came into being because of him for his life is light for all humanity. And this Living Expression is the Light that bursts through gloom —the Light that darkness could not diminish! (John 1:1-5 (TPT)).
 
And. So. God-with-us came to be with humanity, walking our path, teaching the way, healing the sick, serving and loving all.
But.
There were those who betrayed the very One who came for them. God-in-the-flesh was arrested, mocked, and beaten. The One who said *I AM THE PATH, THE TRUTH, AND THE ENERGY OF LIFE was put on trial, condemned, and tortured.
 
It was a revolution of a transformation for humanity . . . the One who had created all . . . the One who had given everything . . . took on the burden of death . . .with the power of love, mercy, and grace beyond compare to heal the separation between God and humanity . . . to take on the battle . . . and to restore what was meant to be . . . from the beginning.
 
Jesus (God-in-the-flesh) went to the cross, releasing the power of redemption for all of humanity. Yes. He looked weak on the cross. It seemed all had been lost.
But.
There was another side to the story.
 
Transformation was issued through three words: IT IS FINISHED!
**Jesus died. The finality seemed clear.
The thing is . . . transformation . . . could not be seen.
 
The great divide between God and humanity had been closed. The skies darkened, the thunder roared, the temple’s veil ripped in half. The battle between life and death, light and darkness, love and hate raged; it looked like everything would be lost.
But.
The power of darkness could not sustain and lost.
 
While the world turned dark, the Light was present, breaking through the struggle, transforming hopelessness to hope, hate to love, sorrow to joy, and yes death to life.
The three words are soul deep words of life: It is finished.
*John 14:6 (Voice)
**The story did not end when Jesus went to the grave . . . there was more to come . . .

7.  Holy Week Saturday

PERSPECTIVE . . . The Hour Has Come

The silence of death is deafening. The aloneness of death is devastating. The loss of death is traumatizing.
And.
So it was with Jesus’ death.
 
One of the greatest challenges after death is determining if, meaning in life remains for those left behind.
And.
So it was with Jesus’ followers.
 
Death turns life inside-out. Nothing remains the same. Moving forward seems impossible.
And.
So it was with Jesus’ death.
 
Crisis comes with death. Crisis is a process; however, crisis often becomes a way of life.
And.
So it is with us.
It takes a decision to navigate life when everything changes.
So.
Begin:
1. Develop positive expectations: “If, God is for us (you and I) then who (what) can be against us?” (Concept from Romans 8:31): God is for me. Nothing and no one can be against me.
 
2. Remember and repeat the truth that there is a way through: God is at work. (Concept from Isaiah 42:16): God is making a way through it.
 
3. Trust the best will come: God always does more than can be imagined. (Concept from Lamentations 3): God is the God of more.
The revelation of truth in the with-God life creates calm, confidence, and certainty. Be ready to manage and navigate what ever comes your way with truth. Meditating and memorizing truth is essential to developing a healthy perspective of more.
 
The old is gone. It’s important to remember there’s more to come.

8.  Easter Sunday:  Alive!

PERSPECTIVE . . . The Hour Has Come

Easter is the red-letter day of all days, a day to set aside and celebrate. The impact of this day is amazing.
 
Think on this: The numbers of Christ followers continue to increase since the first Easter. The power of something which could have been barely noticed has propelled itself through humanity over 2000 years.
 
Amazing grace and unstoppable love defines who we are as Christ followers, continuing to impact every generation.
Because.
The presence of Christ continues to be experienced as it was on the first Easter:
Early on Sunday morning, the women, Jesus’ friends went to prepare his body. The stone was rolled away, his grave clothes folded, the body gone. Mary saw a man, she supposed the gardener and ran to him.
BUT. (And it’s a BIG BUT.)
The man turned, looked at her, and said her name: “Mary.”
 
She knew it was Jesus. She new he was alive.
Immanuel, God with us, conquered death. Three words were repeated:
He is risen!
And.
Jesus appeared to many. He is Christ, the Anointed One.
 
In Christ:
I am
•Accepted . . . Christ bore my burden of condemnation.
I am
•Alive . . . Christ took on my death, setting me free from the grave.
I am
•Amazed . . . Christ’s costly grace is always at work in me.
I am
•Always blessed . . . Christ is my faithful Friend, never leaving or failing me.
I am
•Anticipating . . . Christ gives more than what I will ever ask, think, or imagine.

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Together is key to living our best.   So.  We began searching what others are offering online and added it to the daily Think On This article under LIVING OUR BEST TOGETHER. 

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