Resurrection: Momentum 2

Mosaic found in the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Turkey

Resurrection!

Covenant keepers, covenant breakers.
Blood of man, blood of God. Covenant Maker.
Resurrection!

Rock rolled away. Life with no delay.
Resurrection!

Body breaking decay.
Body breaking forward out of the grave.
Resurrection body,
First among many.

New creation, new nation.
Resurrected anew.
Dirt and breath,
Body and bone,
Spirit anew.
Resurrected, alive!

Keys snatched.
Enemy under His feet,
Resurrection!

Feed my sheep,
Resurrection!

Tongues of fire,
Resurrection!

Holy Spirit released,
Resurrection!

Identity restored,
Resurrection!

Jesus Christ.
Lord and Saviour,
Way maker,
Sin slayer.
Alpha and Omega.

Resurrection!

Resurrection: Movement 1

Resurrection,
Jesus is King.

Resurrection,
The veil is torn.

Resurrection,
Sin no more.

Resurrection,
Salvation in store.

Resurrection,
The risen Lord.

Resurrection,
We are free.

Resurrection,
Life for ever more.

The King of Kings with nail scarred hands.
No grave can keep Him.
No jail can hold Him.
No hell defeat Him.

He rose from the grave.
He rose, grave clothes laid aside, Jesus Is alive!

Alive
Alive
Alive

Jesus
God
Saviour King

Why Lent?

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Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lordwill bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Exodus 14:13-14

Historians can trace lent back to the first century church. Lent means spring, and it is one of the root words of the English word “long” -as in, the days get longer in spring.

When lent was first observed it was done by those who were seeking to get baptized, they would spend the 40 days before Easter, preparing spiritually by fasting and praying.

40 days is significant!

In scripture, in the story of Noah’s ark the waters and the rain lasted for 40 days and nights. The Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years.

Jesus fasted for 40 days and was tempted by the devil.

All of these times in scripture were a preparation time for something significant.

The earth rested and was renewed in those forty days while the rain covered the earth. This was in preparation for new life upon the world.

The Israelites heart and minds were transformed in the 40 years of wandering so they would be prepared to take the land that the Lord had promised for them.

Jesus spend 40 days in the wilderness fasting and praying to prepare for His earthly ministry.

When you prepare for a test do you study? Or do you just place your math book beside you and hope the information seeps into your brain?

When a solider goes to war, he must first spend months and months preparing himself both mentally and physically.

These are mere physical preparations.

Lent definitely involves the physical. Yet it is significantly more. It is a spiritual preparation!

We enter into lent as our time in the wilderness, seeking what God has promised. Lent is a building of anticipation for the most glorious event that ever took place in human history.

There never was and never will be anything as significant as what Jesus did on the cross.

He took mans guilt and shame and put it to death, He broke the power of sin and death.

He restored mankind’s created value so we could have intimate relationship with God the Father.

Lent is a time when we dedicate 40 days to prepare our hearts for that deep reality.

Where we prepare our heart for deeper relationship with Jesus.

This is what is so beautiful about the Christian calendar. Much like the Lord’s supper, it reminds us to make room in our busy lives to physically take part in the wonderful story of our Lord and King Jesus!

It’s not something we have to do, It’s something we want to do.

I love lent because it is a time when my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ come together to seek the King! Any time in the year is a great time to fast but Lent is unique as you do your wilderness wondering in a community seeking the same goal—closeness with the Father!

We put aside certain foods, like sugar or meat as a way to say, “Jesus you are my richness, you are my meat, you are the true lasting sweetness of my life. The joy of knowing You is much more than my enjoyment of ham, or bacon or a triple pounder burger.

Fill me with the enjoyment of knowing you and you alone!”

And then when we feast on Easter Sunday, it will transform the eating again of rich foods into a bountiful celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

What you give up at Lent could be anything that takes your time and energy away from spending time with Christ. Something, that if you give it up for a season will leave you with more time and energy to seek Jesus.

What has stolen your focus from Christ?

You give that up to spend time with Jesus in prayer, journaling and reading scripture.

The most important thing about Lent is getting to know Jesus, not about the discipline of prayer and fasting though they truly are a discipline.

It cannot be about biting your lip and fighting to go without.

But about your desire to truly spend more quality time with Jesus.

Have you ever had a friend or family member you truly adore come for a visit?

You are so excited to spend time with them you put aside a book you’re reading or a project you’re working on. You don’t pick up your phone or go on social media at all because all you want to do is sit and talk with that person.

Or do you remember when your parents would take you out school to go to a family celebration like a wedding. It’s so important to celebrate your friend or family member’s happiness that you put aside school to go celebrate with them.

That is what lent is: putting aside things so you can spend time with Jesus.

Lent is the physical action of adoration for the King of Kings.

May it be filled with worship, prayer and deeper revelation of His face!

Blessings!

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The Cross of Christ

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.

I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.

-John 14:27-31

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Love Letter

The reason for the cross is simple.

The reason for the cross is for you!
Even if you hate me.

The reason for my blood shed is to purify the hearts of man.

The reason for the cross and the blood poured out was to draw you close to me.

So you can know me!
Your Creator!

So you can know Me
and find your purpose.

So you can know Me
and become NEW,
whole!

So you can walk in freedom.
So you can walk freely.
So the chains that bind you can be broken!

So you can walk with me.
So you can abide in me and I in you.

So you can know true love.

Which is me!
I AM the purest form of Love,
by the Cross this proves true.

I call out to you through My cross,
even when you deny my name and laugh at the mention of Jesus.

Yes! You! I did this for you!
Even if you didn’t ask for it.
I know what is best for you.

I am God.
I created you from the bottom of your feet to the very last hair on your head.

My beloved!
I loved you and cared for you when you are at your worst!
When you don’t even love your self!

The cross is to draw you close to me.
The blood is to draw you close to me.

Until the very day you realize your need for me.
I wait!
My cross was for you!

I paid it all so we can walk as one together.

I am resurrected so you can rise to life with me!

For I Am the ONLY WAY!

I Am the Truth!

And now you can live in Me because of the finished work on the cross.

I am waiting my child.
I love you with my life.
I paid it all just for you my love.

Love Your Father
Your Creator

Author: Jasmin Frank