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I’m Trying to be Perfect…Again

This Texas “fall” is killing me, y’all!!

It was seriously over 90 degrees yesterday – on November 2!

Getting 3 kids in and out of the car multiple times, helping with buckles, answering questions, meeting delays and demands, school pick-ups, errands, playground, HEAT!

Ugh! I just don’t have the patience for it anymore! I get super duper grumpy when I’m hot and am staring down the sun whilst children do what children do. I need to move to Alaska to be a better mother!

Trying to be perfect

Don’t I?

No, I think I’d complain about being cold… Hmmm.. ok California then! The weather there is perfect year round (so I’ve heard!).

Nah. Too expensive. Then I’d have to work more and commute more and yuck. Those are on my “least favorite” list.

Colorado – I love Colorado!

Nope – they actually have real winter for almost 6 months. I’d love the other 6. That’s it – I’ll become a snowbird!!

Hmmm, then I’d lack community and family and stability for my kids.

Ok, ok, so maybe I’m just not a great mom and it has nothing to do with my circumstance!

Once that air blasts me in the car, I’m all of a sudden smiling and engaging my kids in the “good mom” way again. I’m praising God – but what about before? Yuck!

I know God covers my sinful moments with His grace. I know it – but I want to be perfect! I don’t want to mess up.

…I’m idolizing myself, aren’t I? I’m trying to be God again instead of letting Him be who He is and transform me at His pace and worship Him. I want to be worthy of worship instead.

And I’m barely worshiping these days as it is, but in my one reading I made it to this week, was this:

The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 14:42b-44, NIV)

I know God will fulfill the desire to cast off this nature in Heaven, and in the meantime and for eternity, I want to turn the worship of myself all to Him who is truly worthy!

In those difficult moments, I need this reminder that Jesus is the resurrection of the dead – He is the king. He’s greater and more worthy of worship than any comfort or convenience or strength that I have.

How are you trusting in God’s word today?

Why is Christian Marriage So Hard? Hope and Possibilities Within

The look on my face must have been one of utter confusion.

A woman who had been married almost forty years just told our group that, as a young fiancee, she had a bright and sunny outlook on marriage. To her generation, marriage was full of hope and possibilities for a blissful life.

Say what?

Contrary to us millennials who constantly hear and experience, “Marriage is hard.”

Why is Christian Marriage so hard

We’ve heard the stats: divorce rates in the church are the same as outside the church. In fact, anecdotally, many of us know marriages of unbelievers that are thriving and happy and united. 

Why aren’t ours?

Why is Christian marriage so hard?

There are two answers in Ephesians 5.

1. Marriage is a picture of God’s relationship with His people. Thus, much is at stake.

Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy…

This is a profound mystery, but I am talking about Christ and the church. (Eph. 5:24-26,32 NIV)

You may already know this, but why does this necessitate hardship?

God has given marriage as a primary tool to teach the gospel (the other big one being the love that God’s people have for each other). Thus, a lot is at stake. Redemption is at stake. Souls are at stake.

So a battle for our marriage is waged. Notice that the famous marriage passages are bookmarked on either side by guardianship against sin and spiritual warfare.

Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Eph. 5:15-16 NIV

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Eph. 6:11 NIV

It should perhaps be no surprise at all that marriage is difficult. It’s a General in a massive battle for the kingdom.

Why is Christian marriage so hard?

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2. Marriage is a union of two sinners.

You could have guessed this, right? Paul is teaching the “faithful” in Ephesus how relationships work in God’s design, and he has to frequently call out our selfishness.

Get rid of all bitterness…

Find out what pleases the Lord…

Submit to one another…

Love your wives, just as Christ loved the church…

Husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies… All from Eph. 4-5

So now we don’t just have a relationship that is under attack by the enemy, but our very selves attack from within, letting selfishness breed like cancer.

I don’t now how well a cancerous soldier can fight. Do you?

Two ways to fight for a better marriage

So what’s the solution? There must be something that can make marriage better!

1. Trust in the victor.

Why is Christian marraige so hard

We already know how this battle ends. Christ’s heel is struck, but the enemy is crushed.

For God has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Cor. 15:57 NIV

We must rest in this truth. Meditate on it and know that God wins!

2. Seek help and accountability.

You must  must  have help to have a great marriage. This includes

  • Personal accountability for your relationship with the Lord
  • Community with others who can encourage your marriage
  • Counseling for traumatic pasts and martial hurts

Why is Christian marraige so hard

After being married for forty years, do you know why that lady was in our group? Because it turns out marriage is hard, and she was leading other married couples to have better marriages, marriages that illustrate God’s work on the cross, marriages full of hope and possibilities. 

 

 

We Don’t Need to Add to the Suffering of Sin

The consequences of sin are many.

So why do we feel the need to make them worse?

When someone hurts us, we change who are. Despondent. Unconnected. Unwilling to move on. Or maybe we’re loud; verbal abusers. We want to hurt them like they hurt us.

Once we’ve decided to forget (instead of truly forgive), we hold onto that hurt. Just in case we need to use it again later.

I found this interesting this week: Paul is writing about a person who offended the Corinthian church, so much so that he was separated from its members.

Because sin separates.

But Paul says,

this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. (2 Corinthians 2:6-7, ESV)

I think we know that when we are sinned against, we are supposed to forgive. But this takes it a step further and says instead that we should comfort those who have sinned against us.

We don’t like that idea, do we? After all, we’re the victim! They sinned against me! Why should I be the one to comfort them for something they did to themselves and us?

Because it’s the gospel. It’s antithesis. That’s what Jesus is.

Even more:

So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. (v. 8)

If my husband has hurt me? It’s not my turn to be hurt and all put out. I’m called to reach out, forgive, comfort. For he’s already destitute in his sin!

When we act codependent in this way (your behavior affects my behavior which affects your behavior), we are giving Satan a foothold.

if I have forgiven anything, [it] has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs. (vv. 10-11)

Our enemy would love to have us sit and quarrel and complain about our feelings and our hurts instead of living the gospel out. It will keep us busy enough that we will reject our families, ignore our lost neighbors, turn to drugs/alcohol/food.

We’re too busy healing to do what we’re really called to do: make disciples. Jesus already took our hurt upon Himself on the cross. That is what heals us.

Forgiveness is the salve we’re really looking for.

Reveal Yourself to Each Other

A marriage post! I’m so excited – are you!? It’s Tuesday at 3:09pm, and I’m praying I get this written and ready for you for Wednesday!

Since I last wrote on marriage (it’s been awhile!), I have had so many thoughts about it. My husband and I went through Mark Driscoll’s Real Marriage book that was adapted as a study for our church. Our community group dove deep into our marriages, and I was reminded of the highs, the lows, the bitters, the down-right-uglies, the embarrassments, the bliss, the time I walked out, the honeymoon, the seminary-as-trial-by-fire days, the sins, the reconciliations, the amazing-graces.

But I wasn’t able to share them with you play-by-play style as I would have liked! At this moment, my son is about to turn 3 and my daughter is 6 months old. So yeah. That’s why.

I asked myself what I would like to share about marriage since it’s been so long, and it can be summed up as this:

Reveal yourself to each other.

You might be thinking I dove off the new age deep end here, or maybe you’re not sure what I mean, or perhaps you think this is self-explanatory. Regardless, I will try to explain. 🙂

One of the cruxes of my marriage is the friendship. I think I’m a little lucky (OK, blessed?) here – I haven’t been in a city long enough nor had the maturity enough to make really great, deep friendships with women. My husband Brad has been my best friend, pretty much since I met him in September of 1999. So I don’t know the struggle that comes with having really close gal friends and also trying to figure out friendship in my marriage. My marriage is a friendship.

Our marriages are supposed to be a picture of the relationships of Jesus and the church, right? How close do you think Jesus wants to be to His bride? Just close enough to check off the to-do list? Close enough to share some memories? Close enough to be bonded by some kids but no more?

No. He wants the church’s complete adoration of Him. He loves and sacrifices His very life for His precious bride.

This is not the just-mutually-beneficial marriage. He wants us, the branch, to be grafted onto Him, the vine. That’s closeness.

You might be convinced that friendship is important in marriage, but your friendship may be lacking. Here are some things to think about:

  • Are you hiding any sin from your best friend (aka spouse)? This could be present struggles or past grievances.
  • Do you regularly (at least weekly) share your gladness and sadness with them?
  • How often do you pray for your partner?
  • Are you reaching out to be a part of something they enjoy – something that you do NOT?
  • Do you have true joy when you see them excel at or enjoy something, especially if that thing is at a cost to you?
  • How many inside jokes do you have?
  • How often do you express, in detail, how you are blessed by them?

I could come up with 20 more, but let’s stop there. In order to be friends, you have to open some boxes. The sin box, the dreams box, etc. These vulnerabilities grow your friendship, allowing thoughts to be voiced and sometimes corrected. Making room for sin to die and God’s love for the world to be modeled in your imperfect marriage.

Spring Weeding + Miracle Gro Giveaway

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Here in Austin, I’ve discovered that we have this lovely (not) weed called milkweed. I honestly don’t remember them from last year, but I remember them from the year before. And this year, since we lost a lot of our grass to a terrible drought, we had A.LOT. of milkweed.

Pretty much half of our backyward looked like this. And we knew we had to get those weeds out of there if we want grass … and less milkweed … to grow back.

What you have to understand is that this stuff is nasty. It’s prickly, it’s thick, it’s spiky, it’s well-rooted, and it’s poisonous.

It reminds me a lot of sin.

One cold, sunny Saturday, I went back there to pull up as much as I could, and I just couldn’t shake the parallels to sin. Here are some things that came to mind:

  • Sin is painful. We actually call these “spiky weeds” – just what you want in the yard of a 2-year old, huh? When they’re dry, they can slice your finger open (trust me).
  • Sin chokes out life. By its very nature, this plant is taking up space, a lot of it. Nothing else can grow until it’s ripped out.
  • Sin takes root. And needs to be removed at the root. And oh buddy, these roots are thick. Usually, even with the help of tools, I could not get the entire root out. But if just a superficial removal of greenery is made, nothing will change. The sin, I mean weeds, will just grow right back!
  • Sin multiplies and grows rapidly. Have you noticed this? When you let that temptation bring you into sin, it’s much easier to commit another sin against God. Because come on, you’ve already messed up – and His grace will cover it all – so why stop now?
  • Sin needs to be removed one by one. When you become a believer in Jesus, the Holy Spirit immediately begins working on your heart. But it’s not like all of your sin is eradicated all at once, or ever. You are on a journey, and that transformation takes time – sometimes it’s quicker than others.
  • Sin is more easily conquered in community. You know what I was thinking the whole time I was weeding? Boy, it sure would be nice to have another set of hands – I could get this done in half the time. Even better, what if I knew someone who had a trick to removing these things?
  • Sin is ugly. But God can use it for good! Just look at my yard – not yard of the month, ya know? So I googled “milkweed austin texas” to see what kind of tirades people went on and on about with these things, and guess what I learned? They are the exclusive food of the monarch butterfly’s larvae. Yeah. Just like our sin is nasty – but we can rejoice that we have a God of hope, who can redeem anything and uses it for His glory!

  • Sin will be a struggle until we enter the kingdom of heaven, but fighting it daily allows us to rely more on God and know His will more clearly. Did you think the pic above was I’m finished! ? Nope – that’s just the one little area I cleared out! The rest of my yard was still overgrown with them. But now, this area has room to grow grass.

Like all illustrations, this isn’t perfect, but it really gave me a glimpse into some practical truths about our sin nature. At the end of the day, though, here is what I’m resting in:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)

And remember – God has given us this blessing of reconciling us to Himself so that we can share that great news with others (5:18-19)!

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What is Submission Really About?

I really thought I would write about something other than submission this week, but I feel like my last few posts still haven’t gotten to the heart of submission.

So what is submission really all about?

Submission to our husbands is really all about us submitting to God.

In describing how submission is sometimes a trial of suffering, I pointed you to 1 Peter 2 and 3. There, we learned that submission is something that Jesus did when he went to the cross. To whom was He submitting? To the Father – to “him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23).

Did you know that we as Christians are called to “live a life of love”? Want to know how?

live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice for God. (Ephesians 5:2)

Christ loved us by submitting himself to the Father’s will! Even though he asked for the cup to be taken from him. “Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39)

We’re even told to “submit to one another out of reverance for Christ” – notice this is in Ephesians 5:21 – just down the page from 5:2 that I quoted above. Paul is calling the believers in the church to a life of holiness, and that includes believers submitting to each other.

Have you ever had someone call you to the carpet about a sin issue in your life? Yeah. That’s what Paul is talking about here. That includes when a wife, in love remember, points her husband to a sin issue in his own life. His spirit is supposed to submit out of reverance for Christ.

Why, in this case, is the husband to submit to the wife? Because he is actually submitting to the Spirit of God. He repents because he has offended the Holy God of the universe first and foremost. Most likely, his sin has also had an impact on his family, including his wife, whom he should love as his own self (5:28).

Can I bring up just one more verse? I promise I’m not trying to make you crazy with quoting scripture. I’m just trying to process this topic in the most healthy way possible – through the Word.

In James 4:1-6, James is revealing our selfish motives. That we want and never quit wanting. That we will harm each other to get what we want. That we ask God for things only out of the neverending want.

He is asking us to cast off the desires of the world that multiply in our hearts. Instead,

Submit yourselves, then, to God…Come near to God and he will come near to you. (James 4:7a,8a)

And he continues to call us to repentance in the next verses. Do you see how God is faithful to us? When we submit to Him, he is right there embracing us and guiding us!

And this submission to God includes submission to the plan he set forth for marriage. A plan that includes us submitting to the leadership of our husband.

Out of reverance for Christ.

In submission to God.

It’s really about trusting that what He put into motion with Adam and Eve was the right way!

So if you’re struggling with submission to your husband, you’re struggling with submission to God. Let’s pray that we will trust God’s own, deliberate plan for marriage. If we start there, he will come near to us and guide us to submission in our marriage.

How God Sees My Ugly

Today I put on a wrinkly shirt.

You see, my maternity clothes were all stored in Space Bags – you know, those gigantic ziploc bags with a hole for your vacuum cleaner? If you have kids, you must get these for storing clothes and soft kids’ things. I also keep comforters and … old maternity clothes in them!

Now that I actually need to wear the beloved collection (90% of which came from craigslist – woohoo!), I realized that I just hung everything up from the Space Bags and never thought twice about it. Most clothes are polyester blends so wrinkling isn’t an issue.

But oh T-shirts.

Now, I did notice that the shirt was wrinkled before I put it on today, but I just shrugged it off because I was working from home and wearing my maternity favorite – a TRACK SUIT! (Hit the Facebook Like button at the bottom of this post if you LOVE track suits like I do!)

But I’ve seen my babysitter, who had a former career at Talbots and always looks impeccable; a cabinet man; a counter man; my husband (poor guy!); and friends in our community group.

All in my wrinkly shirt.

Oh… maybe I forgot to mention that the wrinkles are those deep kind and they are all over this T-shirt! Even where my track suit is not zipped!

Sheesh! I look like I just rolled out of bed. I get a pass because I’m pregnant, right?

(And did I bother changing clothes? No….. 🙂 )

I had a contemplative moment today when I realized how many people were witnessing my wrinkly shirt – this wrinkled mess is really much better and much more beautiful than how I look on the inside sometimes. Most times.

Maybe some of the witnesses saw my wrinkly shirt and didn’t think twice about it; maybe they thought, “Poor thing -she’s really losing it!”

But not my God.

The Bible says that when God looks at me, He doesn’t see the wrinkled, disheveled mess that I am. Because of His pursuit of me and His sacrifice on the cross, God only sees the perfection of Jesus.

We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may be able to answer those who take pride in outward appearance and not in what is in the heart. For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, since we have concluded this, that Christ died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised. So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view. Even though we have known Christ from such a human point of view,  now we do not know him in that way any longer. So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away– look, what is new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:12-17, NETBible, bolding mine)

The word “look” at the end there is also translated as “behold” – It’s like saying Who cares about that old wrinkly, disheveled inside – LOOK AT THE GLORY OF JESUS!
Friend, stop trying to cover up the ugly inside with beauty outside! When you embrace Jesus as the leader of your life, you are not only nice to look at – you are breathtaking.
How does it help you to have a glimpse of God’s view of you through Jesus? Who is in your life that needs to hear this message? Notice that this passage continues to say that God saved us through Jesus so that we can share this salvation with others! Read it here: 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

I Swear it…

I don’t swear vocally very much … anymore. I used to swear like a sailor. I think it was for a few reasons:

  1. shock value – I  have a very sweet face (usually!) – when people heard my mouth, it gave me some street cred.
  2. I like making people laugh – and swearing is the easiest, cheapest way to garner laughter. If you have to swear to make people laugh, you’re a poor comedian.
  3. “the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person” (Matthew 15:18, NETBible)

In other words, my heart was filthy; thus, my speech was crass, irreverent, gross. Notice that reasons 1 and 2 above are all about me. All about showing off, getting a reaction, loving myself.

Instead, I realized, I need to get my heart straight so that my speech would be lovely – encouraging. The speech of a “helper” with a glorious creator. A woman who worships with her tongue.

So I did. I thought.

Then, if I stubbed my toe or hit my head or dropped something, I would swear again. Why? Again, “the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person.” It was still in my heart. I had just scrubbed the outside a little bit and worked a little harder to keep the ugly off of my tongue. But it still works its way out, doesn’t it?

Lately, I’ve been pretty lazy. Not with my speech, of course. In my thoughts! Isn’t that so much better?

I’ve gotten to where I’m swearing as much in my head as I used to with my mouth. Cursing my husband, swearing at an email, inserting !@#$%s when I didn’t get my way or I was running late and the person in front of me decided to obey the speed limit.

How is that any different?

It’s not.

That depraved heart of mine is still showing off – but only to me.

I have to say, it’s pretty pathetic when you have to swear in your head so that you feel cool or fun or “with it”. But my worthiness doesn’t come from others, no, not even from myself:

For by grace you are saved  through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them (Ephesians 2:8-10, NETBible, emphasis mine)

I am worthy because the creator of this universe bestows worth on me. He created me to carry his very image (Genesis 1:26-28)! Even more than that, he gives me more worth than I could ever deserve: the very worthiness of God incarnate, Jesus Christ. Only be trusting in His salvation!

So when I swear now, what should I do? How about a little thought replacement? Instead of (or after!) my urge to swear…to myself… I can remember this:

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8, NETBible, emphasis mine)

A Prayer for My Father

My father is currently facing some consequences to his actions that feel impossible to bear.

He’s hurting. He’s worried. Dare I say he’s … scared? My father who seems to flinch at nothing – he can’t ignore what’s in front of him right now.

I was in Houston visiting family for a couple of birthday celebrations, and on our way out of town, Sammy and I stopped by my dad’s house for a visit. We haven’t seen him in quite some time, and I’m really glad we made the visit today.

As I sat listening to my dad pour out his story, I truly hurt for him and what he was going through. I didn’t see the actions that led to where he is. I just saw him and his brokenness. I felt a glimpse of how God sees us at any given moment.

I had the privilege of praying for my father, and as I prayed, I knew that, without Jesus mediating our eternity to the Father, he and I are in the same state. I felt completely equal with him. Not better, as the world would probably view us and conclude. Not one little bit. We are the same.

On my drive home, I prayed for him a few times, and I felt his fear and his pain in my own way. I want to lay out a prayer right here for him. Maybe you’ll pray it with me? Perhaps your father needs it too? Most of all, I bet you need it yourself. Just as I do.

Dear Lord,

My father is your creation, and your amazing word says he is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). He is a masterpiece of yours.

But he is broken. His paint is crackled with age and abuse. He himself has marred the very quality of the craftsmanship, as though ripping apart the canvas and crudely sewing it together. Over and over again. (Romans 3:23)

Oh Lord, I praise you that you don’t leave us in our wretched state. But you sent Jesus, God-as-a-man, who in his perfection died and pulled all of our penalties on his broken and bloody body. (Romans 5:8)

I pray that my father would receive your gift of eternity instead of the spiritual death he has earned himself (Romans 6:23).

My father needs a miracle in the very near future, Lord. He needs a small dose of mercy to continue.

And I know full well he might not get it. I thank you that you are gracious and provide for us in ways we never see, and I know you are in control and will use this, miracle or not, for your glory (Romans 8:28).

Regardless of the past and future events in my father’s life, I pray above all things that he would love Jesus above everything in his life. I pray that above all – above it all Lord – that he would just want to bring you glory. That your glory would motivate his heart. 

Beyond that, I pray that people who are in his life who are followers of Jesus would rise up in his life and help him in his time of need. That your saints would love him with the hands of Jesus.

In the power of the blessed name of Jesus, I pray this. Amen.

Is Good Friday Really Good?

It’s hard for me to think of this as “Good Friday.” Really? I’m supposed to think of the day that my Lord, the one and only 100% man/100% God, was tortured and killed as “good”?

Yes – because Good Friday (also called Holy Friday and Great Friday) is not just about Friday. It’s good because of the passion of Christ on Friday, followed by the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.

Soak in this today:

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 1:3, NIV)

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—  and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:14-18, NIV)

“The radiance of God’s glory.” “The exact representation of his being.” Make no mistake about it, friends. Jesus is fully God.

“Fully human in every way.” Make no mistake about this, too. Jesus is fully man.

You see, when I picture it in my mind, Good Friday is about death. The death of Jesus. The passion of Jesus. But that’s a very limited and earthly view of Good Friday. As we see above, Good Friday is about “purification for sins”, “break[ing] the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil”, “free[ing] those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death”, and making “atonement for the sins of the people.”

We are, in our very essence, broken. Sinful. RebelliousSeparate from God.

And our deeds,  no matter how great, could never ever make up for our ruined hearts. That’s why Good Friday happened. Because the perfect lamb, the blameless God-Man was the only sacrifice worthy of acceptance by God.

Good Friday is because of me. And for me. And for you.

But it’s incomplete at Jesus’ death. After all, how powerful is a god who is dead? The resurrection shows us that our God conquers even death! That He reigns today!

We can only see Good Friday if we see Easter, the day we celebrate the resurrection of the God-Man, Jesus, who “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

The suffering, the passion, the death – the resurrection – all for me? It’s hard to concieve of love that deep! For it is only the kind of love that we can see from God Himself.

Praise you Lord – the RISEN KING!

By the way, if you struggle with believeing in the resurrection of Christ, The Resurgence posted a fantastic article on the validity of Christianity’s claim of a risen Jesus.