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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 21 April 2019 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IDENTITY and RESURRECTION

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – IDENTITY and RESURRECTION

He knew.

 

Jesus knew it all. He knew everything that was coming, everything that was about to happen. He knew before Father told Gabriel to appear to Mary.

 

He knew. Jesus knew.

 

And He came anyway. He came knowing He would suffer. Knowing He would die.

 

Knowing the enemy would think he had won.

 

Who. Does. That.

Jesus does.

 

Because He also knew something else. Something that enemy just cannot grasp—Father God wins. He is sovereign. He is omnipotent and omnipresent and omniscient.

 

He knows the beginning from the end.

 

Why did Jesus remain silent? Why did He not respond to the hecklers and naysayers? Why did He not defend Himself before Pontius Pilate?

 

Because He knew His identity. He knew absolutely who He was and is. He knew His purpose, and His battle was not against Pontius Pilate. His battle was not against the throng of people who has just days earlier been devoted followers. Nor was His battle against the Pharisees, even.

 

No, Jesus’ battle was against the deceiver of our souls. His battle was not on this earth, not of this world. His battle was a spiritual one, manifest in the natural realm. What Father God gave to Adam was lost, and Jesus came to get it back.

 

Was He worried about it? Did He question who would win? Did Jesus ever doubt the outcome?

 

No. He did not. At all.

 

His night of anguish in Gethsemane was not begging Father to let Him win. He had no doubt about that; that was ever in question.

 

And the reason was simple—Jesus knew His identity. He knew absolutely who He was and is.

 

But here’s the kicker—we can know that same thing. We can know absolutely who we are in Him. That’s the reason He came. That’s the reason He left His realm in Glory to dwell in a body of flesh. The reason He endured the frailties and difficulties of this human life. The reason He embraced the cross, and the events leading up to it, with open arms.

 

For us. Because in Him, our identity is the same as His identity. The keys that were stolen, He got back. The keys that unlocked our access to heaven. The keys that restored who, as humanity, we were created to be. His.

 

We were created for Him. For relationship and fellowship with Him. When Father God created Adam, He said,

 

“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26-27

 

Guess what? God did not mean that He appears as we do, physically. Perhaps He does. But the image to which He referred is spiritual. From the very beginning, we were made to be like Him.

 

All the struggling and striving and suffering is because we separate ourselves from Him. Because we don’t know who we truly are. Who we’re meant to be. Who He created us to be.

 

Jesus knew. He knew who He was. And He knows who we are.

 

That’s how He looked the enemy in the eye and said,

 

“It. Is. Finished.”

 

That’s how, when His earthly body lay in the tomb, He looked at the enemy and said,

 

“You. Are. Defeated.”

 

And that’s how, on the third day, He walked out of that tomb in full resurrection glory and victory.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Identity and Resurrection, Genesis 1:26-27, It is Finished, He is Risen, #EasterSunday, #ThirdDay

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 1 April 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – EASTER SUNDAY – TO BECOME LIKE HIM

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – EASTER SUNDAY – TO BECOME LIKE HIM

As Christians, we seem to compartmentalize this this thing we call faith. In December we revel in Christ’s birth, God becoming man. At Easter, we mourn His sacrifice, and rejoice He resurrection. And somewhere in between, we await His triumphant return.

 

My mind, though, as it is wont to do, picks it all apart like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle right out of the box. And as my mind is also wont to do—rather, as Holy Spirit takes my musings—I go back to the beginning. Genesis.

 

Which begs the question, “why?”

 

Why did Father God bother with creation at all? What was His purpose and motive? His intention?

 

One word.

 

 

Which begs the question, was God lonely? I don’t believe so, no, not at all. this just in… I believe that because He is love, and has so much love to give, He simply made more creatures to love, to pour His love into.

 

And, as nothing takes Him by surprise, He also knew His creation would let Him down, turn away from Him… betray Him. Even before creation, He knew all this would happen—but He did it anyway. Created us. And He had a plan to fix it.

 

 

Because He knew going in what would happen. Already one of His angels had turned away. And Father God knew that Lucifer would try to rob His creation from fellowship with Him. It looked quite successful, too, for a few millennia. But God is outside of time, and in the grand scope of things, it really wasn’t but a blink of His eye.

 

I almost pity Satan at that moment, thinking he had finally done it. Finally won, thinking he had defeated Christ. Thinking he had put our Savior to death—he didn’t of course. Christ offered Himself as the sacrifice to unite us with Father, once and for all time. Poor Satan was just the minion in Father’s hand to manifest it… to manifest His Glory.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUzR4HKbi9w

 

 

See, I picture the Holy Trinity sitting up in heaven, on their bean bag chairs made of clouds, watching us down here, coaching us, laughing with us—or at us—weeping with us. Holy Spirit speaks to us, in us, through us.

 

It’s relationship, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

 

 

God is. Timeless… “who was, and is, and is to come…” He is outside of time, He is eternal.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWK4wbBCCPA

 

It’s all for us. Everything Father does, or thinks, or says, His very breath even—Holy Spirit—His heartbeat is for us. For fellowship.

 

 

And because He is, we are.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Easter Sunday, He is Risen, To Become Like Him, Fellowship, The Easter Story, Relationship, He Is, We Are

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 16 April 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – HE IS RISEN

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – HE IS RISEN

 

Matthew 28

He Is Risen

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.  And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

 

The Women Worship the Risen Lord

And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.”

 

The Soldiers Are Bribed

Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, “Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure.” So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

 

The Great Commission

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, He is Risen, Matthew 28

 

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