The Difference Between the Cross-and the Empty Tomb

As I have just gone through the Easter/Passover season my husband and I have
Been watching several movies on the books of the bible. I have found myself
Looking at the cross and the empty tomb with a different perspective. While watching and listening this season I began to see and I’m sure you have all seen that
There is a difference between the cross and the empty tomb. You see as I watched
Jesus being nailed to the cross I began to realize several things. First that Jesus pleaded with the Father that this cup could pass from him. But he chose obedience and
Torture to bear what no one else could, our sin, and as he bore our sin on the cross the
Agonizing thing to him was the emptiness of not having the presence of the Father.
For in that moment there was no peace and Jesus cried out in excruciating emptiness
And pain desperate for the presence of his Father. Jesus willfully gave his all for
You and for me, emptying himself to fulfill his Fathers will in obedience and selfless
Denial. So what does that say to us? We can sing and dance our words at anytime, declaring to the Father that we give him our all and His will not ours.
But what I saw at the cross was total death. I saw blood, sweat and tears. That desperate place in our total being that seeks what we need. Help, forgiveness, peace, healing, a savior and the presence of an all loving God. Ecclesiastes 3: 11 He has set eternity in their heart. Only Jesus can be that to us and for us. Only he can help us. Forgive us, heal us save us, and bring us back into the Fathers presence. It’s in that place of death that we are desperate for all that Jesus has done for us and wants to give us. It’s at the foot of the cross where we die. The cross is covered in blood, it’s covered in all our sin and Jesus went to the cross to show us how to die.
It’s a dark place where there is no peace in any part of us. It’s a dark place where there
Is no presence of the Father. It’s a hard place where we are broken and torn and desperate. That desperate hope that we don’t have, so we must go to the cross to die. But before Jesus gave his last breath he declared, “It Is finished!”
So what is it that is finished? He died and was buried. Sin has been covered, death defeated. A new life and a new hope has begun through a savor But then I began to see that when he rose again and left an empty tomb, it was no longer dark. In death Jesus gives us life. When Mary went to the Tomb on the first day of the week, the angel asked her why she was looking for Jesus because he is risen. True life has begun. The miracle of being born- again. One of the first things Jesus gives the disciples after his resurrection is Peace. John 19:19,21,26. He also reassures them that their sins are forgiven. Life in its greatest form. Salvation, love, peace, forgiveness, healing, the presence of the Father, the reassurance of Jesus himself and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Life in its fullness, given by death on the cross and a resurrected life. Love in its most perfect form. Peace that no man can have in himself or give. A peace that passeth all understanding. An eternal life that is only found in Jesus. A complete healing body, soul and spirit that can only come from Jesus. The promise of help in time of trouble and His strength to help in all things. A Hope that is not only eternal but a hope in Jesus as we walk out this life. A renewed hope. At that empty tomb we discover He’s Alive and we also discover we are alive in Him. Spirit, soul and body, alive in Christ. Aware for the first time in our lives of the very presence of an all knowing all loving heavenly Father. By the death of Jesus on the cross and our death at the cross you might say that the empty tomb has merged heaven and earth in us. And that’s MyLivingLife

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The Present

December 28, 2017

Good Morning to you, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas with family and friends.
Mine was wonderful. All of my kids were there from near and far and my many grandchildren. I made doll clothes for my grand daughters American dolls and watching their faces was priceless. Among, many other blessings this year. I wanted to post this poem before Christmas, unfortunately time got away from me. So I’ll share it now. I wrote this in December of 2003 and it’s for this season. Read it like a Dr Seuss rhyme. I hope you enjoy it.

The Present

Long, long ago it was dark and it was cold.
Then God set apart the beginning that was mighty and bold.

He spoke his plan for six mighty days
And created the mountains
And warm sunny days.

He parted the waters from the land as you see
And spoke into existence
The bees and the trees

And then He thought of the yous’
And the mes’

For long ago in the beginning of time
It says that God knew us and
We waited our time

The trees and flowers they grew with such beauty,
Bearing for us the tootie and the fruity

Then came the tigers and the elephants and quails,
Puppies and kittens and slow pokey snails

The earth was filled with Gods wonderful plan
The wonders, the beauty, the thrill of it all
God’s love filled the earth before the great fall

Now that Adam and Eve, they did have it all
A beautiful place, a big waterfall
And they walked and talked with God in the garden
Then one day they needed a pardon

The choice that they made that day in the garden
Sent Gods plan in motion to send us a pardon

The stories of old told throughout the pages
Tell us of Gods love brought down through the ages

And then in his time
He chose to appear, as a new baby born
To take away all our fear

This baby was Jesus our Savior you see
And man came from afar
“Oh! How could it be?”

Through Gods great love, He gave us His son
This Jesus you see is a present to all
To pardon our sins and redeem us from the fall

This present you see grew up mighty and strong
And took upon him all of our wrong

We whipped him and scorned him and mocked him you see
An innocent man, we hung on a tree

He quietly bled and was publicly shamed
As he chose to be crucified and took our blame

He cried out to the Father in that moment of time
Saying “ Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”

He gave up His spirit to heaven that day
And we in our sin just walked away

Now this present from God
Was now gone as they say
And laid in a tomb to be sealed away

But the son of the Father
Sent to us in love
Was busy three days defeating the dark and came back to life
Then to show us the mark
That gave him the power
To pardon our sin

This present to us, don’t walk away from
Only believe he is Gods only son

This present you see keeps on living and giving
It’s yours for the asking and for the forgiving

This present of Love from the Father above
From His heart to our heart
It’s love, love, love, love

Rejoice now all you, yous’ and you mes’
For this present from God aint over
“if you please”

Jesus now sits way up above
At the side of the Father
Sending his love

Now through His Spirit
Who’s gentle and strong
Teaching us, leading us
To all come along

So rejoice in the presence
Of the present of God and
Receive all he has in this present façade

This present of Love from the Father above
From his heart to our heart
It’s Love, Love, Love, Love.

Copyright LeeAnn Waldron

 

Trust in the Lord with All your heart

Today I’d like to talk about trusting the Lord. This is what you always hear when your struggling with something, like finances, addiction, marital problems, children, your job.  All the areas of life. So how does something so cliché and simple work? Is it really as simple as trusting God? The things I mentioned above are only a few areas of the things we can trust God in. Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding”. The meaning of trust is the assured reliance on the strength, ability and truth of God and nothing else.  I’ve been a believer for a long time and I thought I trusted my Lord in all the areas I needed to. But I just found out different. Oh how I love how the Holy Spirit continually reveals to me things that are keeping me from that fullness or complete relationship with my God. Let me explain with a visual that has helped me over the years. At salvation we ask Jesus into our lives and he comes to live in our hearts. So I’ve actually pictured the Lord in my heart. This is my literal sense of being. One day many years ago I was standing in my living room and It was as if I saw Jesus stand up on the inside of me and stretch his arms and legs out and say to me, “get the garbage out.” Wow that was interesting since Jesus forgives our sins and it’s removed, but at the same time I knew there were things in my life I was struggling with even with Jesus on the inside and he was telling me they were in his way. Or in his space, so to speak. Well obviously, it’s been years later and I’m still “getting the garbage out”. Oh how I am so thankful for grace and mercy. So periodically I’ve asked the Holy Spirit to reveal anything that is in the way of my relationship with my Lord, so I can deal with it and “get it out”. So here’s another visual that has helped me. I picture my heart as having many chambers. The chambers represent each area of my life. The scripture says to trust God with ALL your heart. As the Holy Spirit reveals an area in my heart that I’m not trusting God, He also reveals with such love my sin of not trusting God in that area and how I’ve been holding on to that area and in what ways. So the other day this happened. I was so shocked because I thought I was trusting God in this particular place. So after repentance and awe I gave that place or chamber up and let my Lord into that place in my heart. It’s an awesome feeling of Gods love, grace, mercy and peace when this happens. So I know now that Jesus my Lord is getting all my heart. It may be in pieces as it’s revealed to me but it’s my will for him to get it all. So you can ask the Holy Spirit also if there is an area in your life that is hindering your relationship with your Lord, so you also can let him into that place in your heart. And that’s living life.

What’s In A Name

For the past several weeks I have thought much about identity and names. This has me thinking about how important our name is and how much it’s linked to our identity. Proverbs 22:1 says that “ A good name is to be more desired that great riches.” Or in some translations “ a good name is greater than gold.” There are different scenarios in  life concerning the name that seems to lead to the same equation of who you are and your identity. One scenario is a blessing for our family but at the same time sadness for another family. One of my sons married a wonderful woman many years ago. In this marriage she brought with her two beautiful young children. We immediately embraced them as our own and now they are grown adults. When our grandson was about to be married he came to my son and asked him to adopt him. This totally took us all by surprise because there is a bio father alive. Without hesitation my son began the process of adoption. It was not difficult because of our grandson being an adult. The adoption went through right before the wedding and we now have a grandson and granddaughter with our name. Soon another adoption went through and it was for our great-grandson who was our grand daughters son when they married. I have often thought about how traumatic of a choice that was for our grandson to relinquish his biological name to bear the name of his step father. All seem to be very happy and thriving in their new identity. Another scenario is a young adult who went through great trauma as a very young child and continued on through their early teens. The two people who gave them their name at birth left this earth when they were still a preschooler and then ended up in a very abusive home until their early teens. I have watched this person struggle in ways that tell they are   holding on to the things that they think gives them their identity and security but at the same time they are so insecure and unhappy. These wounds were put on them by others in their young life and now as a young adult they bears the scars. My prayer for them is that they will cry out to the one who can give them true identity and security and that is Jesus. Another is a young teenager who has again been abandoned and neglected all through their formative years. They have an opportunity to be adopted but they aren’t  sure about changing their name. They seem to be holding on to the only identity they know. My grandsons decision to change his name was a willful and thought through choice. He isn’t struggling with an identity crisis. The wonderful thing about him is he knows who loves him. The others however are struggling with who they are and they are needing to know they are loved. They don’t’ know what love feels like, looks like and seem to be holding on to a false love. Philippians 2:9 tells us that the name of Jesus is above all names. In him we will have first eternal salvation but peace and security. We will be one with him. In Jesus we will have a name, and know who we are, he tells us we are His. I pray for the walls that have been built up around these hearts, to keep true love out, will begin to crumble. So that they can begin to receive true love, identity and purpose that they were birthed for. To watch an identity crisis play out in one’s life in heartbreaking. It truly takes the love of God in one’s heart to break through the wall and let that person out. 1 Peter 4:8 says“ love covers a multitude of sins.” In these people I see deep wounding and rejection. It’s Gods love that covers sins but it also fills the heart.  Opening ones heart to receive love from another human and even God is often a very difficult thing to do when one has been abused. But once we choose to love and be loved and choose forgiveness that love that Peter talks about covers those sins of abuse. Accepting Jesus as your savior is the beginning of eternally knowing Gods love and who we are in Christ and who he is in us. Then we will come to know who we are inside and out.

Love Covers

Family dynamics are always full of drama, heartache confusion and miscommunication. I’m pretty sure every family has some if not all of these. Yes my family has it all. As I was talking to a family member this past week, she was telling me that she had a family meeting with her sisters, brother and their spouses. In this meeting they were able to begin the process of reconciliation over so much hurt that had divided them for far to long. As she was telling me all about it I could see an onion being peeled by layers and as she talked each layer had a different aroma. You guessed it, not a very good one at that. But also as she was talking and the layers were being peeled back I began to see the good that was coming out of this meeting and that once they got through all the layers the aroma was going to be a blend of sweet over powering the strong pungent aroma along the way. Also with each layer came a new set of tears. Beginning with bitter stinging tears and ending with tears of joy. Now she did tell me that they are still in the process of peeling back the layers but so far the communication has begun to flow and reconciliation has begun. This family member is encouraged and since she is in the middle of this family dynamic I think I’m more encouraged than she is. The scriptures tell us that Love covers a multitude of sin, and when it’s a family dynamic and many family members are involved there is surely a multitude of sin. But the key is to have a heart that is willing to listen and receive and to ask for forgiveness and to forgive. Repentance and forgiveness is key in all relationships and as we embrace them here on earth then we will be embraced by them with our Heavenly father. For as we forgive we are forgiven. I will continue to pray for each one of them that their hearts will be truly humbled and the multitude of sin will be covered by their love for one another.

Todays Forgiveness in Gods Grace.

Good morning, this is the day that the Lord has made, I will be glad and rejoice in it. There is so much going on in our world today. Our country is about to make a life changing decision. Our world is in udder destruction that is making it’s way here. Our little corners of the world seem to be stretching us is every direction and way. In the midst of this there seems to be much heartache and great concern. I got word over the week- end that my brother was in a bad car accident. From, what I know about it. It’s a miracle that he’s alive. He rear-ended a semi that was stopped in the road and it was too foggy to see it. His hospital and rehab stay will take months. Having said all that this marks a time in my life now that I have to let the past be the past and reconcile to today!Yet, we are a family that fell apart after a traumatic situation that involved us all. This situation divided us. So for a family that was actually close this was hard but it happened.  So where does one begin to live today and not yesterday? I actually started doing that the day we divided. I started with repentance and forgiveness. Asking God to forgive me for my wrong in this. Although this situation included going to court and children, I can say this, I would do it all again for the sake of children. So having said that, the division hurts but it is what it is. I then began to forgive each and everyone involved. I learned long ago that forgiveness is not a feeling it’s an act of our will, it’s a choice and an act of obedience. The scriptures commands forgiveness if we are to be forgiven. So feelings had to be set aside, rights and wrongs had to be set aside and self had to be set aside. I willed myself to obedience and forgave. Now was this a one-time thing. Well sometimes yes but the depth of hurt and the seriousness of the situation seemed to knaw at my soul so I found myself having to forgive many times even in a day. The scripture is clear in Matthew 18:22 to tell us that we are to forgive not seven times but seventy times seven. Now that’s a lot of forgiving but in order to find the release and the peace in this it was seventy times seven easy in a day! The release and the peace came and I then began to ask God to bless them. Years of silence gave way a couple of months ago to “ God you are my vindicator, please vindicate me in this and bring healing and restoration in my family. My children have been heart broken because the division has kept them away from their many nieces and nephews. So now tragedy has come and I’m faced with the decision to let yesterday go and to live in today! I have made a phone call and spoken with my niece. I will be making the two and half hour trip to the hospital to see my brother and in Gods grace let yesterday go and rejoice in today!