Jesus is Our Living Hope

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Hallelujah, Jesus Christ is our Living Hope.

The Lion of Judah roared mightily that Resurrection Day so long ago, and his victorious voice continues to speak to all with ears to hear.

He set us free. He broke every chain that bound us to the evil one.

Jesus is the Victor. The Mighty Warrior. The Conqueror. He defeated Satan, hell, sin, and death.

Jesus Christ is the One in whom our hope is found.

He sits at the right hand of his Father in heaven, waiting for the day he returns for his Bride, the Church. On that day, Christ will take those who confess their hope, trust, and allegiance to the King of kings and LORD of Lords with him to their eternal home in heaven.

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.

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Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.” Matthew 28:5-7 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures – Jesus is The Victor!

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

It is finished!

Jesus has done it!

Life conquered death, he has won the battle for us!

Satan is defeated and Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords Lives and Reigns forever!

He is the Victor who was and is and is to come!

Praise God!

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 But at the first signs of dawn on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb, taking with them the aromatic spices they had prepared. They discovered that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but on going inside, the body of the Lord Jesus was not to be found. While they were still puzzling over this, two men suddenly stood at their elbow, dressed in dazzling light. The women were terribly frightened, and turned their eyes away and looked at the ground. But the two men spoke to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here: he has risen! Remember what he said to you, while he was still in Galilee—that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, and must be crucified, and must rise again on the third day.” Luke 24:1-7 (Phillips)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Jesus Christ is Alive!

Isaiah 40by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Go and tell the disciples INCLUDING Peter.

If we remember the story of Jesus’ arrest, then we remember Peter denied he ever knew Jesus. Not just once, but three times. Exactly as Jesus predicted.

In the Resurrection account recorded in Mark, specific mention was made that Peter be included in the telling of the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection. Peter needed to know Christ had risen from the dead. Peter needed to know Jesus was, and is, alive! Peter needed to know he was included in Jesus’ story.

Maybe we’ve been like Peter and denied we knew Jesus. Maybe we’ve hid our light under the bushel. Maybe we’ve turned our back on the Son of God. Maybe.

But you know what? Jesus loves each of us. He really does. He loves us so much he willingly paid the price for our sins so we wouldn’t have to. He took the nails and sadistic lashes we deserved. Jesus took the punishment and wrath of God that was headed our way upon his perfect, sinless self. He did that for you. For me. All so we could be included in his story.

Even after Peter denied he ever knew Jesus, Jesus included Peter in his invitation to eat some grilled fish by the seashore. His invitation includes each of us, as well. The question for us is, what are we going to do about it?

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The next evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene and Salome and Mary the mother of James went out and purchased embalming spices.

Early the following morning, just at sunrise, they carried them out to the tomb. On the way they were discussing how they could ever roll aside the huge stone from the entrance.

But when they arrived they looked up and saw that the stone—a very heavy one—was already moved away and the entrance was open! So they entered the tomb—and there on the right sat a young man clothed in white. The women were startled, but the angel said, “Don’t be so surprised. Aren’t you looking for Jesus, the Nazarene who was crucified? He isn’t here! He has come back to life! Look, that’s where his body was lying. Now go and give this message to his disciples including Peter:

“‘Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died!’” Mark 16:1-7 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Where Have You Put Him?

Isaiah 40

One of my most favorite scenes in the Bible, and I have a lot of favorites, is the scene after the crucifixion, where Mary is alone at Jesus’ empty tomb. It brings tears to my eyes every time I read it.

Mary is looking for Jesus. But he’s not in the tomb. In her distress, she is crying, and doesn’t recognize the man behind her. Until…he speaks her name. Oh. My. Goodness.

He calls her by name.

Mary and Jesus have a real relationship. They are familiar with each other, and know each others’ voice, just as a mother can distinguish her child’s cry from a dozen other squalling infants.

Theirs is an intimate relationship. One of caring. One of love. One of belonging.

Jesus knows my name. He knows your name. He went to the cross of Calvary to secure a relationship with us. His outstretched hands call to us. All we have to do is grab hold, and accept his gift of forgiveness, and claim him as LORD.

Grace.

Where have we put him? What have we done with Jesus?

Does Jesus reside in our heart? Is he our constant companion? Someone we trust, and worship? Do we worship him with abandon, and not worry about who knows it? Do we speak of our love for him to those around us?

Or do we only think of Jesus when we’re in trouble, or want something?  Or is our knowledge of Christ something we hide, because we’re afraid of what others might think?

Where have we put him? Is he King on the throne of our hearts?

What are your thoughts on the subject?

“Why are you crying?” the angels asked her.

 

“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

 

She glanced over her shoulder and saw someone standing behind her. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him!

“Why are you crying?” he asked her. “Whom are you looking for?”

 

She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

 

 “Mary!” Jesus said. She turned toward him.

 

“Master!” she exclaimed. John 20:13-16 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Christ Conquered Death

Bing PhotosCould it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection.

We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us.

From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did. Romans 6:9-11 (MSG)

Bing PhotosI wish you well.

Sandy

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