Come, see where Jesus lay

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“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6

Now, Christian, change thy note a moment. “Come, see the place where the Lord lay, “with joy and gladness. He does not lie there now. Weep, when ye see the tomb of Christ, but rejoice because it is empty. Thy sin slew him, but his divinity raised him up. Thy guilt hath murdered him, but his righteousness hath restored him. Oh! he hath burst the bonds of death, he hath ungirt the cerements of the tomb, and hath come out more than conqueror, crushing death beneath his feet. Rejoice, O Christian, for he is not there-he is risen. “The Tomb of Jesus,” by C.H. Spurgeon

Come, see where Jesus lay.

Come, see where you were going to anoint his body with spices.

Come, see where the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice lay.

Come, see the promise of forgiveness fulfilled.

Come, see, friend of Jesus. He has risen as he said.

Come, see the place where he lay and remember that Jesus paid the price for your sins.

Come, see the place where he lay, and remember that he gave his life, so that you can live with him forever.

Come, see the place where Love made peace with heaven and earth.

Come, see the place where the Victor conquered death.

Come, see the place, and go tell.

Go and tell the others that Jesus is on his way to Galilee where they will see him again. Matthew 28:7

My prayer

Father of Love and Mercy, tear the veil of blindness from those who cannot understand your great act of grace and mercy of giving the world your only begotten Son. Enable them to understand that Jesus paid the price of the world’s sins, death on the cross. Thank you that Jesus rose from the dead and is our great High Priest advocating for his followers. Help us to come to the place where Jesus lay. As we are there, we will weep because it was necessary that he suffered death on the cross. As we are there, we will rejoice that Jesus lives! In our Great Savior and friend’s name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Please share this message and ask the people you share this with to “Come, see the place where Jesus lay, meditate on why he lay in the tomb, and rejoice that Jesus lives!”

 

7 Reasons Why This is Good Friday



  1. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
    In His beaten, scourged, punched, spit upon, shamed body, Jesus prayed for His enemies.
  2. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43
    Between two thieves, Jesus promised eternal life to the one who asked to be remembered.
  3. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her,
    “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”
    John 19:26-27
    Hanging from the cross, Jesus made sure that His mother would be taken care of after He died.
  4. From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Matthew 27:45-46
    His Father is holy and cannot look upon sin. Jesus became my sin, your sin, sins of the past, sins of the present, and sins of the future, and God turned His gaze away from Jesus.
  5. Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” John 19:28
    In all His humanity, Jesus became thirsty. He taught that all who came to Him would thirst no more, for He has living water.
  6. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” John 19:30
    Hanging on the cross, Jesus paid the price for my sin and your sin – death. His work was done. The price had been paid.
  7. “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Luke 23:46
    Jesus dismissed His spirit and died. The perfect sacrifice that paid the price of sin, death, – the Lamb of God.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

This eternal life is for you if you accept it.

Today is commonly referred to as Good Friday. Good, because the body of Jesus was broken for you and for me, and the blood of Jesus washed our sins away, if we just accept this free gift of God.

Won’t you take this gift today?

Jesus is Risen!

Garden Tomb

 

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened. Luke 24:1-12

Passover, a celebration of God’s deliverance from the bondage of Pharoah in Egypt, twisted into the horror of trials, beatings, floggings, and the cross.

The death of Hope.

First day of the week, a tear-filled walk to the tomb.

“Who will roll away the stone?”

“Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen.”

The hope of Life.

Peter ran.

Peter saw.

Peter  marveled.

Jesus is Risen!

My prayer for you

Father in Heaven, thank You for Your great love. May we truly comprehend the height, the depth, the width and the breadth of our Risen Savior. How marvelous are Your ways!

Jesus died for you; will you live for Him?

Baby Jesus

And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. Luke 2:21-22

Heaven’s perfect Child,

Messiah.

Presented to the Lord.

And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Luke 22:19

King of the Jews,

Savior.

Offered on the cross.

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1

Broken, pain-filled,

Sinner.

Presented in hope.

you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5

Transformed, renewed, healed

Living stone.

Offered through mercy.

Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without the living, incarnate Jesus Christ. Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

 My prayer for you

Jesus, our Savior, thank You for presenting Yourself to the Father as an obedient Son. Thank You for offering Yourself as the perfect sacrifice to pay the price for all the sins of the world, so that all who receive You can enjoy eternity with You. Teach us to present ourselves as continual living sacrifices to You. Teach us what is a pleasing offering to You and empower us to live for You as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to You.

He is Risen!

Garden Tomb

He is not here, for he has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay.  Matthew 28:6

From the Garden of Gethsemane to Golgotha,
From the cross to the tomb,
From the empty tomb to the right hand of God,
Our Lord reigns!
May the passion of Jesus as He contemplated
the cross grip your soul.
May you comprehend the love of Jesus as He took on the sin of the world
for the joy that was set before Him.
May you walk in the power of the resurrection and the joy set before you.

Wishing you a blessed Easter.