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!”

 

What’s your journey? Gratitude Adventure?

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

I have walked Malaysian beaches, galloped through the woods in the Philippines, ridden an elephant in Thailand, dodged the traffic in Delhi, climbed the Great Wall of China, floated along the Venetian canals, skied the Italian Dolomites and Austrian Alps, wept gazing at the Pieta at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, pondered the graves of Arlington National Cemetery, kissed my husband atop the Taj Mahal, renewed my marriage vows in the Garden Tomb of Jesus, relished fireworks at the foot of the St. Louis Gateway Arch, slept in the hotel room that Napoleon Bonaparte stayed in, and enjoyed picnics under the Sequoias.  I have been to the mountaintop and to the pit of despair; and I have chosen to walk the path of gratitude.

This crooked, uphill, downhill, sometimes overgrown path that I have chosen as my life’s journey has taken me to many destinations; yet, it was the journey, not the destinations that helped shape who I am.

My journey is one of stretching, making myself a little uncomfortable, so that I am always striving for something beyond what I have proven I can accomplish, honing myself, and, at times, choosing to reinvent myself.

Reinvention and innovation. That’s the language of today’s business environment. It’s uncertain and uncomfortable. It takes purposeful stretching and flexibility.

In July, my wonderful husband of 41 years, Keith, stopped me as we walked Vatican City with a group of students we were leading on a study-abroad course, “Who would have thought that a poor Tulsa girl would be doing this?”

That poor Tulsa girl became a Christ-follower when she was about eight-years-old at Vacation Bible School.

I remember reading my Bible and trying to understand it. Oh how I loved the Lord. I basked in His creation and loved taking walks alone, so that I could talk with Him. The journey was a delight. He led me beside the still waters.

Jesus walked me through the Valley of the Shadow of Death in my late teens. All the while, I felt His presence. God sent a preacher who had suffered from polio and was confined to braces and crutches to mentor me through the tough recuperation and to be an example of a Christ-follower whose joy in the Lord spills out onto others.

Keith and I married, even though he thought I would not live to be 30. The love of a man like Keith is far more precious than rubies, sapphires, and diamonds. He blessed me through his selfless, servant-leader approach to marriage.

Trials, challenges, and mountaintops have enlarged our borders as we have delighted in the ways of the Lord.

Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:5

What a precious promise! God has given me the desires of my heart as He has stretched and continues to stretch me into the woman who will accomplish the works He planned for me from before the foundation of the world.

I am grateful for this life’s gratitude adventure.

My prayer for you:

Father, You have directed our footsteps and lit our paths. May we bless You and point people to You as You pour out Your Spirit upon us. May we show forth Your great compassion, mercy, and grace. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Wishing you a journey of joy and adventure as you stretch your capabilities and impact others for good.