He Loved, It’s Empty. He Lives, He Loves.

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One bring many sons to glory
Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Songwriters: Stuart Townend; How Deep The Father’s Love For Us lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Certainly, this is the Son of God

“Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man! When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him” John 19:5-6.

“And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man” Luke 23:44-47.

Certainly, this is the Son of God…

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Love in Action

“Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee” (Matthew 26:31-32).

“And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31).

“And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal” (John 12:23-25).

We all know the “Easter” weekend is upon us. In our home we like to call it Resurrection Sunday. This week, I have settled into the four Gospels; reading through the accounts has been a glorious eye opener. I love when the Holy Spirit does that, don’t you?

We see, once again, a clear picture into Jesus’ heart and His love for His disciples. In the garden, he sweat drops of blood. When is the last time you or I did that because we were in such agony over our sin or a situation?

Despite the physical responses Christ’s body was going through, He still loved, cared, and taught the disciples. Even in His personal suffering, yes, we know He knew it was His God-mission, the weight of knowing what was about to happen was still present. Jesus knew it. God knew it. Sin is ugly!

In these verses above, we see Christ in love–action. Christ took the time to explain…to walk the disciples through what was about to happen. He continued to prepare them for that day, that night and for the tomorrow’s to come; for ultimately their fulfillment of their God-mission.

Did those disciples “get it” at that moment in time, or did they hear the words and not comprehend those spoken words? I think you know the answer to that question. But don’t we do and act the very same way? Yet, Jesus loved them…

Do you know He is just the same with you today.

  • He died.
  • He lives.
  • He loves….YOU!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Lessons From the Trials of Christ | Pastor Richard Woodruff

Below you will find the link to a blog post written by Pastor Richard Woodruff on the Trials of Christ. I added his conclusion from that post below.

Truly, the trials of Christ are a vivid picture of man’s nature (my nature) next to God’s holiness. Without Him, in my sinful state, I am most miserable.

I encourage you to read this post. It’s good!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}


LINK: https://cbcofcedarville.org/2018/04/12/lessons-from-the-trials-of-christ/

Psator Woodruff’s conclusion from Lessons From the Trials of Christ:

The trial(s) of Jesus Christ stands in stark contrast to everything morally right or just.

1. It was fueled by financial greed.
2. It was fueled by lust for power.
3. It was fueled by self-preservation.

Still, Christ in his death is the very payment for our sin. We might wonder why or even how God could use the injustices of men in saving mankind. But, isn’t that just the point: The trial of Christ is a vivid picture of man’s nature next to God’s holiness.

We see man– corrupt in every conceivable way. It is our sinful state that fuels financial greed, lust for power, and self-preservation. Only God could demonstrate such powerful love that what men meant for evil, God meant for good. Only God could love us so much to wade through the muck and mire of our sinful state in order to save us. It was because of man’s sin that Jesus came to die on that cross. It was man’s sinful trial that condemned Him.

On the day of the Triumphal entry, truly a priest and king entered Jerusalem. Jesus death on the cross was God’s response to save us from our sin. Jesus Christ is the only One who could satisfy the penalty for our sin. The only One who could deliver us from the prison of our sin. Amen.

Pastor Richard Woodruff


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