I hope this past week has been a blessing to you as we’ve been preparing for Easter tomorrow. We’ve traced our own journeys of redemption through the context of the nation of Israel. And as they entered their promised land, we look forward to the day when we receive our inheritance and rest in the presence of God. These are timely reflections for the season of Easter because it is only through His work on our behalf that we can enter into rest. And because of His sacrifice He makes us righteous and prepares our hearts to receive all He has planned for us. Because of His death we know we are loved beyond measure. Because of His resurrection, we know He has the power to do all He has promised. We are blessed and loved because of who God is and we cannot fully appreciate who we are without understanding who He is. And so I thought today there could be nothing better than letting God tell us who He is.
“The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” Ex 34:6
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” Ps 118:1, 14
“For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Is 41:13
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you.” Is 43:1-3, 10-12
“I am the resurrection and the life” John 11:25
“Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered. Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Rev 5:5, 9-10,
“He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.” Col 1:16, 18-21
May all that God is fill your heart with joy this Easter weekend.
Blessings to you,