What happened when Jesus rose from the dead …

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Weeping broke the early morning silence.  It was the first day of the week.  While the world woke up, an uncomprehending woman cried her heart out beside a tomb. 

It was a world stricken with death.  It came to them all, sooner or later.  But this was a day unlike any other.  Resurrected feet trod the earth.

“Woman, why are you crying? Who do you seek?” the King asked, approaching her.

Standing at the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene didn’t recognise him.  With the light and the tears blinding her eyes, she cried “They’ve taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve laid him. If you have taken him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

Mary,” the King said.

“Teacher!” she cried in recognition, turning to him.

The risen Lord had been in the belly of the earth for three days and nights, even preaching to those who’d perished in the flood of Noah.  Now, he had returned from death.  (1 Peter 3:19)

He said, “Touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father, but go to my brethren, and say to them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God.” (John 20)

Obeying him, Mary, Joanna and Mary the mother of James went and told the disciples the Lord had risen, but they were not believed.

Ascending to his Kingdom, the King was greeted with songs, shouts, and cries of joy.  Walking across the sapphire pavement, the resurrected Son of God approached the throne of his Father, the keys of Death and Hell in his hands. The gates of Hell had not prevailed against him.

All of Heaven rejoiced.  The eyes of the creatures hailed their creator as the angels formed a rank of honour.  All bowed down as he passed.

A throne awaited him.

But first, before mounting the stairs to take his place at the right hand of the Father, the Son of God presented himself as the first of the harvest.

Looking ahead to the harvest of mankind that awaited, the angels sang for joy. The creatures added their voice, “Hail to the First-fruits of the earth.”

All of Heaven rose to their feet as the Father rose from his throne, accepting the sinless offering of the earth.

The Son of Man would serve as the High Priest of the New Covenant in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

The sanctuary built by Moses was a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain. (Hebrews 8)

The only man-made thing in this place were the scars on the King’s body.

Now all of Heaven would await the arrival of the Church of the Firstborn.

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:18


This story is taken from Mark 16 and Luke 24.

The kingdom of God – not a matter of talk but of power

“Who of you here are in ministry?” Chuck Missler asked everyone gathered at the auditorium last time we heard him speak in Auckland.  A few people put up their hands.  He then asked “Who of you here are Christians?”  Hands went up everywhere.  Then he asked again who was in ministry?  This time our hands stayed up.

I’ve never forgotten that lesson.  The trouble is we’ve been taught how to be led by priests.  We haven’t been taught how to be priests.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk 
but of power. 
1 Corinthians 4:20.

We carry the power, if we have the Holy Spirit.  To walk in it, we just need to step out, but that’s scary.  We have to be honest as well, and ask the Holy Spirit for His wisdom, guidance and power.   God promised that “as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name …” John 1:12

What does this power we carry look like?

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My husband Bert pretending he can explode boulders. Taken at Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ.

This is a picture of my husband at Moeraki Boulders, pretending to explode rocks.  (I asked the Lord for a man who would make me laugh, and he does.)  This is what the power does not look like!

All joking aside, the power that God gives is grounded in His will, the authority of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.

I think we would all agree we need to know the Lord better.  This prayer to the Ephesians says it all;

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  Ephesians 1:17-19

Did you know this power is the same power 
God used to resurrect Jesus?

That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,  far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.  Ephesians 1:19-21

Word for the weary

Have you ever ended up feeling totally drained?  I have.  My relationships used to drain me before I had boundaries.  Nowadays it’s my work. Solving problems with computers and computer systems all day long can go from taxing to brain-frying.

Have you heard the saying that “God helps those who help themselves?” Do you think its in the Bible?  Its not.  The Bible consistently tells us if we go to God, He will renew our strength.  Jesus tells us “Come to me all who are heavily laden and I will give you rest.”   Matthew 11:28.  Remember that when you get out of step with the rhythm of life.

You can go to God for strength, that’s a promise.  His understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

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Isaiah 40: 28-31

Did you know that those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength?
– They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40

I have this promise on my office wall, to remind me who I can go to when I am tired and I’ve had enough.

The Lord will want to know why you are drained.  Are you flying in your own strength?

He will teach you to find the wind, if you permit Him, if you believe Him.

The next chapter, Chapter 45 Message on the rock tells of how I got to the end of my strength and the lesson I learned.

Finding the wind

Plans Proverbs 19-21Have you ever left like your life was going nowhere?  I call it “the doldrums”.

The scripture I found described it thus;

Your rigging hangs loose:

The Mast is not held secure,

The sail is not spread.” Isaiah 33:23

Colloquially, according to the Wiki, the “doldrums” are a state of inactivity, mild depression, listlessness or stagnation.

My doldrums were caused by me grieving over the place I’d left, and wanting my way over God’s way.  We can go our own way and have all of our plans come to nothing.

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.  Proverbs 19:21

The story is told in Chapter 44 The Doldrums.

I had to find God’s will for my life, accept it, and let Him lead me out of the doldrums.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.  Romans 8:14

God is like the wind.  You can’t see Him, but He can be felt.  His will is similar.  He will reveal it through His word in the Bible, or dreams, or signs, circumstances or people.  Sometimes its a combination of all of these.  The day eventually came when I found the wind.

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”  John 3:8

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