Anticipation!

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Easter!

I am sure this one word brings something to mind. Perhaps hiding eggs, or Easter baskets filled with candy. Maybe it’s getting a new outfit.

I’d like to give you something else to add to the above.

Anticipation!

If you are married you know what it was like to anticipate that day. The excitement, the wonder, the joy that would flood your heart just thinking about the coming event. Anticipation!

If you are a parent you know the wonder of waiting for that new little life to arrive. Anticipation!

When I know that Easter is on the way my anticipation goes into high gear. Why you ask? It’s the time when I am reminded of all that Jesus did so that I can be forgiven. I am reminded of all the prophesy that has been fulfilled with the resurrection. I read and reread the story of how the Marys went to the tomb and the stone was rolled away. Anticipation!

I listen to the story told again in church about how the men were walking toward Emmaus and Jesus, whom they didn’t recognize, came to walk with them. How their hearts were stirred. Anticipation.

There is nothing stronger than our God. The grave couldn’t hold him, death was beaten.

He is RISEN.

We are forgiven.

Anticipation! Can you feel it?

 

 

 

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What’s in Your Future?

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Have you ever wished you knew the future?  Perhaps, what will my spouse look like? Will I have the corner office soon? Will this child have my eyes?

I think sometimes we are afraid to think of the future. Will I beat this illness? Will the world go to war? Will my marriage make it through this?

Easter is fast approaching and there are so many things to learn and think about. I have been reading the book of Mark lately since the Pastor has a five week study of the things leading up to Easter.

It has me thinking about how Jesus knew the future. He demonstrated it so many times. I have either taken it for granted or missed it altogether.

In Mark the fourteenth chapter there is a section that may have slipped by you as it did me so many times. It is the Passover and the disciples want to know where they are going to celebrate it. Jesus tells the two, Peter and John, the exact location. Not the street or the person’s home, no he tells them exactly what they will encounter.

13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” Mark 14:13-15

Did you notice there would be a man carrying a jar of water, that wasn’t normal, it was usually a woman. Then they were to follow this guy back to where he was going. Do you think the guy kept looking over his shoulder wondering why those two were following? They arrive at the house of someone they don’t know and tell them what Jesus told them to say. Just like that the homeowner shows them the room.

I don’t know if this amazed them but it certainly got my attention. Jesus not only saw the room where they would celebrate the Passover, he saw the man with the jar of water! Amazing, right?

Seeing what lies ahead seems like it would be so great until you get to the part where he sees the cross. Jesus is in the garden at Gethsemane and he tells the three, Peter, James, and John, to sit with him while he prays because “my soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Mark 14:34)

Jesus knew the future, the horrible things that lay ahead, yet he continued!

He saw you in the future and knew you were worth it! Imagine that!

Such love. Such overwhelming love and forgiveness to go through the beating, the humiliation, the ridicule for you and me.

Will you see your future and turn to Christ for salvation?

He has his arms open wide to welcome you.

What’s in your future?