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Luke 24: 1-7
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
To me all other stories pale in comparison to the Easter story. The recollection of Jesus death, burial and resurrection is so much more than just a story! If you ever wonder about how much He loves you reread these verses and remember all He went through to give you freedom from the bondage of sin!
I love reading the different gospels to hear the different accounts of what happened. The stories are all the same and yet you get a little of each of their personalities mixed in so you can see how Jesus touched their individual lives. John stands out to me the most because it was obvious that He needed to feel the love of Jesus more than any of the others because he continuously talks about it. Jesus loves each of us where we are in life and He cares about what our individual needs are. We are not stamped out to all be the same and He doesn’t try to reach out to us on the same levels or by the same means. We need to remember that when we see someone who doesn’t quite meet our “criteria” for where they should be – Jesus loves them and so should we. That may mean we don’t feel they are “spiritual enough” or on the other hand it may appear they are “too spiritual”. Let God meet them where they are and show them His way, we just need to love people where they are and let God do the rest.
Take time to really think about Jesus love for you today. Soak it up and allow Him to fill you with that love for others so they will come to know Him as well! If you are hurting or you have been wandering away from His will for your life, know that He loves you, He wants to heal your wounded heart and His mercy and grace far exceeds it all!
Great song for today; “Come As You Are” by Crowder
Quote: “If you judge people you don’t have time to love them.” Mother Teresa