Once Again… EASTER GRACE!

For the first time, I have seen GRACE in another Light.  Once again for me [and you], the Answer lies high and lifted up… from the Cross.  

“Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.  So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.”                              
                [John 19:31-33]
But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.  And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.  For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “NOT A BONE OF HIM SHALL BE BROKEN.”  And again another Scripture says, “THEY SHALL LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY PIERCED.”
               [John 19:34-37]
 

The bodies have to be removed from the crosses.  This scene could not be ‘sighted’ by viewers on the Sabbath.  They had to go [hurry up & die]… faster.  The ‘evidence’ had to be removed. 

This begs the question for me… So why did they choose the day they chose, for what we know now, to be a BLESSED event?  This is just further proof to me that God causes all things to work together for His good, according to His purpose. [Romans 8:28]  Along the same lines as this…  Two thieves remained on their crosses, alive, for God’s good purpose.  For those who love God, He has given time to repent and reconcile, for their own good…. His divine purpose.

†††

There had stood three crosses which held… One King and two thieves.  On either side of Jesus there hung in the balance… choice.  Two partners in crime had equal opportunity with exposure to the Light and God’s measurement of time [and even more so after “Father, into Your hands, I commit My Spirit” Luke 23:46]. 

As Jesus hung from the cross and “having… breathed His last” [Luke 23:46]… there was GRACE!  And abundantly, more GRACE… time.  One thief said ‘yes’!  And one said ‘no’?  Had the ‘yes man’ persevered to the ‘end’, strong in faith?  Had the ‘no way man’, by the Grace of God [“THEY SHALL LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY PIERCED.” John 19:37], having turned around, saw the Light in his remaining moments? 

Neither had served one day in Christian service.  No one, including Jesus, walked them through the Salvation Prayer.  And yet we know, because the Bible tell us so, that at least one of them will be joining Jesus in paradise [Luke 23:43].

We talk about GRACE, but do we fully understand the magnitude of His divine provision, His helping on our plates?  Do we grasp the undeserved amount of time He extends to us, that our hearts may desire to get it right[eous]?  Or how long do we witness the Grace of God, before we pass it on to others?  And when is it, that we finally come to our senses and understand that it is not about us and what we do, but Who He is and what He’s done?   

JESUS!  
And “Once Again” You pour out Your Life…

But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out… so that you also may believe. …”THEY SHALL LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY PIERCED.” 
                [John 19:34…37]
We talk about GRACE, but do we live it?  We take up the cross-walk, but do we truly follow The Leader?
 I believe, Lord… Help my unbelief!
… jams4JESUS

Have a joyfully abundant, heaping helping of EASTER GRACE… on JESUS!
“GOD BLESS US… everyone!”

Luke 23:46
And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.” Having said this, He breathed His last.
Luke 23:43
And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
 
Care of the Body of Jesus
 31Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
 32So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him;
 33but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.
 34But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
 35And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.
 36For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “NOT A BONE OF HIM SHALL BE BROKEN.”
 37And again another Scripture says, “THEY SHALL LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY PIERCED.”
 38After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body.
 39Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds weight.
 40So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.
 41Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.
 42Therefore because of the Jewish day of preparation, since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
                                                 John 19:31-42
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About jam4JESUS

I... 'will seek [First] the LORD my God, and I will find Him if I seek Him with all my heart and with all my soul.' Deut. 4:29 I... 'shall love the LORD my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength.' Deut. 6:5 I... 'Trust in the LORD with all my heart, And lean not on my own understanding; In all ways... acknowledge Him, And He shall make my path straight.' Proverbs 3:5-6 I... 'remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you' 2Tim. 1:6 I... 'thank God, whom I serve... without ceasing... I... remember YOU in my prayers night and day,' 2Tim. 1:3 I... am to 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to God' Phil. 4:6 I... KNOW: 'I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.' Phil.4:13 'My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:19 'My GOD will never leave me, nor forsake me.' Heb. 13:5 JESUS so loves me, this I... KNOW
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