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Matthew 27:57, 28:6, John 19:38-42, 20:1-10

When our pastor asked us to look up John 20:1-10 at church this morning, our son, Ethan, quickly opened up a Bible app.  As the pastor read, Ethan found it interesting that Jesus’ face cloth was folded.  I thought about that and brought it up to my husband, John, later.  We both thought the cloth must have been folded to assure his disciples that His body wasn’t taken.  And we’re not alone in thinking that.  I looked up John 20:6-7 in an NIV Study Bible and two Bible commentaries and they had the same thought.

Jesus’ folded face cloth might have additional meaning.  Maybe that’s something we’ll find out in Heaven, the place where victorious Jesus LIVES.  He defeated death!  He is risen!

 

 

 

 

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Genesis 8:15-17, Exodus 20:1-23, 1 Kings 19:11-20

While spending time in God’s Word lately, I’ve become increasingly curious about His voice.  Moses, Noah and Elijah all heard God’s voice.  God chose to speak at a period in time when people couldn’t obtain an audio recording, so we can try to imagine what He sounded like.  But we don’t have to solely rely on our imagination.

In 1 Kings, when God spoke to Elijah on a mountain, He spoke in, “a gentle whisper.”  A whisper isn’t hard to imagine.

In Genesis, one thing God spoke to Noah was, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.”  How do you think a voice actor/actress would read what He said?  They might first notice that it’s an imperative sentence ending with a period.  They might try to deliver the line with a deep, partially conversational voice.

After the 10 Commandments were given In Exodus 20, the shaking Israelites witnessed a trumpet sound, accompanied by thunder, lightning and a dark, smoking mountain.  They said, “…do not have God speak to us or we will die.”  God followed up by saying to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this:  ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven:”  I think that Moses and the Israelites possibly heard God’s maximum communication.

We know that God can communicate in a booming way, conversational way, or in a whisper.  When I get to Heaven, I hope God will recreate those historical and dramatic moments.

2 Corinthians 4:17, 5:1-10, John 14:2, Revelation 21:1-4

It’s commonplace for business employees to say to customers, “Have a good day.”  I feel confident that in Heaven, nobody will say, “Have a good day” because to say it implies that it’s possible someone could have a bad day.  In Heaven, everyday will be a good day with what sounds like personalized mansions and no crying, pain or death.  But until we Christians can get to Heaven, “Have a good day!”

Matthew 28:18-20

This morning, a guest pastor shared a statistic with our congregation.  He said that 22% of Iowans are in church each Sunday.  He shared that because he has a big heart for the lost.

Billy Graham had a big heart for the lost too.  On today’s Billy Graham devotional it says, “As practical Christianity has declined, rudeness and violence have increased…I have seen tough, rough, hardened men open their hearts by faith, receive Christ as Savior, and become gentle, patient, merciful gentlemen.”https://billygraham.org/devotion/an-angry-world/

My family and I saw an example of evidence of a hardened person today after church.  A car had bumper stickers that said, “Proud Atheist” and “Remember-Pillage First, THEN BURN.”  They had another angry bumper sticker that I choose not to publish.

Even though the owner of the car with angry bumper stickers appears to hate Jesus, Jesus died for that person’s sins too.  Although he or she doesn’t seem to be headed for Heaven at this point, there’s still a chance.

Jesus asked those that are His to “Go and make disciples”, to baptize them, and to teach them to be obedient to His commands.  Jesus didn’t say it would be easy.

Acts 8:26-40

On this Memorial Day weekend, I’m thinking about Philip.  Per a Heavenly angel’s command, Philip intercepted an Ethiopian in a chariot on the Jerusalem to Gaza road.  Philip helped him understand Scripture and then baptized him.  After they left the water, God teleported Philip to another place called Azotus.  If Philip and the Ethiopian were at Gaza when God made Philip disappear, the NIV Study Bible says that would be roughly 20 miles away.  Teleporting Philip over about 20 miles?  I wonder what Philip was thinking.  Maybe it was a memorable thrill ride that he described to others on Earth.  And it’s possible that he could have told/can tell his teleportation tale to others in Heaven.

 

Acts 5:12-42

Jesus faced opposition while on Earth, and after He ascended to Heaven, the apostles faced opposition as well.  Because of Jesus, they were able to perform miracles for the people to witness.  The Sadducees knew about this and were very jealous.  They decided to arrest the apostles.  Subsequently, the apostles were put in jail.  However, at nighttime, an angel opened the jail doors and told them to go and teach the people.

The next day, the officers had to tell the Sanhedrin that even though there were guards and a “securely locked” jail door, the apostles weren’t there.  That report confused the chief priests.

God sent the apostles an angel to get them out of jail.  I believe God sent me an angel on 5/21/09.  I was driving without my family on Bever Avenue, a busy street, when someone ran a stop sign and headed for the left front of the car.  I was forced to swerve immediately to the right onto a side street, and unfortunately, there was a little car that suddenly appeared at a stop sign there, right in my path.  I closed my eyes and braced for the impact as my tires screeched, but instead, the front of our car just seemed to float.  When I opened my eyes, I saw the little car I had tried to avoid still at the stop sign, with no damage.  I was pointed in the right direction.  Shaken, I drove very slowly and found a place to park.  I checked out the car.  There wasn’t any damage, and I wasn’t injured!

Believe what you like, but I believe God sent an angel to pick up our car.  Thanks be to God, my rescuer!

Acts 3-4:1-22

There are many accounts of healing by Jesus in the New Testament.  But after Jesus ascended to Heaven, Peter and John later came upon a 40+-year-old man who was crippled.  The crippled man had been brought to the temple gate each day so he could beg.   Peter called on the power of Jesus’ name for the man and he was healed!  The man jumped around, praising God.  He wasn’t the only one praising God.  Shocked onlookers that knew the man, ran to them, praising God too.

Oh, the power of Jesus’ name!  If the man’s mother was around, I’m guessing she would have been one of the loudest praising God.  PRAISE GOD!

 

John 12:12-19

Mark 11:1-11

I hope that someday in Heaven, the scene is recreated of Jesus going into Jerusalem on an unridden colt surrounded by a crowd wielding palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna!”  As you read this account you can feel the excitement.  I wonder if the new colt tossed its head in reaction to the frenzied crowd.

As I went shopping this afternoon for palm branches, I wasn’t feeling the world’s excitement.  I went to three different stores and although there were plenty of pink rabbit planters and neon-colored polka dot plastic eggs for Easter, there were no palm branches.  I came home empty-handed except for a bag of popcorn that looked good.  I was surprised since Palm Sunday is this upcoming Sunday and Easter is the week after that.

As I got in the car, I turned on a Christian radio station and heard the words of Sidewalk Prophets’ song, “Help Me Find It.”   I had to smile.

Genesis 2:9, 3:22-24, Revelation 22:12-16

Last Wednesday, I finished reading the Bible.  It was just the second time I’ve read it.  Since Revelation is the last book of the Bible, it was fresh in my mind when I read the news about Billy Graham passing on to Heaven.  There are wonderful details about Heaven in Revelation, but as I read this time, I found the tree of life to be particularly fascinating.  As I read, this time I was reminded that the tree of life is also mentioned in the first book of the Bible, Genesis.

In Genesis 2:9, I read that God created beautiful trees that were “good for food.”  God is perfect, so just know that if He says the food is good, it’s perfectly tasty.  Also, the tree of life was in the middle of the Garden of Eden.  In Genesis 3:22-24, I read that if they (Adam and Eve) would have taken and eaten from the tree of life they would have lived forever.  Because of that, God guarded the tree of life with a flaming sword and cherubim.

In Revelation, Jesus spoke the words,”…right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.”  Putting all of the verses together, it sounds to me like those that are saved get to enter the city gates and take and eat from the tree of life leading to eternal life.  I like to picture Billy Graham and loved ones that have gone to Heaven, walking awestruck through the city gates, picking fruit from the lovely tree of life, eating the delicious fruit and then living happily ever after.

Matthew 5:1, 14:23, 17:1, Luke 24:50-53

Do you like high places?  Jesus did.  In Matthew 5:1, He sat on the side of a mountain and preached.  In Matthew 14:23, He went to the side of a mountain to pray.  In Matthew 17:1, He led some disciples up a great mountain which is where the transfiguration took place.  And in Luke 24:50-53, while Jesus had his hands up blessing them, He ascended to Heaven.  The Living Bible says, “and then began rising into the sky, and went on to heaven.”

Mountains were the highest place on Earth Jesus walked on.  But when He ascended to Heaven, He went higher.  Jesus is so high above us in every way!

 

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