Friday Morning Prayer:)… June 10, 2021

June 11, 2021 - 8 minutes read

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives.
But greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.[1]

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”[2]

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The magnificence of the gospel!  Amazing love!  Our God in Christ came to love, heal, and forgive.  Although I have not seen him [in physical form] I do love him.  You love him, I love him, because he loved us first.  To grasp this amazing love requires one to be rooted and established in God’s merciful love.  This great salvation is by God’s initiation and our humble, thankful, response to keep on establishing the love of Christ through the Spirit of Jesus indwelling.  Paul, to the church at Ephesus,

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”[3]

We need God’s power to grasp this supernatural, enormous love that surpasses knowledge—you in Christ, and Christ in you affirms knowing God, stirs our affections, and the realization that nothing compares to the awestruck, joyful, humbling experience.  

He lived and died to buy my pardon.  This truth reflects the enormous love of God.  Jesus, God the Son, left his glory above to be born as we humans are; he grew, matured, becoming a man, the perfect, sinless God-man to be the only sacrifice to satisfy the penalty for my sin, your sin.  He took on the sin of all who believe, yet he was without sin.  Peter, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds, you have been healed.”[4]

The depths of this sacrificial love stirred my emotions recently in light of Psalm 22a and Matthew 27:46 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  Jesus suffered the just penalty of God’s wrath, not for his own sin, but for your sin, and mine.  I have heard this and read this many times over.  However, the depths, the realization of God’s love for me became more real, personal, deeper, recently.  Thinking about this, knowing it is true is good, but when you experience the love of God that surpasses knowledge, it is humbly, affectionately, truly an amazing love.

In our Wednesday night Bible talk, we discussed the pain, horrible process, death on a cross, not glorifying.  However, what followed is the glory we rest in, thrive in, pursue to know and experience more and more.  ‘An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.’  Our righteousness in the risen Christ! My sin pardoned at the cross!  Thank you, Lord.   Yes!  I serve a risen Savior!  Life is worth the living just because he lives in me!

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.[5]

Beloved, I enjoy sitting and thinking, writing about Jesus, meditating on his Word.  I certainly feel the void when I do not spend the necessary time in pursuit of God through his Word, the hymns, intentional prayer, praise and worship.  My joy is the privilege to encourage you!  Be ye encouraged to stay the narrow course, lean on others in our shared faith, fight the good fight of faith!  If you need help finding a fellowship where the gospel is preached, the love of God evident, and glorifying God with our lives emphasized, reach out to and let’s work together to get you integrated into the diverse family of God.   

And then one day I’ll cross the river,
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain.
And then as death gives way to victory,
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone!
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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Sisters are meeting to pray together!  First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine 0900

You are invited to join gals in Christ for a sweet hour of prayer.  Thank you, sisters!

Brothers are meeting too!  First Baptist. Alpine.  0730

Brothers!  Join if your schedule allows.  We meet to love one another, share, encourage, catch up, rejoice, carry burdens, and intentionally pray as the Spirit leads.  Always good to see you!

Zoom available for brothers who can’t make it in person.


[1] https://www.hymnlyrics.org/mostpopularhymns/because_he_lives.html

[2] 1 Peter 1:8-9

[3] Ephesians 3:16-19

[4] 1 Peter 2:24

[5] https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/503