'The Cross and The Resurrection'
by Travis Wiginton
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The Cross and the empty tomb speak loud and clear that there is no disappointment in Jesus, His Life nor His Death!
He fulfilled all the prophesies about Him and all of His claims!
Roy Lessin wrote:
"The One Who leads you makes no mistakes
The One Who guides you has the right directions
The One Who counsels you has the wisest answers
The One Who provides for you has the greatest resources
The One Who blesses you, brings the greatest joys!"
The center of the Bible is Psalms 118:8:
"It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man."
Jesus needs to be the center of your life!
Vs. 1: "Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good...and His mercy endures forever."
Vs. 24: "This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it!"
(good for birthdays....and EVERY day)
After my Dad's death at 62 yrs. of age in 1968, I preached the following Sunday on:
"There is no disappointment in Jesus".
I found it to be true at that time....and I still do!
Others may disappoint you (or you may disappoint yourself)...
but Jesus will NEVER disappoint you!
Mark it down and live by it....as here is NO disappointment in Jesus!
He may not give you all that you want but....
He will give you what you NEED....and what is BEST for you!
His vision for us is FAR-SIGHTED, more than NEAR-SIGHTED!
This poem was arranged by C. H. Spurgeon:
"What the hand is to the lute,
What the breath is to the flute,
What is fragrance to the smell,
What the spring is to the well,
What the flower is to the bee,
That is Jesus Christ to me.
What's the mother to the child,
What the guide in pathless wild,
What is oil to troubled wave,
What is ransom to the slave,
What is water to the sea,
That is Jesus Christ to me."
In other words, Jesus is my all in all.
I am complete in Him and He is my sufficiency for:
~the future...and Eternity!
I like these words:
"I've tried in vain a thousand ways, my fears to quell, my hopes to raise...
but what I need my Bible says, is 'Jesus, only Jesus'."
Also, "Back to the old life I can not go....for I've had a glimpse of Jesus."
Of course there must be a lot more than just a 'glimpse' of Jesus!
Romans 5 tells of the 'much mores now' and Revelation 21 tells of the 'no mores then'.
In other words, Jesus is MORE than enough!
~His grace is greater than our sin
~His strength is greater than our temptations
~His peace is greater than our fears
~His comfort is greater than our sorrows
~His blessings are greater than our sacrifices
~His life, greater than our death
Jesus truly is SATISFACTION guaranteed, but also SACRIFICE guaranteed!
This is where many people miss the blessings for they want all that He gives...
but don't want to give all that He asks!
They need to 'alter their altars' and 'sacrifice their sacrifices'.
II Timothy 1:12 in the Amplified Version says it well:
"No one who believes (adheres to, relies on, trusts in) Jesus will ever be disappointed."
Hebrews 13:5-8: "He is the same yesterday, today and forever."
This does not mean that you will never have any disappointments,
but that DISAPPOINTMENTS equal HIS APPOINTMENTS.
He saved you and that is the greatest miracle in your life...
now trust Him for lesser miracles!
I like the hymn: "On Christ the solid rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand."
Read Matthew 7:24-27 on the use of the word 'rock' and thus:
"My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness."
We can sing, "I am satisfied with Jesus" but we must ask the question....
"Is my Master satisfied with me?"
While serving as Interim Pastor in Hilo, Hawaii, we had two visitors attend our morning worship service there who are from La Moyne's hometown of Hobart, Oklahoma.
I used the following poem and the Shnells continue to let us know via e-mail how much it meant to them.'
'My Name is I Am" (by Helen Mallicoat)
"I was regretting the past and fearing the future.
Suddenly my Lord was speaking.
'My name is I am'.
He paused....I waited....He continued.
'When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I WAS.
When you live in the future with its problems and fears, it is hard.
My name is not I WILL BE.
When you live in this moment it is not hard. I am here.
My name is I AM."
Please let The Crucifixion and The Resurrection of Jesus be your Hope and Joy for now,
as there is no disappointment in Jesus!
In November of 1981, we were in the midst of wedding preparations for our son Kyle and his wife Darr. Three weeks before the wedding, La Moyne's Dad (my buddy, Jim Harris) died of a heart attack. The suddenness of his death left our family reeling.
One of Jim's favorite hymns 'Because He Lives' (written just 10 yrs. before Jim's death) was sung at his funeral. La Moyne says that beautiful hymn has brought her much comfort throughout the years.
'Because He Lives'
(words/music by William J. Gaither)
"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!
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 vict'ry,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives!
"He is not here: for He is risen, as He said.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay." (Matthew 28:6)
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Beacuse He Lives! Thank God we can celebrate an empty tomb! This is a wonderful Easter message. I hope you both had a blessed day in the Lord. Your writing always touches me as Holy Spirit given and I love and appreciate you both. I hope you are doing well. Thank you again for this blessing. In Christ's Love, Julia