Rose for the Family

Spring holiday is a good time for families to “go out” together. Have a family date. Anywhere will do. Even if you don’t have much money there are places you can go, like the beach.  Just leave everything at home and go.

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Watch a sunrise. The clouds moving.

The rain cycle reminds me of prayer. The heat comes, our prayers go up to heaven, they collect with everyone elses prayers, then they (God’s answers) rain back down on us.

His kingdom comes. His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matt.6:10)

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Enjoy the sunshine. Sleep in the sand.

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Get sandy. Look at the fish. Just get out and see God’s creative world.

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Watch a sunset. He’s made so much for us to see. The sky is a never-ending canopy that He paints on new every day.

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This morning I started out on a walk that turned into a run.

I was thinking about family and also this being Passover weekend / Resurrection weekend

In Exodus when the first passover happened, the whole family was delivered. Not one here and one there but the whole family was protected by the blood on the door and also all the family left Egypt together. No one was left behind. They all went.

Now moving up to Jesus, He was/is the sacrificial lamb for our sins. He was/is the blood on the door for everyone in the family. Not just one person here or one person there but everyone in the family.

Jesus not only died for the family but He also rose for the family. He didn’t stay on the cross. He didn’t stay in the tomb either. After 3 days He got up from there and he disciples saw Him.

I think it is interesting that it was said that the linen / burial cloth was left in the tomb. Because if  Jesus were dead and someone had stolen his body, they of course would not have unwrapped it. That’d be gross, if he were dead.

But the thing is, He wasn’t dead and His body wasn’t stolen. He resurrected by the hand of God. He left the grave cloth behind and appeared fully dressed to His family, the disciples.

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3. So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb.

4. Both were running but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

5. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in.

6. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there,

7. as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen.

8. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.

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If you keep on reading in John 20 down to verse 16 and 19 onwards you read exciting accounts of the disciples seeing Jesus again after His resurrection.

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This is a good point to leave you with. His death, His blood were given for the family. He left His grave cloth behind and rose up for His/the family so that they (we) would believe.

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John 17:20-21

20. My prayer (Jesus’ prayer) is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

21. that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you sent me (Jesus).

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Everyone, Julia French

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