The Purity of the Womb and the Tomb

Photo credit: D. Scowden 12/2015

Jesus-born from the seed of a woman,
Came into the world from the virgin’s womb.
Nursed and nurtured from that same bosom,
To later come forth from a virgin tomb.

                 In Matthew 27:57-61 we read about the details of Jesus’ burial.  I wanted to know more so I read a Bible commentary that spoke of His virgin birth and His resurrection from a virgin tomb.  We know the virgin birth is one of a kind.  The fact that Jesus rose out of a virgin tomb was something I’d never thought of before, never really knew.

In a way that only God can, He showed me Jesus’ pure, undefiled majesty this morning.

Why is this so significant?  I think because I am the exact opposite.  Impure.  Defiled.  Plain and ordinary.  In these details, I’m given a different picture of Jesus.  One that has opened my eyes and heart to the great love He has for me, for you.  It’s not that I haven’t know His love for me before this morning.  It’s just that I am seeing it differently.

Humanity – broken and defiled by sin.  A treacherous, evil-hearted people, whom the Father loves so much that He brought forth, not just once, but twice, His innocent Son, from purity.  The ultimate price for me.

The purity of the womb and the tomb.  The undefiled nature of God.  The miraculous and majestic resurrected Christ.  A beautiful picture of the gift our Heavenly Father has given us.

On days that feel hopeless, dark and dreary, remember those few hours of utter darkness before Jesus gave up His Spirit.  Then the veil was torn, light was everywhere and for everyone. (from Matthew 27:45-54)  Close your eyes and imagine the scene.  Know that He did all of that just for you and me.

So, not matter what is going on in your life, the Lord knows, cares and will – take care of you.  He shows us in the beauty of His creation.

 The trees are barren
no life do I see.
The air is bitter
and cold.
Is there hope of life
outside?  I ponder.
In brokenness and strife
my heart wants to flee.

Yet in the quietness
of this winter,
I see a sign, a glimmer
of hope.
A bird is perched
on yonder branch.
Of life and love
will beauty enter.

I thank You, Lord
for this strife.
For the days of
winter and of cold.
Your hope is real
and true, and sure.
As true as when from
purity came your life.

The trees are barren,
life will unfold.
Of time I will
no longer fear.
In quiet moments
do I hear,
Your sweet song,
my hope it holds.

 

 

You Are Never Too Far Gone

You Are Never Too Far Gone

Debra Scowden © 12-28-15

Have you ever felt like you have committed an unpardonable sin?  Something so horrific that you want only to hide your face in shame?  Or maybe even worse?  I have.

Having spent over half of my life living in and of the world, my list of unpardonable sins is very long.  The weight of which has caused me to fall flat on my face many, many times.  Do you know the burden I’m speaking of?  That big bag of crud we carry around on our backs.  Shame, regret, remorse.  I still, sometimes, feel its weight on my back.

The dictionary defines horrific as ‘causing horror.’  Horror is defined, as a noun, meaning ‘an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying or revolting.’  Yes, I am guilty of such things.

But my friend, there is hope.  I know because I have found it.  I have been saved from my sin by God’s amazing grace.  Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  All it took was someone sharing with me the sweet gift of Jesus.  My part was to simply believe, to have faith that Jesus is who He says He is.  That He is God’s Son, who died on the cross for me and you, for our unpardonable sins.

So today, if you are feeling too far gone, have hope.  The Lord Jesus Christ wants to save you, too.  If you have not yet accepted His free gift of grace and salvation, do so now.  You won’t regret it.  I promise.

The road of salvation is beautiful.  It is joy-filled, hope-filled and freeing.  I am no longer a slave to sin, but a woman who has been given a new life.   My heart and mind praise His Holy Name for this gift.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for opening my heart and mind to Your free gift of forgiveness, for grace, and for showing me the Way.  I pray that all would know this precious gift of salvation from You.   Jesus, You paid our debt when You gave up Your life for ours. There is nothing more important to me than You.  I pray that anyone reading this, who doesn’t yet know You, would accept You and your gift of redemption.   In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

You are never too far gone,

from Jesus’ arms.

The beauty of the dawn,

Is within your reach,

Don’t hesitate.

There’s room for each

and every one

who calls on His name,

and claims Jesus Lord.

In death all sin He overcame.

 

PEOPLE GET READY

PEOPLE – GET READY

 

December 26, 2015

People, get ready, for Jesus is coming.  We have probably all heard this phrase before.  Many of us probably thought, “whatever” or “what is that supposed to mean anyway?”   I once had the same thoughts.  Hearing this had no real effect on me.  It has taken me many, many years to begin to grasp the important significance of this short, but powerful phrase.

We read about some details and some signs in the book of Matthew.  Here you read details. “So if anyone tell you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.  For as lightening that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  Wherever this is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. (Mt. 24:26-28)

My understanding of that verse is there will be no mistaking the return of Jesus.  ALL will know, with great certainty, that the time has come, the signs will be abundantly clear.  But here’s the thing, when Jesus returns to rule and reign, those of us who believe in Him will have been taken up.  Those who have delayed making the decision to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, will experience a sudden separation and severe shock.

Jesus wants that none perish, but all to have life in eternity with Him.  As I write this I am thinking of those I know personally that have not made this decision.  My heart aches.  The decision is not any easy one, but once made, “… the peace, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7).  The decision will be worth it, I promise.  I pray that anyone who is reading this, that has not yet accepted Jesus, not to delay.  Profess with your mouth that Jesus is the Son of God, lived a sinless life and died on the cross for your sins, and you will be saved.

The day of the Lord is soon to come.

All will know; may your heart believe.

Like lightening’s flash and thunder’s drum,

Jesus’ scarlet thread in you be conceived.

The hour, the day, the second’s unknown.

That’s why the decision is so significant.

Take Jesus in your heart, make Him your own,

Be washed white as snow, be innocent.

He’ll give you peace you cannot fathom;

He will guard your heart and mind.

You are a descendant of Eve and Adam,

A precious creation, God carefully designed.

So, my dear, let not another day pass by,

Ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.

Then you will shout from up high and testify

That you belong to our God and Creator.

Let the day He returns be for you great joy,

And to those in your life, your circle of influence.

Indeed, Jesus Christ is the real McCoy.

This decision a life changing experience.

People be ready, Jesus is coming,

Here, on earth, to rule and reign.

May angels sing of your homecoming,

For my precious, to die for Him is true gain.

Debra Scowden © 2015