Hey y’all! I hope you had a great Lord’s Day! I had a lovely day~ church, lunch at church, and a great afternoon/ evening with friends. Didn’t do anything particularly “Eastery” except decorate the lunch tables and actually eat dessert this week. 🙂 (I may have even had a jelly bean- gasp!)
Today’s sermon was especially applicable as news of serious issues have come in this week. I feel like a huge part of my finally feeling like an “adult” recently has come from being made aware of real, hard, raw life. Death, sin, deception, abortion, working through suffering– all this was stuff I really never had to deal with as a child and even into my teens. I’m grateful for my relatively easy life, but it’s a lot to grasp. While writing half this post I was sitting up awake in the morning hours after hearing about the unexpected sudden death of friends’ mother~ reality check. Thankful for comfort in Jesus.
* I know that my Redeemer lives. | The word for redeemer here is “goel”, which means kinsman redeemer. This concept is just another amazing layer of God’s incredible wisdom and theology and I only just heard about it today, so I cant really speak on it, but my general understanding now is that “goel” assumes the presence of a familial relationship, like Boaz had an “obligation” to Ruth. It means that we can always count on Him and God will always be working on our behalf. And that we are in Jesus’s family!
* And He will stand here on earth. | The battle with sin began on this earth. It’s not the Devil who makes us sin– Romans 5:12, “By one man did sin enter the world…” In Job 16 somewhere he says what a comfort it will be to have a mediator here with him. Job knows that his Redeemer will come to earth. Jesus came, in the flesh. He knows what it’s like to be human. He knows the icky struggles, the sweat, the bad hair days.
* In my flesh, I shall see God. | After my skin is rotten, the worms have eaten my body, I am d.e.a.d, Christ will raise me again in the flesh. He will raise me from the dust. There is also so much theology packed in here, too, but this body, this life, is not all there is. There is so much more than we can see.
Resurrection is the inauguration to indestructible life. No more pains, sorrows, guits, or fears. This life is not all there is. Suffer now, delay gratification. (Hear that, America? lol) Our whole lives we should be losing our lives; just as the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies and thus rises again, we need to be dying to ourselves and living in light of the Resurrection. There is so much more going on than we can see and we need to trust in that. We have to trust in that.
So, today’s outfit: I bought this dress at the thrift store a month or two back. Long story short since it involves two crazy children in the dressing rooms and a picky hour glass figure, I couldn’t figure out a way to wear it without looking tight across the backside after I bought it, so it hung in my bedroom looking too pretty to give away. After spending all day last Saturday sewing my sister a dress, I was out of time and enthusiasm to make myself one. Inspiration hit when I saw this one still hanging there; I grabbed my trusty cardigan and voila! Somehow it made it modest. Sweet.
How was your Resurrection Lord’s Day? I hope your weather is warming up like ours is!