When everyone thought Jesus was dead and defeated, they were shocked to discover he had risen from the dead, and in fact had done exactly what he had planned all along. Likewise, your life is not what it seems, because the Lord has always seen an amazing potential for your life, and can overcome anything to help you. So take hope! Celebrate! And get ready to take up your own cross, and follow the Lord.
Jesus allowed himself to be arrested, tried, tortured and executed, and then rose from the dead. Part of what he was doing was showing us a path that will lead each person to the amazing potential he sees in each of us. Therefore, take up your cross and follow the Lord by walking a new path that includes self-examination, prayer, and spiritual struggle, so that you can fulfill your beautiful potential.
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Here are the readings from “Worship the Lord”:
The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.
On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you….”
True Christian Religion 123-124
God’s power and his will are one. Because he wills nothing but what is good, he cannot do anything but what is good. …God is in fact goodness itself. When he does something good, he is in himself. He cannot walk away from himself.
…[So] you can see how crazy it is to think that God can condemn anyone, curse anyone, throw anyone into hell, predestine anyone’s soul to eternal death, avenge wrongs, or rage against or punish anyone. It’s even crazier to actually believe this, let alone teach it. In reality, God cannot turn away from us or even look at us with a frown. To do any such thing would be against his essence, and what is against his essence is against himself.