For God So Loved The World

An Easter Greeting
For God So Loved The World

For God so loved the world
A world condemned and lost
That He gave His only Son
To die upon a cross;
His one and only spotless Son
Who had no sin in Him,
Who bore the sins of every soul
And was condemned for them;
He suffered sickness, grief, and shame,
Wretchedness, unending pain,
Betrayal, persecution, death,
The curse of hell in the end…
He took upon Himself the curse
God’s righteous Law said we deserved
Because all souls from Adam’s race
Are born in sin and must be saved.
Adam is a word that stands
For each and every soul of man
Women, children it includes,
~Adam sinned for me and you.
Though we were never born as yet
His sin affected all his race.

When Jesus died upon the cross
He bore the sins of all the lost,
That all who might believe in Him
By faith be made righteous within.
Adam disobeyed God’s Law
And all in Him became sinners…
Jesus Christ obeyed God’s will
To take upon Himself man’s sin…
And all who will believe in Christ
Who in His cross choose to abide
Have their sins by Him removed
In Christ by faith they are made pure
For Christ, their Adam, God obeyed
And by His act many souls saved
Through faith in Him and by God’s grace.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer Poem, Copyright ©️ by Suzanne Davis Harden through the risen Lord Jesus Christ in me, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father, in Jesus’ name, amen., All Rights Reserved.

May Christ Be Honored.

ENCOURAGING SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION

God gave Jesus as a way to forgive people’s sins
through their faith in Him.
God can forgive them
because the blood sacrifice of Jesus
pays for their sins
.

God gave Jesus to show that
He always does what is right and fair.
He was right in the past
when He was patient
and did not punish people for their sins.

And in our own time He still does what is right.
God worked all this out in a way
that allows Him to judge people fairly
and still make right any person
who has faith in Jesus.

God makes people right
through their faith in Jesus Christ.

He does this for all
who believe in Christ.
Everyone is the same.

All have sinned
and are not good enough
to share God’s divine greatness.
They are made right
with God by His grace.
This is a free gift.

They are made right with God
by being made free from sin
through Jesus Christ.”
Romans 3:22-26 ERV
(Easy to Read Version)

“When Adam sinned,
sin entered the world.

Adam’s sin brought death,
so death spread to everyone,
for everyone sinned.

Yes, people sinned
even before the law was given.
But it was not counted as sin
because there was not yet
any law to break.

Still, everyone died—
from the time of Adam
to the time of Moses—
even those who did not disobey
an explicit commandment of God,
as Adam did.

Now Adam is a symbol,
a representation of Christ,
who was yet to come.

But there is a great difference
between Adam’s sin
and God’s gracious gift
.

For the sin of this one man, Adam,
brought death to many.

But even greater
is God’s wonderful grace
and his gift of forgiveness to many
through this other man, Jesus Christ.

And the result of God’s gracious gift
is very different from the result
of that one man’s sin.

For Adam’s sin
led to condemnation,
but God’s free gift leads to our
being made right with God,
even though we are
guilty of many sins.

For the sin of
this one man, Adam,
caused death to rule
over many.

But even greater
is God’s wonderful grace
and his gift of righteousness,
for all who receive it
will live in triumph
over sin and death
through this one man,
Jesus Christ.

Yes, Adam’s one sin
brings condemnation for everyone,
but Christ’s one act of righteousness
brings a right relationship with God
and new life for everyone.

Because one person disobeyed God,
many became sinners.

But because one other person
obeyed God,
many will be made righteous.

God’s law was given so that all people
could see how sinful they were.
But as people sinned more and more,
God’s wonderful grace
became more abundant.

So just as sin ruled over all people
and brought them to death,
now God’s wonderful grace
rules instead,
giving us right standing
with God and resulting in eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 5:12-21 NLT (New Living Translation)

For God So Loved The World~ Prayer Song & Scripture Painting Collage, Copyright © 2021 by Suzanne Davis Harden through the risen Lord Jesus Christ in me, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father, in Jesus’ name, all rights reserved.

*Bible quotations, Easy to read version, (ERV) Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International; Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

May Christ Be Honored.


Death Could Not Hold Him

Death Could Not Hold Him


On the cross Christ bore the sins
Of all humanity
Not all the pain and sin and shame
For all eternity
Not even all the hosts of hell
Nor death claimed victory…

Over Christ, God’s only Son
Who shed His spotless blood
To redeem our sinful souls
And make us each His child…

Born anew in righteousness,
Not ours but Christ’s alone,
A righteousness we could not earn
But His redemption clothed.

Christ purchased righteousness for us
With His spotless blood;
We receive His gift of grace,
By faith we know and trust

That God is ever faithful,
That He can never lie
He was faithful to His Son
To raise Him back to life
After Jesus bore our sins
And suffered hell three days
His Father kept His Holy Word
And rose Him from the grave…

Now He lives to die no more
So all can now be saved
Who come to Christ for salvation
When to the Lord they pray
Asking Christ into their heart
His children now are they
To ever walk with Him by faith
To love Jesus with all their heart
And ever sing His praise.
In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

(Prayer Poem) All Glory To God, Copyright
© 2020, Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights
Reserved.)

SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION

“In hope of eternal life, which God, that
cannot lie, promised before the world
began;” Titus 1:2 KJV

“For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV

“For He hath made Him to be sin for
us, who knew no sin; that we might be
made the righteousness of God in
Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my
glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest
in hope.

For Thou wilt not leave my
soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer
Thine Holy One to see corruption.” ~
Psalms 16:9-10 KJV

“For we walk by faith and not by
sight…” 2 Corinthians 5:7

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”
John 3:16-17 KJV

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving the world so much that You sent Thy only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, that we might not perish, but have everlasting life with Thee. Jesus Christ is our indescribable Gift of eternal life from Thee. We thank You for the cross and the resurrection. We love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“Death Could Not Hold Him” (Prayer Poem~All glory to God~Copyright © 2020 by Suzanne Davis Harden, All rights reserved. Original Scripture Painting, All Glory to God, Copyright © 2020 by Suzanne Davis Harden, All rights reserved. Scripture Quotes taken from the King James Bible (Public Domain)

GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS

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God Shall Wipe Away Every Tear

 I once had a doll named “Pitiful Pearl” when I was a small child. In all my memories of her she has a tiny tear attached to her homely little face. Whether the tear was an original part of the doll or I drew it on her, I’m not sure. I only remember one of her big eyes had a tiny tear affixed to it which made her look perpetually sad, even though she wore a faint painted on smile. Her clothes were all bedraggled giving her the appearance of a poor abandoned orphan.

 I wanted this doll from the moment I saw her advertised. I don’t remember whether she was a Christmas or birthday gift, but my mom and dad always bought me the dolls I requested without asking any questions. They never failed to encourage me to be myself and to play with the toys that spoke to my heart.

They were wonderful parents for they always nurtured me in the gifts and talents that God had given me.

I loved my little Pearl. I pretended she was the “Little Match Girl” in Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tale and poor Cinderella and every other victim in many another fairy tale. She was a great doll! And if I felt sad in any way I would identify with her.

Like the time my imaginary friend Dinky called my little sister a “Stinker” – a notoriously bad word in those days- and I got in trouble for it!!

But then came the day when my oldest brother went on a rampage and decided to pretend to have a war raid. He had been inspired by old west movies and TV shows.

My dolls became the hapless victims of his vivid imagination. He kidnapped my Chatty Cathy and my Pitiful Pearl and buried them in the vast no man’s land we called “the Lot” outside far beyond the garage somewhere and then refused to tell me where he’d buried my precious dolls.

I was inconsolable… till I discovered the Barbie, Ken, and Midge dolls… 🙂

That Pitiful Pearl doll has lived in my memory more than any other doll I had as a child. Maybe it’s because of its sad little tear and incongruous smile despite its raggedness.

The Bible says in Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”

God cherishes each of us. He came to us in the form of a man, as Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. Jesus told the Pharisees, who were the religious leaders of His day, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” -Luke 5:31-32

The Bible says in the book of Romans 3:23 “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Jesus Christ came to save all people. For God’s word says in Romans 3:10-11: “.. as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.”

We all need Jesus. But not all see this truth. Jesus said in His sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)

In God’s sight, we all, like my Pitiful Pearl doll, have a tiny tear in our eye. That tear is sin, a hopelessness, that only He can wipe away. Jesus has made a way to wash this tear away, through His spotless blood that He shed for all of us on His cross when He suffered and died for our sins over 2000 years ago.

 He says in Romans 10:9-11, 13 “…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” …For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Though we may die and be buried like my Pitiful Pearl doll, Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11:25-26)

Pitiful Pearl still lives on in my heart though she’s been buried in the lot of the house where I grew up for many years now. Her memory has never left me.

Even so, those who love Jesus will live forever in the heart of God, only in a more beautiful way which is far beyond anything we could ever dream or imagine.

 God’s word says in 1 Corinthians 2:9 “But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him…”—

 And as for all our tears, God promises to wipe away every tear, every sorrow, and all death forever someday.

Revelation 21:4 says, “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

 These are beautiful truths to ponder and be thankful for as we gather with our loved ones and friends over the Thanksgiving Holidays.  May each of you have a blessed Thanksgiving with your loved ones and friends. God bless you all with rivers of peace, hope, health, and joy, in Jesus name, amen.

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