'Day One' Blog

Entering His Glory – April 11 (Easter Eve), ’20

The Icon of the Resurrection
Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church,
Orange, CT. Photograph © Patric Marchitto

Meditation for the Soul ~

“Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things
and then enter His glory?
Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets
He explained to them what was said
in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.
Luke 24:26-27
For God so loved the world,
that He gave His one and only Son
that whoever believes in Him
shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16
(see also: Matthew 28:9-20;
Luke 24:13-53; John 20:17 – 21:25)


Reflection for the Mind ~


Tomorrow we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! I cannot thank you enough for traveling with me these many weeks, and being willing to linger in the details of the events leading up to and through Jesus’ death and resurrection. This has been an experience for me unlike any other, and I’m so grateful to God for the way He has met with me.

It’s one thing to think back upon events that took place over two-thousand years ago, and an altogether other thing to be so immersed in the story that the news of Jesus’ resurrection hits you with a sense of disbelief and wonder as it might have if you were there to witness it! That is where I find myself as I write.

I have a deeper appreciation for the immeasurable power of God that not only sustained Jesus through the horror of His last days but defeated death by raising Him back to life! And why did God make this wondrous and terrible sacrifice? LOVE. Love drove the creation of and execution of the plan of redemption for humanity! GOD IS LOVE.

You’ve heard the expression “love does”? No one holds a candle to God when it comes to demonstrating the height, and length and breadth of His love. Jesus Christ, in cooperation with the Father and God the Spirit, ransomed me through His death! And He secured an eternal place for me in His presence through His resurrection from the dead! He did for me what I had no power to do for myself.

Jesus, the Lamb of God who “takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), was and is the essence of love, and graciousness, and passion, and truth. He is the sole One who defines sacrifice, sinlessness, and other-centeredness. All the beautiful gifts Jesus has given me (life, peace, joy, hope…) are mine because HE is mine! I can hardly contain myself!

And so I worship! I ascribe worth to my magnificent Lord, seated now at the right hand of God, the Father, (Acts 2:33)! All glory is His. Jesus has entered His glory and I have the honor of making much of Him! What a gift! I bow at His feet and pay homage to the One who gave everything to save me! I have done precisely NOTHING to earn or deserve Him, and yet, because of who HE is, I am His and He is mine, (Song of Songs 2:16)!

Let praise abound, brothers and sisters! We are children of the Risen, King of Glory! He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

Happy Easter ~


Response for the Heart ~


Jesus, how I love You! I simply cannot believe I am Yours! YOURS! You are more beautiful to me than ever after traveling with You these many weeks of Lent. I give you praise, my King! I worship You, Lord of heaven and earth, the One by whom and for whom all things were made! All that I am and have is Yours, so even my praise and worship is a regifting of sorts. I am so happy I can worship You! You are the risen Lord – MY risen Lord! Thank You, from my soul, for all You did to ransom me. Thank You, from my soul, for making me Yours. Thank You for all that awaits those who belong to You! Tomorrow is Easter! I celebrate You, Your victory over death, and the life I have in You! All my Hope is in You, Risen Lord.
I pray this in Your name, Jesus ~ Amen

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9 Comments

  • Lisa Smith

    1

    Anne, I'm sorry it has taken me so long to send this message after your final devotional, but I wanted to thank you for your thoughts over this Lenten season. I loved how you wrote that you got so "immersed" in Jesus' experience during this season that the result was "disbelief and wonder" at his actual resurrection! That's a cool experience to have. Thank you for taking the time to seek his heart and mind on these events and then sharing what you heard and experienced with us. So how do these blogs work? Are you done? Do you write on another topic? Now you have me addicted to your musings--what am I supposed to do now, Anne? :) With love and gratitude, Lisa

    • Anne Barbour

      2

      Hah! I'll be bk to regular weekly posts now that Lent is finished. I'll be happy to have you along, FOR SURE!! Thanks for your amazing insight thru your comments, Lisa! Very grateful!

  • kirk

    3

    There is nothing more encouraging than praise poured out to our KING. Thank you! Thank you for pouring out your heart and your worship and your praise to HIM. Thank you for pointing each of us to HIS sacrifice and HIS glory. Happy Easter. I can't wait!

  • David

    5

    Amen!!

  • Colleen Coombs

    6

    These devotionals have been so good and needed in this season. Thank you for taking the time to share your heart with us.

    • Anne Barbour

      7

      Thank you, Colleen, for being part of Lent 2020!! So grateful for you! -Anne

  • Allan Thomas Sawyer

    8

    Dear Anne, I woke up early this Holy Saturday morning and enjoyed your blog with a cup of Lavazza coffee. As your words filled my mind, I reflected on how Mary and the disciples felt on this day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, not knowing what tomorrow will bring. Surely Peter was distraught, having denied Jesus three times, just a few days earlier. A risen Savior had not yet happened. This must have been the darkest of days. Surely they all felt forsaken. Even the promised Holy Spirit had not yet come, as the Day of Pentecost was still in the future. James had not yet penned the words, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds..." These would not have been words that the disciples would have wanted to hear that first Holy Saturday. Surely the disciples were in despair. None of them had yet seen a risen Savior. Thomas had not been given the opportunity to put his finger into the holes in Jesus' hands, or to place his hand into the wounds in Jesus' side. The Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday must have been the darkest of days. Yet God had a plan. God already knew what was going to happen tomorrow. It was better than anyone could have imagined. As we face pandemics, earthquakes, fires, stock market crashes, and rumors of more bad to come, we must remember that we cannot see with God's eyes. Only He knows what tomorrow will bring. And it is better than anyone could have imagined. Thank you for your blogs these past weeks. It's Saturday, but tomorrow is Resurrection Sunday. Yours, but mostly HIS, Allan

    • Anne Barbour

      9

      Thank you, Alan, for these true reflections!! IT is VERY good to be in the family of God, especially now! Happy Easter - Anne

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