Monday, July 11, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 July 16

Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, (Luke 24:1-8)

Today’s Morsel: I sometimes wonder why we humans mourn and are sad at the report of death.  Yes, we hate to see those that we love depart, but shouldn’t we rejoice?  The Bible tells us that precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of saints (Psalms 116:15).  Those who were close to Christ at His death were saddened, too.  Jesus had told them that He would die, but it was hard for them to grasp.  How could the One who done so much good to and for so many be put to death? His disciples probably felt as though they would now be ridiculed for following what some had called a fake or a con man.  But they had forgotten and failed to grasp that Jesus told them He would die, be buried, and even that He would rise again.  And when the angels told them that He was risen they were still perplexed.  One of the things about serving Jesus is, if you fail to understand His words, there will be sadness at death.  But if you grasp the meaning of His words, then there will be joy unspeakable and even that time of loss will be full of glory!

Sing:  There is a little morning outside, there’s a new beginning in the sky.  It’s been awhile but now the time is right to spread your wings and fly.  Silent heart sings a brand new song, the darkest night is just before the dawn, weary souls arise, wipe the pain from your eyes, there’s a little bit of morning outside.

Thought For Today: He’s not here, He has risen! 

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