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IT IS FINISHED 

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” ‭John‬ ‭19:28-30‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Scripture was fulfilled at this glorious moment. This man proved to be more that just a great prophet. He was more than the great teacher. He was more than the rabbi. Jesus was more, than the carpenters son.  He IS the SON of God. He IS the Savior of the world. He is the Messiah. 

As Jesus gave up His Spirit, the words He spoke, began to come alive to the apostles. The world, now received the gift Jesus promised of The Holy Spirit. There is no longer the veil that separated us from our Holy God. You see friend – though we are sinners (which separates us from God), we have been given access to enter into the place where Gods holiness rest. We have been redeemed. We have been bought with the precious blood of Jesus. God now sees us covered by the blood of Jesus – so, we are now worthy to enter the Holy place where Gods presence rest.

The book of John has always been one of my favorite books of the bible. Each time I read about Jesus dying on the cross, It always brings me to tears. The idea of a man, who left His Fathers side to come down and begin a personal relationship with us is such a great LOVE STORY. He first, calls us by name. Then He lets us know we have purpose in this life. He calls us out on our issues – anything that holds us back from drawing closer to Him.

 

“FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:6‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Take the woman at the well for instance. {John 4;9} She was first of all a Samaritan (whom the Jews had no association with). Jesus goes with the desire to reveal Himself to her. There is this beautiful picture of two people, of two different societies. Jesus crosses the line of reputation, by merely speaking to her. Once He reveals who He is – He then calls her out on her sin. Was Jesus saying this to shame her? Absolutely not! Jesus (in my words) is telling her; here’s what you are doing – but even so, I love you! Let those things go, so I can teach you how to worship in spirit and truth. Now tell your friends about me. Share that I have revealed myself to you.

If you read the chapter, the samaritan woman did not get upset and run from Him. She, in fact, believed who He said He was. With what He knew about her, she would have been stoned and condemned. But instead, she experienced unconditional love. She didn’t have to hide who she was. It was spoken out right in front of her. She was left with a choice to walk away and ignore, or believe she’s been forgiven and share about Him.

 

Friend, this death that Jesus died on the cross was ALL for LOVE! A FIERCE LOVE! A love you will never experience apart from Him. His death was painful and gruesome. Yet, out of something so horrific and tragic came great blessing and honor. We are now sanctified, we are now in communion with the Father. We have been given the gift of eternal life with the Father in heaven. Satan has been defeated, and death has no victory over us.

 

As Jesus hung on that cross, there were two men being crucified. They each hung on the sides of Jesus. One to His right, and one to His left. One mocked Him, shouting “are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” While the other rebuked him and said “do you not fear God. We suffer justly, and we deserve our deeds but this man has done nothing wrong.” He was in such a state of revelation, that in faith he tells Jesus “remember me in your kingdom!” Jesus’ powerful and hopeful reply was, “today, you will be with me in paradise”.  His promise of eternal life through His death, was being spoken over that mans life, because of His faith.

Those powerful words spoken to that man while on the cross, still speak to us today. We have the opportunity to have eternal life in paradise with our heavenly Father. If we confess Jesus as our Lord and Savior – our names are written in the book of life. We are not only promised eternal life, but we can grow in this love that God offers us. We learn more about it daily. We learn it through sufferings of this life, in miracles. We learn it in our daily highs and lows of life. If we sincerely look for Jesus through the storms of life – He WILL be found! Just as the man hung beside Jesus and received revelation of Him. So can we!

This is one of the most important times in a believers life. We get to celebrate what Jesus did on the cross. Praying for those especially that don’t know our Savior. May they come to know Jesus as their Lord. May we know Him, and live for Him!

Rest in Him friend,

With Love,

Rosie Hernandez

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BUILD A LIFE ON LOVE

Relationships are vital to our daily life. If you want a good marriage you need to work on building a strong relationship with your spouse. If you are dating – you are definitely looking for faithfulness in your relationship. If you want a good friendship there has to be trust between friends to share your issues with one another. We want to be heard. We want to be understood. We want to be loved! We give to others and in return, hope that others will give back.

Here are some things I would like to ask you to think about…

How do you respond when you don’t agree with someone? Or, you have very different views on life or beliefs?! I’m not just talking about a loved one or a friend. What about an acquaintance, neighbor, a coworker, or even someone you may not enjoy being around sometimes? How do you interact with them? Are you awkward or even obviously annoyed by them? Do you ignore them because you have nothing in common? Do you know how to be civil with someone you really don’t care too much for?

Things aren’t always gonna be the way we want it to be. People aren’t always gonna agree with you. People aren’t always gonna respond how we would like them to. So, learning to respond in LOVE, instead of reacting off our emotions – will leave a lasting impression on others. People will remember those things and will appreciate it – even if they don’t say it!

I’ve been around many different types of people with different attitudes in my life and it started off as a little girl. I have 6 sisters and 2 brothers. So our home was constantly chaos. There was always so much noise and screaming because we were mostly girls with different attitudes and needs. We often fought for the attention of our parents. Myself, being the eldest girl I believed I was the boss. I always had to be in charge. And because of that I’ve had to learn the hard way – that things can’t always be my way!

When I became a Christian I learned, that being right all the time and wanting to take control isn’t how God expects us to be. I look at the life of Jesus and admire how, He was such a servant! Though He was fully God He didn’t come to this world to have people bow down and serve Him. In fact He did the opposite. He became the blessing to others by meeting their needs. The more I study who Jesus is, the more I’m drawn to Him. Walking in love is attractive. When you are something that is contrary to what people see nowadays, it is appealing.

This world is already filled with soo much hate and selfishness. I think most would agree that the times we live in, are darker than ever before. Let’s learn to be the light this world needs to see these days. Don’t let the fear of our chaotic and aggressive world, intimidate you. Be someone who loves fiercely. People will appreciate it! People will be thankful for it. Don’t we want to be appreciated?! I know I do! 
You have the power to change a persons attitude; by loving them when they don’t deserve it. By smiling at the angriest faces. By hugging a person who is having a bad day. We don’t really know what has caused a person to be so angry. Those negative responses are usually an expression of some issue in their life that has caused fear or hurt. We unintentionally react out of our emotions in a negative way. So because of the fear or hurt from someone else; we lash out. I’ve been there! 

“You are the light that shines for the world to see. You are like a city built on a hill that cannot be hidden. ‭‭” Matthew‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭

Don’t let the darkness in this world cause your light to go out! You are the light who God created uniquely and beautifully!

 

Rest in Him friend,

With LOVE,

Rosie Hernandez