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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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BRIGHTER DAYS ARE COMING 

Spring is around the corner and I know people are excited for the longer days and brighter everything. There’s something wonderful about the transformation taking place as we begin to see, what was dry and dead – is now beginning to come alive again. Nature is taking it’s course and the blooming season is here.

 

This got me thinking about how blooming takes place in our lives as well. We are constantly experiencing different seasons in our lives. This thought came to my mind, and I couldn’t help but rejoice; no matter how gray our lives can seem, how dry we may feel or how dead (spiritually) we have become – we can rejoice that HOPE remains. Giving up shouldn’t be an option. There is always something to look forward to, no matter how heavy the clouds seem to hover over you. Our hope must remain in our Savior – Jesus Christ.

Just as the light is necessary for growth and reproduction in nature. Even so our lives NEED the light of this world – which is Jesus! For growth within our hearts and lives we need to be filled up with His Spirit that brings life. So that we can reproduce the joy that is within. Through the light that guides and shines through us, we can now spring forth good fruit.

“If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭11:36‬ ‭NLT

Just as natures colors radiate around us during Spring – our lives should radiate because of the one who resides in our heart. Through my learning to rest in Gods peaceful presence – I have become content through the dark and brighter days of life. Only because I have learned that nothing in this life is certain, but the love of Christ is always certain. There is true contentment in a life that is surrendered to Jesus Christ. I have found the Person in whom, my resting should be placed in. I’ve become fully aware that as a follower of Christ, my burdens are to be placed upon Him and Him alone. The joy that beams within us, can become attractive to those around us, leaving them wanting that fulfillment in their lives. The question will remain… why is this person so full of life even through the darkest of times?!? It becomes an opportunity to share with someone – that our strength to pursue joy, even in the darkest of times is only found in the resting of Gods presence. Our lives are meant to have purpose! This is our purpose – that we share Gods goodness. When the trials of life come, we can remain standing. And, not just standing, but overcoming with power and fulfillment.

Don’t you want to have a life fulfilled with real purpose?! I know I do.

Every trial we face is for a purpose. God doesn’t overlook your pain, or your dark seasons of life. Just as the rain prepares the soil for growth – our “dark and rainy” seasons will produce growth in our lives that will leave us stronger, and full of life. Seek for this contentment in your life.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:12-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

May your days to come radiate with, love, purpose and Gods goodness. Praying for strength through your seasons.

Rest in Him friend,

With love,

Rosie Hernandez