Today is Good Friday, and Sunday is Easter. As many of you know already! I hope you’ve got some awesome plans for family & fellowship this weekend loves!
And no, I haven’t been to seminary (or even a faith based college, I actually went to one of the biggest party schools east of the Mississippi! Sadly!) but I do feel lead to share this quick post on a very, very important weekend.
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(Now back to the scheduled programming…ha!)
I’ve started Max Lucado’s new book Glory Days, and it just struck me the timing of this. In the yearly reading plan I’m doing with a group of girls, we’ve been walking with Moses & the Israelites for weeks now, and we’re just getting to Joshua this weekend. Glory Days talks about Joshua (as does Sun Stands Still by Steven Furtick, which I also highly recommend!) and through our reading, we also just finished Luke, and those last few chapters really stood out based on the holiday coming up and all it means.
These all are dancing together in my mind and really making me think. Max talks about a study done where roughly 11% of church members said they felt they were living in their “promised land” – the rest still felt like they were wondering in the proverbial desert. God gave us freedom in a small way, but we’re still walking in circles! The wilderness meant freedom from being literal slaves, but they were still slaves to fear & negativity! Let’s be real, most of us are still living like that right?! I’ve SO been there, so I’m certainly not judging, I get it. But I’m not living there anymore! And to me, “promised land” isn’t Heaven, because that’s the place of total perfection. Joshua still had to get his hands dirty defending their land, but God set up victory for them! So to me, it’s that manifestation of “on earth as it is in heaven” – slices of heaven, with trials and drama still, but ultimately victory overall!
Or as Max writes about us living in the “promised land” mentality:
“God’s breakthroughs out number our breakdowns, and His promises outweigh our problems, and victory becomes our way of life!”
We get to live from victory & expect it! Even for the crap we don’t really know about in the future, but you better believe drama will come up, and yet, God’s already written our victory speeches! (Figuratively, but you get the idea!)
Like many, I grew up in a legalistic environment. I know church hurt like the back of my hand. Theology gets tricky right? Dramatic, totally dramatic! I grew up with all the “take up your cross” verses being thrown at us. Be poor like Christ, etc. And yes, there is of course a point and truth to that, hello – it’s in scripture.
The topic of carrying your cross….Jesus only carried His cross a little bit, and even then, the soldiers had someone from the crowd help him carry it the rest of the way. Coincidence? I think not, totally a lesson God would like us to see (in my opinion.)
The argument of Jesus being poor, and blessed are the poor – Was Jesus poor? Um…no not really, based on the nerdy amounts of history & culture from the first century I’ve read about, being a carpenter and craftsman made Him rather middle class, possibly even upper middle class depending on the family biz’s clientele. And we also learn that He had many wealthy people, mostly women/widows traveling with Him and supplying for their needs. So yes, He wasn’t exactly earthly wealthy, but he also wasn’t begging for food exactly either. Here’s what I strongly believe about this topic and the juxtaposition it creates in our faith….At the time, the opposite of Jesus was the higher ups in the Jewish society & religion. The Pharisees and the like, they were all about showing their wealth, showing their status. They rubbed elbows with rich bold guys (taking some poetic liberty here, but you get what I mean! 😉 haha!) While Jesus preferred the children, hippies and leapers. SO opposite! So my understanding about being “poor” is not exactly about financials, it’s more about being “poor in spirit”, humble, etc.
BUT what about the rich young ruler!!?!? Yes, yes, I know, the argument I’ve heard since I was 3 years old….BUT he LOVED his money more than other things. So he didn’t do as Jesus told him because he was sad to see his stuff go, he loved it too much, it was too much a part of his identity to trust & have faith in something other than his wealth! So no, being poor doesn’t make you a “better Christian” or anything else. Sorry, it’s just not true. Staying small, does not equal a great faith based life! Sorry y’all, I can’t find that in any of my Bible translations! (#endrant – ha! Sorry!)
So without making this post into a novel, the point is, those topics, verses and pieces of argument have truth to them. No doubt or they wouldn’t be in that little app on your phone! 😉 ha! BUT, and this is a big BUT…
God is also FOR you!
So as we celebrate this weekend, remember that yes, this day 2000 or some odd years ago was excruciating for Jesus and those who loved him! But we get 20/20 vision on this one guys. Yes, Jesus suffered, yes He carried a cross that weighed God only knows how much on his already beaten body. Yes, He took every bit of everything negative on Himself as he died for each of us. BUT – He scored the VICTORY! Like every single victory EVER! He literally got THE mic drop to end all mic drops!! (Yes, I just went there!)
So yes darlings, we have an inheritance in Him, we get to live in our promise land here, with slices of heaven all around us, if we so choose to believe He’s good for that & have faith in it all. But NO, it doesn’t mean rainbows and butterflies. It just means we get to win more than we lose. Because the enemy’s already sorely lost roughly 2,000 years ago, and he is SUPER late to catch up on that news y’all! 😉
Yes – there is still negative things in our world, but as we eat too many chocolate bunnies and fluffy chick marshmallow goodness this weekend, please remember this: Yes, we have suffering still, but that is not the main course, the main course for us as free sons & daughters is just that FREEDOM & victory. And don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise, Jesus worked too hard for you to stay in chains!! And to me, that’s just SO awesome and majorly worth celebrating!
I’ll leave you with this awesome quote from the amazing Bob Goff:
“Darkness fell. His friends scattered. All hope seemed lost. But heaven just started counting to three.”
With love & blessings,