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Inspired*life is a lifestyle blog exploring faith, jewelry design, food, travel, gardens, gifts and DIY. My first memories are of being amazed by the intricate beauty of nature, and using my hands to create. Now as a grandma to six, I create with jewelry tools, garden tools, knitting needles, a camera, and anything eatable. Living an inspired*life is to soak it all in and to joyfully let it all out. Join me?

Good Words…

…to encourage and extol.

And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.    Isaiah 40:8

 

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Piercing Questions

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It seems like the same questions keep being asked.  Since Jesus walked on the earth people have asked who he was.

He was tried by the religious leaders of the time, who asked him to declare who he claimed to be.

But Jesus remained silent.

 The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

“You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”

 “He is worthy of death,” they answered.

 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?”

Matthew 26:63-68


 

He was asked by the Roman government, who under Pilate, washed his hands of the problem.

Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

Matthew 27:11

 

Then the question was asked of the people.

But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

“Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.

“Barabbas,” they answered.

“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.

They all answered, “Crucify him!”

“Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”

Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

Matthew 27:20-26

 

Today the question of who Jesus is, is still in the hands of every breathing person.  If Jesus was in front of you right now he would ask, “Who do you say the I am?”  Would you answer him?  Would you realize his sacrifice was for you?  He didn’t have to obey his Father into his own death, but he did it willingly so you could be forgiven and saved.  The spotless lamb was pierced by the thorns as the last sacrifice for all time.

What will be your answer?

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Do This in Remembrance of Me

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Exodus 12 tells how, in the Old Covenant, God punished the Egyptians who rebelled against Him, yet provided a way out for anyone who showed faith in God’s promises of deliverance from slavery.  God “passed over” the houses which had the lambs blood sprinkled on the door frame.  The lamb had become the sacrifice that saved people from God’s judgement.  This was Passover.

In the New Covenant, Jesus, the lamb of God, is the sacrifice made for all who believe Christ is God’s only Son, who has come to earth to be our once and for all sacrifice.  He is the last lamb.  When we believe Christ died for us, we take in Christ’s life and eat of the truth of His Word, live by His Spirit and love God and others in action and in prayer.  This is to eat of the bread of life.  The blood of the lamb is another symbol of how Christs’ life has been poured out for us, to substitute for our sin and bring us into fellowship with God.  To drink of the wine, symbolic of the blood shed on the cross, is to be right with God from all the sin of your life, past, present and future.  Jesus drank the cup, the wrath of God, so we could be in right relationship with God the Father forever.  To eat the bread and drink the wine is an act of faith thanking Jesus for His sacrifice and God the Father for forgiveness and love in which to live our lives.  This is communion, and Christ says, “do this in remembrance of me”.

They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 

For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying,

“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 

Luke 22:13-20

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and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 

In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood;

do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 

1 Corinthians 11:24-25

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Whether you are looking back at the cross and miracle of what Christ did…as the spotless lamb,

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or if you are looking for strength for today’s troubles…..

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or if you are looking forward to Christ’s return…when there will be no more shed blood, Christ says, “do this in remembrance of me”.

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Prayer of Thanks

Firstly, thanks for opening my eyes.

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Thank you Lord that you’ve felt pain like us and know human sorrow.

Thank you Lord that you trusted the Father and showed us how to accept suffering and give our will over to the Father.

Thank you Lord that you walked into the fullness of your purpose, thinking of your little ones and saving us.

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To God be the glory and power forever.

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If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.

If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides,

so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:11

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