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Day 39: Never Without



A day

WITHOUT JESUS is a day WITHOUT~

WITHOUT

Peace

WITHOUT

Hope

WITHOUT

Joy

&

WITH

Total separation from

GOD~

complete Darkness.

The same darkness that filled the sky on the day that is called

GOOD FRIDAY.

The day when

JESUS became separated from GOD on the Cross.

The brutal Cross where

HE hung~

"From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land" (Matthew 27:25)

Darkness filled the heart of HIS mother & HIS disciples.

A day WITHOUT JESUS is a day WITHOUT!

What is your "WITHOUT" that causes you to be WITHOUT?

But GOD allowed darkness to take over when

HE allowed HIS SON to suffer,

as JESUS wore each nail that kept HIM on the cross,

and was not exempt from feeling the stinging pain

of the punishment of sin

so that we can live

WITHOUT

ever being separated from GOD~

because there was

JESUS

experiencing

HIS WITHOUT MOMENT~

Total Darkness & Total Separation from

HIS FATHER

because

GOD never wanted us to live

WITHOUT HIM

so darkness would never take over us~

"GOD made HIM who had no sin to be sin for us,

so that IN HIM we might become the righteousness of GOD" (2 Corinthians 5:12).

And it all happened on a

"GOOD" day called

GOOD FRIDAY.

Good for us because

"GOD demonstrates HIS own love for us in this:

While we were still sinners, CHRIST died for us" (Romans 5:8).

GOOD FRIDAY

what appeared to be a not so GOOD day

to those who followed JESUS.

Where was their JESUS now?

Where was the MAN

who they saw perform life changing miracles?

Where was the MAN who said

"FOLLOW ME"* .

Did they miss the part that said

"let him deny himself and take up his cross"*(Matthew 16:24)

As they looked at the MAN who claimed to be

the SAVIOR

was bleeding on the cross.

Oh the heartache to live

WITHOUT the ONE who came to save you.

And there was

Mary

who watched the whole thing

and couldn't do one thing to stop

those from doing what they did.

Oh the heartache to TRUST GOD

in the midst of the most terrifying circumstance

where JESUS appeared to be

Helpless.

Would you have still BELIEVED IN HIM?

I don't think I would.

I would have forgotten the PROMISE

that JESUS told me before~

"They will mock HIM, insult HIM and spit on HIM; they will flog HIM and kill HIM..."

And then I would have forgotten

the best PROMISE of all

that would allow me to still BELIEVE

as I watched my JESUS die on a cross~

"On the third day he will rise again”(Luke 18:32-33).

Oh a moment WITHOUT remembering GOD'S PROMISE

is a moment WITHOUT.

Oh it was the worst of times from a human point of view

but

oh it was the best of times from JESUS' point of view

as HE did what transcends all understanding

so we never ever ever have to live

WITHOUT

PEACE that transcends all understanding

WITHOUT

HOPE that transcends all understanding

WITOUT

JOY that transcends all understanding.

Let's FAST from the weight of

WITHOUT ~

the whatever is stealing your PEACE, HOPE, and JOY~

and present it to the ONE who will be

WITH you despite your WITHOUT

because

A DAY WITHOUT JESUS is a day WITHOUT!

A MOMENT WITHOUT JESUS is a moment WITHOUT!

A SECOND WITHOUT JESUS is a second WITHOUT

because on that

GOOD FRIDAY

there was a Cross

And

"THERE WAS JESUS" (listen to the song below)


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