Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WordFILLED Wednesday: Prepared...

As I've mentioned before, my favorite Bible study is going through the book of John this year. Due to this fact we are spending more time focusing on "Easter" after the date...in much detail. I must admit my first reaction to this was, "ugh...this is so heavy and sorrowful...I want to move past to the joy and hope." It has become very clear that is not what God wanted for me...I have a lot to learn from Christ's sufferings.

Are you ever shocked by how truths of scripture just flow out of your mouth without you really thinking about them? Do they lose their emotional value and weight? In dealing with small children this is often the case...I am thankful (truly) for Christ's death on the cross for my sins but I forget the awfulness of that sacrifice..or maybe, I just want to move on to the joy and hope. You cannot fully have one without the other. If you do not truly understand your awful rotten sinfulness you will not have the fullest joy and hope for the future.

"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Cor. 5:12
"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich." 2 Cor. 8:9
"You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked." Rev. 3:17

I know some of you are still wondering how I ended up with a picture of an Austen wedding with Revelation 19 on it. Well, I'll tell you... perhaps the most interesting thing that I got out of this week was that contrast of him becoming naked and humiliated on the cross...for me. Why did he do it? We are naked and filthy rags before God...but when Jesus became our sacrifice he was naked and carried all our sins...and because of that...I'm clothed in wedding clothes...pure and white! Do you see what it says..."fine linen, clean and bright...HAS BEEN GIVEN HER TO WEAR!" Hallelujah, that's my Savior!

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19 comments:

Karen said...

This was beautiful, Bobbi!

Joan said...

Wonderful thoughts, Bobbi! Have a blessed day.

GlowinGirl said...

I don't have to worry about it! Yay! It's all picked out and everything. :) What a terrific reminder.

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK said...

Love the vintage photo and such inspiring Bible verses. Wonderful words of encouragement as well. Thank you for a delightful Word-Filled Wednesday. :)

vunhome said...

Amen! He reigns. Thanks for sharing this.

Carrie said...

This is just beautiful!! Aren't we glad we don't have to earn those white robes ... they are *given!*

Do you attend BSF?

Ladynred said...

What a beautiful and encouraging message!
Thank you for sharing it with us!

lori said...

What an incredibly THOUGHTFUL message this was paired with a gorgeous image!

I've been blessed!
peace Bobbi!

lori

Missie said...

As I have been studying more this year I have really tried to focus on more than just words, to really focus on how much each verse REALLY means!

Lauren said...

beautiful!! thank you for sharing this!!

Nic said...

A wedding is a celebration and God will call us Home for the wedding feast He is preparing for us! A perfect picture for the verse! :-)

Mary said...

Lovely picture and post. I'm so thankful that I am wearing the wedding clothes. Thank you for sharing today!! Blessings!

Cathy said...

That is precious. I love it.

e-Mom said...

You really made me think with these words:

..the most interesting thing that I got out of this week was that contrast of him becoming naked and humiliated on the cross...for me. Why did he do it? We are naked and filthy rags before God...but when Jesus became our sacrifice he was naked and carried all our sins...and because of that...I'm clothed in wedding clothes...pure and white

You've picked up on a very poignant contrast and reversal here. Love it! (Like your image too.)

Happy WFW Bobbi. :~D

Pia said...

somehow, this verse gave me a different thought. i mean, i feel like the bride is me.

love the picture and the verse, bobbi.

Laurencita said...

What a wonderful words, I love it, it is so inspiring. I love the picture too.

Bobbi said...

I'm hoping I did not give the impression that I think I'M the only one who is Christ's bride. The Bible tells us that the bride being spoken of (the one who has pure white new clothes to wear) is His Church. So, if you have new life through faith in Jesus Christ alone...you too are part of that beautiful church...with me. As E-mom said it was poignant to me because I was recognizing the contrast between his nakedness in suffering and my (the church's) gorgeous white attire. Hope that clears up any confusion.

hip chick said...

It is amazing when we stop to think about what Jesus truly did for us. We, who know God, are so fortunate. How can we help but celebrate in his loving glory.

Amydeanne said...

wow, some great thoughts here! I got the connection!
happy WFW (well thursday, but ya know what I mean! lol)