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Love Wins

06 Apr

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” Luke 24:5-6
For days they had been wildly celebrating. They circled round the table where the dead lamb lay as testament to their master’s stunning achievement. With their glasses raised, they shout, slain lamb“Victory to our prince! God is dead! Look at him now! God is dead!” With their forks they stab at the lamb, and spill their bitter gall on the mangled, bloodied flesh.

With a smug, satisfied snarl, Lucifer turns to his minions and bellows, “Who will dare defy me now? Surely I am ruler over all the earth and all its people will be subject to me, for I have slaughtered their pathetic, meek little God.” Hoisting him up on their shoulders, they dance around the room in hysterical carousal. “God is dead!” they sneer. “Victory to our prince!”
Suddenly, even over the din of their drunken cackling, he begins to hear a sound in the distance that sends shivers up his crooked spine. “Silence!” he hollers. “Listen,” he says, “what is that sound?” Their eyes grow wider as the sound grows louder and stronger, and now his pathetic lackeys are cowering and whimpering in fear. Even he can’t stop the terror rising in his throat. It is the sound… of joy.

“Alleluia! He is risen from the dead and He lives forevermore! Worthy is the Lamb that was slain! To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor and glory and power for ever and ever!”

In a flash he whips his head around toward the table, his trophy now vanished. “NO!” he roars. There in the center of the table is a note, secured by a bloody nail. Slowly he slinks over to it, frothing at the mouth, trembling in anger and fear, and reads his doom:

resurrection
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You lose. Love wins.
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“Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 1Corinthians 15:54-55
Jesus didn’t merely endure the worst the world had to offer. So great is His love for us that He plunged Himself into the deepest, darkest pit of hell itself, consuming its fire and conquering its power forever. We need no longer fear the agony of hell, for He has suffered it for us, and now He lives!
If not for the Resurrection, there could be no faith. It would be pointless to believe in a Lord still buried in a tomb.

“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” 1Cor 15:14

He is alive! The victory is won, and though Satan rages in bitter anger over his defeat, even he knows that all who believe in Christ will not perish but have everlasting life. Rejoice!

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2 responses to “Love Wins

  1. Don Watson

    June 7, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Dear Jennifer,

    Your “Love Wins” post is so great, I cannot find words to describe it from my point of view.

    I shuddered, I cringed, I cried and finally, I cried tears of joy.

    Thank you so, so much! God bless you.

     
  2. Bill Sr.

    April 6, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Yes Jennifer, by all means Love Wins.
    Mary, the chosen one before all ages, was the pure and holy vessel waiting the Spirit’s coming to be the New Eve for the children of God. Yet, though it was her destiny to present the world its savior the Incarnate Lord of all creation, the choice of accepting the Spirit of God was hers to make. God has always offered man that choice for He is Love and love never intrudes or makes demands. Love is creative by nature always seeking instead to introduce a new and fuller life in the name of the Creator.
    The very reason our redeeming crucified and risen Christ was anxious to return to the Father was to allow Pentecost to take place. “For if I do not go the Paraclete who’ll fill you with the power to do greater things than I (alone) have done will not come”. Can you imagine what anticipation the disciples must have had looking forward to the arrival of the Spirit, the third entity of our Triune God, who’d give them such strength and courage.
    We Christians came to “Life” through our baptism. Jesus, the Teacher, set the example and gave us the words of life. However, the new life within us can’t continue without nourishment. The followers The new life in Christ bequeathed to the apostles and disciples being created and nourishment provided in the Eucharist was now ready to be empowered! Christ’s mission for the Father, punctuated by his death and resurrection, was completed, his “sheep” inspired and instructed, his authority established, and his reign proclaimed. He now is to go and prepare a place for us but the mission to save mankind was to be bequeathed to his followers. Yet they were not to be left without a shepherd or orphaned by his departure. Three times Peter was told to “feed my sheep”. And to the apostles, “He who hears you hears me.” And also “whose sins you forgive they are forgiven, whose sins you retain….” Thus His mission had been handed to the “church” he founded and the leaders he anointed. Now, by the risen Christ’s redemptive sacrifice and through the reception of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, God’s abiding love is to be spread across the globe to all those who would accept this Spirit of truth, the love of God for all men. This greatest of all gifts which God offers us is not to be “hidden under a basket”. It is the light of the world.
    We are called, commanded if you will, through the Spirit to give life and limb to the one “body of Christ”. This is how those “greater things” are to be accomplished by the “labor of the few” in the great “harvest of souls”. Through Christ we are to share in mankind’s redemption and his mission by the gift of freewill granted by the Creator. He came to make it all possible for us. He “ordained” a ministry of both clergy and laity within the one body for the sake of mankind in order to “create a worthy people” for the Father from a world which Satan had entered and wished to lay claim.
    Our master, the Teacher, came humbly in human form into our world with great love to gather and instruct God’s children. He proved to all to be “God among us” as the Spirit had named him at the time of His conception through the “works” he preformed. And thus God revealed He could be human…. for our sake. Now, the Spirit of Love at Pentecost comes to the disciples, and through them, to all humanity to give us the strength and courage to go forth in His name accepting the challenge to do “God’s work” on earth…. for His sake.
    Having desired and invited the Spirit within us we accept the commission to do the work of the Father and the Son. This way we can share in the glory of God and his creation, awakening the entire world to the Eternal love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    of Moses, the Israelites, were sustained by manna from heaven in the desert under the old covenant. Jesus came to announce the Kingdom of God and said he was the “living bread” which has come from heaven and “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood will have life and the Father and I will abide in him.”
    This caused many who could not accept his words of “life” to turn from him. Those who did not understand but chose in faith to believe in his words had this mystery of faith revealed to them and us before his Passion at supper when he offered his disciples the first Eucharist, his body and blood in the bread and wine that we could continually be in “communion” with him, the one Body of Christ.

    God Bless Jennifer and all her work for Christ’s Church.

     

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