Hallelujah

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Easter Sunday as Pilot and I listened to the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah, my mind began to contemplate different aspects of the song. You might say my mind wandered … as it is prone to do. When I shared my thoughts with Pilot on the matter, he said it sounded like a blog post, so here it is. 🙂

At first as I sang along with the song, I marveled at how glorious it might be in heaven every Resurrection Sunday as the angelic beings sing their version of the Hallelujah Chorus to Jesus Christ the Resurrected Lord and King, who reigns forever and ever and ever. It gave me goosebumps to imagine it.

Then, I thought about the verses in Revelation that speak of the multitudes who sing their praises to Jesus day and night, without ceasing.

After I cogitated on that awhile, a different thought came to me.

Yes. Easter is the day on our calendar we celebrate Jesus’ victory over hell, sin, Satan, and death. Glory hallelujah. The Resurrected Savior reigns now and forever.

But. Celebrating Jesus’ victory is not just a one day a year event. It is for every day of every year from now through eternity.

Jesus is King of kings. LORD of lords. His reign shall never end.

I believe it is a glorious thing to remember Jesus’ sacrifice, death, burial, and resurrection during the Easter season, but I also believe it is a glorious thing to remember Christ’s sacrifice, death, burial, resurrection, and return every other day, as well.May we join our voices with those in the heavens who raise their praises to our Lord day after day and night after night. It will be wonderful practice for the day we see Jesus face to face. Don’t you think?

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Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty— the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” Revelation 4:8 (NLT)

Then I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and read it. But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if it had been slaughtered, but it was now standing between the throne and the four living beings and among the twenty-four elders…He stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne. And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song with these words:  “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” Revelation 5:4-9 (NLT)

Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. And they sang in a mighty chorus:  “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.” Revelation 5:11-12 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures – Where Have You Put Him?

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Where have you put him?

That’s the question Mary Magdalene asked when she saw the empty tomb where the body of her Lord was placed three short days earlier.

We can ask ourselves the same question Mary asked. Where have we put him?

Is Christ at the center of our life, or have we shuffled him off to a corner somewhere and forgotten him, until we need something?

Do we seek out Jesus first thing in the morning the way Mary did? Or do days, weeks, months pass before we even give him a second thought?

Do we long to see our Savior’s face and glorify him? Does he fill our days with the joy only he can give? Do we live to serve him and him alone?

When people look at us and ask, “Where have you put him?” can they see Jesus living in and through us?

Are our lives a testimony to the truth our Redeemer forever lives? And because our Redeemer lives, we can too.

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Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance. She went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb. The two of them were running, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in. Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there and the cloth which had been around Jesus’ head. It was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed. (They still did not understand the scripture which said that he must rise from death.)

John 20:1-9 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Pause for Poetry – Fatherly Love

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Welcome to Pause for Poetry featuring a poem written by my writer-friend, Frances Gregory Pasch.

Fatherly Love

Our Father flinched as they hammered each nail,

But He had to endure His son’s cry.

He planned that Christ’s blood would redeem us…

The reason Christ came was to die.

With each blow, our sins were heaped on Him;

Their weight caused unbearable pain.

Yet He never complained for one moment…

The Perfect Lamb had to be slain.

For unless we had a Redeemer,

Heaven’s gate would forever be closed…

But thanks to God’s love and forgiveness

It opened the morning Christ rose.

Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poems have been published hundreds of times in devotional booklets, magazines, and Sunday school papers since 1985. Her writing has also appeared in several dozen compilations. Her book, Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry is available on Amazon. Frances has been leading a women’s Christian writers group since 1991 and makes her own holiday greeting cards incorporating her poetry. She and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1958. They have five sons and nine grandchildren. Contact her at www.francesgregorypasch.com.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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The Day Jesus Christ Died

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This past Sunday, Palm Sunday, we celebrated Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Crowds lined the road. As Jesus passed by, they shouted out their hosannas and praises. Yet, within five short days those praises turned to condemnation and calls for Jesus’ death.

Crucify him! Crucify him! Crucify him!

Although Pilate could find no wrong in Jesus, he capitulated to the crowd’s demands and  handed Christ over to be crucified. After that, Pilate washed his hands of Christ’s innocent blood.

Jesus was the sacrificial Lamb of God. He willingly endured God’s wrath against mankind’s sins upon his sinless self, so we wouldn’t have to. Christ’s sacrifice allows those who claim Jesus as their Lord and Savior entrance into the very presence of God.

By Jesus Christ’s suffering and death our sins are forgiven. He who knew no sin took on the sins of the world, so that by His wounds we can be healed. No one made him do it. He did it because of his perfect Love.

Before you get to the music video at the bottom of the page, this video of a trauma surgeon describes the effect of crucifixion on the human body.

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When we were unable to help ourselves, at the right time, Christ died for us, although we were living against God. Very few people will die to save the life of someone else. Although perhaps for a good person someone might possibly die. But God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners. So through Christ we will surely be saved from God’s anger, because we have been made right with God by the blood of Christ’s death. While we were God’s enemies, he made us his friends through the death of his Son. Surely, now that we are his friends, he will save us through his Son’s life. And not only that, but now we are also very happy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we are now God’s friends again. Romans 5:6-11 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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This post originally appeared on Woven and Spun March 26, 2013.

Sunday Scriptures – Palm Sunday

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

The Bible tells us Jesus wept. We understand that emotion when we read Jesus wept at his friend Lazarus’ death, but it seems strange to think of Jesus weeping right before his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on this day we celebrate as Palm Sunday.

Before all the hosannas and praise, Jesus wept because he knew what awaited the people who chose not to accept him as God’s son, and the peace he offered.

Christ’s three-year earthly ministry was rapidly coming to a close. In a few days Jesus would be arrested, tried illegally, and sentenced to die a horrific, tortuous death at the hands of sadistic men.

So on this Palm Sunday, let us sing our hosannas and praise the Savior who entered this world as a baby, lived a sinless life on this earth, became the Sacrificial Lamb who took the sins of the world upon himself, paid the debt we owed but could never pay with his life, rose victoriously from the grave, defeated hell, sin, Satan, and death, reigns eternally with the Father in heaven, and will return for those who accept Jesus’ invitation to claim him as God’s only son, King of kings and Lord of lords.

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As He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it [and the spiritual ignorance of its people], saying, “If [only] you had known on this day [of salvation], even you, the things which make for peace [and on which peace depends]! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. For a time [of siege] is coming when your enemies will put up a barricade [with pointed stakes] against you, and surround you [with armies] and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground, you [Jerusalem] and your children within you. They will not leave in you one stone on another, all because you did not [come progressively to] recognize [from observation and personal experience] the time of your visitation [when God was gracious toward you and offered you salvation].” Luke 19:41-44 (AMP)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Pause for Poetry – On That Day

pauseby Sandy Kirby Quandt

Welcome to Pause for Poetry featuring a poem written by my writer-friend, Shirley Specht Johnson.

On That Day
by Shirley Specht Johnson

With a broken heart, HE died for thee.

All His love upon that tree.

Never knowing the debt he paid,

on that dark and lonely day.

Sin and sickness of every soul.

What great love did he hold?

People grieved, people mourned.

The sun was darkened; the veil was torn.

But then,

on another day.

They found the stone was rolled away.

He rose from death in that tomb,

knowing souls before their mother’s womb

He walked with grace, He saw with love,

He spoke of hope from above.

He left a word “Do not grieve.”

“I’ll send you comfort.” “Just believe.”

So, walk with grace, see with love,

Speak of hope from above.

For on that day He died for thee,

He died for all humanity.

Shirley Specht Johnson loves to share inspiration and encouragement through her writing. She is a member of SCBWI. She loves to read and has volunteered at her local Public Library as an Adult Literacy Tutor. She shares moments of inspiration and her writing life at her blog.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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