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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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.

Are We Imitators of Christ?

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

During our recent trip to Goliad, Texas Pilot and I couldn’t help but notice a small boy and his grandfather. Precious is the word that comes to mind. It seemed to me this little boy desired to imitate his grandfather.

Looking at these two caused me to think about my relationship with Jesus and ask myself, “Do I imitate Christ?” Perhaps you can think about your relationship with Christ along with me, and ask yourself the same question.

This grandfather and grandson clothed themselves alike and appeared inseparable throughout the entire weekend. It appeared the little boy trusted his grandfather and wanted to be wherever he went.

The Bible tells us those who are baptized into Christ are clothed with Christ. We are children of God through our faith in Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-27) Since we are clothed with Christ, our desire should be to follow wherever he leads.

Even as things wound down, the little boy looked to his grandfather and imitated him. We are to be imitators of Christ and follow his example. (1 Corinthians 11:1)

Come to find out, the whole family was reenactors. The boy’s grandfather, mother and aunt were with the Mexican cavalry. His father was part of the Texian cavalry. I wonder which side he’ll “fight” on when he grows older.

If I had to bet, I’d say he’ll stick with Grandpa.

In life we might have people who imitate us. When they imitate us, are they also imitating Christ? Are we clothed in robes of righteousness? Do we follow in Christ’s footsteps and point others to him?

When we “grow up”, will we fight on God’s side or Satan’s?

Is there someone in your life you imitated when you were younger?

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 Jesus said to all of them, “If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow me.  Luke 9:23 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Jesus The Bread of Life

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The Bible tells us Jesus is the Bread of Life and Living Water. We are to hunger and thirst after him. We are to fill ourselves with knowledge of who he is and what that means to us by applying it to how we live.

When first diagnosed as gluten intolerant, the thing I missed most was bread. Especially courtesy pixabycrispy thin pizza dough. Because I do not have Celiac Disease, cross contamination is not a serious problem for me, and I am able to take the toppings off a slice of pizza, leaving the crust on my plate with no problem. But eating only part of the pizza isn’t all that satisfying to my way of thinking.

Fortunately for us, there are no allergy restrictions with Jesus the Bread of Life.

Jesus is available to everyone no matter where they live, where they work, what they’ve done, the color of their skin, or their country of origin. Yet, some of us act as if we are allergic to Jesus, and pick and choose what we’ll digest and what we leave to the side of our plate.

Sure, we can choose to limit our understanding of who Jesus is, and how that applies to our life by refusing to dig deep into what the Bible tells us, but why would we? That kind of thinking won’t fill us up and leave us satisfied. It would be similar to limiting ourselves to eating only the toppings when we can have the whole pizza. Crust and all.

We are sustained and strengthened through taking the knowledge of who Jesus the Bread of Life is into the inner most recesses of our being. We aren’t meant to only scratch the surface and eat the toppings. We are meant to devour the entire pizza. Crust and all.

Speaking of pizza, what is your favorite part?

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“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “Those who come to me will never be hungry; those who believe in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Allowing Clutter to Accumulate

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Allowing clutter to accumulate, and not paying close attention to it, can build up and little by little become a big problem.

Pilot and I aren’t certified pat rats – yet- but we do have a tendency to save things. While the things in themselves aren’t bad, they become a problem when left to pile up, take up valuable space, and get in the way. Before we know it, things are out of control and the thought of reigning in the chaos seems daunting. So we keep putting it off.

Ever been there?

It’s nothing we set out to do, certainly. It’s a gradual, subtle progression.

So, I’m thinking … is that what happens in our relationship with God? Do we allow the clutter of disobedience to accumulate little by little until we don’t even realize how big a problem it has become?

Does our disobedience take up valuable space in our lives, leave no room for Jesus, and get in the way of our daily walk with God?

More times than not, the disobedience starts out in small things, but soon turns to larger things without even a second thought. It is a subtle slow fade. Before we realize it, our disobedience becomes second nature instead of the exception.

It’s sorta’ like the story of the frog who was placed in a tepid pot of water on top of the stove. Sensing no danger, the frog did not try to escape. Little by little the temperature of the water increased. The change was so subtle. The frog never realized he was in a life-threatening situation until it was too late.

I guess what Pilot and I should do about the clutter is not let it into the house to begin with. We should also be willing to let go of the things that are taking up valuable space, getting in our way, and causing us to stumble.

It takes a lot of vigilance and hard work to keep clutter from accumulating, but the end result is well worth it.

The same could be said about not allowing the clutter of disobedience to accumulate. We need to get rid of the stuff that takes up valuable space, gets in our way, and causes us to stumble before we become comfortable with it, and ignore its negative effect on our lives.

How do you keep from allowing clutter to accumulate?

Disclaimer – none of these pictures are of our house. 😉

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Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Proverbs 4:23 GNT

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Forgiven By The One Whose Opinion Matters

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

If we claim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we are forgiven by the one whose opinion matters. Although that is a true statement of fact, sometimes we allow people and things in our lives to make us wonder. Make us doubt. Make us question if we truly are forgiven for our sins. You know … the REALLY big ones we don’t want anyone to know about.

Sometimes we allow Satan to step into our minds and tell us we are guilty; we will never be forgiven. We listen to the accuser’s condemnation and feel unworthy and forget we are God’s Beloved purchased at a costly expense.

All of Satan’s lies and accusations are hogwash. Pure and simple. And we need to stop listening to him. We need to listen to the truth of who we are in Jesus. We are redeemed and forgiven by the only one whose opinion matters.

Jesus knows us inside and out. He knows each and every single time we sin. He knows when we truly repent. Jesus is the only one qualified to judge us, and he tells us we are no longer condemned because he took our guilt, our shame, our very sin upon his perfect sinless self.

God’s only son, Jesus, paid the debt we owed but could never repay with his precious blood on the cross of Calvary. Through Christ’s sacrifice we are forgiven. End of argument.

If we are forgiven by the only one whose opinion matters, the Supreme Judge, then we are forgiven, indeed.

Is there a special go-to Bible verse you use to counter Satan when he tries to speak words of condemnation into you?

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Jesus raised up again and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one judged you guilty?”

She answered, “No one, sir.”

Then Jesus said, “I also don’t judge you guilty. You may go now, but don’t sin anymore.” John 8:10-11 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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