Though your day may be setting in distant lands and the sun is rising on the opposite shore time cannot separate our desires for a peaceful place for all to dwell! In this day let us remember we are not forsaken!
Long ago in an ancient land a village sat on a hill, the sun was setting and the shadows gathering And from the windows of a house light was streaming with laughter and shouting Ten young ladies were sewing their gowns of silk and lace braided with silver and gold Each had a lamp trimmed and burning
There is excitement in the air for a marriage procession will soon take place A bride is waiting for her groom the night is far spent and weary of the wait the ten young ladies fell asleep
At midnight there is heard a cry “The bridegroom has come to take home his bride”
Waking abruptly, smoothing their gowns, plaiting their hair, they all rush out with lamps trimmed and burning Five were wise and had plenty of oil, but five were foolish and had not enough Running to the wise, “Give us of your oil” but the wise replied, “We have not enough to spare” “Go to the village and find some there” The five returned with oil in their lamps, but the five wise had already gone into the wedding feast and the door was shut The five foolish were left in darkness
The message is given – Watch and pray with your lamps trimmed and burning for you know not the hour the Bridegroom will come to take home His bride!
My cup was overflowing my plate full sitting at the cafe nestled by the bay… When a storm appeared on the horizon the bay becoming turbulent
my cup becoming empty and my heart shattered… On a trip to Mexico with my son, we had a favorite cafe where we dined, looking over the peaceful sea, little did I know of his sudden death that would leave me with only memories…
There is a story called ‘Breakfast By The Sea’ When fisherman went out in their boats and that night they caught nothing. Then they heard a Man’s voice saying “Cast your nets on the right side of the boat” … and their nets were full! When they saw on shore a fire of coals with fish laid on it, and bread… a Man’s voice invited them to “Come and eat breakfast”…and they were full.
Never are our cups too empty to be filled to overflowing once more!
The wind subsides, the dust abandons its pallor, revealing in the distance prisms of colors, the journey has been long.. now is seen in the distance a green oasis of trees with pools of waters A welcome sight as she walks toward this mirage Coming closer there is a covering fashioned as a tent a strange shelter of cloth
Is this where God could be living? Is this the One she is looking for the One she could not reach?
Quietly drawing near, a sense of holiness fills the air, the door to this tent is covered with a curtain, as she draws it aside a beautiful and solemn sight meets her eyes
A candlestick with seven lamps of gold are scrolled with lilies and leaves, filled with oil for light, both day and night, a table with bread and drink, symbolizing the body and blood of the Lord risen from the dead
A veil of angels embroidered in purple, with threads of gold, fringed with pomegranates of red, she is taken with the sight and wants to go beyond the veil, the one torn in two, while His body was crucified
She is touched “God, did your dear Son really do all this for us?” Past the inner veil in the Holy of Holies, is an arc overlaid with gold, once containing the law of God
The law in the arc is no longer there! For through His death it is now written in our hearts What does all this mean, a shadow of the dwelling place of the One we seek? It is a pattern of the temple residing in heaven!
Gathering about the table on that Thursday evening for the Lord and His disciples would no longer eat of the Passover Feast again!
A new Celebration of Remembrance was given As their Lord took of the bread and wine
giving it to His friends bread given for His body the Passover wine* for His blood
For the Paschal Lamb would the very next day be offered in His Crucifixion * * * *
The invitation is given for all to partake for there is plenty of room at His table, a table draped in white linen, bread and drink freely given candlelight reflecting the Last Supper until He returns taking his children to heaven!
*Untouched by fermentation Nothing corrupted could represent “The Lamb without blemish and without spot”
A sacred journey taking place among the Jewish people, commemorating the story
of the Israelites departure from ancient Egypt, commanded by God,
that His people will always remember their deliverance from slavery!
“In that day I will set apart the Land of Goshen where my people dwell…
In the land of Egypt a pallor has spread, death is imminent all sits in darkness but the Land of Goshen where God’s chosen people wait for deliverance… And so Moses took his staff in hand, for he had a plan to lead God’s people out of their slavery land
Before Pharoah he cast a rod, a serpent appeared, Pharoah became scared , to this stubborn man Moses said “Let these people go or pestilence and plague will come upon you and your people”
Then Moses struck the water, the River Nile turned to blood frogs invaded the Pharoah’s palace, into piles the frogs were heaped dust was turned to lice and and flies, flying upon man and beast
And all his people pled with him “Let them go” but once again he would not answer, until the angel of death struck his son, then this frightened man said “Into the desert wilderness take your people
that they may worship your God in heaven” and so the great Exodus began! Multitudes of people were driven from Egypt, Pharoah changed his mind God was tired of his lies! Following close behind the king sought the people, but this, God had forbidden
A large sea appeared, God split it in two, on dry land His children passed through, on the other side they sang and cried
“We have been saved, but Pharoah and his army He cast into the sea, the waters swallowed them and they all died, let this story be told to our children and to all generations!
And now the following day all these people shall celebratethe Passover Feast It is a festival to the Lord!
Its been just short of two decades ago, at Easter time, when one of the most questionable movies was released that stunned the world with violent scenes of brutality and graphic images.
‘The PassionOf The Christ’ was witnessed by many in horror at the cruelty toward an innocent Man, depicting the last twelve hours of His life, tortured and crucified. What was the reason for a Man to be beaten and presented as a spectacle to the world? Many were perplexed and wondered why? Had the producers forgotten to include that Christ’slove for us took Him to the cross, bearing the suffering and pain that we may be saved?
After two exhausting days in Jerusalem, this day was spent in rest at Bethany in anticipation of the Passover. Little did His disciples know of the tragic events soon to take place in the next few days!
It was in the springtime and many pilgrims were on their way to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, a yearly event held with much excitement. On the first day of this Holy Week Christ continues His entrance into Jerusalem, riding on a colt which He had given the command to secure, the foal of an ass. * Many believed Jesus would be the earthly king to deliverthem A new life and joy animated the people. The hope of the new kingdom was again springing up! But He declared His kingdom would not be of this world!
*Five hundred years before the birth of Christ it was prophesied, foretelling the coming of the King to Israel, this prophecy is now to be fulfilled. Zechariah 9:9
Many Christian churches follow the tradition of the celebration of the Easter Week with palm branches, representing the palm branches which the crowd scattered in front of Christ as he rode triumphantly into Jerusalem!
The sun shining brighter, the flowers sweeter the grass greener, in the street the children singing and dancing with the sound of laughter welcome their King with the banner of joy and peace!