on turning 27…

SO, I turned 27 this week. And it feels good. No, it feels very good.

When I was in Jr. High, I thought 27 was OLD. I also thought that I would probably have, like, seven kids by now. But that’s a whole other story. All that to say, I haven’t always had the best expectations when it came to my age. So…as a 26 year old, I was freaking out about turning 27. Dumb, I know. But it felt so much OLDER in my head.

Well, surprise-surprise, I was wrong again. I just feel good! Excited, hopeful, peaceful, and humbled.

27 adventures[Picture from a birthday hike with my sweet dad. He and I share the same birthday!]

I received so many sweet and caring birthday texts/calls from people on Monday. I loved each and every one. My favorite came from my sister in Alabama (love you Sare) and my other favorite came from my friend Luanna. She said “Happy Birthday” and proceeded to tell me why I am now her favorite age. I asked her why 27 (she is now in her early 30’s) and this what she wrote:

Lots of reasons. Seemed like I was finally old enough to have some wisdom/life experience under my belt, but still carefree (no kids). We had a tight group of friends we did real life ministry with and I finally had a job I wanted that paid more than just peanuts. Also, I was in super good shape. Yep, 27 was a good year for me. Plus, I mentally got stuck there so now you’re my age. ūüėČ “

Luanna has been a friend of mine for only a few¬†years, but it has felt like longer, in the best possible way. She is my peer and also someone I really look up to. She is a lovely person and wonderful friend. I am so thankful God placed her and her family in my life. Plus, she really makes me laugh…like, big belly laughs and long silent laughs. The best.

Anyway, back to the text. This text was so interesting to read because I could relate to it 100%. It’s a really true depiction of¬†how I am feeling about 27 right now. Here’s how I relate to Luanna at 27:

  • I love where God has brought me, what He has taught me, how He has challenged me, and the ways He is transforming me. All glory be to Christ.
  • I absolutely cannot wait to have children. I am still waiting for that blessing to come, but until that day, there is a lot my wonderful husband and I can be care-free about: schedules, dinner times, date-nights, having a nightcap, reading books, spontaneous adventures, binge-watching Netflix, and being bride & groom.
  • I am at an awesome church with an incredible community. So many brothers and sisters to support me, love me, pray for me, do ministry with me…and vice-versa. God regularly blows my mind with this reality. He has made me very rich.
  • I just got a super cool job at a local software company. At first, it felt like I was living someone else’s life. Now I’m in it. And I’m loving it so much. It’s challenging for sure, but it finally feels like I’m where I want to be.
  • I just started pouring more of my time and energy into eating really well¬†and working out more. It’s been fantastic and just what my husband and I are needing right now. And I’m really excited that one of my birthday presents was a fitbit!
  • I also plan on having lots of adventures this year: Texas, surfing, Florida, Disneyworld, Alabama, camping, and COOKING. A creative kitchen goal for me this year is to cook/bake 29 adventurous things before I turn 28. I want to make macarons, my own cheese, chocolate croissants, cornish hens…oh the possibilities. This will most likely happen on what we like to call “cheat days”. I’ll try my best to post the outcomes here.

So there you have it. 27 is already shaping up to be a good year. A very good year.

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What did you like about being 27?

xo sarah

our full life: week forty nine

Week 49 friends! Wow…only 3 more weeks until the NEW YEAR. What?!

This week had a lot of dark spots. Without getting into the details, here are some of the bright spots:

dropsRain! A reason to rest and feel refreshed.

shoe shoppingBoots! Only $10.48 and extremely necessary when you: 1. Wear flats and get soaked during a downpour and 2. Have no time to go home before community group.

lofty latte Lofty Latte! Very good coffee on a very good day off.

lofty sandwichBreakfast TO-GO! A very treat-yo-self moment.

date A handsome date! He really is the best.

pizza nightHome-made pepperoni pizza! With some tuscano cracked pepper cheese on top.

wonderlandBaby Gracelyn turns 1!¬†Wonderland birthday party + girlfriends = ‚̧

shortiesMy homemade pecan shortbread! The perfect cookie for the perfect crowd.

Hopefully you can see the bright spots in your life in the midst of any darkness. Suffering cannot be ignored, but God’s grace is always present. Until next week, friends!

xo sarah

our full life: week 35, 36, & 37

Hello friends! Long time, no see (or should I say post)!

I have been avoiding posting…only because it’s been WAY TOO LONG. At the end of August we traveled to Alabama for 7 days, Idaho for 4, and then came home for 2 days before going beach camping in San Onofre for 3 nights!

First of all, I don’t want to overwhelm you with photos so I’ll try to keep it to the highlights. Second, I have procrastinated on keeping up with writing as frequently as I would like to so I feel pretty bogged down. All in all, I think it was great to have that time away and now I’m getting back into the swing of normal life. Slowly…but surely! Here we go:

ofl trip 1Pretty in Pink.

ofl trip 2¬†Baking with not a lot of success…but at least there’s citrus in the mix!

ofl trip 3I did some shopping before heading to Alabama. I had to prepare for the sweltering heat.

ofl trip 8 Window seat and loving every minute.

ofl trip 9 We arrived and it was as if our family never left. Back to family dinners and Lucy show!

ofl trip 10One of the many things I loved about Alabama: TEA from Piper & Leaf.

ofl trip 11¬†Summer thunderstorms, football, and coffee…all in an Alabama afternoon.

ofl trip 12¬†Ceilings at my brother and sister’s church.

ofl trip 13I loved this church! The community, the music, the meal, and the family that will soon belong to the Ladicks. ‚̧

ofl trip 14 Moss Rock Preserve hike. This trail was gorgeous!

ofl trip 15¬†Porch sittin’ outside of Cracker Barrel and suckin’ on peppermint sticks.

ofl trip 16For me, this single photo contains immeasurable beauty and grace.

ofl trip 17My favorite part of the trip was having baby Hazel fall asleep in my arms 3 different times. I love her so much.

ofl trip 18Love this photo my sister shot of us with the most beautiful nieces.

ofl trip 23Welcome to Idaho! Where the sky is always blue and the river is always rolling.

ofl trip 19¬†AND the cows are everywhere (not kidding)! ūüôā

ofl trip 20 My mom and her Tom at the highest point in Boise County.

ofl trip 21Me and my Bret looking dusty and excited during our 30 mile ATV ride through the gorgeous Jerusalem Forest.

ofl trip 28Momma and me. Sun in our eyes couldn’t keep us from smiling. ‚̧

ofl trip 22 Road trip to Idaho City. This ice cream cone had a jelly bean at the bottom!

ofl trip 24 I loved the historic buildings and landmarks in this town.

ofl trip 25Getting to walk for miles and miles is one of my love languages.

ofl trip 26 This is called me hitting the jackpot with a mighty handsome-looking husband.

ofl trip 27I loved how you could see forest bordering all around you in this small Idaho town.

ofl trip 4We arrived safely at home and got right back into the swing of things with a Community Group Kick-Off BBQ. It’s amazing what calm a bonfire can create for the little ones.

ofl trip 5September work traditions going strong: Pumpkin Spice Lattes and budget planning.

ofl trip 6This lovely photo was taken by my friend Gina. We got to share a campsite with her family and that was such a blessing. I am so excited that beach camping will be a tradition for our family for years to come. We love you San Onofre!

ofl trip 7Last, but certainly not least, Wine & Cheese Night on the beach! Us and three other couples joined together for a glorious night of indulgence. Maybe this will become a tradition as well!?

PHEW! If you got through all that, thank you! I appreciate it and I am excited for normalcy to kick in here pretty soon!

Enjoy your week, everyone!

xo sarah

gospel wednesday

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{Sorry to everyone who is getting this post in their email subscription twice this week…I hit publish too early last night before I finished writing the post. Thanks for reading!}

A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting in a coffee shop working/meeting with my team. We were finishing up lunch and were about to discuss Jr. High Ministry, finalize some plans for our Mexico trip, and get stuff DONE. God, however, had something else planned for us.

A man sitting nearby scooted himself next to our table and asked if we had a moment to talk. He wanted to discuss a philosophy book he was reading for a class he was enrolled in. We said sure and he began.

His question had to do with the understanding of knowledge, but in terms of capacity. He was curious to know if we thought that people should attempt to understand things that are beyond their brain‚Äôs capacity of knowledge. For example, “Should a table try to understand a human being if it does not have the ability?” or “Should we, as human beings, try to know their own soul and their Creator if it is outside our ability or capacity to understand?”

He said from the start that he did not want to bring religion in to the discussion, but we let him know that we were okay with talking about God. We let him know that we were Christians, went to local churches, and were honored to discuss our faith.

The next three hours were spent going back and forth in conversation with this man and bringing the truth to his ears and heart. He was of the Bahai faith, so his views on God were very different than ours (me, my director, and my boss). We listened to his views, he listened to ours, and overall the discussion was really rich and a true blessing to me.

I was very aware of how present the Lord was, there with us; that He had gone before us and He was working through us to speak truth, grace, and the Gospel so clearly. It was really amazing to see God using all three of us in very different, but very specific, ways. It was a tangible example of the body of Christ for me.

In all that we discussed, I was most affected by this man‚Äôs views on sin. He said that his god would not give him anything that he could not overcome. This sounds good in theory but, in all reality, it‚Äôs not entirely possible. I was glad that I could encourage him with my own experience. I disagreed with him because, I told him, there is something in my life that I could never and can never overcome on my own. There is something in my life that tempts me day in and day out. There is something in my life that no matter how hard I try, I, in my own power, just can’t overcome. That “something” is my sin.

Then I got to share with him Who can and did overcome sin: Jesus! I was hoping he understood how amazing the grace of God is and that Jesus accomplished what we never could. I also asked him if I could read him a portion of the Bible. He agreed and I read him the beginning of Ephesians 2:

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience‚ÄĒamong whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ‚ÄĒby grace you have been saved‚ÄĒand raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Our conversation was challenging, exciting, and helpful. It was challenging because I wanted to see this man come to faith in Jesus and have an eternal relationship with the God of love. It was exciting because I have prayed that God would bring people into my life that I can share the Gospel with, and He did! It was helpful for two reasons: first, because I was able to see where I have room to grow in my knowledge of Scripture to better communicate the Gospel and, second, because I was able to see this man’s perspective and pray for his heart to be turned toward Christ.

Now I hope to meet with him again, talk more about God, and see how I can be praying for him. God is good!

Thank you for reading!

xo sarah

read through the Bible in a year

Good morning friends!

I have a small post this morning, with a big commitment.

I know it is not January 1st. It’s January 31st to be exact. Nonetheless, I am starting something new. Something wonderful. Something abundant and life-giving.

A few days ago, I stumbled across a new (to me) blog called Grace and Salt. The post that drew me in was about a one year commitment to the Word of God. Here’s the post and line that caught me:

I am committing to reading The Bible from cover to cover this year! And I’d love if you joined me. I’ve learned that when you have someone walking alongside you in something, you are far more likely to complete the task. So, who wants to join with me and dive into the most perfect book ever written?

I quickly answered, “I do! I do!” So…I know this is the end of January, and not the beginning, but it’s never (ever) too late to start. I began the reading plan a few days ago and will try to catch up before 2015. Either way, I totally agree that knowing someone else is committing to the same thing you are is super encouraging and really gives you the accountability to keep going. Plus, spending time reading about The Lord, worshipping Jesus, and giving Him praise is an incredible gift.

I have not completed this challenge in my lifetime yet, but I am so pumped! Throughout the year, I will post about where I am in the Bible and what God is teaching me about the gospel. And if/when I become discouraged or fail, I can believe and rely on God’s provision of grace. Also, I just read a really encouraging article titled,¬†We Need a Savior, Not a New Year. Great perspective on the goals we pursue and plans we make – especially in light of this commitment I am making.

That being said, I would love to ask you ALL the same question: So, who wants to join with me and dive into the most perfect book ever written?

You can find the plan for every month of the whole year HERE. Let’s do this!

Bible in a Year- Grace & Salt

I will end this post with some fitting Scripture to encourage us in this challenge: Ecclesiastes 7:8 – “Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,¬†and¬†the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”

MANY thanks to the writers of Grace and Salt!

xo sarah

i want dessert

So far, this week has been crazy.

My friend from work went into anaphylactic shock and I rushed him to the E.R. (prayers appreciated), I’m planning 3 youth weekend trips for this weekend (2 of which are camping trips), I worked out like a lunatic to blow off steam, and now I am just feeling totally brain-dead.

As far as tonight goes, I definitely still have a sink full of dishes to do, major details to plan/nail down, and lunch-packing to do (and why am i writing a blog at 9:30 at night?). BUT…dessert will be happening. It just has to. In 3, 2, 1….

I think I am going to have some homemade lemon froyo. What about you?

I hope you enjoy something delicious tonight. Whether it’s chocolate chips straight out of the bag, a piece of fresh fruit, or something decadent that would make me extremely jealous – like homemade tiramisu! Just enjoy!

Once life calms down a little, I am inspired to FINALLY try homemade ice cream. And when it comes to ice cream, I trust my friend Nicole.

Maybe I’ll try her Spiced Apple Ice Cream just in time for the fall! How cute is her handwriting!?nicoles ice cream 2

But I can never turn away a scoop of¬†Chocolate. So…BOTH it is!¬†nicoles ice cream

As always, dessert is a sweet treat that brings happiness with every bite, but the Lord and Savior Jesus is my true comfort. He is the incredible source of grace that sustains me through weeks like this one…and each and every day for that matter. Praise Him – the One whom I adore.

xo sarah

gospel monday

Gospel Monday

I can’t get this new song, Made Alive by Citizens out of my head. It is packed with so much truth and reminds me of God’s deep love. Jesus BOUGHT us with His blood and SAVED us by His grace. We must believe and trust Him in this as our only hope. Please go listen to the song HERE.

I once was dead in sin
Alone and hopeless,
A child of wrath I walked
Condemned in darkness,
But your mercy brought new life
And in your love and kindness,
Raised me up with Christ
And made me righteous.

You have bought me back
With the riches of,
Your amazing grace
And relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With you, life forever
By your grace I’m saved,
By your grace I’m saved.

Lord, you are the light,
That broke the darkness.
You satisfy my soul,
When I am heartless.
If ever I forget
My true identity,
Show me who I am,
And help me to believe.

You have bought me back,
With the riches of,
Your amazing grace
And relentless love.
I’m made alive forever,
With you, life forever,
By your grace I’m saved,
By your grace I’m saved.

My sin has been erased,
I’ll never be the same.
My sin has been erased,
I’ll never be the same.

So good!!! Enjoy this week and trust in the Lord with all your heart.

xo sarah

gospel monday

Gospel Monday

This is what Romans says about humans: Romans 3: 10-12, “None is righteous, no, not one;¬†no one understands;¬†no one seeks for God.¬†All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;¬†no one does good,¬†not even one.‚ÄĚ

This is what the Psalms says about humans: Psalm 32: 1-2Blessed is the one whose¬†transgression is forgiven,¬†whose sin is covered.¬†Blessed is the man against whom the¬†Lord¬†counts no iniquity,¬†and in whose spirit¬†there is no deceit.”

So, if none of us are good  Р not even one of us  Р how will this sin of ours be covered? How will we be blessed in the Lord finding no iniquity in us?

The answer is so simple and so profound.

Jesus Christ.

Romans 8: 6-11 says this, “For¬†while we were still weak, at the right time¬†Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person‚ÄĒthough perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die‚ÄĒbut¬†God shows his love for us in that¬†while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore,¬†we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from¬†the wrath of God. For if¬†while we were enemies¬†we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by¬†his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Reconciliation! Is HAS been accomplished. For those who trust in the truth of the Gospel and exalt Christ as Savior and King, there is fulfillment and satisfaction in God’s promise of true reconciliation. We have God’s: stamp of approval, righteousness, and protective covering. ALL because of Jesus.

This is good. We are not good, but Jesus is. And He is enough. Always enough.

Prayer: What a relief to have a clean slate before you, God. I am well aware of my sinful flesh and my disobedience to you. But because of your grace and mercy, my sin does not have the last word in my life. You do, Jesus. And you spoke words of hope over your children: IT IS FINISHED.

Amen.

xo sarah

our full life: week thirty

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To be totally honest…last week was very poignant for me and my family. I am always praising God, and trusting His goodness, but it was a week of loss, grieving, and utter dependence.

My Great Grandma passed away on Saturday morning. Her name was Eva Caroline and she lived to be 98 years old. She was a beautiful person with a warm and loving heart. It is God’s grace that she lived as long as she did,¬†acquiring¬†so many amazing memories and people to love. I know she has a legacy that will continue to live on through the countless lives she touched.

I am still a little unsure about how to explain how I feel. I was blessed to have a couple of days with her before she died. To hold her hand, pray over her, talk to her some, and say my goodbyes. I had never watched somebody die before and be so completely unaware. It was painful, heartbreaking, and exhausting. Most of all, it was a reality check and reminded me of the shortness of this life we are given. I kept listening to a song during those last days called Forever Reign as performed by Austin Stone Worship. This verse (refering to Jesus) was incredibly encouraging and challenging for me:

You are peace, You are peace, when my fear is crippling
You are true, You are true, even in my wandering
You are joy, You are joy, You’re the reason that I sing
You are life, You are life,
In You death has lost its sting

This week’s pictures are few. I documented the gorgeous skies from her last days as well as some of our last moments together.

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our hands

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I pray my great grandma is with Jesus and enjoying all of His glory.

xo sarah

gospel wednesday

I usually do a Gospel post on Mondays, but it just didn’t happen this week. However, there is no reason why I couldn’t do a Gospel Wednesday post, now is there?

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Today is a very special day, once again. Today is the day we preach the gospel to ourselves, once again. I can’t expect to face the day with the right attitude or a pure heart without preaching the good news to myself, once again.

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life.

To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen! 1 Timothy 1:15-17

I hope this encourages you. I hope this reminds you of the Father’s love for us. I hope you can preach the good news to yourself every moment…it’s the only way to live. I hope this reminds you of God’s goodness, greatness, graciousness, and glory!

xo sarah

gospel monday

Gospel Monday

Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

What is your treasure? Where is your heart? These are soul-searching questions.

The fact of the matter is, there is something so precious that is worth more than all the gold, jewels and luxuries of this world. That “something” is Jesus. And Jesus gives us the glorious gospel!

I am continually praying that the Lord would help me make Jesus my treasure every single day. I ask that He would make Jesus absolutely precious to me. I can become so easily distracted by the things of this world: money, houses, cars, clothing, lifestyle. Basically, the idea that there is something bigger and better than what I have right now can negatively influence me and rob me of the joy I have found in Christ. Living in a culture of luxury and comparison, I, at times, begin to treasure those things MORE than I treasure my Jesus who has saved me from my sins. Then I begin to ponder my contentment and ask myself, “Why isn’t the grace of God enough for me right now?”

Jesus is God. He came to earth and died for our high-handed rebellious sins. He victoriously  rose from the dead and defeated sin and death. He took the wrath that we so justly deserved and He gave us His righteousness. He is coming again to make all things new and set things right. Amen!

I need to preach myself this glorious Gospel every single moment. I need to remind myself that His grace IS enough…it’s more than enough, in fact. I may not ever have a big beautiful home with all the comforts life has to offer. I may not ever be able to give my children all that I want to (financially). I may not ever be able to take all the best vacations and wear the latest fashions. The list could go on and on. However, as tempting as it may be, these things should never and can never become my treasure! By the grace of God, my treasure is and always will be JESUS.

He is more than enough.

xo sarah

gospel monday

Gospel Monday

I thought I would share another hymn with you. They are my favorite.

Yesterday we sang “The Solid Rock,” together at church. The words are profound and help us to respond to Jesus as the immoveable, unchangeable, and trustworthy King that He is. Christ is the solid rock in which we find all our forgiveness, hope, and peace. Everything else can wither away and disappoint our souls, but Jesus is eternal and longs to save our souls. Please meditate on the words of this hymn and soak it all up. Remember that Jesus’s blood and righteousness is all the hope we need!

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Refrain:
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

‚ÄĒEdward Mote (1797-1874)

I am reminded of Psalm 18:2 – “The¬†Lord¬†is my¬†rock and my fortress and my deliverer,¬†my God, my¬†rock, in¬†whom I take refuge,¬†my¬†shield, and¬†the horn of my salvation, my¬†stronghold.

During parts of my life, I have questioned my salvation, my worth and my significance in relation to God. I struggled with understanding and accepting the idea that ALL my sins were FORGIVEN (even the ones I seemed unable to stop doing). I struggled with the idea of finding my worth and identity out in the world and in the workplace. I always wanted to make other people happy and have them think well of me. Sadly, I wanted the praise. I also struggled with the doctrine of adoption found so clearly laid out in Scripture. The idea of being a a true CHILD of GOD really blew my mind.

I am so grateful that the Lord would show me His Gospel and the truth that He soeaks over those who trust Him. God is so good and I am so comforted to know that, by His grace, I really am forgiven (of ALL my sin: past, present, & future). Jesus is that powerful! I am truly counted as righteous because of Jesus. I am truly counted as worthy and accepted because of Jesus. I am truly a beloved daughter of God because of Jesus. He will never leave me and never forsake me. He is my SOLID ROCK on which I will forever stand. Praise Jesus!

How have you seen Christ as the rock in your own life? I’d love to hear about it.

xo sarah

gospel monday

This Monday will be a shorter post. Bret and I are in Florida for The Gospel Coalition Conference 2013!! Such a gift. God is really showing us a whole lot in the Gospel of Luke. The title of the conference is called, “His Mission: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.”

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A couple of my favorite verses so far in Luke have been Luke 1:46-47 and Luke 2:12. Lastly, here is a photo from the conference booklet that I thought was SO awesome.

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Much more to come on what I learned and all the awesome training we received.

xo sarah

gospel monday

Gospel Monday

This week is widely known as Holy Week. The week before Resurrection Sunday or Easter. I hope this post can encourage and inspire you to dwell on the gospel and all that it entails this Easter season. An amazing article written by Jason Holcomb from The Resurgence, inspired this post. Holcomb lays out the Gospel so clearly and it reminds us of what truly happened:

JESUS DIED

Jesus was really dead. He was beaten and scourged. Many people died just from the scourging. And then he was nailed to a cross with three spikes that were 7‚Äď9 inches long and a half-inch thick. And to make sure he was dead, they speared him in the side to pierce both his lung and heart. He died the death we should have died. He died in our place for our sin. John 19:1-37.

JESUS WAS BURIED

Jesus was also buried and everyone involved knew where. The tomb was sealed with a Roman seal and guarded so nobody would mess with it. The chief priests, disciples, and followers of Jesus all knew where it as. It was under Roman guard. His body wasn’t misplaced; it was in a tomb for three days. John 19: 38-42.

JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD

Jesus rose from the dead. He showed up to his disciples and followers and then to over 500 people who saw him (1 Cor. 15:6). His disciples didn‚Äôt steal his body and promote a hoax they claimed to be true and for which they would all later be killed violently. He didn‚Äôt pass out on the cross, resuscitate later in the tomb, tear off the 75 pounds of linen burial cloths, push back an enormous stone by himself, and then overpower armed guards. His resurrection proved his victory over sin and death and ensures believers’ regeneration (1 Pet 1:3-5), justification (Rom 4:25), and future resurrection (1 Cor 6:14). This part of history can be found in John 20-21.

As this week continues, I encourage you to read all 4 gospels’ (Matthew, Mark Luke and John) descriptions of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each one shows a unique perpective, but all show the same¬†immeasurable¬†love that Jesus has for His Father and His children. Jesus endured the wrath and death that we deserved so that we can have forgiveness and joy everlasting! Prepare your heart this week and celebrate what has been accomplished for ALL who believe! It is something WORTH celebrating every day of our lives! Jesus is ALIVE!

LINKS: PROOF of the Resurrection and It Is Finished!

xo sarah