One day a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods.As he thought about his life this day, he knew many things were not right.
He thought about those who had lied about him back when he had a job.His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him.He remembered family that had passed on. His mind turned to the illness he had that no one could cure. His very soul was filled with anger, resentment and frustration.
Standing there this day, searching for answers he could not find, knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the one he knew would always be there. And with tears in his eyes, he prayed:-“Lord- You have done wonderful things for me in this life. You have told me to do many things for you, and I happily obeyed.Today, you have told me to forgive. I am sad, Lord, because I cannot. I don’t know how.
It is not fair Lord. I didn’t deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn’t have to forgive.As perfect as your way is Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don’t know how to forgive. My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray that you teach me to do this one thing I cannot do –
Teach me To Forgive.”
As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder.
He opened his eyes.
Out of the corner of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt. He could not turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece of wood in the ground.
He raised his head and saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them.
He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus hanging on a cross. He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head.
Finally he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face. As their eyes met, the man’s tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.
Have you ever told a lie, he asked? The man answered – yes, Lord.
Have you ever been given to much change and kept it? The man answered yes, Lord. And the man sobbed more and more.
Have you ever taken something from work that wasn’t yours, Jesus asked?
And the man answered yes, Lord.
Have you ever sworn, using my Father’s name in vain? The man, crying now, answered yes, Lord.
As Jesus asked many more times, “Have you ever?” The man’s crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer yes, Lord.
Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt something fall on his other shoulder. He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus. When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love the man had never seen or known before.
Jesus said, “I didn’t deserve this either, but I forgive you It may be hard to see how you’re going to get through something, but when you look back in life, you realize how true this statement is.”
If God brings you to it – He will bring you through it. Lord I love You and I need You, come into my heart, today.
For without You I can do nothing.
With many peaceful blessings
The following envisionment is based upon a series of lectures about the Holy Spirit given by Kathryn Kuhlman in 1947 (the year I was born).
“I see in my mind the three persons of the Trinity sitting down at a great conference table before the formation of the Earth ever took place.
God, the Holy Father, gave the others the news that even though He would create men to have fellowship with Him, that man would sin; and break that Fellowship.
The only way Fellowship could then be restored would be for someone to pay the price for that sin. For if another did not pay it, then man himself would have to continue to pay the price in unhappiness, disease, death, and eventually hell.
After the Holy Father finished sharing, His Son Jesus spoke up and said, ‘I’ll go. I’ll take the form of a man and go down to Earth to pay that price. I’ll be willing to die on the cross so that man can be restored to perfect fellowship with us.’
Then Jesus turned to the holy spirit and said, ‘But I cannot go unless you go with me; for you are the one with the power.’
The Holy Spirit responded and said, ‘You go ahead and when the time is right, I shall join you on Earth.’
So Jesus came to Earth, was born in a manger, and grew to manhood. But, even though He was the very Son of God, He was powerless.
Then came that magnificent moment at the River Jordan when Jesus, coming up out of the baptismal waters, looked up and saw the Holy Spirit descending upon Him in the form of a dove.
It must have been one of the greatest thrills that Jesus received as He walked in the flesh on this Earth. And I can almost hear the Holy Spirit whisper in His ear, ‘I’m here now. We’re running right on schedule. Now things will really begin to happen.’
And they did happen. Filled with the Spirit, He was suddenly empowered to heal the sick, cause the blind to see, and even raise the dead. It was the time for miracles. For three years they continued, and then, at the end, the Bible says that He gave up the ghost, and the Spirit returned to the Holy Father.
After Jesus was in the grave for three days, that mighty third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, returned.
Jesus came out of the grave in a glorified body. He performed no more miracles during the short time He was here, but He gave His followers a great promise; the greatest promise of all in the Bible.
He said that same Holy Spirit who had lived in Him would return to live in all those who opened their lives to His power. The same things that He, Jesus, had done. His followers would do, also.
In fact, even greater things would be done because now the Holy Spirit would not be limited to one body, but would be free to enter all those everywhere who would receive Him.
The last words He said before He went away were, ‘And you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.’
God the Father had given him Him the gift. Now He was passing it on to the Church. Every church should be experiencing the miracles of Pentecost. Every church should be seeing the healings of the Book of Acts. This gift is for all of us.”
Please take time to read – and inwardly digest – this very powerful teaching.
Yours, in Christ
I sat, chained and feeling sorry for myself. I knew that prison would hold me until death approached, and I knew that that would not be long.
I sat trying to focus my mind on other things, but the slamming of prison doors and the jangle of keys made the task impossible. I soon found myself imagining execution, the crowd, the humiliation, the pain and eventual death.
I was in a dark place, but I had put myself there, I only had myself to blame. It was just desserts for the pain and suffering I had caused others, not that I would have admitted that to anyone else, of course.
But in the darkness. I thought I heard my name being called. Maybe it had been my imagination, or maybe it was the voices of hell, calling for me, but no, to my surprise it was the crowd. They were shouting my name, not in anger, not screaming for my blood, but in triumph, appealing for my freedom.
What strange turn of events had masterminded this, how was it that I could walk away from this a free man?
The guards arrived, unchained me and let me out into the light and the awaiting crowd. But on the way I passed Him.
He was locked in the cell next to mine, badly beaten, bruised and broken, but His eyes haunted me, they always will.
It was the Passover. I knew the Governor had a custom to release a prisoner at that time, but I had never believed it would be me.
But why was it me?
Here was a man who stood for justice and fair play, I was a man who fought for what I wanted, and took out anyone who stood in my way. Here was a man who preached love and peace and all I knew was hatred and war. Who was this man that stood in my place, who took the death that was due to me?
Who was He?
They called him Jesus, and because of Him. I am free.
(From’ In the shadows of victory: ride the rollercoaster of Holy Week’ by Becky Lovatt)
With many peaceful blessings