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Riding with Jesus on Good Friday

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Would you be in the crowd yelling, crucify Him? On this day we reflect the torture’s Jesus went through for you and me. I would like to think that I wouldn’t have been in that crowd yelling, “crucify Him.” But I have to say, my track of following others for the wrong reason in my life has happened. But if He wasn’t crucified how could He have saved us? Many thoughts and mysteries on this day. Let’s remember what Jesus said before He entered and opened up the Heavenly Kingdom.

“Father Forgive Them, They know not what they do.” (Luke 23:24)

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son.” (John 19:26)

DARKNESS NOON TO THREE PM.

“My God my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34)

“I thirst” (John 19:28)

“It is finished” (John 19:30)

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46)

The prophecy is fulfilled. About 3pm the veil tore from top to the bottom. Some rocks rolled away from the graves and people rose. So much to process and to focus on, He died for us to take away all sin.

Let us pray, Dear Heavenly Father, help me to live a life that is worthy to say thank you for giving the sacrifice of your Son. Help me to accept my cross I must carry, to learn to love and grow in faith. Give me grace to do your will each and everyday. Help me to share your word by loving actions and not just by words. Lord Jesus we love you and praise you not only today but everyday. Amen!

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Riding with Jesus on Holy/Maundy Thursday

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Today visualize the things Jesus did today, pause and be reminded of His pure and unselfish love. What does Maundy mean? It is derived from the Latin word “command,” Jesus leaves His disciplines and us with commandments and teachings that will stay in this world forever. “Love one another as I have loved you.” At the Last Supper, The Holy Eucharist, this is my body, and this is my blood. “Do this in memory of me.” This is happening at Passover the festival that commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. Why did Jesus wash His disciple’s feet? In John chapter 13, Jesus teaches them and us to be servants and to love and to serve, no matter who you are we must be humble. Jesus tells the story that He will eat no more until the kingdom of God is fulfilled. Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane, He falls to His knees, where His human emotions overwhelmed Him with sadness and anguish and cried out, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as You, not I, would have it.” “If this cup cannot pass by, but I must drink it, Your will be done!” (Matthew 26:42) Then Jesus came forward and confronted His arresters when Judas gave Him a kiss on the cheek to signal, He was the one. God’s will began.

Dear Lord, our Heavenly Father, You gave us Your only Son, He shared His humanness with us so we could learn from Him. Serving others even by washing their feet. Help us to continue to learn from His actions. Strengthen our hands and our wills to share Your love and be a servant to others. Teach us to simply trust and open our hearts to receive all you have for us. Help us to keep strong in our faith and ask for grace. Let us keep our eyes open even in the darkest times, knowing Christ will lead us, because He is the light of the world. Help us understand that power is not of worldly things, like money, titles, or what we own. Christ on the Cross, He was powerless but even today this example of His love brings us to our knees and we have learned through Him that the Trinity is our power, through the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is a free gift You have given us, only if we have the courage and the faith to trust! We ask for this courage! In your precious name of Christ who died for all of us. Amen!

Riding with Jesus on Spy/Holy Wednesday

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Today meditate on these questions. Have you ever denied Jesus? Have you given Him your most precious things in life? Dedicate today in thinking how you can spend more time with Him. Give Him the precious gift of time. On this Holy Wednesday Jesus continues teaching in the temple daily, He tells his disciples to find a room where they can prepare for the Passover and the Lord’s Supper. The chief priests were finalizing the plot to arrest Jesus with Judas assistance. A woman comes to Jesus with the Alabaster jar and washes Him with her most precious oil. Picture by Michael Belk.

Riding with Jesus on Holy Tuesday

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Let us focus today on our deep faith in prayer.

It was an exhausting Holy Tuesday for Jesus.  He and his disciples returned to Jerusalem.  They passed the withered fig tree and Jesus reminds us all about the importance of faith.  The Israel’s religious authorities challenged Jesus, asking what right did have to cleanse the temple among other things.  They were trying to force Jesus to state that He had divine power from God so that they could charged him with blasphemy and arrest him.  Jesus was strong and wise, and it did not happen, so the chief priest plots another plan to have Jesus crucified.  The chief priest makes a deal with Judas of the Disciples and paid him 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus.  Jesus also went to Mount of Olives and he shared about the prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the age.  He speaks in parables talking of the end of time and His Second coming and the final judgment. 

Sit in silence and reflect on your faith and let us pray. . .  O my Lord, my God as I reflect on the message of the cross it is so difficult. How does death become eternal life?  You suffered a difficult death.  You show me your weakness carrying a cross knowing through your suffering comes strength to open Heaven, eternal life for all.  Lord, I thank you, please help me with any unbelief.  In your name and through the Holy Spirit I ask to walk in the way You taught us and to keep my faith alive!  In His Name, Amen! Amen! In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen 🙏 

Riding with Jesus, Holy Week

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The Ride begins on Palm Sunday for Holy Week ~ Let’s Ride with Him! First Day of Holy Week ~ Palm Sunday

As Jesus approach Jerusalem on a donkey, he was fulfilling the Old Testament prophecy of Zechariah 9:9; it was common for kings to arrive by a procession riding on a donkey. Donkey symbolized peace so has they rode them it meant that they come in peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. As he rode by the people cut palm branches and waved them as he rode by and they laid them out on the ground before Jesus as He rode into the city. The palm branch represents goodness and victory and was a reminder that victory of death was soon to be fulfilled of the final victory He would soon fulfill over death. The crowd was shouting “Hosanna!” the word actually means, “save now.” Even thou Jesus saw their adoration he wept knowing that these same people would turn their backs on Him and crucify Him. Jesus knew his roll, that they needed a Savior. What are we to remember about Palm Sunday, Jesus Christ was the ultimate sacrifice, God sent His only son to fight our battle over death so that we may have eternal life and be set free?

This is the first day of Holy Week, as you pedal through this week stop and contemplate all your thoughts and attention on what matters the most in your life and give Him all the glory because of the grace He has given you each day. Don’t let the tempter take any of your joy away, fix your eyes on Jesus.

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zech. 9:9“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Cor. 15:55

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Rom. 10:9″

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it, and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.” Luke 19:41-42

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,’ “John 11:25

Let’s choose to focus on worshipping our Lord, thanking Him for the gift of His sacrifice, celebrating the power of the Resurrection, and the new life found in Him alone. Grace.

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Cor. 9:15

Riding with Jesus on Holy Monday

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~Today focus on your faith and the peace Jesus can bring you! On Holy Monday morning, they came from Bethany and along the way he cursed a fig tree because it had failed to bear fruit. Some believe this cursing of the fig tree represented God’s judgement on the spiritually dead religious leaders of Israel, while others believe the symbolism extends to all believers, that genuine faith comes from within, and living faith must bear spiritual fruit in a person’s life. Jesus’ actions here are symbolic, reminding us about the hypocrisy of all who have the appearance they are bearing fruit (truly faithful) but in fact they are not. (Mark 11:12-14)

They went on to the Temple in Jerusalem, when Jesus went in, he found the courts full of corrupt money changers. He began to flip the tables over and told them to clear the Temple, saying, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves” (Luke 19:46). In these two situations on Monday of Holy week Jesus tells us two important lessons. First, have true worship of our Lord, be truly faithful from deep in our hearts and authentically love your neighbor as ourselves and spread the Gospel throughout your relationships. Secondly, remember Jesus cleansed the Temple just has He can cleanse you; Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

Be reminded of His power today He brings a supernatural peace; He gives us peace that the world cannot give to you, a peace that you cannot find without Him. He will bring peace to you and to the world. Picture done by Michael Belk from the book, Journeys with the Messiah.

When Two or More Gather

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Two exciting things to share!

 1.  Two or more were gathered, so grateful for this interview. “Entertaining Angels” Virginia Living TV

2.  Join Dedra and me along with many other ladies at our She Soars retreat, in July!  Great national speaker from California, Donna Jones.  Learning to Soar with Donna Jones, Who doesn’t need a little good news these days? What woman wouldn’t like to grow in confidence? Or find hope? Or gain wisdom?  Here is what others say about her, “Donna Jones is an amazing speaker – but she feels more like a girlfriend the minute she takes the stage.  With powerful stories, engaging insights and clear Biblical truth, Donna will leave you changed forever!”  Renee Swope, Proverbs 31 Ministries Executive Director.  Here is the link for “She Soars”  and Christian Bling will be there with “Praying it Forward”, Blingo and so much more!

Journey with Jesus: Good Friday

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JESUS DIES (John 19:  28-37, Matthew 27: 50)

THOUGHT   Jesus emptied every piece of humanity into this world for us and he expresses his last words;  “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.”  Luke 23:34“I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43  “Dear woman, here is your son.” John 19:26 “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Mark 15:34 “I am thirsty.” John 19:28“It is finished!” John 19:30 “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” Luke 23:46

REMINDER   This is the most memorable day for the world to know that Jesus died for us.  God put his Son here on this earth so we may be reminded we are human and therefore we are not perfect but we can always turn to God with each and every fall or failure. We can’t depend on the earthly world but we can always depend on our spiritual life.  Depend on Christ.

JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN  (John 19: 38-40, Psalm 22: 14-15)

  THOUGHT   The sacrifice is over and done.  His mother cradles him in his arms just as the day he was born and now she cradles a man, weeping thinking humanly….. what has been done.  We need to be reminded of her sacrifice of her Son. Think about sacrificing your child.  Every mother can feel her sorrow and pain.

REMINDER   This is a true reminder, we will lose a loved one on our journey in this world, we will need to pray for grace during the times of despair knowing that God has control and His will is what will be done.  Pray for the grace of God during these times and He will prevail.

 

JESUS IS BURIED (Mark 15: 46-47, Matthew 27: 57-61)

THOUGHT   Jesus’ mortal life ended, his human life is done.
REMINDER   Jesus’ death is a true reminder that we are human and we are weak but we can have the spirit of Jesus in everything we do.  This teaching of suffering and love showed us how his short ride of his life will never be forgotten. He gave his life for us to have eternal love here on this earth and have eternal life after our mortality.

Dear Heavenly Father,  Your only son you gave us, the suffering and the wounds were taken so that we may be healed and the gates of eternal life was open.  Lord, please help us to be reminded each and everyday that the gift of eternal love and life was done on this day.  We thank you and praise you for all you have given us. By your wounds we are healed.  In your name, Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen 

Humbly riding up to Easter, until then!

Much love,

Tina

Journey with Jesus: Day 4

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JESUS CONSOLES THE WOMEN (Luke 23: 27-31, Matthew 7:21)

THOUGHT   Jesus sees the women weeping for him as he is carrying the cross and he see their sadness, he stops to console them.

REMINDER   What a reminder how compassionate Jesus was, even during his suffering he could hardly bear their sadness and he consoled them.  We want to remember that even during our suffering to turn to help others and not just focus on ourselves.  To endure pain and suffering but not to be grumpy or complaining during those times but turn it around by consoling others.

Lord, please teach us to wear the cloak of compassion and kindness even during our tough times.

JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME (Psalm 37:23-24, Hebrews 4:14-15)

THOUGHT Jesus collapsed again, he is exhausted, broken and has no strength.  He falls and lies on the ground, in such a humanly form of exhaustion.

REMINDER How often do we feel we have no more strength to move on?  We become exhausted with the stress of our world, remember on our heavenly Father to carry us and to rescue us during this time of stress.  Carry on, Jesus took all sins away so we can carry on and have a beautiful ride of our lives.  He endured all the suffering so we can live a full life of grace because we are always granted forgiveness.

JESUS IS STRIPPED (John 19:23-24, Psalm 22:16-18)

THOUGHT   The King of all Kings is stripped of his clothes, he has nothing, yet he has everything.  The Love of his Father.

REMINDER   This is a tough reminder, that we need nothing but God’s eternal love to get us through this life.  His precious love, yet we get wrapped up with the material things in this world.  We need to remember try to wipe away the sins, of pride, prestige, wealth, or envy.  Dear Heavenly Father, please strip me of these sins and forgive me for the days I have walked in these sins.  You were stripped down to nothing yet knew you had everything.  Keep us focused on the Love of God daily.

JESUS IS CRUCIFIED (Luke 23:33-43, John 19:1)

THOUGHT   My heart and mind can’t even image this scene.  The executioners stretch his arms out and held his hands out then hammered a nail in each hand, then they raised his knees ups so the his feet are flat against the wood and hammered them fast into the cross.

REMINDER  What a reminder when we look at the cross that Jesus endured all of this for each and everyone, for our souls, for our souls! How can we ever repay him for this sacrifice? Remember when you have your crosses to bear they are so minor to what Jesus did for you and I, Jesus was our co-redeemer of humanity.

Please Pray!  Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your sacrifice of your only Son, we are reminded each Easter about the suffering Jesus did for us and we pray that we can release all of our suffering and sins to you and to be redeemed by your everlasting merciful forgiveness and eternal love.  In your name we pray, Amen!

Until tomorrow,

Tina