27 April 2015

SonriseSon-Kissed Presence

Walking out of the house was different this morning!  Rounding the sidewalk, one beam of sunlight kissed her face.  A silent, “thank you, Lord Jesus” went up.The snow is passed.  At least, maybe.  You can never tell in East Tennessee.

The dormant grass is beginning to make patches of green here and there.  A few downed tree branches will have to be picked up.  The Japanese maple hangs sadly awaiting to awake to a fresh season.

She hears the birds praising the Lord for another day and the trees releasing their wave offering.

Why is today different?

Three and a half years ago she was forced to move from one town to another for work.  There were no jobs in the first town, but much work to be done in the second.

Father God had spoken an unimaginable miracle of obtaining a home far beyond her reach.  Years of toil and tears and prayers went into maintaining faith for the miracle of the new home.  Just minutes ago the text came that the appraisal is being ordered.  The mocking and doubters have been silenced.  God has caused the impossible to be possible!

Did Jesus Christ experience the same amazement as he opened his eyes from death to life in the cold, musty tomb?  He had left a home in glory to fulfill his Father’s commandment to go secure the world from self destruction.  The fragrance of the costly myrrh and aloes made Jesus smile because he knew the cost in ridicule that Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathaea had paid to obtain the tree spices and to cover and wrap His body in grave clothes.

A sigh of relief!  It truly is finished!  The work is done!  The keys to death, hell and the grave have been rescued and redeemed.  The vail of the temple has been rent in twain from the top to the bottom.  The law is now replaced by grace through My shed blood.  Jesus acknowledges, “The ongoing reward already outweighs the fresh memory of the cruel cross.”

As Jesus left the tomb, did the sun kiss his cheek?  Was the cold wind and rain replaced by warmth?  Did He wonder at the stirring of all of His creation or was all of creation silent for just a moment?

Did He pray, “Thank you Father God for your faithfulness.  You looked away from the sin I carried, but you did not leave me or forsake me?”

After walking and talking and teaching his disciples for 40 days, Jesus ascended back into Heaven and sat down at the right hand of Father; ever making intercession on our behalf.  There a new home is being made for those who love the Lord thy God with our heart, soul, mind and strength.  Jesus will return again for His spotless bride who has been washed in His purity.  Are you ready for your new home and His son-kissed presence for all eternity?

Matthew 3:2 Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Teresa Missildine Mustar

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