We hold our breath waiting on good news. In my family, we’ve been waiting months on a piece of news to come. We yearn for the news, we lean into every sign, searching for the news we want to hear. Our news is physical, we long for my husband to regain his heath and return to the active and vibrant life he once lead. We live daily on the edge of anticipation. I know John has got to be tired of me asking, “any change yet?”
As Jesus marched into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the crowds celebrated, they were sure their good news, freedom from captivity, had come. But that good news turned ugly when they missed the point. Jesus did not come to free them from the Romans, he came instead to free them from the power of sin and death.
And today, we celebrate His triumph! The good news, well, that would be Jesus! I want to give you some verses this month that can serve as tools to use as you share the good news! My goal was to choose five verses, one for each week in April, that once learned would give you the gist of what Christ did for us. Verses you can have at the ready to share your faith, just as Jesus asked us to do.Week 1
Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.
We identify with those who are like us. We understand those who share similar experiences they understand us. Jesus was man many could identify with. He grew up a son of a poor couple in a nondescript town in the middle of nowhere. But more importantly, he became a man able to sin and a man able to die for that sin. But Jesus did not sin. The enemy turned up the heat, but Jesus stood firm. And because he did, there was no sin of his own to die for, so, he died for ours instead! This was precisely what we needed whether or not we realized it. We have all sinned. (Read Romans 3:23-26.) And Jesus was willing to take that penalty for us.
In our “me” centered world, that’s difficult to believe. We all want out from under the appalling burden that our sins provide. But, we don’t even dare to think someone else would freely suffer that penalty in our place, it’s unfathomable, unless you know Jesus. And that is good news!
Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.
Because he’s God, not human, he has a power we don’t. Jesus might have willingly submitted to crucifixion, but he did not submit to the power of death, he conquered it! On the third day, he rose from the dead.Jesus might have willingly submitted to crucifixion, but he did not submit to the power of death, he conquered it! #MemorizeGod'sWord Click To Tweet
In this way, Jesus is no longer like us, but that’s even better news, because we were powerless to save ourselves, but he is not powerless. He has power over everything, even life and death.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus didn’t hang around long after he rose from the dead. He was here for another 40 days then he ascended back into Heaven where he sits at the right hand of his father. When he left, he gave us an assignment.
Jesus said, go tell people about me! It’s something you’ve been asked to do by the one who saved you. I know it can be scary, but not as scary as death, right? And he reminded us, I’m here while you do, I’ve got your back. Don’t worry about the enemy, just do as I ask and I’ll be looking out for you.
Remember that we identify with those who are like us? There will be people who identify with you because you are leading similar lives. These are people you have the opportunity to share with!There will be people who identify with you because you are leading similar lives. These are people you have the opportunity to share with! #MemorizeGod'sWord Click To Tweet
“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Personally, I feel this is the calling Jesus has given me. Teach other’s about me. I’ve been told I’m a good teacher, and teaching about Jesus brings me joy like nothing else! Because of this, I often take on the role of a formal teacher of the Good News. But here’s the deal, teaching comes in many forms. It’s not all sitting at the head of the room and giving a lecture, it’s not just writing a blog and sharing in a formal way. It’s living a life that shows you believe the Good News enough to live it, to let it influence your choices and your actions. It’s teaching your children about Jesus and sharing the Good News with their friends as you love like Christ called us to love. Teaching is just as much by example as it is by formal calling.
Think you don’t have the right words to teach. Well, as you memorize God’s word you are stocking up on those right words. We are told in 2 Timothy 3:16 and 17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. So you see, as you memorize God’s word you are preparing your lessons!
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.
And here is the best news of all! God’s spirit says, “Come! Accept this gift.” As the Church (we’re the bride) we are instructed to say, “Come! Accept this gift.” If it’s something you want, then it’s a free gift. You don’t have to be good enough, you don’t need your health back or your act together. You just have to jump in the water! Well, actually God tells us to drink the water, but that is just a metaphor. Once you really grasp this news you are going to want to jump in head first!Once you really grasp this news you are going to want to jump in head first! #MemorizeGod'sWord Click To Tweet
Use it! when you say something out loud and you put it into action, you will remember it. You bring life to what was formerly just words. Practice saying these verses out loud. Practice on safe friends, then share what you know with those who need to hear it!
This month I’m going to encourage you to share a link to my website in an effort to encourage more people to start memorizing God’s word on a regular basis. If you share, please comment that you shared and I will enter you into the drawing. I will also enter anyone who signs up to for my email list. I’m giving away a set of scripture memory cards from the Psalms. These cards are meant to be colored, and if you enjoy coloring, it’s a great way to engage your brain on a verse while you color away. But, if you don’t want to color, they are still a nice set of cards to tuck in key places as you memorize verses from the Psalms.
And remember, if you are on my email list I send a weekly email reminding you of the verse of the week which includes a graphic with the verse suitable to use on your phone.
If you win, I will email you to get your mailing address. The winner will be announced in the May Memory Challenge post.
Download the printable cards with this month’s verses.
Download the graphic with the verse for week 1.
All verses quoted are from the New Living Translation.
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