Happy Good Friday!
As millions of Americans are off today, I wonder how many are thinking what this day means. Even for Christians, Easter and Christmas have become just another day. Except maybe, those that know of Christ and have decided to go to church this Sunday or mass tonight because Easter is an important Holy day. Easter is so much more than that and it's time we all recognized it.
This morning I woke up to thoughts of my new business, which quickly turned to spending time with Christ and then watching Beth Moore on my Living Proof app. I love catching the TBN television specials on my app. This morning she talked about the Marys and the faithfulness of women at the cross. I have noticed them many times and have been drawn to the passages where women almost seemed stronger then the men that followed Jesus. I don't think that's the point of the authors of the gospels but they all definitely highlight the importance of these women and their acts of faithfulness to Jesus. We must understand the importance of what the gospels are saying when it comes to women because it's the cornerstone of us understanding our role, our stature and our purpose for the kingdom of God. Women were much more ignored in Jesus' time. I would guess their roles were very similar to the Middle East women today. So every reference of a woman in Scripture is to be noticed as a significant event.
I think that's why them being at the cross and the tomb are so very significant. Scripture states that Mary and Mary Magdalene walked together to the tomb. Now both of these women watched Jesus being hung on a cross. Can you imagine the brutality of that, not to mention He was beaten so badly that His face was unrecognizable? I can't even imagine. When my brother fell off a mountain to his death, I had to speak to the coroner. During his medical assessment of how my brother looked, I had a decision to make, let my parents see his marred face or have him cremated before he came to Kansas. I knew my mother would not make it seeing him in that state, so I chose the latter course of action. Why? To protect a mother from seeing her son scarred. And yet, at the feet of Jesus was His mother watching her son, bloody, beaten and hung on a cross for all to see. What courage, what fortitude, what a glorious picture of womanhood. If we could all be like her, right?
I wish I could say I was that courageous but I can't. I have been blessed up to this point in my life but I have a vivid imagination and I can picture the scene at the cross as if I was sitting there, watching every moment. I can see her tears running down her face and hear her whisper to the God of Abraham, please take Him. You know that's what she was saying. She was crying out in prayer that He would not have to sustain any more pain, hardship or suffering. Isn't that what all mothers would do? Of course it is. We don't want to see our children suffer and yet, she was so brave that she sat, waited, watched, prayed and remained until the very last. She did not run and hide. She was there fighting with Him and giving Him a mother's strength. That's the definition of courageous, don't you think?
So as I write this today, I'm feeling the presence of God. I'm imagining the mothers all around the world that are sitting by their children's beds, writing to their sons in prison, praying for their lost children that have chosen drugs over life and knowing that women all over the world are praying for peace so that the destruction of men would not come upon their house. We are mighty warriors. And I believe with all my heart that men are to lead us but we are here to provide support and battle where they can not. We are here to minister to them, guide them and pray against the spiritual forces that turn them to evil.
If you don't think our sons are watching, they are. Jesus saw His mother sitting there. He knew that Mary Magdalene was by her side and He knew that they would be faithful to the end. For it was written long before any of them were born. And guess what? They were faithful and when they went to the tomb they were the first to bear witness that He had risen!
Often women think they have no power. In the world today there is trafficking, abuse, rape, and murder. Women have been abused and tortured for religious beliefs and now as I sit here, women are being killed for believing in Jesus. I think for me this Easter is more significant than in any other time in my life. This Easter I will have come through a powerful trial that I thought would destroy me, only to find freedom in Jesus. Man can not hurt what God has consecrated. Are you aware of that? If not, get into your Bibles and read. We are special to God. We are His chosen generation and we have the keys to the supernatural. Through our study, prayer and petition, God hears us and as He calls us we must follow. This year, I have held out all that I possess to know what it feels like to truly be at the feet of Jesus. So as I sit and write today, I am thinking about all that He gave up for me. I'm thinking about how badly he was beaten. And I know that He alone has bore all ours sins so we can have eternal life. What a picture of faithfulness and who was sitting there watching this amazing sacrifice? Women, that's who. Women were unwilling to leave their Savior. Think about that as you enter into Easter. Very powerful stuff!
Today I just really want to thank God for being with me this last 15 months and for loving me. I want to thank Him for the countless prayers I've sent up and for making me His woman. I mostly want to thank Him for giving me the peace that has transcended all understanding and for believing in me, when I couldn't. And finally, I want to ask our precious Lord to bring women all over the world to the cross this Easter. I am praying for a Holy awakening in women so that we can send prayers up for our men. They need us to intercede, to fuel the heavens with our prayers for them and to once again restore what's been lost. Women are the help mates and if we are storming the heavens with our prayers, can you imagine the power in that and the glory we would be sending up. So I challenge you today to come to the cross, to sit at the feet of Jesus and to love Him for everything He was and everything He is. May God come upon you this season and deliver you as He has done for me. O, Lord bring about a revival so intense that the heavens cry out HOLY, HOLY IS THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN!!! I pray this with my whole heart. In Jesus name we pray, AMEN
Luke 23: 47-49 NIV
47Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.” 48And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened, began to return, beating their breasts. 49And all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee were standing at a distance, seeing these things.