Thoughts About Easter


Thoughts About Easter. – More Grace

My comment:

Wonderfully written! This made me understand better. You are so blessed… I have one question though, if thats okay with you… If Jesus came back as a spirit, does that mean that He is no longer the ‘Son’ but the ‘Holy spirit’?

– Mary Pacis

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The day had been planned. She wakes up early before the sun has brightened the sky. Her heart is broken. She is weary from grief and each time she closes her eyes, she has the mental images of Jesus being tortured and brutally crucified. There is no rest from her sorrow. Mary is approaching the tomb in the dark hours of the early morning. She sees that the large rock, sealing the tomb where Jesus is buried has been moved! The tomb is opened!

I think she reacted like I would have…with panic! Confusion! Doubt! Unbelief!

Based on what she saw, she quickly surmised that, “They have taken his body away!” Mary completely forgot what Jesus promised he would do on the third day. She turns and quickly runs to find her friends. I imagine her running on a dirt path as fast as she possibly could, stumbling over rocks, tired, sweaty and breathless. Her friends, Peter and John listened as she told them, “They have taken his body away!” and they too ran quickly to see for themselves.

Peter and John looked inside the tomb…they  went inside the tomb and they believed. They saw with their eyes and they believed that Jesus rose from the dead. Even though they did not fully understand the things Jesus had told them before, they truly believed. They didn’t let doubt or unbelief cloud their vision. They believed that Jesus rose again from the dead, even if they could not totally grasp or understand all of it.

This is what I think… the stone that sealed the tomb was rolled away not for Jesus to get out but for us to look in! 

I imagine them walking away from the tomb quite dumb founded but with a heightened adrenaline surge to do something! What ever that something was, is most likely what they were talking about as they walked away and left Mary alone at the tomb.

Alone, so she thought. Crying and somewhat timid, she walked over to the tomb. I don’t think I would have been brave enough to go inside a burial chamber either and would have done the same thing as Mary. Bend over, poke my head inside for a quick look-see! I’m sure her heart was beating fast. I wonder if she bumped her head at the opening of the tomb upon seeing two angels!  They proceeded to ask her why she was crying. “They have taken his body away!”

Mary saw the same thing as Peter and John. No, actually she saw more than they did. Mary had a conversation with two angels! Yet, Mary continued to make the wrong assumption and incorrect accusations. Mary doubted. She doubted and did not believe because she didn’t stop to think about the words Jesus had said to her before. Mary believed Jesus then, but she was not believing now.

And then she turns around and sees…a gardener?  No, it is Jesus but because her mind is clouded with doubt and unbelief, she does not recognize her beloved. He asks her the same question and she proceeds to plead with “the gardener” to tell her where Jesus’ body has been taken. She still doesn’t see.

Instead of answering her question, Jesus said her name, “Mary.”

I love this! Jesus called Mary by her name!  She immediately recognizes Jesus. She knows his voice. She hears him. She sees him. Mary believes! Jesus tells her to go…and she runs (much faster now, I imagine) to tell the others, “I have seen the Lord!”

This is what I think… Jesus speaks in to her unbelief. Jesus paid the ultimate price for her unbelief. 

I think it’s okay and good to look inside the empty tomb over and over again. Whenever I doubt that God loves me, I look inside that empty tomb. Whenever I doubt that I can trust God no matter what, I look inside that empty tomb. And when I don’t believe, I cry for Him to help my unbelief  while asking Him to forgive me for that unbelief. Jesus paid the ultimate price for that!

It is Easter morning, already! Let’s celebrate again and again! Let’s run and tell others, “I have seen the Lord!”

John 20:1-18 (ESV)

The Resurrection

20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her,“Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic,“Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

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Shopping Hero!


Credits to: Google

Credits to: Google

Me and my dad went to shop for a new phone cover for moi, and apparently, this phone cover we were shopping for costs 35 aed (and a screen for my phone, additional 10, yeees I am spoiled), so all in all it costs 45. Too expensive for just a phone cover and a screen, so me and dad decided to get a discount… Me being, well, like my dad, I don’t go shopping much and I am a little shy, BUT we were able to lower it down to 40 instead of 45 aed.

Anyways, mom came and also decided to buy a phone cover AND guess what? The phone cover costs 45 aed and she lowered it down to 35 ._.” too bad she wasn’t happy with it’s quality… You see, my mom has this hawk-eyes, she could find any flaws of the things she (was supposed to) get in an instant. In short, the gurl is giiiiiifted!

But, don’t underestimate my dad… God gave him hawk-eyes as well, dad knows when he spots something beautiful… that’s how he got mom ;D

Through the eyes of God


Feb 11 2013

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Look into the eyes of a beast, see a beast.

Look into the eyes of a beast, through the eyes of God, see the pastthe pain, and feel the desire to pray.

Feel his pain, feel his sorrows, and smile at the beast, who once was young and innocent. Now hardened his heart from love and faith. Yet, deep inside, he is still the same.

But with God, our imperfections will be set aside, and be made beautiful. 

For He has forgiven and He has loved.

– Mary Pacis

“ For God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” -1 Samuel 16: 7

Walking in Circles (Re-Blog)


Walking in Circles.

http://iwanttobelieveingod.com/Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,

 

As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
So our eyes look to the Lord our God,
Until He has mercy on us. –Psalm 123:2

Sometimes in our walk with God it can feel as if we are going in circles and not making any progress.  I’ll be walking, making what I see as forward progress and then bam—I end up right back where I was.  This can be deflating and discouraging.  It causes me grief and doubt.  I say why Lord? Why am I back in this situation again?  Will I ever be delivered?  Will I ever see breakthrough?  Will the walls ever come tumbling down to set me free?

I asked the Lord this recently and His response was very simple:

“Keep walking.”

The Lord showed me something in the story of Joshua and the destruction of Jericho.

And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days. –Joshua 6:14

They kept walking!

The walls didn’t fall after the first day.  The walls didn’t fall after the second day.  The walls didn’t fall after the third, fourth, fifth or sixth days of walking.

I’m sure during this process of literally walking in circles some of the Israelites thought, “What on earth are we doing?  How is this making progress?”  But despite any thoughts they may have had, they remained obedient and kept walking.  Then finally, on the seventh day they marched around the city seven times.

And the seventh time it happened… -Joshua 6:16

The wall fell down flat!

If you feel that you have yourself been walking in circles I would like to encourage you to keep your eyes on the Lord.  God does not measure success in the way we do—by accomplishments—He measures success on faithfulness, and He desires for you to keep walking.  He desires for you to turn your eyes and look to Him until He has mercy on you.

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus. -Hebrews 12:1-2

 

My Views on the Poem “In Love with a Star”


Shooting star…

Is it possible to fall in love with a star?

I’m beginning to doubt because its so very far, I try to reach at times but I gave up when I knew it wasn’t mine.

Do you think it is possible for it to love me back?

Reading minds is one power I think I kind of lack…

That’s why I just content myself with looking at it from a far.

Its better I just wait instead of  prying open it’s cold jar.

I know that star could never love me back, I could never bear to see it cry, or see it’s fragile heart crack.

Sometimes my heart and my brain have their little wars, but I will not budge because I am in love with a Star.

– Mary Pacis

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I’m not really good at writing poems but I was star gazing (with myTelescope eyes 0_0) in my balcony and I saw this big star (I don’t know what its called) and I fell in love with it, and I wondered, is it possible to fall in love with a star? this was supposed to be a song, but I couldn’t seem to find a tune (I’ll ask my friends for help some time).

I know the reason to writing a poem is ‘for me to know, and for you to find out’ but I just can’t help it, so here’s how I see my poem…

 Anyways, I wrote this because I read a book about a girl in love with a man who doesn’t love her back… It just reminded me about stars in a very weird way, stars are very amazing to look at, they all have different colors,shapes, and sizes.
All in all, they are very unique (every single one of them), it is not at all surprising if you do have a favorite star which shines out the rest, but stars are very far away and you could say it is impossible to fall in love with one ’cause you could only get hurt (If you got too close to the star) that’s why ‘I just content myself with looking at it from a far’, The rest of the poem is describing a human, the line ‘prying open its cold jar’ means forcing the person to love you or to open up to you (even if they don’t want to), they might do it because they feel guilty that its not you they love.
‘Sometimes my heart and my brain have their little wars’ is a very obvious line, it meant that the ‘star’ or ‘person’ (indicated in the story) doesn’t know who to listen to, its brain or its heart, its brain says ‘you love him’ and its heart says ‘if you love him, let him go’, and thats the confusing part… But we all know the best answer. I wasn’t really star gazing when I thought of this poem though, but reading the book reminded me about star gazing and seeing a huge star (which turned out to be planet jupiter).
I hope you guys understood the meaning to this poem… Thanks for finding le time to read 😀