Monday, April 25, 2011

Forever, I am changed by Your love

Happy Easter weekend everyone! As we celebrated with family and friends, its hard to remember the reason we are celebrating. I pray that that we as Christians realize the sacrifice that Christ endured for us. Yesterday at church I was brought to tears during worship. For a medley of songs, there was a lady named Joy who paints in our church. She painted a whole picture while we sang, this is her talent! She is such a great painter. As we got done singing the painting was lifted up slowly on a pole the has curtains. It was SO cool to see that it was Christ's feet nailed to the cross and then there was a girl, Mary Magdalene bowing on her knees with light around her. The picture was breathtaking. It really showed how we have to give everything to the Lord because He is in complete control. She was at the feet of the cross and was bearing all of herself to Jesus. What a picture.

Here is a little about her:

New Testament references to a woman named Mary are few, although collectively they comprise the largest reference to a single female, if indeed there is only one Mary. However, scholars have divided these references into three groups: Mary the repentant sinner, Mary of Bethany, and Mary Magdalene.

In Luke 7:37 a woman appears at the home of Simon the Pharisee in Galilee where Jesus is dining; she washes his feet with her tears, dries them with her hair, and anoints them with oils she carries in an alabaster box. This unnamed woman is a sinner, a city-bred woman who is likely a prostitute. Jesus forgives her sins, telling her "Thy faith has saved thee; go in peace." In John 12:3 this woman is identified as Mary and the ointment described as "spikenard, very costly."

Thank you for the cross, Lord. Thank you for Your nail scared hands. Bearing all my sin ans shame, in love You came, and gave amazing grace.

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