Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Abide in Jesus Series Special: Your Victorious King Has Won (Easter Celebration Weekend) + Saturday, April 15, 2017

Céad míle fáilte! Welcome! Bienvenido! Akwaaba! Mirë se vjen! خوش آمدید Bem-vindos! 迎光!

We have the privilege to love and serve this city as His Church – His family of servants and ambassadors – in multicultural communities who are learning how to humbly follow Jesus in every area of life, to graciously love our neighbors, and to generously serve our city for the glory of God and for the life of the world. Emmaus City welcomes you and invites you to hear and respond to the gospel, the history-altering, world-changing, life-transforming good news that Jesus is King – our Savior, Healer, Redeemer, Reconciler, Champion, Friend – and that He is bringing the joy and justice of God's Kingdom to Worcester.

The Bible calls Jesus our Sabbath. To rest, to wait, to sit, to be in Jesus is true life. We don’t always have to be producing something in order to live. To be with Jesus in the grave is to sit with Him in the love of God that can and will resurrect. + A.J. Swoboda, A Glorious Dark

"The Man and the Scorpion" is the story of an old man who used to meditate under a big tree on the bank of the Ganges River. One day he saw a scorpion floating hopelessly by in the water. He stretched out on one of the roots of the tree that branched out in the water and reached out to rescue the drowning creature. As soon as he touched it, the scorpion stung him. Instinctively, the man withdrew his hand. Then he reached out again. Scorpion stung him so badly the next time his hand became bloody and swollen and his face contorted with pain. Someone passing by called out to the man and said, “What’s wrong with you? Only a fool would risk his life for an ugly, evil creature like that. Don’t you know you could kill yourself trying to save an ungrateful scorpion?” The man looked into the stranger’s eyes and said, “My friend, just because it’s the scorpion’s nature to sting, that does not change my nature to save.” Jesus, also stretched out on a tree, reaches for us among those who should “Only a madman would risk his life for ungrateful creatures” to which He replies, “My friends, just because it’s fallen mankind’s nature to wound does not change my nature to save.” + Brennan Manning, Bread and Wine

"Today you will be with Me in paradise" is Jesus's response. Jesus does not reject any who turn to Him. At times we turn to Him with little faith, at times with a mix of faith and doubt when we are more sure of the doubt than of the faith. Jesus is not fastidious about the quality of faith. He takes what He can get, so to speak, and gives immeasurably more than He receives. He takes our faith more seriously than we do and makes of it more than we ever could.  Christ's response to our faith is ever so much greater than our faith. Give Him an opening, almost any opening, and He opens life to wonder beyond measure. + Fr. Richard John Neuhaus

Bible Passages | Mark 15:32; Luke 23:33, 39-43Colossians 1:13-14, 19-22

Jesus’ Prayer for His Disciples
Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven, 
May Your name be kept holy.
May Your Kingdom come.
May Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread
And forgive us our sins
As we have forgiven those
Who sin against us.
And don’t let us
Yield to temptation,
But rescue us
From the evil one.
(For Yours is the Kingdom,
The power and the glory forever. Amen.)

(He Is Not Dead)
By Charles Wesley
1739 A.D.

Christ the Lord is ris'n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing ye heavens and earth reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where O death is now thy sting, Alleluia!
Dying once He all doth save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory Oh grave, Alleluia!

He is not dead, He is alive!
We have this hope in Jesus Christ!

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

By The Village Church
2012 A.D.

To Him be 
the glory
For all He has done!
Praise to the Father
Who gave us His Son!
A ransom for many,
He bled and died
Then rose in victory
Enthroned on high!

To Him be the glory
In heaven and earth,
All of creation
Is shouting His worth.
The saints and the angels,
All live to proclaim
The wonderful story,
The glorious name.

Oh look and see
Our God and celebrate
The power of the cross
the empty grave!
And now we're free,
the redeemed 
Lift up your heads,
Oh look and see our God!

To Him be the glory,
He's coming again
And all of the sadness 
Will come to an end!
Oh what a reunion,
The Bride and her King!
Forever we'll praise Him,
Forever we'll sing!

Glory, glory to our God! 

By Planetshakers
2013 A.D.

You have won the victory!
You have won it all for me!

Death could not hold You down!
You are the risen King
Seated in majesty,
You are the risen King!

By His stripes we are healed,
By His nail-pierced hands we're free.
By His blood, we're washed clean,
Now we have the victory.

The power of sin is broken,
Jesus overcame it all.
He has won our freedom,
Jesus has won it all. 

Our God is risen!
He is alive!
He's won the victory!
He reigns on high!

By Matt Maher
2009 A.D.

Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame,
But fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to Him who showed great love
And bled for us.
Freely, You've bled for us.

Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling over death by death!
Come awake, come awake,
Come and rise up from the grave!
Christ is risen from the dead,
We are one with Him again!
Come awake, come awake,
Come and rise up from the grave!

Beneath the weight of all our sin,
You bowed to none but heaven's will.
No scheme of hell, no scoffer's crown,
No burden great can hold You down.
In strength You reign,
Forever let Your Church proclaim!

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O Church, come stand in the light,
The glory of God has defeated the night!
O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O Church, come stand in the light,
Our God is not dead!
He's alive! He's alive!

By Chris Tomlin
2011 A.D.

The splendor of the King,
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice,
All the earth rejoice.
He wraps himself in Light,
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice,
Trembles at His voice!

How great is our God!
Sing with me
How great is our God!
And all will see how great,
How great is our God!

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands,
Beginning and the end,
Beginning and the end.
The Godhead, Three in One:
Father Spirit Son,
The Lion and the Lamb,
The Lion and the Lamb!

By Ike Ndolo
2012 A.D.

The dark is groaning,
The tomb is reaching out.
Oh, but they can't have me!
Oh, but they can't have me!

The crows are circling,
The jackal waits in the dark.
Oh, but they can't have me!
Oh, but they can't have me!

I belong to the 
Land of the rising Son
Where the grave is no more,
The war has been won!
I belong to the Land of the rising Son,
I belong to You, I belong!

The world is in my bones,
It makes me wrestle with You.
Oh, but You have claimed me!
Oh, but You have claimed me!

No matter how far I've gone,
Even to the devil's table.
Oh, my God, You've claimed me!
Oh, my God, You've claimed me!

Through my wandering,
And my failing,
And my doubting, I belong!
Through the fire,
And the darkness,
Through the sadness, I belong!
I'm just a rebel,
Who's tired of fighting,
So I'm laying down these arms.
The Son is rising, the Son is rising,
The Son is rising!


Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. + Hebrews 13:20-21

Next post: Abide in Jesus Series Special: The Road to Emmaus (Eastertide Begins) 

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