Empty grave


I’ve been wondering if what I say about Jesus is enough. I simplify the gospel and tell people that Jesus died for our sins. All of us and all of it. I often leave out the part, the important part that he rose from the dead and now lives forever. Death has no hold on him and if I accept his gift of forgiveness, death will not hold me either.

In Jesus we have the promise of forgiveness and eternal life.

All the rest our human heroes of the past have a grave we can visit. A grave where our heroes body is turning back into dust. Not so with Jesus. There is a grave but it’s empty. He was physically raised from the dead, body and spirit.

I want to make sure that I’m sharing the whole story.

Psalm 69 says this: “5 You, God, know my folly;

my guilt is not hidden from you.

6 Lord, the Lord Almighty,

may those who hope in you

not be disgraced because of me;

God of Israel,

may those who seek you

not be put to shame because of me.

7 For I endure scorn for your sake,

and shame covers my face.”

I am not perfect. In fact I was a sinner from birth and even after God met me in my need as a 20 year old, I still stumble and fall. Jesus continues, is continuing to forgive me even now. I expect more of myself. He continues to forgive. I fail and shrivel and hide from him but when I confess and repent there is a fresh supply of grace and mercy waiting for me. Like fresh muffins in the morning his mercies are new at every place I need Him.

Today. It’s the only day we can count on. Today. Consider the offer Jesus is making to all of us; forgiveness and eternal life. Today.

Author: Peterloeffelbein

I am a man. I am an older man. I am a husband and a dad and a grandpa. I am a disciple of Jesus. Because I am a disciple of Jesus much of what I write is about him, and I usually end what I write with a question, do you the reader know that Jesus loves you? He does. He loves us all but he loves you specifically. He loves me specifically. What will you do with that information today?

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  1. Dear Pete: Since you were so honest, kind, and generous to share with my your own Journals during the time we faced each other across a desk(as did your wife, Mary)I am forwarding you an entry of my own Journal that only a few are getting because it’s pretty raw. However, it may yield you an insight into a dimension of anguish that you also shared—though differently, true—and though my printer is running out of ink like the Old Widow with the Prophet Elijah in the Old Testament, I’m forwarding to you guys with great good wishes. If you think your sister might be interested, feel free to forward it to her, for she was one of the 3 most beautiful, creative, and intelligent young women students I ever had the privilege to teach and to be taught by as well. The other two? Annette MacChayne and Susan G. Beeman.

    Regards and affection to you both and your wondrous family.

    Bill Hensleigh

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10



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