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Easter…the Ultimate Love Story

Good Morning Girls- Women's Online Bible Study #WhyEasterMatters

The Easter story when you really read it, think about it and dive into it…..well it’s a love story.

It’s a story about a hero laying down His life for those who can’t help themselves, can’t save themselves.

People tangled in bondage to sins, failures, regrets and mistakes.

It’s a story of a Son’s radical obedience to His Father, all for the sake of reconciliation of sinful people.

Today’s reading we see the biggest moment in the history of the world (next to His birth)…our Savior’s death.

“With a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last.” Mark 15:37

The One who came to seek and save the lost, became the spotless lamb who was slain.

The One who loved well and lived a sinless life, died a gruesome sinner’s death.

The One who created life was sacrificed for the very ones He breathed life into.

And at His death, the curtain that separated our Holy God from sinful people, was torn in two…starting at the top. (Mark 15:38)

Isn’t that like God, He is always the one initiating, reaching out…..loving first.

And this “curtain”…it wasn’t your everyday curtain, not by any stretch of the imagination. It was around 60 feet in height, 30 feet in width and four inches thick!

The tearing of the curtain from top to bottom, showed that Christ’s death for our sins now gave us direct access to God. We no longer need a middle man.

Because of what Christ did on the cross, we can now approach God with confidence and boldness. (Hebrews 4:14-16) No longer do we need to go through a priest or sacrifice an animal to have our sins forgiven. Jesus is the High Priest who willingly, lovingly laid down His life so that we now have unlimited and direct access to God.

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body …let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)

And on that old rugged cross, our sweet Lord said, “It is finished”…..mission complete.

So sweet friends, allow this truth to not only enter your mind, but let it go further and let it penetrate deep into your heart and change you from the inside out! Don’t go through the motions this Easter but rather allow God to do a mighty work in your heart as you focus on the price He has paid for your salvation.

Don’t ever forget that the grace we experience from God is free…..but it is not cheap. Our freedom, our forgiveness, our hope in eternity was all purchased with His blood.

Let us live changed, focused and humbled by what Christ did on the cross for me and for YOU!

Let’s Talk:

How has Christ’s sacrifice changed you personally? How are you a different woman, wife, mother, friend, daughter because of what Jesus did for you on the cross?

Good Morning Girls- Women's Online Bible Study #WhyEasterMatters

Ohh and for those of you who have kids at home….keep telling them about Jesus! I found this note on my computer tonight from my oldest daughter…she wanted me to share this with you. :)

“God was nailed to the cross and He was in so so so much pain but He loved us so so so much that He died on the cross for us. But not just for us, for ALL of US! And you know how we know this is true? Because the Bible is God’s Words and it is the most important book in the world!”

 

Love God Greatly!

Angela- Good Morning Girls

 

 

 

Previous weeks:

Week 1: Why the Last Supper Matters
Monday: Nothing But the Blood…
Wednesday: When You’re Just Plain Tired of the Sacrifice…
Friday: Why the Last Supper Matters

Week 2: Why the Crucifixion Matters
Monday: What the Crucifixion Means for Us

 

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  1. Beautiful! What a wonderful reminder to wake up to!

  2. I love the note your daughter left you, how precious! How has Jesus’ sacrifice changed me? Well, I no longer live for myself or my own desires, but for the one who paid the price for me. He has made me a better wife by causing me to love in a way I could never love on my own, to forgive because I have been forgiven and to live in submission to the head of my home because that is what He calls me to do. I’m not always perfect, I fail more than I care to admit and I certainly can’t do any of it in my own strength, but thank God for His power within me that enables me to live a life that glorifies Him. It’s all because of Him and His sacrifice!

    • Ohhhh yes….to live a life that glorifies Him! The more I learn about God and learn about myself, I realize that I truly can do nothing good in this life apart from Him. I fail more than I like to admit as well…..but going through this week’s verses I also realize that I’m loved more than I ever knew as well. I just love how God can take verses that we’ve read all our life and suddenly we can see and understand them at a deeper level.:) Thanks for sharing today, Christine!:)

    • This is so beautifully said!!

      So often I focus on being a good parent and leader at work. I want to focus more of my intention on my husband and hope that through my actions, he will find Jesus.

  3. Vikki kinsey says:

    What a beautiful note from your daughter. I have found every study I have taken part in to move me in ways I never expected and this one God is using in just as amazing ways as all the others! I want to express my appreciation to each of you for choosing to answer Gods call on your lives for mine has been greatly enriched and blessed by your doing so. Your strength is so encouraging and I shall be forever grateful for each of you.

    • Ohhh thank you so much, Vikki! We are so thankful you are here joining us! It truly is such an honor and privilege to serve you and our Lord in this way!:)

      • Hello Angela! I just wanted to throw out a quick shout out to you and all of you ladies over at GMG.org. You are all a major blessing in my life and now, I am happy to say are in the lives of my friends and family as well! I have just recently started a GMG interactive Bible study group on my Facebook that I have created in the chat group with just me and my lady friends. Some of them are strong in the faith, while others are just beginning in there walk with him, and even some who are seeking and unsure about where they stand are gleaning from God’s word and what wisdom you ladies have to share in your posts. I praise the Lord and give him all the glory for the great things he is doing over at GMG.org and over in m small group online. Thank you Angela and the rest of you wonderful GMG.or leaders. I pray God will continue to do a mighty work you hearts and the hearts of others as well all continue to love God greatly and walk with our King. I also wanted to say, God through GMG.org has recently —totally and completely has given me a change of heart. (For the better). I just recently had my 3rd child (2 living (miscarried at 18) a little over 4 months ago and have a child that just turned 2 as well so things around my house have gotten pretty wild and before I started studying and checking out GMG.org it felt like my life was not heading in the direction I wanted it to. Nor was my marriage, social life, my relationship with my kids or God. I am a sr. Pastor’s wife as well and was beginning to worry about my church family because my lack of structured/committed study in the word and encouragement from other women was beginning to show. (We’ve been at our church a little over 1 year now). So it feels like I was Spiritually sick before I decided I would work on waking up early every morning to spend time with Jesus. Being 23, having 2 very small little girls, and having been a PW for just a teeny bit over 3 years… I am still very new to ALL of this. And I recognize that in our walks with God we draw closer to Him with time.I got saved at the age of 4. Over time, (looking back to the present) it is exciting to see that growth and how it has panned out. I am a stubborn mule of a woman! LOL, so it has taken longer for me to draw closer to God than I think it should have but that isn’t what matters, at least I am putting forth more effort and striving harder. Anyway, thank you all for your encouragement. Living in the parsonage and constantly focusing on ministry (it really is a lifestyle for us) can sometimes get overwhelming. GMG.org helps me to not get burnt out. Every time I read a new post in the morning I feel so full, I forget to eat breakfast sometimes!!! Haha! God’s word is just that rich –it’s like guzzling down a fresh glass of ice cold water each morning. God bless you ladies. Thank you for being unashamed of the Gospel and so committed to drawing closer to Him and so beautifully introducing him to others. May God continue to bless you and yours, sincerely, Tina, From Missouri. 

  4. In the last 2 years since I ve started studying the bible on my own I learned so much more than I ever did in Sunday school as a kid..as a youth or even as a newly married woman in an adult group. I honestly believe THIS year I will learn even more than last year & I think that when I get to the crucifixtion it will still be hard.. But also wonderful how much Jesus loves ME THAT HE DIED ON THE CROSS FOR ME…that
    sacrifice I never understood til I started reading the bible from begginning to end. God is awesome & I want to show that & tell it to the world…& make sure my kids know it too

  5. What wonderful words your daughter said. This study has changed me little by little. I catch my self singing songs of praise during the day and I cant stop but feeling awesome because I feel the Holy Spirit singing in me. Its been a while since I have felt this AWESOME! Words can not express how this study has allowed the change in me. He has saved me and continues to LIVE in me…

  6. Christ’s sacrifice has showed me the most beautiful Love I have ever felt.. My daughter just the other day had to write a paper about how actions speak louder than words.. She wrote about Jesus giving his life for us.. That’s the ultimate action.. And being in these studies have helped me read the bible more and I feel everyday I’m getting closer to God!! I’m so very thankful for y’all and all these ladies.. God Bless all! And God is so good!!

  7. How has Christ’s sacrifice changed you personally?

    What a tough question! This is one I am thinking about and trying to focus on.

    How am I living my life to serve Him to reflect the sacrifice he made for me?

    For this week, this season in life as a parent, I am trying to offer myself the same grace that God has on me. I often beat myself up for my failures and flaws and I let that hinder my next moment, my next day, my next attitude. Instead, I am trying to say “Ok God, I messed that one up. I forgive myself and help me to move forward with your strength and spirit alive in me.”

    • ImForeverHis says:

      Casie – WOW!!! THANK YOU! I have thought and thought and prayed and prayed about this this week.

      How am I living my life to serve Him to reflect the sacrifice he made for me?

      I’m certain God just gave me the answer through your post. I am my own worst critic, in pretty much every way! I know I’m hindered on a regular basis by my self perceived “mommy failures”. God has shown us so much grace. I definitely need to learn to offer it to myself and therefore allow myself to completely accept HIS grace.

      I think my prayer in the mom struggle will be. Dear God I’ve messed up. Help me to forgive myself as you have forgiven me and move forward with Your strength and spirit alive in me.

      We are in different seasons as moms, but please know you and your beautiful family will be in my prayers. And I would appreciate if you’d keep me and my family in yours.

      Thank you Father for showing me the answer, I know they aren’t always given in the way I am expecting them. But Your timing is always perfect and I thank you for that.

    • I don’t have any kids yet, but my lack of self-forgiveness has been a constant struggle in my life, and has definitely affected me as a wife. I always find myself praying more for God to help me forgive myself because, I have more confidence that He has forgiven, and will forgive, me. I know that through learning to pray for help in that has really made a difference in my life. You are so right!!

  8. Lori Edgington says:

    This is so beautiful, and I love your daughter’s note. What a blessing to see your teaching sinking in. She gets it. And I would like to thank you and all the girls at GMG for this wonderful Easter Study.

  9. michelle kilmer says:

    Christ’s sacrifice has change me personally by allowing me to relax. I don’t have to worry–I know where I stand with God. He loves me more than I can even imagine. It’s clearly displayed in the life & sacrifice of His only son! Because of this knowledge I can share this with the people closest to me–my family, friends, coworkers…. I have loved this study because of the reminder of just how great our God is and how great He loves and how much he desires relationship with us.

  10. alaneta tate says:

    During this time it is so important that we always be so mindful of Christ and what his sacrifice means to us all. This is what he asked us to do, celebrate his death. My stepson three I will start teaching him even more, Im thankful the day that I discovered GMG, Ive only been here for a few weeks and already my husband has noticed how am changing I wake up each morning ready for the page to appear so I can prepare my day spiritually. Thank you all so much your words help strengthens me my courage is growing.

  11. bunny perry says:

    Christ’s sacrifice has changed me I that I TRY so hard to forgive others as he has died on the cross for my sins. It is a daily struggle for me, yet I pray and talk to him to help me. It is only through his grace and the grace of the Holy Spirit that I was able to stop my addiction to cigarettes. It’s so wonderful to know that he died for all of us. Whenever I am saying the Sorrowful Mysteries with my rosary, I cry when he tells the woman not to cry for him but for themselves and their children. He was talking about me. I have never Ben able to attend confession without breaking down.
    Thank you for this study group. I have not been able to do my study daily, but I do take my time, eventually get caught up. I love all the posting with quotes and write them in my binder. This is truly a wonderful way to reflect during Lent. I am amazed at all wonderful GMG girls are at speaking and explaining to us all. Thank you!!

  12. On one of Dennis Jernigan’s CD’s he says “How can I not be changed?” I feel the same way. Christ in me has made me so different than I was in my life before Christ. Those that know me now can’t believe what I used to be when they learn. I no longer look for love in men- I’ve been married to one wonderful husband for 20 years this August. When invited to my wedding, one of my relatives said “oh, I’ll just go to the next one” she’s still waiting, lol. God’s still working on me, but I am so very thankful for the work he’s done in my life!

  13. The power of the cross in me. Glory!
    Oh how the Lord has changed me. Up until 8 years ago my life was wrought with devastation and destruction. I promise you, that is not an exaggeration. I was a slave to addiction and all of my relationships were shattered. On November 4, 2006, Jesus reached down and grabbed hold of me and RADICALLY changed my world. I was delivered from a 12 year struggle with addiction that day. And I began reconciliation in all of my relationships. Today, not only are my relationships restored and my family healed but God has added to it in the love of my godly husband and the birth of my twin sons. But something that amazes me is, over the years as I’ve run into people from my past that knew me well, every time, they tell me they didn’t even recognize me, that I looked SO different. I know that my physical appearance has not changed but, who I am in spirit is a brand new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) The new me, the person Christ died to save is showing outwardly. (Proverbs 15:13) THAT is the power of the cross in me! And I will praise Him til my final breath.

  14. Thank you for the pinterest page you all recommended we keep an eye on at the beginning of this study. I have been on there more than ever and our little family is enjoying focusing this month on the death and resurection of our Lord through fun new crafts for us. We are also sharing some things with others. Thank you again. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

  15. SaraCulbreath says:

    Christ’s sacrifice has given me a completely diffferent perspective of love. My flesh wants an all about me kind of love. Focusing on Jesus and His sacrifice for me makes me want to offer much love to those around me. I am focusing on offering love and grace to those who may or may not decerve it….because after all, I didn’t deserve it either.

  16. Abi Hansen says:

    Well, my week got a bit a hectic part way through, so now that it is Saturday (my time) it’s time for a lot of catch-up!

    When I first got married (not too long ago), this marriage was all about me, and only for me. If my husband made me happy, I might consider taking care of him too. If he talked to me kindly, I’d most likely talk to him kindly too. Now, I had studied what the Bible said about marriage, and I knew what I should have been doing instead. For some reason, it took me finally remembering Jesus’ sacrifice for us to re-realize that this life is not for my pleasure, this life is about serving others, making sacrifices for others (even in the little ways). I will most likely get pleasure out of life living this way, but pleasure cannot be my main goal. I changed my marriage perspective to service and sacrifice and, therefore, love being the main purpose, and I can now see God working within our marriage (not that He wasn’t before!).

    Jesus’ paid the ultimate sacrifice for us, so there is no reason we can’t make sacrifices, no matter how small, for each other!

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