Saturday, April 15, 2017

PHYLLIS LABRE MORNEAU: EASTER - GOD'S AMAZING LOVE FOR YOU AND FOR ME



EASTER - GOD'S AMAZING LOVE FOR YOU AND FOR ME



The story of Easter actually began before God made the world,
For He loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy;
His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His family,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

His plan is centered on Christ according to His good pleasure,
At the end of time, He will bring everything under Christ's authority,
Because of Christ, we have received an inheritance, for He chose us,
I'm so thankful for God's amazing love for you and for me.

The Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, speak of God's loving heart,
And His desire for an intimate relationship with all of humanity;
Every story in the entire Bible has the same recurring theme,
Each one speaks of God's amazing love for you and for me.

In Genesis, we read that God created the world for us to live in,
As a Master Artist, He painted our world with such exquisite beauty;
Why did He work so hard to create a world with such intricate detail?
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

When He created Adam and Eve, He called His work very good,
But they betrayed God by disobeying Him, then from Him, they did flee;
God pursued them and said He would provide the atoning sacrifice,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

Like Adam and Eve, each of us has tasted forbidden fruit,
For all have sinned, no one is righteous, we are all guilty;
But God pursues us, desiring that we repent and return to Him,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, God's Son,
When He came down to us as a baby from His Throne and Majesty;
He humbled Himself, becoming one of us, limited by time and space,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

From the time He was born until He died, He had one goal,
To live without sin, die in our place, then rise victoriously;
He took our sins upon Himself when He died on Calvary's tree,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

Jesus' ministry on earth lasted for only three years,
Healing the broken-hearted and setting the captives free;
Causing the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the blind to see,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

His disciples and followers wanted Jesus to act and become their earthly King,
And were disappointed when He said His Kingdom was not earthly but Heavenly;
But He would soon wear a crown, one made of branches with sharp thorns,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

At the Last Supper, Jesus humbly washed His disciples' feet,
He was their example of living to serve others graciously;
And told them He would soon be betrayed and arrested,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, He asked three disciples to stay and pray,
But they fell asleep as Jesus cried to His Father in anguish, passionately;
Asking Him to take away this cup of suffering but submitting to His will,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

Then Judas appears with Pilate's soldiers and betrays Jesus with a kiss,
The soldiers arrest Jesus while His disciples are afraid and flee;
He is taken to Pilate and accused of being the King of the Jews,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

Peter is asked about Jesus but is afraid so denies knowing Him three times,
And not one of Jesus' disciples or followers speak up for Him or try to plea;
Instead, the people there yell "Crucify Him" while Jesus quietly stood,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

Pilate reluctantly agrees and hands Jesus over to his blood-thirsty soldiers,
They take turns whipping Him 39 times, tearing open His flesh so viciously;
No doubt, Jesus was near death when untied and falls down to the ground,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

Then the soldiers take Jesus into the governor's palace,
Putting on His head, a crown made of branches, sharp and thorny;
They mock Him and spit on Him as He suffers excruciating pain,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

Jesus did not hide his face from the mocking or spitting,
Mingled with His blood and sweat, to the Cross, He did carry;
This depravity and cruelty represent the sins that Jesus bore,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

Jesus' hands that had created and fashioned the world so beautifully,
Jesus' hands that had fed the hungry and stilled the wind and stormy sea;
Jesus' hands were now pierced through with nails pounded in so painfully,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

Jesus' blood that rushed forth covered all our sins also nailed to the Cross,
Canceling the record of charges against us - we are no longer guilty;
Blotting out and forgiving us of all our sins that had hung over us,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

Jesus' flesh was torn open by the whips, by the thorns, and by the nails,
When He died, the curtain in the temple was torn open by His body;
We are now free to come before God's Throne and His Presence,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

God is holy and our sin had separated us from God,
Until Jesus died and became the mediator for humanity;
Redeeming and restoring us to God for all of eternity,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

This is love, not that we loved God, but He loved us,
And sent His Son to atone for our sins, sacrificially;
He rescued us from eternal death and gives us new life,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
That whoever believes in Him shall not perish but live eternally;
Receiving God's sacrificial gift, our sin and guilt and death are gone,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

On that first Easter morning, when death could no longer hold Him,
Jesus rose from the dead and won our glorious victory;
What appeared to be a terrible tragedy became the greatest triumph,
Because of God's amazing love for you and for me.

We can now live our lives on earth with a Heavenly hope,
For we know one day we shall be with our God for all eternity;
Not because of our own works but because of God's grace and mercy,
Praise God for His amazing love for you and for me!