No Man Taketh His Life, He Laid it Down and Rose Again

No Man Took His Life, He Laid it Down and Rose Again

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No matter if you believe Jesus rose on Easter day in April or some other time. That’s not important…what is important…is that He rose! And thank you Lord! Hallelujah!

Without His incredible sacrifice, none of us has a chance to live this life with any true happiness or joy. And even in the midst of heavy trials, it is This Lord that give us the peace and contentment to go through it. Plus, He promised never to leave us.

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. ~Hebrews 13:5 KJV

What Jesus went through up to his crucifixion was beyond comprehension. The only experience I’ve had that touches a little bit of how He must have felt as the people He came to save were killing Him was when I worked for a temp agency in Florida.

I had to let a Caucasian employee go who worked for me. He couldn’t/wouldn’t do the job and our clients complained daily to me that he wasn’t meeting their deadlines. I would find him mosttimes away from his desk hanging out talking with other employees or in the break room.

After many sit-down meetings with him, including with my supervisor present, his behavior and work habits didn’t change. I talked privately again with my supervisor several times and after a long time thinking it over, I had no choice but to let him go. It was the hardest thing for me to do. Prior to his working for my department, I had three other employees all who after working for me made incredible careers for themselves and they were all Caucasian too.

After I let him go, I was suddenly accused of being a racist and all my co-workers turned against me. Worse, his mother filed a lawsuit for wrongful dismissal and I was named in the suit. I was alone trying to prove my innocence. It was horrible going to work everyday with the glares and stares and harsh responses. Thankfully, I had a file the size of a 300-page novel on him detailing all the meetings, conversations and efforts I tried to keep him. And, after months, the truth eventually came out and I didn’t lose my job. I received many apologizes.

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But not so in Jesus’ case. He lost His life. But, it was part of His plan!

He had to take our place at the cross because there would be no way we could do it. We are born sinners with no hope of being reconciled to God. And no one was qualified to take on the sins of the whole world except God in the flesh, Jesus Christ.

Today, I’m celebrating the rising of our Savior who has helped me countless times. He’s given me strength when I needed it the most. He’s there in the midnight hour when I’m afraid. He comforts me in the Psalms when I get depressed. He’s filled me with His Holy Spirit so I would have the power to say “no” to the temptations of the flesh.

I could go on and on…but most of all, He has NEVER broken a promise to me, never turned His back on me and never left me alone to scratch and crawl through this maze of life.

He lives and is alive forevermore! He is the Savior, the Living God, there’s no one like Him…He is The Christ, our Lord and our soon coming King. Praise Be to His Holy Name!

Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. ~ (Psalm 150 KJV)

Happy Easter!

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Beautiful Food Photography" and sells her handmade greeting cards and vintage art printables on Etsy.

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