EVERYTHING BEAUTIFULBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt"Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone, and yet I am not alone because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."John 16:32-33------What kind of adventure exists without failure attending?None ... where Christ is concerned.In truth, it's our failures, frailties, and "fall-downs" that lead us into a witness of God's faithfulness.+It's our sin that assigns Christ His rightful place of redemption. +It's our changeability that magnifies God's sovereignty.+It's the recognition of our weakness that allows us to experience Christ's strength.+It's our ugliness that causes us to see Christ's beauty.Everything bad and wrong with us,leads us into everything truthful, beautiful, and good about God.This is the wondrous Easter message.This is the adventure worth living!-------In the final chapter and days of Christ's life on earth, He looks over His chosen twelve and prophesies their final parting and last earthly memory.It's unpleasant. In humble and sobering terms Christ articulates what each of them will do when faced with life and death realities:-They will each become self-preservationists.-They will each scatter and go their own separate ways.-They will each leave the One they profess a deep and ardent love for. -They will each run with tail-between-the-legs in the opposite direction of the One they confessed supreme devotion to days earlier.They will not like who they become but they won't be able to stop it.The disciples, you see, are composed of a sinful nature and will carry out sinful tendencies to the full just like you and me.But in doing so ... they will also come face to face with their Redeemer and the terms and defining of redemption.All will be well when it's all said and done because of Jesus. Jesus alone.The blood and the cross will appear something very different to each man in the wake of the crucifixion and resurrection.Everthing bad and wrong with us,leads us into everything truthful, beautiful, and good about God.-------We live out an earthly adventure, my friend, when we recognize who we are apart from Christ; when we each accept our assigned status as "sinner" and look to our Redeemer who has the power to save and translate us into Saint.Christ's work and Christ's word alone.Love the life you live and celebrate Easter.Jesus loves you,gave His life for you,and rose again.Live out the adventure.-------THREE STUDY EMPOWERMENTS1) Read John 13-16 with Christ's foreordained knowledge of the disciples departure in mind as you do so. You'll read it differently.What message did Christ actively convey to each of His disciples before they scattered from Him?2) Christ's full knowledge of our sinful tendencies has never been absent or lost on Him.With full knowledge of our sinful capabilities He loves us openly, unashamedly, and unreservedly.What does this "do" in you and how does it compel "you" to love at a deeper level?3) Don't allow anyone to rob you of the redemptive rights Christ has applied to you.Cling to Him ardently and refuse, reject, and resist anyone who speaks a message foreign to the Gospel.The Gospel is true.The blood is real.Your Redeemer has risen.Love the life you live ...Celebrate Easter.-------
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