APRIL 19: LINEN AND SPICE

LINEN AND SPICE

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Then took they the body of Jesus and wound it in linen clothes with its spices, as the manner of Jews is to bury. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand."
John 19:40-42
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A tale of two fearful individuals precipitates the "linen and spice".
Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus who came to Jesus by night.
Read it for yourself.
Curious. Interesting. Provoking.
These two "secret" men in highly stationed vocations dared not do things openly yet did things extravagantly, lovingly, and daringly upon the crucifixion.
They grew their "dare" in short little steps of resolve and loving service.
God honored them.
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We conjur up men of great bravery where none exist but Christ.
The disciples fled fearfully each to his own way;
one committed the unpardonable sin and committed suicide.
Some were filled with anxiety and cried tearfully as the women on the way.
Others rejected forcefully and unapologetically.
But all in all ...
no glory shines on men.
Only Christ.
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The "cross" turned knees to jello and ardent good men into questionable characters.
It still does.
We are self-preservationists at heart ... all of us.
It's not a pretty spectacle or pleasant reality but its ours.
For this reason:
+Christ liberates, arrests, and steals the hearts of repentant men and turns them into something of the opposite. He triumphs in His message of faithfulness, strength, regeneration, regrowth, healing, rebirth, and renewal and applies "His" strength to the fears of all who call out to Him.
+He translates sinful subjects into Saints and declares them "His" through the resurrection.
Where once a transfer of soul takes place let no man seek to transplant it.
The individual belongs to God ...
In Linen and Spice.
Live the Easter adventure.
Touch and smell ... its wonders.
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THREE STUDY EMPOWERMENTS:
1) Read John 19-21 and highlight the variey of individuals mentioned and their responses before, during, and after the resurrection.
Which do you most identify with and why?
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2) Recognize "fear" components within yourself and ask Christ to meaningfully and illustratively translate them into life-giving and life-affriming activities for His Kingdom.
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3) Share the rejuvenating effects of Christ's life alive and at work within you.
Do it openly, unashamedly, and boldy.
Hmmm ... and are you able?
Linen and Spice.
Love the life you live.
Live out a redemptive adventure.
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