The Darkest Day in History… Good Friday

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There were a series of miracles that took place at Calvary. And they were in direct connection with Jesus’ death.

The darkness that surrounded the cross illustrates the depth of His suffering of the soul. He felt Himself regarded as sin though sinless. (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus was bearing the sin of the world.

At that moment, the Father regarded Him as sin. But the Son of Man did not stop being the Son of God.

Matthew, Mark and Luke tell us. “A sudden, strange, mysterious darkness fell over the scene at Calvary. It was total darkness while the sun shone.”

But, at high noon at Calvary, the sun was smothered. This mysterious darkness continued for three hours until 3 p.m. A supernatural darkness settled down over the world. This could not have been the result of an eclipse of the sun.

It was the Passover. A time of the full moon. An eclipse of the sun was impossible. It was an extensive and compelling darkness. It was enough to grab the attention of the people of Israel for three hours.

The darkness extended beyond Jerusalem. It was as if the sun could no longer look upon the terrible effects of sin.

Matthew simply says, “The sun failed without indicating the cause. Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour.” (27:45).

Mark and Luke write. “Darkness fell over the whole land.” (Lk. 23:44; Mk. 15:33).

It was a sudden and great darkness. A deathly silence covered the land. This happened three hours later, just before Christ died. But what happened at Calvary was not a simple phenomenon.

The only way to try to explain when Christ died is to accept that it was supernatural. God did it and He simply did not tell us how He did it. Nature was in sympathy with its Maker during those horrible three hours of suffering.

The timing was perfect. This darkness takes up to when the Son of God took His last breath and gave up His spirit.

It takes far more faith to say it didn’t happen, than to accept the historical evidence that it did. The Creator intervened and caused a hush over the land.

The LORD God got everyone’s attention that afternoon. There are some things that go beyond description. Jesus suffered extreme anguish of spirit. And the spiritual suffering of Christ wore on.

The increasing wrath of God grew more intense. The horror of suffering reached its climax when Jesus cried out. “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” And then, the silence was gone. The Son of God had descended into heaven.

The death of Christ secured our forgiveness. God spoke at Calvary in that awful silence. He was saying, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The wages of sin is death.”

Such suffering is inconceivable.This is a mystery beyond our human ability to understand. “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me,” penetrate far beyond the mere physical pain of suffering. Jesus was quoting Psalm 22 in His spiritual suffering.

The Father was not present in the way He had always been before. Jesus felt forsaken by the Father. He felt the desolation of the temporary broken fellowship with His Father.

But, the Son of God was never more pleasing to the Father. He laid down His life for the salvation of lost mankind. He suffered grief, sorrow and pain on our behalf.

The Bible tells us, “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23a). “The soul that sins will surely die.” (Ezekiel 18:4).

But God goes on to say, “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies, declares the Lord God. Thus, repent and live.” (v. 32).

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

Jesus is the One who knew no sin. Redemption is ours through the precious blood of Christ shed on the cross at Calvary. God the Father made Jesus Christ, His own Son. Jesus had to pay the price alone and tasted our spiritual death alone.

Jesus experienced the wrath of God on sin for our behalf. Jesus experienced what a lost sinner feels without having been saved. He paid the price in full once and for all.

Jesus invites us to come to Him and confess our sins. Through this, we are forgiven. The Substitute, (Jesus) died on our behalf as sinners.  And the claims of the law on the believing sinners were fully met.

That deep darkness speaks of the torment of hell. This is what awaits the doomed sinner if we reject Christ.This is the destiny of everyone who dies without Christ as his personal Savior. Jesus Christ became our Substitute.

No wonder the sun refused to shine that day. The Son of God was dying on the cross to rescue us from sin. God hates sin, and a holy God must judge all sin. Hell came to Calvary.

To the believer in Jesus Christ, all darkness is gone. Jesus is the Light of the world. The true light now shines in our hearts. But, people are not just saved. We must put our trust in Jesus Christ to save us.

Each individual must come forth and say, “I am a sinner. I have disobeyed God. But, I now believe that Jesus Christ died for me on the cross. And I ask Him to save me right now.”

The apostle Paul wrote. “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. Salvation is yours. For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness. And with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

Thank you for reading my post.

Have a blessed day & Happy Easter,

K. Lorraine

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There’s a change in the weather

Lyrics from an old Benny Goodman song

“For there’s a change in the weather
There’s a change in the sea
So from now on there’ll be a change in me.”

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We woke up this morning to thunder, lightning and a lot of rain. Moisture is something we don’t often get in the desert. But, when we do get rain, the results are breath taking.

So like the lyrics of the song, say… “There’ll be some changes made.”

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Enjoy your day wherever you may be…

From rain to sunshine,
K. Lorraine

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We’re in the throes of the Easter Season

For many people, Easter is about Easter egg hunts, the Easter bunny, candy, and new clothes. But that’s not what Easter is about. The true Easter story begins at Christmas. The Christmas story tells how God sent Jesus to this earth as a baby. Jesus was not only a man, but also God in human form. As Jesus grew up, He never sinned, which means He never displeased God.

Jesus knew that everyone else did sin. We all sin when we do things that offend God. Because of sin, we deserve to spend eternity without Him. But, God loves us. So, He sent Jesus to show us the way to spend eternity in heaven with Him.

Jesus didn’t deserve to die. But He died to take the punishment for our sins. This was His mission. Even though God had rescued them over and over, they didn’t believe He would help them. They chose hopelessness instead of faith, and they dishonored God’s name.

In answer, God instructed Moses to make a bronze snake and place it on a pole. People who were bitten and looked at the bronze snake were healed.

Jesus referred to this incident in reference to His own mission. He said that He would have to be lifted up in the same way that Moses lifted a snake in the desert. Jesus would be held up on a pole (the cross) so people who believed in Him could have eternal life (John 3: 14–15).

Three days later, God the Father, brought Jesus back to life. If we believe and trust in Jesus to forgive us from our sins, we’ll go to heaven to be with Him when we die.

What does the number 3 signify? 

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There are so many more accounts in the Bible that the number ‘3,’ appears.

Jesus received the baptism of John the Baptist at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. He died on April 3 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. And He resuscitated 3 days later at 3 o’clock in the morning.

On the image of the Holy Shroud, we see, a casting of blood in the form of a “3.” The face of Jesus is a testimony of His death. The Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, participated in the Sacrifice of Jesus.

By three times in his last speech to the apostles, Jesus prays that they become One like Him and the Father are One. (Jn 17,11-23)

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The three great temptations of Jesus in the desert. (Lk 4,2)

By three times in the Gospels, Jesus announces his passion.

Joseph and Mary lost the Jesus Child during three days, to finally find him at the Temple. (Lk 2,46)

Jesus fell three times when carrying his cross.

The three witnesses of the Transfiguration of Jesus: Peter, John and James. Those are the same apostles who were witnesses of his agony.

The three persons crucified on the Calvary, symbolized the three manners to accept the cross. (Jn 19,18)

The three hours of darkness on all the earth, from midday to three o’clock, when Jesus was nailed to the cross. (Mt 27,45)

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By three times the apostle Peter renounces Jesus and by three times also he affirms his love for Him. (Lk 22,56-65; Jn 21,15-19)

The three terrestrial witnesses: the Spirit, the water, the blood. (1 Jn 5,8)

The three theological virtues: the Faith, the Hope and the Charity.

The three attributes of the Christ: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

For Christians, Easter is the time when we remember what Jesus did for us—He died for our sins. He came back to life. And He is now waiting for us in heaven!

The word “Easter” does not appear in the Bible.

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches.1 Corinthians 15:3–8

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received. Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures. That He was buried. That He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. And that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then He appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive. Though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, e appeared also to me.” (ESV), English Standard Version of the Bible.

We know that through His suffering, Jesus, God’s only Son, paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world. Including yours and mine. On the cross, Jesus voluntarily bore our sins.

He laid his life down for us. He demonstrated the greatest act of love. He reconciled to God. He died to sin. He died for our sins. He became sin. He finished the atonement. He reconciled all things. He cancelled out our sin debt. He redeemed us.

Jesus responds to the positive things that happen to come his way. He  minimizes the negative things that happen. What you pay attention to grows. What you ignore might as well not exist. And  He has set forth clear ideas about who He is and what He wants us to do with our life.

When it comes to fulfilling your life purpose, you have to dig deep inside your heart. A power much greater than yourself created the world and everything in it. Our natural tendencies and talents are gifts from God The Father.  It’s our  job to discover the things we love to do.

It’s within God’s plan that we fulfill our Life Purpose and Mission.  He wants us to embrace our mission as a person who dedicates himself to the happiness of God and  others.

The grave stone rolled away and the tomb was empty. Men and women today testify that the risen Christ has changed their lives. “He is not here. He is risen. Thanks be to God.”

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O’ God, we rejoice in your power that raised Christ Jesus from the grave. Because He lives, I too live. I live today in gratitude for the empty tomb.

This is the first day of Holy Week…

May you have a blessed Easter day…

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K. Lorraine,

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NEW webpage design. Come see!

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I invite you to take a look at my NEW webpage design.

Jeannie out did herself this time. It’s more than awesome. Great job Jeannie. You go girl.

http://klorraine.com Lots of great stuff to read.

FYI… And a new feature blog will post on Monday. A special post about the true meaning of Easter. Don’t miss this one.

Have a great weekend.
K. Lorraine

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Hiding colorful eggs in the tumbleweed

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“I wish you a happy Easter. Here in Roswell, New Mexico, the Easter bunny will be hiding the colorful eggs in the tumbleweed.”

This was the first sentence written five years ago in a Facebook post.

Well, not much has changed in Roswell for the Easter bunny over the years. He will still come Hippity-Hopping into town on Easter morning. But, K. Lorraine has a newly revised Easter story that will delight your child.

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Book Three
Revised edition
Of
‘Children’s Easter Story Book 2016’

The revised edition is titled: “All Was Well on Easter”

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“Michael lifted his little arm and struck the chimes with all his might.”

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The book is a PICTURE BOOK,’ with lots of new colorful illustrations. The book itself, has some new additions to make the story longer and fun-filled.

The story will have your child asking ‘why’ Easter almost didn’t come in the small town of Breckenridge. But, you will need to read the book to find out who saved Easter for the entire town.

‘All Was Well on Easter,‘ is available in the Amazon Kindle book store. The printed version is available at Createspace & Barnes and Noble. It might be on Good Read by now too.

Thank you for your love & support.
Happy reading,
K. Lorraine

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Welcome Spring

4.4.2017

thIt’s a sign of Spring when certain books & poems come out of the woodwork. In the past few days, my February book of the month, Love Stories,’ has picked up steam. Fifty new views in a short few days. I’m impressed.

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And my poem, ‘Mother, A Queen of Heaven,’ (Exceptional Contest Win) from the 2016 book ‘Poetry in Motion,’ is topping the chart.            abstract-sails

 

 

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‘Mother, A Queen of Heaven,’

A mother of nine children.
She gave us life.
She taught us to be strong.
She taught us the Love of God.
She taught us to pray.
She expected us to value the Ten Commandments.
She was a young widow who sacrificed for her brood.
She taught us to be independent.
She taught us the love of family.
She taught us to love one another as we love our self.
She taught us to respect our elders.
She taught us the value of hard work.
She taught us to act upon random acts of charity.
She taught us the value of education.
She taught us to follow our dreams.
She had a heart of gold.
She had a wonderful sense of humor.
She was loved by many.
She died happy…
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY Mom.

Thank you K. Lorraine fans from around the world. You never disappoint me. I appreciate your loyalty and support.

Keep it up! I love you,
K. Lorraine

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March Wind

 

MARCH WINDS

AUTHOR UNKOWN

March wind is a jolly fellow;

He likes to joke and play.

He turns umbrellas inside out

And blows men’s hats away.

 

He calls the pussy willows

And whispers in each ear,

“Wake up you lazy little seeds;

Don’t you know that spring is here?”

 

I thought it might be fun to write a story using bits & pieces of quotes about the March wind. There were too many authors who penned the quotes. So, I chose to just paraphrase them.

Did March come in like a lion and go out as a lamb? In the desert of New Mexico, the answer is YES and NO. you see, the March winds are upon us here in the desert. The temperature is a gorgeous 88 degrees. But, the wind gusts range from 45 MPH and up to around 55-65 MPH.

What makes the March winds blow? Botanists say that trees need the powerful winds to flex their trunks and main branches. There is a wonderful mythical law of nature.

In the Sprig, the green leaves sprout from the buds. The Spring wind draws the sap up to nourish the budding leaves. And we enjoy watching them as they flutter and shake about.

When one has faith that the spring thaw will arrive, the winter winds seem to lose some of their punch.

And the rough winds do shake the darling buds of May. The Daffodiles, Lilies and an array of other flowers are in bloom. The sun shines bright with a warmth that rises with a glorious hallelujah.

The wind is differences in atmospheric pressure. If it weren’t for this rising and sinking motion in the atmosphere, we would have no wind. But we’d not have something we call weather.

Make the most of today. Our passions are the winds that propel us. Nothing will stop the truth from marching on. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into the trees.

Poems are one of the best ways to connect oneself with the imaginative world. We all know that May comes after April. And April is a month of a wild ride of alternating snow and sun. We all know that the flowers start to bloom in May, except for a few warm states where they show off every day of the year.

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They say April showers bring May flowers to tell you that it’s okay when it rains. A daffodil clings amongst the downpour. April says she’s tired of it being cold. And  the showers stirred up the soil. May thought that was pretty nice.

On that rainy April day. Would all the flowers turn to showers in the sunny month of May?

Life is a splendid thing, for sure. Wasn’t God so nice to make the cloudy skies? He planted all the flowers. I want to thank God for His daily blessings. And for the softest of April showers too. If it wasn’t for the gentle April showers, there wouldn’t be the loveliest of May flowers.

So, my advice is, always look on the sunny side of things. And give thanks for a fresh new Spring.

 

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by K. Lorraine… February 15, 2016

The morning breeze sings                                 

On the ribbons of spring air

Her love melody, gentle

Until next time… Happy reading, K. Lorraine

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