"In many respects I find an unresurrected Jesus easier to accept. Easter makes Him dangerous. Because of Easter I have to listen to His extravagant claims and can no longer pick and choose from His sayings. Moreover, Easter means He must be loose out there somewhere."

Philip Yancey

what the resurrection means for me.

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If in fact it’s true that Jesus rose from the dead and He conquered the final enemy, death itself, everything has changed. If He rose again, life will never be the same as we know it.’ (Judah Smith)

The resurrection is everything. It brings me into a relationship with a living Saviour who is intimately involved in my life.

The resurrection validates Jesus’ calvary cry, ‘It Is Finished,’ and therefore gives salvation to those who would call on His name.

The resurrection brings this ever present Saviour into the midst of suffering and gives me a hope one day all my tears will be wiped away.

The resurrection brings the presence and power of the Holy Spirit into my life to show me my own sin and failure and transform me to be more like Jesus.

The resurrection fuels my faith to share the good news of Jesus to a lost world despite persecution.

The resurrection frees me from materialism and consumerism as I live for a world to come. 

The resurrection enables me to radically give to people who cannot pay me back in this life, as I will be repaid at the resurrection of the just (Luke 14:14). 

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

//

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on the Cross God gives Himself. He becomes the Husband to the grieving widow (Isaiah 54:5), the Comforter to the barren woman (Isaiah 54:1), the Father of the orphaned (Psalm 10:14), the Bridegroom to the single person (Isaiah 62:5), the Healer to the sick (Exodus 15:26), the Wonderful Counsellor to the confused and depressed (Isaiah 9:6), the Freedom for the spiritually imprisoned, the Shepherd to the lost (John 10:11), the Binding for the brokenhearted, and the Good News for the poor (Isaiah 61:1). He becomes the substitution for our sins and brings forgiveness, acceptance and unconditional love to those who call upon His name. so much was accomplished those 6 hours that Friday.

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That Thursday night

the soldiers beating Jesus mocked Him by blindfolding Him and saying, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” (Luke 22:63-65) What they didn’t know was that Jesus intimately knew their every thought, every breath, every heart beat. He formed them Himself, and held them together AS they beat Him. His death for those He intimately knew but who hated Him anyway is the most radical love in all of history. and it changed everything. #easterthursday

The road trip up to Easterfest was long, but the sunset made it worth it all.

He owns the skies yet still He wants our hearts. Amazing.

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For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting Himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices Himself for man and puts Himself where only man deserves to be.
John Stott

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“He whispers His promises of restoration into my soul. “I will resurrect your broken heart.” His whispers are like rushing waters in this barren place. ”
—    athena grace

“He whispers His promises of restoration into my soul. “I will resurrect your broken heart.” His whispers are like rushing waters in this barren place. ”

—    athena grace

hi.

i’m athena grace and i am dearly loved by the Creator of creativity.

and so everything He teaches me about His beautiful self I creatively express through typography and the written word. and photos, of course. His beauty can never truly be captured, but my what a joy it is to try!

visit my instagram for more of His goodness and beauty.

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God is my Father. And because He calls me a child and not an employee, my failures don’t get me fired. I can live like a forgiven child who obeys precisely because of that forgiveness. Obedience without forgiveness is useless, but forgiveness without obedience is incomplete. Both come through relationship through Jesus - both come through embracing our identities as chosen, forgiven, redeemed and beloved children of the King of kings.

#kyck14 / Sam Low / 

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“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
Matthew 6:30-33

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“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with gettingso you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Matthew 6:30-33

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truly human.

“The church is not something additional or optional. It is at the very heart of God’s purposes. Jesus came to create a people who would model what it means to live under His rule. It would be a glorious outpost of the kingdom of God, an embassy of heaven.

This is where the world can see what it truly means to be human. Our identity as human beings is found in community. Our identity as Christians is found in Christ’s new community. And our mission takes place through communities of light. Christianity is ‘total church.’

–Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Total Church 

love is other-person focused. it humbles us to wash the feet of and lay our lives down for our enemies. this kind of love is radical and defines us as His // john 13.
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love is other-person focused. it humbles us to wash the feet of and lay our lives down for our enemies. this kind of love is radical and defines us as His // john 13.

instagram: @athenagracee / iphone 5 / vscocam S2

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