Week 14, Day 1: A Life Lived for One Moment

Dear Readers: Please forgive my lack of postings this past week. I went away to a conference and then I got sick. The combination of travel and a really bad cold kept me just trying to function through each day. Back home now, my wonderful husband has been nursing me back to health and I’m so grateful. I am now posting the devotions for Holy Week. May you have a blessed Easter!  Love, Sharon

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            On July 20, 1992, my daddy died. He had lived for several years with Alzheimer’s disease that had stolen his precious memories. He remained a sweet old man though, and Mom nor we children had any intention of placing him in a convelescent facility as long as we were well able to care for him. I often tell people that he stayed with us, not because he knew us, but just because we were nice people.

Even though he no longer recognized his earthly family, he never forgot anything about the Bible. In fact, he would go into the back bedroom every afternoon and teach a Bible lesson to the imaginary people he had started to see. My only explanation for this phenomena is that memories of life events are held somewhere in the brain and Alzheimer’s effects the brain; but knowledge of the Word of God is housed in the renewed spirit where no disease can enter.

Eventually, several strokes took Daddy’s life. At his funeral, my brother, sister, and I spoke his eulogy. As I stood to say my words, I remember being struck by one overwhelming revelation: my daddy had lived his entire life for one moment. That moment had happened four days before when he entered into face-to-face presence with God. The Word – Jesus Christ the Savior, Who Daddy had so treasured and emulated before us, raised us to trust and believe in, and shared with his congregations – the “Word [that] was made flesh” stood before Daddy and welcomed him to the place He had prepared for him. (See John 1:14 and John 14:2.)

As we enter into this holiest week of the Christian experience, I see once again how my daddy’s life imitated Christ’s. Our wonderful Savior lived His entire life for the moment of His death. Oh, but what an efficacious death was His! His death satisfied God’s wrath against sin. His death takes away the sting of our deaths. Christians actually celebrate the death of our leader because His death crashed through the barrier that kept us from God the Father.

Now here’s the most exciting news of all: once the penalty for sin was paid, Jesus no longer needed to stay dead, so He rose! Hebrews 7:25 says, “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (NKJ). And Jesus has passed that “rising” on to us as well. Romans 6:4 says, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (NKV).

This resurrection season, may we have a renewed commitment to live for our one moment.

Prayer of Adoration: Dear God, how amazing You are to have orchestrated so great a life through such a thing as death.

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

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~ by sanewriter on April 6, 2012.

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