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Biblical stories of eighteen New Testament women who Jesus encouraged, empowered, and loved.

The Women Who Met Jesus, BookHow could a man who had no wife, no children, no home, no job, no money, and wandered the hills of Judea with twelve men relate to women of his time, much less women in the 21st century?

That's the question that led author, Dorothy Valcárcel, to search for biblical women whose lives intersected with Jesus. As she explored the lives of every woman Jesus met, she discovered that they faced many of the same challenges women encounter today.

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Devotional Week 50, 2019 Friday

Week 50 Friday

December 13, 2019

 

“And the women also, which came with Him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulcher, and how His body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments, and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.”

Luke 23: 55, 56

King James Version

 

EXPLORATION

 

“A God Who Gives Me Rest”

 

“You have created us for Yourself, and our heart cannot be stilled until it finds rest in you.”

St. Augustine

 

Have I accepted the gift of rest given to me by my Creator who formed me and has transformed me?

 

“Nature forms us, sin deforms us, school informs us, Christ transforms us.”

Author Unknown

 

INSPIRATION

 

“(Jesus) said, ‘It is finished’: and He bowed His head and died.”

John 19: 30

King James Version

 

            It was Friday afternoon. A voice broke the darkness surrounding three crosses on Golgotha’s crest. “It is finished.” Three simple words that came from the lips of the Son of God.  As the Bible states, these were the last words Jesus spoke because after uttering this cry, “He bowed His head and died.”

 

            In the Greek, the word “finished” means “complete”…”to conclude”…”to make an end.”  What a word to come from Jesus – but it is the perfect word.  For on that day, Jesus’ work of salvation was done.  It was complete.  There is nothing that you and I can add to or take away from this gift.  We can’t do something good enough to make us worthy and we can’t do anything bad enough to make us unworthy.  It’s that simple.  As one author perfectly penned: “Salvation is so simple we can overlook it, so profound we can never comprehend it.”  As the powerful preacher 

C. H. Spurgeon said, “Remember…it is not your hold of Christ that save you – it is Christ.”

 

            The work of bringing at-one-meant, the bridge between heaven and earth to a close, was done.  Jesus could, with a mighty voice full of clarity and assurance say, without a doubt, “It is complete.”

 

            Then wrapped in the arms of love by those who believed in Him, Jesus was laid in a tomb on the Sabbath, where He rested.

 

            I’d like to point out that there are two distinct times in the Bible where we see Heaven at rest.  In Genesis 2: 1-3, at the beginning of time, before the blight of sin had spoiled the perfection of God’s newly created world, the Bible says, “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.”

 

            God’s initial work of creation was finished – and He looked upon His entire creation and declared it perfect –- then He rested.

 

            But soon the toxic poison of sin entered planet earth and we find God’s creation anything but perfect.  What was once declared “perfect” by the Heavenly Creator had now been diminished to a wreckage of human suffering and sin.

 

            But God could not and would not leave His lost children to struggle alone trying to fix something they were incapable of repairing.  So the Father, in gracious love, sent Himself in the life of His Son.  His Son, Jesus, reflected the glory, the purity, the love, and yes, the creative power of the Father.  It was this power – that was given as a gift to re-create my battered, sin-filled heart.  This is why, when Heaven and earth united on a wooden cross to recreated what had been destroyed, the Son of God could shout, “It is finished!”  And then, not only did He rest – for His work was done – but as the Apostle Paul said to the Hebrews: “For we which have believed do enter into rest” (Hebrews 4: 3-5, King James Version).

 

            As we reflect on the gift of the Son to this earth, may we embrace and accept God’s gift of rest.  Rest from thinking we can save ourselves.  Rest from humanly trying to fix what sin broke.  May we rest in the restorative power of a God who created us perfect and recreated us in His image all over again.

 

“Only joyous love redeems.”

Catherine Marshall

 

AFFIRMATION

 

“Lord! When thou didst thy self undress

Laying by thy robes of glory,

To make us more, thou wouldst be less,

And becamest a woeful story.

 

 

To put on clouds instead of light,

And clothe the mourning-star with dust,

Was a translation of such height

As, but in thee, was ne’r expressed.

 

Brave worms, and earth! That thus could have

A God enclosed within your cell,

Your maker pent up in a grave,

Life locked in death, heaven in a shell;

Ah, my dear Lord! What couldst thou spy

In this impure, rebellious clay,

That made thee thus resolve to die

For those that kill thee every day?

 

O what strange wonders could thee move

To slight thy precious blood, and breath!

Sure it was love, my Lord; for love

Is only stronger far than death.”

Henry Vaughan

1621-1695

 

Your friend

 

Dorothy Valcárcel, Author

When A Woman Meets Jesus

Dorothy@TransformationGarden.com

 

 

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P. S.  Thank you so much for the gifts you send to Transformation Garden which continue to assist our ministry here in the United States and in 192 countries around the world.  100% of your donation goes directly to providing for our daily devotionals and gift bookmarks.  Transformation Garden is a non-profit organization so your gift is tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt for any gift you send.

Also, if you should happen to miss a devotional for some reason, you can go to www.transformationgarden.com and you will find archived devotionals.  We also place the daily devotionals on Facebook so you can find them on that site also.

My book, The Women Who Met Jesus, is available wherever books are sold and on the internet at www.amazon.com and www.Christianbook.com or by calling toll-free, 1-800-Christian.  Thank you so much for your support of Transformation Garden.