Love that never ends

Happy Easter to all of you. He is risen, yes, He is risen indeed. The tomb was empty, He kept His promise. He loved us so much.

Mark 12:29-31 “Which is the first commandment? Jesus replied, the first is this: ’Hear O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all our soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength!’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

 In our Christian experience nothing is more important than who Jesus was and still is. When we understand who Jesus is, we also understand what love is. Love is not just a fussy feeling. Love is what the Lord demonstrated on the cross. He died for all of us.

In Matthew 1:21 “She will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

In Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel.” which is translated, “God with us.”

God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to show us how to love. My favorite prayer is still Our Lord’s prayer, which I still pray in the German language:

Vater unser, der Du bist im Himmel. Geheiligt werde Dein Name. Zu uns komme Dein Reich. Dein Wille geschehe wie im Himmel also auch auf Erden. Unser taeglisches Brot gib uns heute und vergib uns unsere Schuld, wie auch wir vergeben unseren Schuldigern, und fuehre uns nicht in Versuchung sondern erloese uns von dem Uebel.  Amen.

Matthew 6:9-14 “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love suffers long and is kind, love does not envy, love does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.”

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.”

In the Bible the word love is mentioned over and over again. It sounds so easy, but it is often hard.

I often pray: please Lord teach me to love as you love us.  This is not easy.  When I listen to the evening news there are many times when I quickly say:  “Please Lord, teach me to love as you love us.” God is Love.  He cannot do anything else but love us all equally. This is hard to comprehend, but He does love us equally. He died on the cross for all of us. He showed us how to love without reservation, to “love one another as I love you.”

Psalm 18:1-2, “I will love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress.”

The following is a poem I wrote:

Love that never ends

by Brunhilde Luken

As I woke up this morning
I felt so loved by You.
You were still holding me.

With many thanks, I greeted the new day.
You smiled at me.
I knew right then
That nothing could take away this wonderful love.
So freely given,
For me to take.

Just seek and you will find,
It is already there.
Before you could ever think of Me
I put it there.
I allow you to choose
I hope it is I,
The eyes of your heart
Will tell you why.

True love can only be found within.
Just trust Me
I will take you to this never-ending flow of love,
It’s deep in your heart.

As you seek Me,
It will never part”.

Much love to all of you. Your friend Brunhilde

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A meditation for Holy Week and Easter by Brunhilde Luken

Hello from Tenerife. We are still in Tenerife and will return to the US on April first. I look forward to attend a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday in Adeje and spend Easter Sunday with our son and his family.

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John 14:6
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.

John 3:16
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have ever lasting life.

John 12:13
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

Luke 22:1-6
Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near.  The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people.

Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

Luke 22:14-23
When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.  He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!” Then they began to ask one another which one of them it could be who would do this.

John 19:1-4,16
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him. Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”
Matthew 28:1-10 

The Resurrection of Jesus

After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.  But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”  So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Christ is Risen, yes, Christ is risen indeed, and this makes all the difference. Because He is risen, we also are invited to become sons and daughters of our Lord. He allows us to dwell in His Love.

“Jesus remember me, when you come into your Kingdom”

Easter by Brunhilde Luken 

The painting above I created to share with all of you as I meditated on the empty tomb. Stay with the painting for a while and allow the Lord to speak to you through my painting. It will slowly unfold before your eyes. Allow the peace of the Lord to fill you before you enter into this meditation. Maybe you will be at awe like I am when I enter into this meditation. Sit back, relax and enjoy His presence. I always thank the Lord for His Gift.

The sunrise pictures where taken by a friend as he biked to the Sunrise in Tenerife. It is beautiful. From where we live on the Island we see the sun set but not rise. It is a Gift from our Lord. The sun will rise and set for all of us.

John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke to them again saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”  

Lord, please help us all who dwell in your light and love to share it with all those we encounter, and help the world to become a better place for all. Let this Easter be an Epiphany for all of us. 

Happy Easter to all of you.

Love, Brunhilde

 

 

Easter 2012 reflections

Christ is Risen, yes, Christ is risen indeed. For us Christians this is the most significant day in our Church.  Without the resurrection of Christ our whole faith would have no meaning. Jesus died on the Cross for all of us. He shed His blood for our sins. Because He shed His blood for us, we have a chance after we leave our human body to be with the Lord, yes, we  will also be with our Lord.

He brought us back into the light, by His death.

We are all born into the power of darkness.

  • Colossians 1:13, 14  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
  • Colossians 1: 19, 20 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

Those that crucified Christ and wanted Him dead, thought “Oh, now we will have peace and His followers will forget Him”, they did not realize that this was the beginning. He rose from the dead. He shed His burial cloth and He rose from the dead.

  • Luke 24: 1-7 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you  seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”
  • Mark 16: 14-16 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table, and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned.

We also are commissioned to be disciples for our Lord.

Have a blessed Easter.

He is Risen, yes He is Risen, and this makes all the difference.