Poems to Ponder – Day 37

“While yet it was still dark,

She was the first thought on His heart.”

 

“Now when He rose early on the first day of the week,

He appeared first to Mary Magdalene.”  Mark 16:9

 

 Poem by denisebalog©2017

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Forty Days to the Cross – A Time of Reflection.

Devotional. Day 37

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Love Stepped Forward

“The oil pressed,

Blood poured out.

Love stepped forward.

In Him,

No doubts.”

“…He went out with His disciples across the Kidron Valley, where there was a garden…

Judas having procured a band of soldiers…went there…

With lanterns and torches and weapons.

Jesus knowing all that would happen to Him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I AM”… they drew back and fell to the ground.” John 18:1-8 (ESV)

Poem by denisebalog©2016

Photographs by Denise Balog©2014

Excerpt – Day 13

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They Esteemed Him Not

“…he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3

Poems to Ponder

Whom do I put my trust in? To rest at His feet and will.

He poured out His Blood to the point of death.

His fragrance covers me still.

“Now when Jesus was at Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to Him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste?” Matthew 26:6-8

The Scripture clearly points out they were seated “at table” in “the house of Simon the leper”. Obviously, Simon was healed of leprosy, or Jesus and his disciples would not have been sitting in Simon’s home, and eating at his table. Unmistakably, Jesus must have healed Simon. One can only imagine how Jesus felt hearing His own disciples say, “Why this waste?”  They “esteemed him not” and He loved them still.

“…he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3

Poem by denisebalog©2017

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Excerpt from Day 10

 

Poems to Ponder – Day Thirty-Seven

“While yet it was still dark,

 She was the first thought on His heart.”

“Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene.”  Mark 16:9

Jesus, the Risen Lord, “appeared first to Mary”.

What an awesome privilege to be the first He appeared to.

Was it because “Mary” was a woman?

Was it because it was “the first day of the week”?

Scripturally, in His faithfulness to His Word,

it was “early” and the very first thing she sought in her day was Him.

“One Lamb, in the morning…at the entrance…where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. And (you) shall know that I Am the LORD (your) God.” Exodus 29:38-46

 

Excerpt from

Forty Days to the Cross – A Time of Reflection

Day Thirty-Seven, (pg. 39)

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Have You Not Heard! A New Thing

“New Day,

New Month,

New Season,

New Change.

Purposely setting

One foot in front of the other;

Embracing Life,

Never the same!”

 

“Do not remember the former things,

Nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I will do a new thing,

Now it shall spring forth;

Shall you not know it?

I will even make a road in the wilderness and

Rivers in the desert.”

Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV

 Poem by denisebalog©

 

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“A “suddenly” Lord, have they not heard!

You are Faithful, Loyal and True to Your Word”

Poem quote from Day One

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Like a Lamb Brought Forth

“…like a lamb that was led to slaughter…”Isaiah 53:7

The Hebrew definition of this Scripture can be translated as this:

“…like an animal, He was pushed out, brought forth with pomp, to be butchered.”

– The cost of this road is becoming far to clear. My whole being wants to turn away, hid my eyes, close my mind. To turn away now, was not an option for Jesus, the Perfect Lamb of God Who was slain for me. –

Poem to Ponder

“He set His “face like flint”,

determined onward, 

He freely went.”

 “Forty Days to the Cross – A Time of Reflection”, page 24, Denise Balog

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