Perfection Savored

I don’t make a habit of snapping pictures while driving, although it has happened before…at least this time I was in traffic sitting dead still on I-35 headed north into Dallas last Saturday night. And off to my right I glance up and I see this:

perfect

And I’m just fixed on it. No, it wasn’t the honeybaked ham I was drawn to…I had actually just feasted on Turkish food for the first time in my life (which was phenomenal by the way!)

No, it was the way these 7 words were strung together in a ham advertisement that slayed me. I just stared at it, and believe me, I had plenty of time. Even traffic can be a great gift from the Lord. If we set out each day to listen to Him, it really is amazing the things that we will see and hear from Him. This was one of those moments.

Savor every moment of a perfect Easter. Savor? Savor. It means to enjoy or appreciate something completely, especially by dwelling on it.  Wow.  The Lord was showing me something He wanted me to dwell upon.  How often do we truly spend time & savor something that the Holy Spirit reveals to us?  Oh Lord, give us ears to hear.

Then, all these scriptures start running through my mind of our perfect Savior, Jesus the perfect & spotless Lamb, the Author & Perfecter of our faith, and be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.  Jesus lived the perfect life, suffered the perfect penalty of God’s wrath, died the perfect death, and perfectly overcame the grave resurrected, then perfectly revealed Himself to hundreds of witnesses over the next 40 days, gave the perfect promise of the Holy Spirit who was coming when He returned to the Father, and ascended leaving his followers with the perfect commission to advance the gospel.

P. E. R. F. E. C. T.  That’s what He came to be for us.  He was and He is and He is to come again. Perfect.  In His perfect time and by His perfect will, Jesus is perfection. Are we savoring that? I mean, really – do we enjoy that? Dwell on it? Do we completely appreciate what He did?Easter IS perfect because of Jesus Christ resurrected and alive!

He didn’t forget anything, didn’t miss any steps, He took no short-cuts, He did not evade the pain or the suffering. He took on the full weight of our sin and our lack – that He might perfect that which in our humanity we desperately need forgiven and filled.  Do you know how much you need Him today?  We will experience His presence deeply when we acknowledge our cavernous requirement for Jesus, our Savior.  Let’s allow the magnitude of this holy passion week to overwhelm our senses so that we can truly know what it means to savor every moment of a perfect Easter.

As I studied this idea, I ran across this scripture:

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame.  Now He is seated in the place of  honor beside God’s throne.  Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. (Hebrews 12:2, 3 NLT)

Are you weary? Consider Jesus, Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, which I assure you was anything but joyful!  Yet He looked ahead to unspeakable joy on its way, believed God, and He endured… because God always comes through with joy for His children.

Do you need to endure some suffering right now?  Jesus disregarded the shame that the enemy orchestrated that day.  Brother, Sister, I beg you to endure…disregard the shame that your enemy wants you to feel…and know that when you endure, it pleases the Father to sit you in a place of honor for His Name’s sake.  And the place of honor is always place of joy!

 James 4:10 says “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”

And in 2 Corinthians 4:14-17 Paul tells us,

“We know that God, Who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to Himself together with you.  All of this for YOUR benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. YET – they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

What an amazing promise, and I believe someone needs to hear this today: God is not slow in coming to your rescue. Your suffering and hardship are creating a glory that vastly outweighs the difficult circumstance.  Is God’s grace reaching more and more people because of your life?  That is why we do not give up.  He renews our spirit daily.  It’s worth the struggle – Jesus is worth it, my sweet friend…you were worth it to Him.

Jesus endured perfectly that we might endure. Jesus perfectly overcame that we might overcome.  And Jesus loved perfectly that we might live our lives inspired and directed by His love.  I pray that our minds and hearts would savor that perfect truth this Easter!

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