It’s Good Friday and we’re prompted each Friday to write for five minutes on a word prompt at Five Minute Friday. Love this opportunity, but wow, especially on Good Friday.
I keep thinking what was good about it? The triumphal entry a few days ago has given way to death, on a cross, specified for special cases. Two of the most common were low-life criminals and enemies of the state.
As I think of the word SETTLE I think of the Roman leaders – they would not settle for a simpler execution, they wanted Jesus tortured and left on the cross as a warning. They didn’t settle for just getting rid of Him they had to also prove Him wrong. He was no King, He was just a man. Dead and humiliated.
And I think of His followers. They were with Him when the palm fronds and Hosanna’s were thrown around. They were with Him with Judas betrayed Him. They were there when Jesus was crucified. Now He’s gone and they are just a little afraid. Would the state think they too were enemies? What ifs abounded. They might have thought they would have to settle for what had been with their Savior. Would they?
Oh beloved, have you ever felt like you had settled? Do you feel like you have settled with Jesus? Listen in the distance beloved. In the Spirit much is going on with your dead end situation. There’s something wonderful about this life with Jesus – He took care of business with His victory over the grave. You have victory too! It’s your birthright, your standard, your mark and your hope! Rejoice this day that even when you’re experiencing a Friday, and the sky of your heart is gray and the hope has almost gone. You are more than a conqueror, because He lives you have newness of life and you are going to be alright!
God loves you and He’s for you. He’s not there in the grave, He is risen! Let Him help you live that new life and not ever settle for lowly thinking again. Rejoice that you are His in the hard times and the good. Live that Resurrection life and don’t let the devil or anyone on earth let you think you have to SETTLE.
Romans 8:37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
Matthew 28:6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.