In Between the Thorns and The Glory

Jesus, the Son of God, bore a crown of thorns to redeem us all for God’s glory. Jesus, the risen Savior, is now crowned King of all kings, and deserving of all honor and glory.

The Saturday in between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday made it appear that God was silent, and darkness, evil, injustice and death had won. In our earthly journey as Christ followers, the circumstances in our lives can sometimes make us feel like this too.

On that Saturday in between, Jesus’ followers were filled with confusion, fear, sorrow, doubts and disbelief. The Saturday in between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday remind us of this truth: the thorns of this life will never stop the glory that is to be revealed for all who have been made new creations in Christ.

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.

Romans 8:18-19

God has the final Word. Resurrection Sunday’s coming.

Just like Jesus, as redeemed sons and daughters, one day soon, we will leave all the thorns of this life behind. We will wear a crown of victory as we reign forever with Him when He returns to gather His glorious bride.

For now, this side of heaven, what is our part “in between” our thorn filled existence prior to entering Heaven and God’s glorious presence? What is our part during the silent and dark Saturdays of this life – in between our own Good Friday and Resurrection Sundays in this present broken, fallen and often dark world?

In between the thorns and the glory…

In between, God gives us His grace and truth and instructs us to walk by faith and not by sight.

When all looks dark, we look to the Light.

We abide in His truth and we bear much good fruit.

We keep running our race strengthened by amazing grace.

We walk by faith and not by sight.

We wait on the Lord – worshiping, praying and believing His promises all through this earthly life.

We remain filled with His Spirit walking in love above all else, knowing for certain His love never fails.

We thank God for joy as our strength, and supernatural peace overflowing to release.

We stay anchored to hope rising above every storm.

We keep trusting the God who raised Jesus from the dead.

We surrender our whole hearts and not just our heads.

We keep believing Jesus’ final words on the cross where he cried, “It is finished.” Sin is defeated, our victory is sealed.

Soon and very soon, all God’s power and glory will be revealed.

Our God, the Alpha and Omega has provided all we need to live as overcomers in Christ.

Jesus, our prophet, priest and Savior King, is soon to return to gather His glorious church family and bride.

All will be brought to light for the redeemed sons and daughters of the Lord Most High.

In the end, we win in Christ.

…“Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
(Revelation 1:17-18) Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.
(Revelation 19:11-13)

Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:6-11

He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him— even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for him. Yes! Amen! “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.

Revelation 1:5-8

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