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Morning Reflection

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Morning comes and darkness flees when the sun rises above the horizon.  Light breaks into my darkness when the Son of God speaks my name.

One morning while it was still dark, long ago in Israel, a woman by the name of Mary Magdalene, who had been cured of seven demons, stood by a tomb crying. She was distressed because the body of her crucified teacher was no longer in the  grave where he had been buried.  She felt confused and frightened. Someone, she thought might be a gardner (remember it was still dark), asked her why she was crying. Between sobs, Mary replied, “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him.” After another brief exchange of words, He said, “Mary”, and she cried out, “Teacher”.  *

Mary knew her Lord’s voice.  She recognized it.  His voice had to power to send demons fleeing.  His voice had the power to heal and transform.  As He spoke her name, she knew HER LORD LIVED AGAIN!  In that moment everything had changed.  Nothing was impossible.  All the promises of God had become YES!

Of all the resurrection accounts of the Lord Jesus, the story of Mary Magdalene is my favorite.  I identify with her because my name is Mary and because I have been cured of demons, the figurative kind and, I believe, the literal kind.

The Lord speaks our names.  Sometimes He calls us to follow Him for first time.  Sometimes His tone is one of gentle comfort.  At other times it is a word of loving rebuke.  He speaks and light breaks into our darkness.  Confusion is replaced with amazing clarity.  Anger is washed away. Peace defeats fear.  Hope dawns like the morning.

May you hear Him call your name this Easter Morning.  May the Son in all His Glory dawn upon you, and may you reflect that Glory in our dark world.

*See the 20th chapter of The Gospel of John

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The Question Is

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Is he a good dog or a bad dog?   Is that the right question?

In his book, The Normal Christian Life,  Watchman Nee shared an experience he had while visiting a man he named as Mr. Wong (which was not his real name).  After learning Mr. Wong’s dog’s name was Fido, Mr. Nee asked if he could call the dog Fido Wong.  Mr. Wong emphatically replied no.  Mr. Nee teased him, asking, “Are your daughters not called Miss Wong?”  Mr. Wong laughed, and then Mr. Nee said: “Do you not see what I am getting at?  Your daughters were born into your family and they bear your name because you have communicated your life to them.  Your dog may be an intelligent dog, a well behaved dog, and altogether a most remarkable dog; but the question is not, is he a good dog or a bad dog  –  It is merely, is he a dog?  He does not need to be bad to be disqualified from being a member of your family; he only needs to be a dog.”  Mr. Nee then used this illustration regarding Fido to explain the New Testament doctrine of regeneration and mankind’s need for a rebirth.

Humans wonder if there is a heaven.  If there is a heaven, they wonder, am I good enough to go there. Asking the right question matters.  The question is not whether we are good enough but whether we have God’s life within us.

I John 5: 11-13  “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

John 1:12  “Yet to all who received Him,  to those who believed in His name,  He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”

The question is:  Have you been born of God?

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