Celebrating New Life

How can I ever express how grateful I am for Christ’s sacrifice? Nothing I say seems like enough, yet Jesus simply says, “Follow Me.” In John 17 Jesus prays for His disciples before He’s betrayed. He’s always thinking about His creation. Always asking the Father on our behalf. Because He loves us tremendously! The greatest act I could ever do to express my gratitude is to live my life like Christ and follow His truth:

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” ~ 1 John 1:5-10 NASB

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.”~ 1 John 4:7-14

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son. The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.” ~ 1 John 5:1-12

Simple, straightforward, wonderful truth! In the Son we have life and only through Him.

Below is a poem I’ve posted before, but I’d like to share it again as a testament to Christ’s great love for us. May we follow Him wholeheartedly today and remember the cost of having our sins washed away.


Beauty is not characterized

by the efforts of my appearance,

but was borne upon two wooden beams

and through three piercing nails.


With each drive of a nail

faces line up in the mind of the Savior,

one after another,

each with a mask of his own:

deception, shame, pride.


With each tear being shed

and every cry screaming from the cross,

women fall into the arms of men,

hoping to find true love and longing to hear

“You are beautiful.”


With each dig from the thorns

and tearing of flesh,

men seek fortune and fame,

believing that power can only be obtained through ambition and violence.


“It is finished.”

The world with its

tainted love and enticing roads to death

stands still.


Divine blood pours over

the lost and broken,

vain and deceptive,

young and aged.


It penetrates every evil,

wipes off each mask,

exposes truth

and defines true love.


This beauty can only be found

through such brokenness,

through such sacrifice,

with the invitation of accepting it for myself.


Beauty is the power of Your love

that flows through my veins

and enraptures all of who You are

in me.


©Lauren Heiligenthal




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