Thursday, February 11, 2016

FOUNTAIN of Favor ... Passover (Pascha) Meditations --- Ephesians 1: 2 --- The Sacrifice Lamb+

The Sacrifice Lamb has been slain
His blood on the alter a stain
To wipe away guilt and pain
To bring hope eternal
Salvation has come to the world
God's only Son to the world
JESUS the ONE+ for the world
... Lyrics by Lamb, Joel Chernoff

Meditations  for Pascha

(The Passover Season, 2016)
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Meditations for the Monastic-At-Heart

Now is My+ soul troubled;
and what shall I+ say ...
FATHER, save ME+
from this hour ?
but for this cause
came I+ unto this hour.

Glorify Thy Name.

Then came there a Voice from Heaven,

I have both glorified It,
and will glorify It again.


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Meditation Verse : Ephesians 1:2

Grace to you all and peace from out of GOD, FATHER of us and of LORD JESUS CHRIST.
( Literal Greek, SRJ.  + + + )

Grace to you and peace from GOD our FATHER and from the LORD JESUS CHRIST. (KJV)

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Either way this verse is read, we see that The LORD GOD is the fountain of favor towards us all, and HE is the place of peace.

As a matter of fact, there is NO PEACE to be had in this world --- or in the world to come --- apart from The LORD.

Additionally, there is NO FAVOR or grace to be had, in Truth, in this world --- or in the world to come --- apart from The LORD.

How, then, do we obtain this unmerited favor and un-earned peace?


Know ye not

that your body is the temple


which is in you,

which ye have of GOD,

and ye are not your own?

For ye are bought with a


therefore glorify GOD

in your body,

and in your spirit,

which are GOD'S.

I Corinthians 6:19-20

Our peace with GOD our FATHER and that great Favor from HIM came at the highest PRICE+ imaginable:  through The BLOOD of Our FATHER'S Only-begotten SON+.  

HE+ became the LAMB+ of GOD, the unblemished LAMB+ provided by GOD The FATHER as an ACCEPTABLE sacrifice to cover our sins... the only acceptable sacrifice, ever. 

That PRICE+ cost The FATHER, as well as HIS SON+. Even though The FATHER did not leave His Throne in Heaven ( as some teach ? ), the sacrifice of HIS dearly-beloved SON+ cost HIM. 

We see the picture shown to us through Abraham not withholding Isaac as a sacrifice, a prophetic portrayal given to us as a pattern or TYPE that we should recognize The Jewish MESSIAH+ when HE+ came. Anyone who loves his child would realize the enormity of The FATHER'S sacrifice, even from a finite, human perspective.

The FATHER loveth the SON+
and has given all things
into His+ Hand.
John 3:35

Peace and favor are unobtainable in this world.  Some may negotiate for peace with bribes, as the nations of the world do.  Some may bribe --- or belong to the right "clubs" --- in order to obtain favor in this world. Most sell their soul in one way or another to obtain favor.

However, that elusive favor and un-obtainable peace come ONLY FROM The LORD.

Peace and Grace are not obtainable with gold and silver, with money or possessions. They are not obtainable with skills or gifted abilities, either, although the world would like us to BELIEVE that they are... hence, the carrot-and-stick "motivational" force behind worldly ambition.

Belonging to the “in” group of controllers only adds to our lack of peace; these groups are NOT known for their kindness to even their fellow club members.

The richest person on earth cannot purchase his own peace and personal grace from others. Neither can the most clever, the most talented and gifted ones among us. The biographies of the world's greatest names --- from artists to scientists --- show us that truth.

Peace and Grace come ONLY from Our FATHER Who art in Heaven, ( Hallowed be HIS name ), because HE sent HIS only-begotten SON+ JESUS CHRIST to obtain peace and grace for us. 

JESUS paid the price for our Peace with The FATHER.

JESUS paid the price for our favor and grace with HIM, also. 

HE+ gives those unobtainable precious possessions to those who are bought with a PRICE+ and are not their own. 

Are you "your own" man today?

If you are, you will not be counted as His+ own.

Is your body functioning as the Temple of the HOLY SPIRIT, today ?

If not, a cleansing of the Temple is in order; recall: it has been done before.  A whip of cords was necessary that time because the users of the Temple KNEW better … but refused to cleanse their Temple themselves.

Is your spirit  earnestly living in eager pursuit of the Will of GOD ? Or... is the Will of the LORD an inconvenience imposed into your day ?   

Let us Pray:

O LORD CHRIST, forgive me for choosing my own agitation and fear over peace with THEE+. 

Help me to cleanse my temple, holding nothing back for my own comfort and indulgence of Self when I am hurting.  Help me to stop nursing my grievances and yes, even my sorrows. Help me to yield my emotions unto THEE+ ; I give THEE+ free rein to cleanse me of them.

Grant me Thy+ favor before GOD. If favor before man is Thy+ Will, then grant me the humility to know that favor actually only comes from THEE+ and that THOU+ hast a purpose in it. It is NOT for my own glory, but rather, for THINE+, O LORD.

I am indeed bought with a Price+, Thy+ Blood.  I give THEE+ back what is THINE+ by creation…  and THINE+ by purchase.

Help me to remember it.

In Thy+ Holy Name I pray these my imperfect prayers. Amen.

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Glory be to The FATHER,
and to His Beloved SON+
and to the Blessed HOLY SPIRIT.

both now and forever,
world without end.

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Worthy is the LAMB+.

Worthy is The LAMB+
that was slain.

Worthy is the LAMB+,
from the foundation
of the earth.
Revelation 13:8

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