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  • Ep 4.12 - Jesus Died for You, So What?

    April 04, 2023 4 min read

    Ep 4.12 - Jesus Died for You, So What?

    In this episode of the AU podcast, we invite you to pray and meditate on what Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross means for you. Jesus carries this cross, this pain, this punishment for you out of pure love. How do you respond to Jesus’ suffering? Let Jesus show you what He has for you and learn how to accept this love more fully in your life.

     

     

     

    Hello, and welcome to today's episode
    of the Authentic Uprising podcast.
    I'm your host Jill Simons, and I'm
    so excited to grow in the radical
    art of standing in what God
    says about you with you today.
    The show is a place where we
    pour into the sense of who God
    is who we are and how we can
    live more in the freedom that He
    has for us every
    single day.
    Hello and welcome to this Holy Week episode of
    the Authentic Uprising podcast.
    I am very excited to pray with you
    today in preparation for Holy Week.
    We're not gonna chat a whole
    bunch here at the beginning,
    We're just gonna
    dive right in.
    And my goal for today is to
    just create a meditation for
    you to do time this week,
    especially on Good Friday,
    Holy Saturday, sometime over the weekend
    as you're preparing for
    Easter to really reflect on
    what does it say about you that
    Jesus died on
    the cross for you.
    What is it that God is saying to
    you in that act, in doing that
    radical act for you and how can you
    really step into that this week?
    If you feel like you have
    totally nailed Lent,
    if you feel like you've totally
    failed Lent, it doesn't matter.
    This week, we have an opportunity
    to really begin again with
    Jesus and step into what it is
    that He has to give us, what it
    is that He is saying about us
    in His sacrifice on the cross.
    That's what we're gonna
    be reflecting on today.
    That's what we're gonna
    be praying with.
    So as always with our prayer
    episodes get comfortable,
    find a place that you can really
    enter in and not just passively
    listen to this, but actually
    come with me on this journey
    chatting with Jesus, receiving
    from Him, and hearing His voice.
    We begin this time of
    prayer and meditation.
    I asked that you just get your
    body comfortable first of all,
    just being a position where you
    can really receive from the Lord.
    For me that typically
    means open palms,
    but if you prefer to
    have your hands folded,
    whatever feels
    comfortable for you.
    And as you breathe, I always
    always love to begin these times
    of reflection on what it is
    that God says about me
    by just bringing attention
    to being thankful.
    Praising God for His
    goodness and who He is.
    And so as I breathe in, just love to
    say, "Thank you," and breathe out, "Jesus."
    Thank you. Jesus. Thank you,
    Jesus. God's gift of our
    imagination is such a good one and
    such a powerful
    tool for prayer.
    So we just wanna open our imagination to this
    time of reflection on Jesus' Passion.
    I would just begin
    by asking Jesus.
    Jesus what part of your Passion
    do you wanna show me today?
    Just let Him bring
    an image into your mind.
    Just give Him a few seconds
    to speak into your mind.
    But if you don't receive anything,
    after a couple of seconds. That's okay.
    Go ahead and imagine Jesus with His
    cross whether He's carrying it,
    whether He's on it, just stirring
    that Good Friday of His Passion.
    You just wanna see Jesus there.
    Accepting this pain, this punishment.
    He's not doing it with bitterness.
    There's no resentment in Jesus.
    There's no anger. There's no guilt
    tripping. There's no gas lighting.
    It's just love. He's embracing
    everything that being thrown at Him.
    Because He loves you. And it's
    truly from a place of joy and
    a place of love of you that
    He offers all this up.
    So I want you to
    just see Jesus.
    See how He looks at you as you are
    there watching Him with His cross.
    He catches your eyes and you just see
    His eyes staring right into yours.
    What do they look like?
    What is in them?
    Then as you see him there, I
    invite you to just ask Him.
    Jesus, why are You doing this?
    Why are You enduring all of this?
    Just let Him answer you.
    Now think of seeing Jesus
    in that position.
    What what do you feel rise up in your
    heart? What is it you want to do?
    Do you wanna run to Him,
    comfort Him, embrace Him?
    You want to tend His wounds?
    Do you wanna care for Him?
    Or do you wanna run away? Do you
    want to stop being faced with
    Him in this position? Just
    pay attention to what it is.
    Without judging yourself
    for it, just be aware.
    How do you respond to
    Jesus' suffering?
    I invite you to just talk to Jesus about
    your response. What it is you're feeling.
    If you wanna go to Him then then do
    in your imagination and go to Him,
    comfort Him. However, you feel moved.
    Weep with Him, hold Him.
    Whatever you feel rise up within you. If you
    feel like running away, just tell Him.
    Jesus says I don't wanna be here.
    Jesus this is so uncomfortable.
    Whatever it is. Let Him respond
    to you, to your response.
    Let Him show you what He has
    for you in this moment.
    And that will be as
    unique as you are.
    Feel free to stop this podcast
    and just spend some time here.
    To be with our Lord, as He offers
    up everything for you. Thank Him.
    Thank Him for loving you and sacrificing
    Himself for you to this extent.
    Ask Him how you can accept this
    love more fully in your life.
    Ask Him how He wants to teach you to
    accept your own crosses in life.
    How He wants to walk with you on that
    path. And just spend some time.
    I'm praying for you and I hope that
    you have a lovely, blessed Easter,
    Easter season. Full of greater intimacy
    and awareness of the glory of God.
    Take care

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