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An Easter Message: God’s love letter to us

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My dear, precious, tender, and beautiful children (past, present, and future),

I have a story to tell you. It is a story of My great love for you, and the price I paid, the great cost carried out, to get you back to Me where you belong.

It started before the beginning of time, before I laid the foundation of this world. Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. You see, I knitted you together in your mother’s womb. And as I fashioned you with My great love, I looked at you and smiled with such adoration, My beautiful child. I gave you My Name.

I created you in My Image, and I spoke good plans into you. My plans for you were to prosper you, not to harm you; to give you hope and a future.

My plan was for you to be My crowning achievement, a testimony of My great love. My plan was that you would be with me forever. I would be your God, and you would be My child.

But then something happened that would break My heart. You were stolen from Me—snatched away. I tried to protect you. I tried to keep you safe, but you wouldn’t listen to Me. Instead, you listened to the voice of the devil, your adversary, who came to steal, kill, and destroy you. There was nothing I could do to keep you from leaving, because I gave you free will.

I had to watch helplessly as you were wooed away by the roaring lion who roams the earth seeking whom he may devour. I cried for You, how I cried. I was frantic and devastated over your leaving. Heaven and earth were filled to overflowing with My tears.

I was inconsolable over you, because I knew what was going to happen to you. I knew you didn’t know what you were doing, and I already forgave you. Although there was nothing I could do to stop you from leaving, I already had a plan in place to get you back. I had made a provision to rescue you, and to pay the ransom that the devil required. I would pay any price to redeem you, including My own life.

You see, my precious seed, there was Someone else with Me before time began. In the beginning was also My firstborn Son, Jesus, Who would become flesh and die in your place so that you may live again. I paid for you with My life. I suffered so that you wouldn’t have to. I shed My Blood for the mistakes you made. I took the death you deserved; and instead, gave you the eternal life that you didn’t deserve. I did it all for you because I love you with an immeasurable, everlasting love.

For I so love you, that I gave Myself, in the form of My Son, that you only need to believe that I died, bled, and rose again for you, so that you can live again through Me, and Me through you. I did not send My Son to die a horrible death on the cross so that you would be condemned; rather I sent My Son to be condemned in your place, so that you could be saved, and raised up with Him and in Him.

I made a way of escape for you—a hiding place. I have prepared a provision for you, a place for you to be tucked you away in your Big Brother Jesus, so that the devil can never ever touch you, harm you, or take you away from me ever again.

My hand is never slack concerning you, my child. I am everywhere you need me to be. There is nowhere that you can go where my hand of love and protection cannot reach you. I have carved you in the very Palms of My nail-scarred Hand.

I grew the very tree that I would be nailed to, that I would suffer and die on, because I would rather sacrifice Myself than to lose you forever. And the whole time that I was on that Cross, dying a slow and agonizing death, my body and soul being ravished with your sins; it was My great love for you that kept me there.

I died a brutal death, just for you. I was buried in the ground; but on that third day, I rose again! And once I rose, I snatched the keys from the devil, so Hell could no longer keep you. I became the Resurrection and the Life. And in Me, through My Son Jesus, is your resurrection and eternal life.

This is My gift to you, My precious child. My gift to you is Me. I went to the Cross for you, because I love you with all of my heart—you are my heart.

My life is love story. It is a story of My great love for you. It is a story about doing whatever I needed to do to get you back safely to Me. And I paid a great price to do this—I made the ultimate sacrifice with My Life.

Receive My life, my child. Receive it because I allowed My body to be broken for you. Receive it because I love you more than life itself. Receive it because I freely laid it down for you. Receive it because I allowed Myself to be nailed to a Cross and die for your sins. Receive it, because in My resurrected life, I have healed every one of your unhealed hurts, and I have met every unmet need. Receive Me because I love you, and I want to shower you with My love for all eternity.

Love always and forever,

Your Father

(Ephesians 1:4, Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:13, Jeremiah 30:22, Jeremiah 29:11, John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:8, 2 Peter 3:9, John 3:16-17, Colossians 3:3 Psalm 139:7, John 11:25, 1 Corinthians 15:4).

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

© 2014.

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.

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