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What a morning that must have been! I’m sure at first it didn’t seem like it to the women on their way to the tomb. They were probably unaware of the birds singing, or the sparkling dew on the grass and the flowers. They didn’t see how fresh and alive nature was that beautiful morning. The sky must have been painted brilliantly as the first rays of the sun started to peek over the horizon.

They hurried along the path, carrying fresh linen, spices and ointment. Their eyes were red and swollen from crying, their hearts were broken, and their bodies exhausted from lack of sleep. They had seen Jesus, their Master, beaten and bloodied, mocked and spat upon, and then nailed to a cross to suffer and die as though He were a terrible criminal. But why? He had only shown love and compassion to everyone. They had seen Him heal people, defend the condemned, feed the hungry and change the lives of all who followed Him. Now He was dead, and they hadn’t even been able to prepare His body for burial. They had been worried about where He would be buried since He had no material wealth, property or burial site. It was ironic that a wealthy Pharisee, Joseph of Arimathea, had donated a new burial tomb for His body to be placed. By the time they had taken His body from the cross and carried it to the tomb, it was too close to the Sabbath to clean or anoint His body with oil and spices. Now, the Sabbath was over and they were determined to finish their service of great love and respect.

The women were aware they had other issues to overcome. They knew the entrance to the tomb was covered by a large, heavy, circular stone. They knew there were Roman guards stationed at the entrance of the tomb. Would they be allowed to enter the tomb? How would they be able to roll the stone from the entrance? Would the guards be friendly and helpful, or rude and abusive? They were afraid, and worried, but they must try. They loved the Master and couldn’t accept His body not being properly prepared.

A great earthquake occurred and a bright, shining angel descended from the sky and rolled away the stone from the opening of the tomb. The women had probably felt the earth moving beneath their feet. They were shaking with fear but so were the Roman soldiers who appeared to have fainted. Then the angel spoke to the women, “Do not be afraid for I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, He is risen! Come and see the place where the Lord lay.” He then told them to go tell the disciples.

They were still shaking and crying, but now these were tears of joy. Could it be? Could it really be? They turned to run back down the path they had come, when suddenly Jesus was there. He was smiling and He looked wonderful. He said, “Joy to You.” They ran to Him and fell at His feet, worshiping Him. Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid, go tell my brothers to go to Galilee. I will see them there.”

Can you imagine when they reached the disciples and told them, “I’ve just seen Jesus, I know He’s Alive!” Their faces must have been radiant, smiling and crying all at the same time. What a wonderful morning!

I can relate to the experience of the women because there was one wonderful morning that I saw Jesus. There wasn’t an earthquake or an angel rolling away a stone, but I did see Him. I saw that He is really who He said He is—The Son of God—and He loved me so much He sacrificed His life for me. I saw how unworthy I was and how wonderful He is. Oh, I know He’s alive because I talk with Him every day. Before that day, I existed, but everything was a struggle. I was burdened with guilt and the consequences of the choices I had made. That morning— when I saw Him for who He is—was my Resurrection Morning. If you haven’t seen Jesus, let this be your Resurrection Morning!

 

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In the neighborhood where I grew up if somebody was excitedly sharing some news about something they had witnessed or an awesome event that they had been a part of or giving witness to some unknown knowledge that only they had knowledge of, like, Monica Mote loves Ralph Sawyer, we would employ a phrase that became the verbal challenge indicating that we aren’t sure you’re telling us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God. Upon hearing such testimony, in whatever form, we would shout out, “No Lie?! And then the person would go on to explain why they were telling the truth or find themselves caught in their stretching of the truth...God would call it lying.

I’ve found myself screaming at the television and/or the radio on several occasions using this phrase...I hadn’t really used it in a while, but I’ve found it necessary on many occasions recently. No Lie!?

It was happening again...a prominent official of a past governmental administration spreading “fake” news. If you don’t know what “fake” news is let me help you out...it’s called lying. I mean that’s what God calls it...I mean lying (in Hebrew...seqer) is being untruthful, deceitful, and false, by implication a sham. Even Webster’s defines lying as that which is marked by or containing untrue statements. Spreading “fake” news or lying seems to have become an acceptable method of manipulation to portray what you want or who you are to get what you want...no matter the consequences. Yet, in the eyes of God...well, He hates it.

Some people have a little trouble believing that God can hate anything. But even a fleeting examination of the Scripture reveals the truth.

“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; 7 you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.” Psalm 45:6-7 (ESV)

“Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.Revelation 2:6 (ESV)

“And you shall not set up a pillar,which the LORD your God hates.” Deuteronomy 16:22 (ESV)

And then of course,

There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.Proverbs 6:16-19 (ESV), the lying tongue.

Since we live in a broken world, where sin has entered, we will find contrasts. We will love the right and we will hate the wrong. On the other hand, if you love sin, you will hate righteousness.

The Word of God tells us that we should love the good and hate the evil.

“...a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:8 (ESV)

God hates a lying tongue...No lie!

You probably weren’t aware of this, but there is a big “tongues” movement in America...called lying. It’s not that it hasn’t always existed, it has; it’s one of the marks of the world system. Satan, after all, is the father of lies (John 8:44) and since we are all born in sin, all men are born liars. No lie!

Well, since God hates lying, we should as well. I mean any believer can fall into lying just like he can with any other sin, but if his life is characterized by a continual habit of lying from a heart of deceit, then he would have no biblical basis for believing he is a Christian.

As believers, the old is passing away and all things are to become new in our lives.(2 Corinthians 5:17) We should stop lying, if we are, and use discernment to determine that which is true and that which is false, for only the truth can set people free.

You say, “I really don’t have a problem with lying!” Okay, but remember that lying is more than just telling direct falsehoods; it includes exaggeration, where you begin with the truth and then add a little untruth with it, making it all a lie. Then there’s cheating on taxes (sorry, it is about that time of year isn’t it?) or cheating in school, betraying a confidence, making promises you don’t intend to keep, using flattery, or just making excuses.

I mean, hang in there with me, you were all with me when I called “fake” news out for being what it really is...lying. And if we’re going to do it with “fake” news we must not deceive ourselves from realizing we just might have a little problem ourselves.

Whatever form it might take, the Lord hates it and so should we. We are to lay aside falsehood so we can do what the Lord wants us to do with our lives.

“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.” Ephesians 4:25 (ESV)

We should pray like David,

Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue. Psalm 120:2 (ESV)

That’s the good news, Christ in us, continues to change us, and He can and will deliver us from lying if we want Him to and ask Him to and then choose to obey Him because we want to.

We can help America return to God by telling the truth....NO LIE!

 

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