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He Knows My Name

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For so many years I lived in fear of the cross. Not because of what it meant. Not because I didn’t believe. But because I never felt good enough.

Perfectionism blinding me to the true gift of Easter.

The expectations of others suffocating all that God wrapped up in that cross.

I allowed the religion of others to dictate what the cross meant. Instead of it meaning grace and freedom it meant rules and regulations. It meant fear of judgement if I couldn’t follow their rules. It meant never measuring up.

But through everything something has changed. Easter is no longer just about the cross. It’s so much more.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). John 20:15-16 (emphasis mine)

So for me Easter is more than an empty cross. The empty tomb, the garden. He called her by name. “Mary.” Then she knew. “Rabboni!”

No longer crippled with expectations of perfection unattainable. No longer depending on second hand knowledge of the Rabbi. What happened after the cross gives freedom. Freedom to learn and grow in Him. Freedom to become who God created me to be. Freedom in knowing I am loved not for anything I have done or will do. Freedom simply because He knows my name.


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  • Lisa notes... - April 21, 2011 - 10:06 am

    This reminds me of a song we sing at church (you probably know it): “He Knows My Name.” He knows everything about us, imperfections and all, and still loves us. Oh, the grace! Yes, it is freedom to not have to be perfect because HE was perfect for us.
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  • Path of Treasure - April 21, 2011 - 12:28 pm

    “Freedom to become who God created me to be. Freedom in knowing I am loved not for anything I have done or will do. Freedom simply because He knows my name.” These are lessons I am learning as well. And it is a good place to be.
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  • Craig - April 21, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    I’m here from Bonnie’s. This is so good. He used her name. There was something about the resurrected Lord that was different – she’s not the only one who had a hard time recognizing him. I have theories…
    But that he knew her name after the resurrection means this to me – it does now at least since you brought it up. It means he cared about her enough in life to know her – TO KNOW HER – he loved her in his ministry years – and just kept loving her after. He is the same – he is love – and he loves us the same.
    God bless and keep you and all of yours.
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  • Katie - April 21, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    I am like you… that freedom that he knows my name is precious. Thank you!
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  • Robin ~ PENSIEVE - April 22, 2011 - 9:53 am

    Yes…yes…yes! This is good. “No longer crippled with expectations of perfection unattainable.” A…men.
    Freedom is beautiful on “that” side of the cross. The liberation found in Christ is beautiful miracle.
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  • Bonnie Gray | FaithBarista - April 22, 2011 - 8:35 pm

    The cross can be impersonal, like a symbol. I love how you bring the Person Jesus who hung on the cross into focus– personal focus. This was straight from your heart to ours and it was beautiful. Happy Easter, friend!
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  • Melissa - April 23, 2011 - 5:12 pm

    Yes, he knows our names and they are written in the Book of Life…what a wonderful promise! Happy Easter!
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  • Trina - April 25, 2011 - 8:41 am

    Beautiful, Amy!
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  • amykiane - April 25, 2011 - 8:56 am

    Thank you Trina! — Amy
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  • amykiane - April 25, 2011 - 9:00 am

    I hope you a wonderful Easter also Melissa! Thank you for visiting my blog. — Amy
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  • amykiane - April 25, 2011 - 9:03 am

    Thank you Bonnie! I hope you had a blessed Easter also. — Amy
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  • amykiane - April 25, 2011 - 9:09 am

    This year more than ever that freedom in Christ has overwhelmed me. Thank you so much for visiting my blog Robin! — Amy
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  • amykiane - April 25, 2011 - 9:12 am

    Yes so precious. Thank you for visiting. — Amy
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  • amykiane - April 25, 2011 - 9:16 am

    There was just something about how personal it was that struck me this year. Thank you for visiting my blog! — Amy
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  • amykiane - April 25, 2011 - 9:22 am

    Definitely a good place to be. Thank you for visiting my blog! — Amy
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  • amykiane - April 25, 2011 - 9:26 am

    Im not sure I know that song. Ill have to look for it. Thank you for visiting! — Amy
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  • Carl - June 11, 2011 - 9:14 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, Amy. God knows you and loves you. What else could matter?
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