On Saturday night, May 4th, I have been given the awesome opportunity to be the keynote speaker for a Women's Banquet at the Abundant Life Baptist Church in Washington, PA. This is a lovely group of ladies I was blessed to meet and be their retreat leader last fall in Ligonier, PA!
God is so good and I look forward to sharing with these ladies what the Lord has been laying on my heart these past weeks. The topic deals with how to embrace our inner honeycomb so that we might point others to the honeycomb of Christ taken from Proverbs 16:24; "Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."
If you are unable to join us, I would ask for your prayers so that I might deliver exactly what our Lord desires.
Easter Sunday, for as long as I can remember, was a day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I simply can't recall when that wasn't the focus from the earliest age. Mama always made sure we had new "Easter" clothes, and for me that included new patent leather shoes, a new purse and a bonnet! During "those days" gloves were still in vogue and Mama and I both wore ours proudly! Of course, I looked forward to an Easter basket, but I didn't realize early on the new clothes and accessories were part of the "newness" of life that came with Christ's victory over death. All things became new through His sacrifice on that cruel cross.
Thus, when I had children of my own, they also wore new clothes (or as much as we could afford) and my little Kimberly wore those white gloves! But I do hope that the lessons we tried to impress on them, not necessarily the importance of new clothes, but the sacrifice of Jesus for our eternal salvation has been taught.
But whatever your tradition; the particular foods you prepare, the photos you take each year, the events you carry on, the people you visit will all include remembering or celebrating in some way....through church attendance or a moment to reflect...the reason this holiday is special. It is the pinnacle of the Christian faith for if there was no resurrection, there would be no reason to celebrate.
Blessings to you and yours this day!
As Easter draws near, believers in Jesus Christ celebrate the foundation upon which we base our faith...the resurrection of our Lord and Savior and his victory over death forever. Eyewitness accounts, written in the gospels, detail this time in history when initially Jesus was hailed as the coming King that would deliver his people from Roman rule and set them free to rule as a great nation. The much anticipated Messiah spoken of through prophets of old; healing the sick, raising the dead, making the blind to see....surely this was the mighty ruler who would reign on earth and overthrow those who held power over the Jewish nation.
Believers in this power outcome ushered Jesus into Jerusalem the week before his crucifixion waving palm branches before him as he entered the City on the back of a colt (conquering kings did not usually enter towns on a colt/donkey) crying out, "Hosanna (translation 'save us') in the highest!" "Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord!" "Hosanna!" But they didn't get it. They didn't understand God inevitable plan. A plan that delivered eternal hope rather than freedom from Roman rule.
As thus it is for many today. Everyone I can possibly think of, regardless of their belief system, know God has the power and capability to accomplish anything. He can heal, turn bad situations into good outcomes, raise the dead, stop the hand of the robber, the gunman, the abuser and on we could go. But when God expectations don't line up with human requests, are the expectations down graded? Do we hail him as King as long as He does what we want? Do we treat Jesus like we do our Alexa? (Statements taken from a sermon) Almost equate Jesus with a genie in a bottle? Do we imply, "Hey, Jesus, just sit on the shelf and let me do my own thing and when I need something I'll call you up, but if I call you up and you don't follow through, well, I'll need another type of belief system because you're a bit arbitrary."
Folks, we'll never be able to answer the hard questions. God is the Creator of the Universe; His Son the one that offered his life as a random for ours; and the Holy Spirit is the free gift given to those who believe. That's where faith comes in. As the song goes, "I'd rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today."