The disciples and their three-hour tour
Thought for the Day: That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:35-40
This scripture reminded me of my limited faith in Jesus Christ. Even though I have been a believer for many years, there are times in my life I get anxious and cry out to the Lord as if he has no clue what is happening in my life. “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” the disciples exclaimed! I can probably imagine there was a lot of yelling coming from more than one voice! After all the storm was raging and the waves were breaking over the boat seemingly to the point of sinking! Who wouldn’t be shrieking for help?
And there’s Jesus, sleeping! In the midst of an intense, violent storm Jesus is sound asleep until the disciples woke him with all the yelping and hollering. At that point it appears Jesus calmly got up, reprimanded the wind and spoke to the waves, “Quiet! Be still” as a parent would scold a child for misbehavior. As soon as the wind and waves obeyed the command of the Creator, Jesus asked two questions of the disciples, “Why are you afraid?” and “Do you still have no faith?” Wow, talk about hitting you between the eyes of faith. The Lord God of all creation is there, in the flesh, and the disciples are still showing signs of fearfulness and faithlessness in their Lord and Master. But I honestly believe these men, who had forsaken everything, were still learning who Jesus really was throughout their apprenticeship.
Is that a page from your handbook on faith in Jesus Christ, questioning, being fearful of his answers and demonstrating a lack of faith in his promises and love? Psalm 139 so clearly was written to all generations about how much God loves and adores us. My only personal comparison to experiencing this type of unconditional love is the passionate devotion I have as a mother and grandmother. I love and adore my precious ones so much I would give my life before seeing them perish and that exactly what Jesus did for us. He paid the price for our redemption and didn’t think twice about it.
Jesus also taught valuable lessons utilizing boats. He was either traveling on one, walking towards one or teaching from one. What lessons can be learned from our Lord’s interaction with a small sailing vessel? Well, I’ve decided life is a lot like a boat. The boat represents our life’s blueprint. Everyone has one; what age we will marry, how many kids we will have, where we will live, what career goal we seek, church affiliation, neighborhood and house we will own, car we will drive, educational pursuits, the goals for our children and their education and the list continues. But do we bring each one of those goals before the Lord and ask for him to bless and direct our plans? Or do we paddle frantically in our own small boat of self-direction trying desperately to fulfill each goal or tweak each yearning? Notwithstanding the degree of difficulty that was forced to accomplish said self-ambition? Was Jesus considered a passenger on your boat?
Or maybe you did remember to pray but it was along the lines of “Lord, here’s the plan. I’ve got this one. But I do need you to jump on board, just sit in the back of the boat and prop your feet up. It’s smooth sailing ahead and it’s going to be a great ride. I just need you to bless my boat!” Meanwhile, if the ride isn’t quite what you expected, and life goes awry, you blame God because, after all, he is God and he can do anything! So, just cry out to Jesus because he can immediately calm the seas of misdirection and point your boat of toward smoother waters….no problem! After getting you out of this tough spot you can then take the helm again and have the Master of the Universe take a back seat, right? Tell me, how’s that working for you?
Now let’s look at this scenario from a possible God perspective. God sees up ahead and the schematic of the lake. Perhaps there is a decline at the water’s edge whose persona mimics an even plane, but actually it plunges downward and would obliterate not only your little boat but become a devastating incident for you and your passengers. Flawed judgements have a habit of affecting everyone included in our self-appointed plans. Meanwhile, God is urging you to abandon your boat, your plans and come aboard his beautiful, spacious yacht that will supply anything you need for your journey. His provision will withstand all the declines and plunges of life. Although we will experience rough patches and feel as though we’ve boarded a sinking vessel, we’ll be able to survive those encounters due to God’s ultimate provision of love, comfort and peace.
There is one catch, however, surrender your designs, strategies, plans, schemes and goals to the Lord. Ask him to show you what the perfect will of God is for your life. Think it’s not possible to know the answer? Why not start praying for God to display, disclose, guide, point or steer you in the direction in which you should paddle? You won’t be rowing alone. Give him the glory and be amazed as your journey unfolds.
Think about a time in your life when you took control out of God’s capable hands in order to obtain your desired result. How did it turn out? Did the decision or situation need to be reversed? What was involved in your U-turn?
Can you find scriptures to support waiting on the Lord for an answer? Write them below and explain why you chose that particular passage.
Do a short word study on water. Include the definition, the Hebrew and Greek meaning, and how it relates to our everyday lives. Why do you think water is a comforting gift from God?
What does water do for the body? For the soul?
Open your Bible and read through Psalm 139. What evidences are written to demonstrate how much God loves you?
Lord, thank you for always being ready to rescue us from ourselves! We want to have our way in everything, but do we stop to consider the negatives results if our plans do not work out? Remind us to take a little extra time to pray for patience and hit the pause button. Waiting for a direction when we are impulsive is arduous. Give us the fortitude to listen and the ability to practice perseverance, in your name we pray. Amen!
How many times have I heard the expression "the good old days" and wondered exactly what my parents were talking about since they were the ones usually making the comment! After all, Mama grew up needing to walk to an outhouse for bathroom purposes, Granny cooked on a stove that needed real wood and every piece of clothing had to be hand sewn! Tell me what's good about all that?
However, as I continue to age and the years roll by I find myself reflecting on the days of my youth and what is quickly becoming "the good old days" for me and my peers. Growing up in a rural area in Virginia, we didn't have kids shipped in for play dates. In fact, you'd better like your neighbors because they were your play dates! We ran around barefoot and played basketball in the back yard and dribbled the ball on a piece of ground where we'd worn the grass off. Yes, we had to run after the ball quite often since it would bounce off a rock or some other obstacle in the yard and the rim was just that...a rim attached to pole!
Honestly, we didn't know any better. We were a close neighborhood and we knew everyone who lived around us. But the most fun I had was going to church. My family and several other families started a church when I was 13 years old. We eventually bought a piece of land and a ground breaking occurred that started a ministry that continues to this day. There were tent revivals, a bus ministry, homecomings with dinner on the grounds, youth events, VBS and more memories than I can count.
We sang out of a Baptist hymnal and our voices were raised in praises three times a week. Yep, Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night prayer meeting. We even gathered on Thursday nights for visitation to invite people in the surrounding areas to come and give our church a try. It was a great time in Lynchburg, Virginia, and I truly do miss those days.
The reason I go into detail is due to last Sunday when Gary and I visited a church in Florida that honestly turned back the clock for me. The congregation was small, the church tinier than our first building back in my youth, and lots of people the ages of my mom and dad. They were dressed in their finest church attire and greeted one another like they hadn't seen each other for months. The choir consisted of about ten people and there was a piano on the left front side of the church and an organ on the right side....just like in days gone by!
But what I enjoyed most was the singing from the old Baptist hymn book! I didn't even realize I missed those familiar songs. I think it was due to the fact I could hear my Daddy belting out each tune and Mama attempting to...it's okay about Mama's voice....she's knows it! Of course, the pastor's message and reading from the King James version of the Bible was cool along with ending the service with reading a list of prayer requests and mentioning a wedding shower to be held that afternoon. It was all so good, so memorable and made me think...wow, those were the "good old days"!
God bless you each and every one...may the Lord bring you remembrances of days gone by and some of your favorite memories.
As I continue to read through the Bible this year, the insight I read today discussed the historical events surrounding the twelve tribes of Israel as they entered Canaan, the Promised Land. If you are a student of God's Word you might recall that God's instructions were to drive out all the previous inhabitants of these lands as the Israelites entered to take possession.
Actually, I've heard a lot of rumblings in the form of questions as to why would God give this command? Wipe out countless individuals, including women and children? Although the mind of God can never be explained because of His infinite wisdom and knowledge compared to our finite capabilities, it's extremely difficult for humans to admit their intellect is lacking when measured against our Creator God. We keep kicking against intellectual bricks only to suffer from stubbed toes. However, we can understand a tiny portion of God's reasoning as we continue to read the scriptures.
I believe this understanding begins with the Ten Commandments, especially the first two that deal with our relationship with God. The first commandment instructs us to have no other gods before Him and secondly, we are to make no graven images. Okay, you might ask, what does that have to do with instructing the Israelites to wipe out previous inhabitants of Canaan?
God doesn't want to share our love, obedience or allegiance with any other gods. He is a jealous God, not desiring us to prostitute ourselves with other gods. Let me explain. The first commandment tells us to not have any other gods before HIm. So, you might not have statutes of gods surrounding your home or office. But where is your heart? Is it concentrated on a relationship? Shopping? Alcohol? Drugs? Sex? What gets the majority of your time and money? Is it perhaps a material god of some sort? By the way, jealous in Hebrew means deeply passionate. It's not the definition we have come to know surrounded by negativity. God is deeply passionate for you and wants the best for your life. Unfortunately, that cannot transpire if you are clogging the arteries of spiritual guidance with self-inflicted remedies.
And the prostituting yourself...not necessarily means sleeping around. But it's close. If we are believers in Jesus Christ, he becomes one with us, just as in a marriage covenant. If the two become one, they are to be stuck together like super glue (excuse the illustrations, but I'm a visual learner). God's not going anywhere, He is the part of the covenant that will remain true, steady and unchanging. So that leaves us. We get pulled aside and stray from our covenant relationship/commitment. God calls our straying prostituting ourselves with other gods. If we as humans are hurt by our spouse prostituting himself or herself with another, you can imagine what the God of the universe feels over our actions of running after a false god.
Moving on....going back to my daily reading this morning, the Israelites did not follow God's instructions to wipe out the Canaanites. Why would He ask this of them? Because the people of Canaan were not God followers. This nation was full of various gods and god worshippers. Some would offer their children as sacrifices....it was not what God desired for those who were called His own. You might recall in your youth being with individuals who were not good influences. The longer you hung out with them, the more you took on their actions and attitudes until finally you became one of them. And this is exactly what God knew would happen to His people if they were daily surrounded by unbelievers.
You then probably think, but women and children? Women were basically on board with their husbands and their offspring were being raised to worship these same gods. Actually, it was women many times that led the men astray....take a look at Samson and his life's story.
As F. LaGard Smith writes, "The incomplete conquests have left Israel vulnerable to the pagan influences around them. As they begin to evolve into a more agricultural society, the Israelites will become increasingly attracted by the Canaanite cult of Baal, which is associated with fertility and crops. A strong spirit of compromise leads to intermarriage, idolatry, and immorality. The combination of national sin and unconquered inhabitants results in dominance and oppression by various pagan peoples, just as God predicted. During this time the Israelites go through repeated cycles of sin and oppression, but fortunately, of repentance as well."
Most of us would explain this away by saying, "isn't it a good thing to share knowledge on agriculture?" But it goes much further when those we are taking advice are giving credit and praise to Baal, a graven image which God expressly commands us as believers not to do...even if everybody else is doing it.
Even though we pull away, wander, sin and get caught up in situations we know deep within are against God's instructions and commands for our lives, our Lord remains a God of forgiveness. All we need to do is repent. It is so easy today to get caught up in a whirlwind of outside, ungodly influences. Some want nothing more than to destroy the God we serve, but we need not get caught into a web of pagan gods....we serve the One, True God and He will always protect, guard and guide if we keep the course.
Gary and I attended worship in a different area of the country today....where all those snow birds fly....Florida. Each time we have headed to Florida in the winter we immediately look up all the local churches to find one that we would enjoy visiting. Today was no exception. We found a rather large church, Calvary Christian Center, in Ormond Beach. As soon as we were directed to the visitors parking area and emerged from the car, we were greeted and hugged by two lovely individuals on our way into the entrance doors.
We were so blessed by this congregation of diverse individuals. I have often longed to worship with people of diverse ethnicity and color and all those blocks were checked this morning! As soon as the worship leaders started the music, people of various nationalities were standing all across the stage and I got my worship on! It was uplifting and marvelous and possibly a taste of what I expect our offerings of praise, along with that amazing angelic choir, with be composed of one of these days in heaven! I simply can't wait!
But then the pastor came in to preach....and brothers and sisters, that is exactly what this servant of the Most High God accomplished! Now before I go any further with this writing I must admit that growing up in the south I've heard many....not a few, but many.....hell fire and brimstone sermons. This was not a fearful sermon, but an uplifting, truth-based, coming from the Bible lesson that touched every life and soul within earshot. The pastor was actually walking to and fro on the stage, in front of the stage and jumping for joy in his work boots with the message God had given him to deliver to His people; uninhibited, unashamed, proclaiming with urgency how God loves us....and the subject? Leah, the unloved wife of Jacob, mother of five of the sons that would be part of the twelve tribes of Israel.
It was a new look at a familiar story that most of us have heard before. Jacob, one of the sons of Isaac, went to work for his Uncle Laban with the agreement that he would work for seven years and in return receive Laban's youngest daughter, Rachel, in marriage. But Uncle Laban pulled a fast one. After seven years of labor on the agreement of being given Rachel, on their wedding night Leah ended up in the marriage bed with Jacob! Now, if you are reading this for the first time there are questions suddenly on the horizon of your intellect. Let me put those questions out there for you; "Really, Jacob....you didn't know it was Leah and not your beloved Rachel? I think I would have known one sister from the other after seven years of hard labor!" After all, scripture does give us a description of the two girls. "Leah's eyes were delicate, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance." (Genesis 29:17) . How could Jacob be deceived? Was he too full of wine rejoicing of what was to come? For whatever reason it happened and the next morning Jacob was a bit furious with Uncle Laban. Especially when the excuse was given that the youngest couldn't marry before the oldest....really? After all, Leah wasn't the one Jacob wanted! Jacob was all about Rachel! Can you hear Jacob exclaiming, "that oldest first not to be done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn' you didn't think was significant to mention during my seven year, working hard for the woman I love period?"
Moving on. Jacob works another seven years for Rachel. However, God intercedes on Leah's behalf with her husband's heart longing for her sister. Leah began producing heirs and Rachel's womb was barren. This is where the crux of the message came today. The sons bore to Jacob reveals through their names the emotional state of their mother, Leah, who felt a tremendous sense of wanting, or rather needing, to be loved by her husband.
Did you know that the meaning of Leah's name is weary? That will be a significant detail of the story as we go further. Let's delve a little more into the names of her sons. Reuben, the first born, meant "Behold a son"....for scripture tells us in verse 32 of Genesis 29, "So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, "The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me." Bottom line, Leah was searching for affirmation from her husband. Something to indicate to her that she was loved and treasured. After all, she bore Jacob a son, a heir. That in itself is major to the Israelites.
Then son number two comes along. "Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said, "Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also." Simeon's name means "I will be heard".....
Again, Leah becomes with child and gives Jacob yet another son, Levi. "Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons." Levi's name means "Joined to"....
But God continues to bless Leah's womb and she bears another son, Judah, whose name means, "Now I will praise the Lord." Before I continue because there was one more son Leah gave to Jacob, I must go back to tell you why this message meant so much to me. Often we are caught in a situation where we are desperately seeking approval from a person or persons. We are needing affirmation that we are wanted, needed or approved by another. But here's what God says, He does affirm us because He loves us. We don't need the affirmation of people on this earth. Pastor said this morning, "Sometimes you must release yourself from seeking affirmation from people who never have any intention of affirming you." How extremely true this statement is my friends! Let it go and let God bless your life with His affirmation and love.
Secondly, As in Simeon's case, God does hear us. God always hears us. We don't need to gain the ear of the world, we only need Jesus. Third, with Levi, Leah wanted to be joined to her husband, but she was finding herself enslaved to the feeling of being alone. She was the underdog. Ever felt that way? God calls us to be attached to Him. He's the fairest of 10,000 and He loves us unconditionally and does not want us to feel alone and lost.
Then it appears Leah learns to praise the Lord as she bears Judah, her fourth son, and names him, "I will praise the Lord"....now she takes her cause before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Afterwards she gives birth to one more son, Issachar. Even after she thought her child bearing years and trials were over, she has yet another son. Pastor seemed to think today that when we start praising the Lord for who he is....all through those tough times, it releases victory and joy. Issachar name means reward.
Just wanted to share these thoughts and blessings I received in worship. What a great day in the Lord it was....and you know what happens in the Leah/Jacob/Rachel story? Jacob is buried in the tomb with....Leah.
God sees, God hears, God delivers us from heartache and pain. It might not
be on our timetable, but God will give us victory and joy!
Blessings, my friends!
If you are anything like me, I have many books piled up in my bookcase that I desire to read "at some point when I have time." But this winter I am dedicating myself to reading those articles, paperbacks and hardcovers that I've accumulated along the way. Continuously building my faith and my resolve is the goal because it seems proof that Jesus is the Son of God is the burning desire for those questioning the Christian faith.
One of the books tucked away on the shelves of my little office is entitled, The Case for Easter by Lee Strobel. Lee was a confirmed atheist until his wife became a believer and he felt the urge to prove she had been taken captive by what Lee described as a cult called Christianity. His first attempt to illuminate his wife's foolish sight ended in a strange occurrence. Lee became a believer in Jesus Christ. However, all the facts he gathered were composed into a book entitled, The Case for Christ. I saw the film by the same title and it walked spectators through Lee's struggle with believing Christianity and how he resolved most of his obstacles.
But questions lingered that burned within Lee's reporter mind. He felt he needed to further uncover answers as best as could be explained concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Hence the book, The Case for Easter. Ironically, I bought the paperback edition several years ago with a solid conviction to read the data Lee gathered from well-known experts groomed in the fields of historical, archaeological and medical data concerning the death of Jesus of Nazareth. But somehow the book was placed on the shelf for another day. As I packed the book recently for a trip south, I began this morning to fulfill my obligation to read and study books I've had for quite some time.
I couldn't help but share with my readers what I discovered on the pages of this little paperback. With Easter less than a month away, it seems appropriate to remember, or detailed information given maybe for the first time of what Jesus suffered and endured in order to redeem us from the grips of hell itself. It you haven't viewed The Passion of the Christ, a movie that will cause the scripture from Isaiah 53 jump off the pages of the Bible, now would be a great time to rent a copy. But I warn you, it's a tough one to watch. The details of Christ's crucifixion is also difficult to read as I found this morning. However, it is what happened and Jesus did it because he loves us. Here are a few of the facts I was reminded of as I read the beginning of Lee's book, The Case for Easter.
Wanting to know the truth and feeling as though a professional would speak from a perspective other than emotional, Lee talked with Alexander Metherell, M.D., PH.D. regarding medical evidence surrounding the question did Jesus really die? There is a thought process in the world that believes Jesus didn't really die, He somehow walked away from the torture or was rescued. As I read through the step by step flogging Jesus received before being hung on the Cross, I had to stop because I couldn't see for the tears. Here are a few facts for you to ponder:
1. Roman floggings usually consisted of 39 lashes; depending on the mood of the soldier it could have been more.
2. The whip was made of braided leather thongs with metal balls woven into them. The whip had pieces of sharp bone as well, cutting the flesh severely. The balls would cause deep bruises or contusions, breaking opening with further blows.
3. The back would be shredded sometimes so badly the spine would be exposed by the deep cuts.
4. Lacerations would tear into the underlying skeletal muscles and produce quivering ribbons of bleeding flesh.
5. Hypovolemic shock might be an outcome for the victims of flogging. This is the loss of a massive amount of blood. Hypovolemic shock causes; a. the heart races to try and pump blood that isn't there; b. blood pressure drops; c. fainting or collapsing occurs and d. person becomes very thirsty as the body craves fluids.
After this horrific torture, Jesus was then made to carry his own wooden cross. The open wounds of his body rubbing against the wood of the cross enduring the pain and suffering that some individuals died from after the flogging alone, hardly able to stand from the loss of blood, he crumbles under the load and Simon was pulled from the crowd to carry the cross the rest of the way.
When the destination is reached his arms were outstretched on the horizontal beam where five to seven inch nails, long and tapered to a sharp point were driven through his wrists locking his hands. And do you know the result of what happened when that nail went through the place were the median nerve runs? The explanation was given that just as it pains you to hit your funny bone in your elbow by accident, this nerve in the wrist is like "taking a pair of pliers, squeezing and crushing that nerve". The pain would be unbearable and excruciating. By the way, excruciating means "out of the cross".
Once placed on the vertical beam, his feet were nailed in a similar fashion crushing the nerves and the beam was set upright. Immediately the outstretched arms, would have endured six inches of additional stretching due to the weight of his body and that would have dislocated his shoulders. Then the slow death of asphyxiation would have begun.
Medical terms such as respiratory acidosis, pericardial effusion and pleural effusion were used to describe the cause of death for Jesus. Look them up and learn specifically what was happening to the human body of Jesus Christ.
Why do I share my reading from this morning? Because wherever you are and whatever your belief system, Jesus loves you. Jesus gave his life on that cruel cross and endured that pain and suffering so that he might become the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Up until this time it was all about offering the most perfect animal and having the High Priest lift it up on the altar for sins. Once and for all, Jesus Christ became that perfect sacrifice for you and for me.
Although there is more to Lee Strobel's book, The Case for Easter, I was nudged to end this particular writing ending with a question Lee asked of Metherell, "Is there any possible way - any possible way - that Jesus could have survived this?" (In other words, Jesus didn't really die as is recorded in scripture. He survived, right?) Metherel shook his head and responded, "Absolutely not," he said. "Remember that he was already in hypovolemic shock from the massive blood loss even before the crucifixion started. He couldn't possibly have faked his death, because you can't fake the inability to breathe for long. Besides, the spear thrust into his heart would have settled the issue once and for all. And the Romans weren't about to risk their own death by allowing him to walk away alive."
Read the evidence for yourself. The Case for Easter, by Lee Strobel. Lee doesn't stop with needing proof of Jesus' death, he visits next William Lane Craig, PH.D., D.TH. with the question, "Was Jesus' body really absent from his tomb?" It is a very interesting read; good apologetic information for the believer and an aid for the questioning mind.
But the Bible says:
John 14:6 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The Case for Easter, by Lee Strobel. Copyright 1998, 2003 by Lee Strobel. Published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Every year I get quite impatient for God to begin waking up the earth. There is just something about seeing the bulbs starting to burst through the ground, the tree limbs showing signs of budding and the grass turning an amazing shade of green that ignites my soul to begin singing! And let's never forget the birds' song from early morning throughout the day!
As I have used an example similar to this one to teach a lesson about God as our Creator each Spring, I have an urge to share a bit more of my heart's desire....that of a new life in Christ Jesus. Now before you stop reading or decide that I'm a Jesus Freak (although I am one), please read on and here's why. If you had a piece of good news that you felt would alter a friend's life for the better...wouldn't you? Or would you quietly keep it to yourself and admit that it's not really your place and your friend might not receive your news as you would hope, in fact, they might decide they didn't want to be your friend?
I've played that game in my head more times than I can count. I don't want to step on anyone's toes so I go through my relationship with some of those I care deeply about as if I were walking on eggshells. And for what purpose? You see, it's simple really. We were given this life not by chance, but by divine appointment. The Bible clearly states in Psalm 139 that our Lord knows all about us...every single detail. In fact, He knew all our days before one of them came into being. That doesn't sound like an accident by my parents on one crazy night. It sounds like they were the conduits through whom God used to get me here.
As such, God planned for me and has a purpose for my life. My experiences, my educational efforts, my lifestyle, my family....everything was a part of assembling me into the woman I am today. The Christian parents that groomed my spiritual life were no accident. I loved my daddy, but I would have to admit that my spiritual mentor is my mother. At 95, almost 96 years of age and with increasing dementia, my mama can pray like no other. In fact, if you go to my Facebook page you will hear her pray the last time I visited just a few days ago.
But here's the point. God created me, gave me the experiences and life altering encounters I have walked because they are part of my ministry, my testimony and it needs to be shared. So here goes. I love Jesus Christ and I am His follower. From this point on in my life I have no idea where this will lead. God has blessed me with a faithful, loving and God fearing husband who is on board with that commitment. We want to tell others that Jesus loves them and that He loves them so much He has given His only Son, Jesus, to die for their sins. This is the time of year we think a little more about the Cross of Calvary. We might watch the movie, The Passion of the Christ, go to a passion play at a local church, sing uplifting songs on Easter morning, but what happens after Easter? Is it all about taking your kids to an Easter egg hunt or possibly coloring Easter eggs and not revealing the true meaning of what is being celebrated? This is a major celebration for the Christian faith, folks. Jesus died and has risen from that grave! He has accomplished victory over death!!!
So why shouldn't I share my faith, my heartbeat, my love for my Savior with anyone and everyone who will listen to the sound of my voice or read a small devotional I have written. You see, I don't do it for financial gain or to be a popular speaker....I proclaim this good news because it's true. Jesus loves you. Jesus wants you to be a follower of His. When you give your heart and life to Jesus, He will fill your heart with joy unspeakable and a peace that passes all understanding. Then one day He will take you by the hand and lead you into the Promised Land of Heaven.
I believe this with all that I am. I don't understand it all, I can't it explain it all, but I believe it all because I believe in Jesus Christ and He doesn't lie.
Thank you for reading....may God bless your days in the upcoming month that includes the beginning of Spring, a new beginning in Christ Jesus!