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Have you knelt before the cross of Jesus and given Him your all?

If not, why not do that this Easter. Forget everything else and follow Jesus.

Easter tale

Posted: April 1, 2018 in church, cross, death, disciple, Easter, life, love, music, religion, words
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Easter morning! Celebrate His name!

Easter Morning! Jesus lives again!

Early one Sunday morning women of Galilee went to the tomb where Jesus lay.

When they arrived there they all found to their horror that the stone at the entrance had been rolled away.

Bravely they looked inside to look for His broken body only to find it was no longer there.

Frantic, they looked around to see why the tomb was empty, frightened and driven by despair, by despair!

Where is Jesus? Where’s his body gone?

What has happened? What is going on?

All of a sudden there were angels from Heaven they were asking the women what was wrong.

Why are you searching for the body of Jesus ? Can’t you see? He is risen, He is gone.

Don’t you remember that He said this would happen, that He soon would be risen from the dead?

This is His resurrection, just as He always promised, all this is just as Jesus said, as He said.

Easter morning! Celebrate His name!

Easter Morning! Jesus lives again!

Joyful, the women ran to tell the disciples that their Saviour was living once again.

Such was His power, even death could not hold Him, they all knew life would never be the same.

Jesus had triumphed, He would now live forever, “Jesus Lives!’ was the women’s joyful cry.

This was the message of that first Easter morning, that because of our Lord we’d never die, never die!

He is risen! Celebrate His name!

He is risen! Jesus lives again!

Jesus lives again!

Romans 6:7-11 (NLV)

When a man is dead, he is free from the power of sin. And if we have died with Christ, we believe we will live with Him also. We know that Christ was raised from the dead. He will never die again. Death has no more power over Him. He died once but now lives. He died to break the power of sin, and the life He now lives is for God. You must do the same thing! Think of yourselves as dead to the power of sin. But now you have new life because of Jesus Christ our Lord. You are living this new life for God.

Imagine hearing of the death of a loved one – you’d be devastated, upset, maybe even broken – but then for someone to come and tell you they had seen them alive and walking around again! I’m sure we would think they were mad!

But that’s exactly what happened when Jesus rose from the dead. Because Jesus did that we have been forgiven, and we have a future full of hope.

 

Today is Good Friday. The fact it’s called ‘Good‘ Friday suggests it is a happy and great day. However for God it was probably one of the worst days, the day His one and only son died. Can you imagine how that must have felt?

In Isaiah 53:1-5 (NLT) we read the following:

Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm. My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

God always knew that the day would come, when to save the rest of us, Christ would have to die. It’s wonderful to know that God loves us this much isn’t it!

Over the years there have been a number of high profile cases where though newer technology, they have been able to prove that someone who has been in prison for many years, is actually innocent of the crime they were imprisoned for.

I cannot comprehend what it must feel like for these people. People who have not committed the crime they were imprisoned for, but unjustly kept locked away from every day life, and away from their family and friends.

Now think about Jesus and the crime he was accused of, and the price he paid…

Jesus was innocent, but he died for you and me. We need to tell the world just what Christ sacrificed for each of us.

Seeing the future

Posted: March 27, 2018 in bible, cross, death, disciple, Easter, life, music, religion, words
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There are people who claim they can foresee the future, and can tell what the future holds for individual people. I’m not sure I would want to see into my future, I’d rather just wait and see what comes my way.

If you knew you were going to die on a certain day, how would you act? How would you approach that day?

Jesus knew the time was approaching when he would die. He even told his disciples several times what lay ahead for Him:

Matthew 20:17-19 (NLV)

As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, He talked also to the twelve followers by the side of the road. He said, “Listen! We are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the religious leaders and to the teachers of the Law. They will say that He must be put to death. They will hand Him over to the people who do not know God. They will make fun of Him and will beat Him. They will nail Him to a cross. Three days later He will be raised to life.”

How would you react if you knew this is what your future held? I leave my future in God’s hands, how about you?

Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations. ~ Isaiah 42:1 (NLT)

Long before Jesus was even born God already knew He was going to have to sacrifice His only son. If that was you or me, I suspect we’d have done everything in our power to prevent our only son from dying. God had the power to do that, but still Jesus died, what greater love as anyone ever shown for you, than God did by sacrificing his own son?

Did you know today is the start Holy Week?

Holy week is the week leading up to Easter. It starts the Sunday before Easter, called Palm Sunday. It is the week when Christians remember the last week of Jesus’ life.

Palm Sunday is the day we remember Christ assuming into Jerusalem.

In John 12:12-13 (NLT) we read:

The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet him. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LordHail to the King of Israel!”

While this sounds like everyone was a huge supporter of Jesus, the sad thing was that later in that same week many of the same people who were in the crowd who welcomes Christ into Jerusalem, were the same ones who shouted that Jesus should be executed.

That’s why today in many churches we will have been asked to think about the strength of our own faith. We may have been asked to remember times when we have been unfaithful to Christ, or have been hypocritical by claiming we follow Christ.

So today is a day to be honest. As we celebrate the arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, let us promise to be honest with ourselves and with Christ, by being faithful to Him from now on.

When was the last time you heard someone boasting?

When we boast about something, we talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about your own (or someone close to you) achievements, possessions, or abilities.

Boasting isn’t necessarily something that is well received by the listener as it can sound like you are trying to out-do them, or make them feel inferior – both of which I’m sure you’d agree is not a good thing.

In Galatians 6:14 (The Message) we read:

For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ.

Chris Tomlin sings I Will Boast which is based on these words. Please listen to this song, and reflect on whether you boast only about Christ, and the cross.

I will boast only in the cross
Where my Savior died for me
Nothing else, no other love,
Goes so far and runs so deep
I will boast only in the cross
See His head, His hands, and feet
Scars of grace, scars that heal
He broke the curse and set me free
Only One took the nails
Only One tore the veil
Only One spotless Lamb
I will boast only in the cross
I will boast only in the cross
The Father’s love at Calvary
My sin erased, my debt He paid
This is my hope, the song I sing
This is my hope, the song I sing
Only One

Where is God in your list of priorities?

Is he up there with your family and friends, or is he an after-thought that you just consider when you’re not busy, or at your wit’s end?

You are the author of love
Our freedom is in your name
Embracing the cross meant for us
And bought us to life again

God gave us life, he loves us unconditionally, he sacrificed His Son for us – doesn’t He deserve to be to high on your priority list? I’d suggest he deserves to be top of your priority list, as you are top of his!

The First and the Last

You are the first and the last
Beginning and the end
The promise of wonders to come
The future is in your hands
Caught in the light
With all the earth we will sing

You are the author of love
Our freedom is in your name
Embracing the cross meant for us
And bought us to life again
Caught in the love
With all we are let us sing

God our hope
And our salvation
Worthy of all the praise
Be our light everlasting
Great is your name
Jesus the first and the last

Show us the way of your love
Lead us toward the truth
Stir up the fire in us
To live out this life for you
Caught in your name
Jesus forever we’ll sing

Every heart
Every nation will hear the sound
As your light breaks through the darkness
And your name rings out
Every distant horizon will meet as one
Singing holy is your name
We sing holy is your name