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Aftermath

Posted: February 12, 2019 in cross, death, Health, life, love, music, religion, words
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Devastation, destruction, chaos, uncertainty – just a few words you might think of when you read the title of today’s blog post.

Do you think those words would have applied after Christ died on the cross?

In a moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

The aftermath of Christ’s death is forgiveness for each of us, no matter how huge or insignificant our sins may be. What a wonderful aftermath! However it came at a cost for God, as he had to sacrifice his only son for us.

Aftermath by Hillsong

[Verse 1:]
The skies lay low where You are
On the earth You rest Your feet
Yet the hands that cradle the stars
Are the hands that bled for me

[Chorus 1:]
In a moment of glorious surrender
You were broken for all the world to see
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

[Verse 2:]
Freedom found in Your scars
In Your grace my life redeemed
For You chose to take the sinner’s crown
As You placed Your crown on me

[Chorus 2 :]
In that moment of glorious surrender
Was the moment You broke the chains in me
Lifted out of the ashes
I am found in the aftermath

And in that moment You opened up the heavens
To the broken the beggar and the thief
Lifted out of the wreckage
I find hope in the aftermath

[Bridge:]
And I know that You’re with me
Yes I know that You’re with me here
And I know Your love will light the way

[Chorus 3:]
Now all I have I count it all as loss
But to know You and to carry the cross
Knowing I’m found
In the light of the aftermath

If ever life feels hopeless, remember these words from Max Lucado – They will hopefully remind you that whatever you are going through, God is with you and will never leave you or disappoint you.

The same hand that pushed the rock from the tomb can shove away your doubt. The same power that stirred the still heart of Christ can stir your flagging faith. The same strength that put Satan on his heels can, and will, defeat Satan in your life. Death, failure, betrayal, sickness, disappointment—they cannot take your hope, because they cannot take your Jesus. ~ Unshakeable Hope by Max Lucado

Just because someone says they are a follower of God, does not mean they truly are. If they are a follower of God, God will be at the centre of all they do. They will not seek to promote themselves or be praised for their actions, as they will do everything to honour God, not themselves.

Which are you – the one who does all for God, or the one seeking self-interest or promotion?

I for one, know I try to do everything for God, but I’m not perfect, so I do fail sometimes and so can find myself doing things for me rather than for God. I simply pray that God will help me to make Him the centre of all I say and do, so that I become a true follower who always puts Him first.

Have you ever looked for a definition of a Christian? Or maybe wondered why a Christian believes in Christ and in God?

A definition or description of a Christian is very well summed up by this quote by Frederick Buechner:

The cross and what is signifies is ultimately what a Christian lives for, and believes in. If it wasn’t for the cross, we wouldn’t have the reassurance that God carries us through every situation, good or bad.

So we’re nearly at the end of 2018. It’s a time when we look forward to the new year, and also a time when we look back over this last year.

As we look forward to the start of a new year, we often think of it being a time for making changes in our lives, for starting new things to try to build a better future for ourselves and those we love. As we look back over this past year there’s probably been some things we’d all rather forget about, things we wished had never happened, and others that were so amazing they will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

But how was your 2018 from a Christian perspective? Was it a year where you were God was completely at the centre of everything you did, did you keep Him out of your life altogether, or was it somewhere in between those two where you let God into part of your life, but not all of it?

When we accept Christ as our Saviour and friend, we promise to give all our past failures and sins to Him, and ask Him to be at the centre of all we do by giving Him our heart.

So as 2018 comes to a close tomorrow, please consider whether there have been parts of your life that you’ve kept from God this year. Make a commitment now before the new year starts to make God be at the centre of all you do.

They say having a child changes everything – I personally cannot comment on that as I don’t have any children, however I have seen how a child has changed the lives of family and friends when they have had children. They tell me that no matter how much you prepare for becoming a parent, you’re never fully prepared, as you don’t get an instruction manual with your child when they are born.

The birth of a child is the start of a new life not just for the child but for the parents as they adapt to having a new addition to their family. Just as the birth of a child is the start of a new life for the parents, so the birth of Jesus all those years ago, offered us the chance of a new life in Christ.

As we near the end of 2018, and look forward to the start of a new year, take advantage of Christ’s offer of new life by giving your heart to God today.

O Come Be Born Again by Jennifer Martin

Baby born in Bethlehem
Come be born in me again
Since You don’t mind dirty stables
Here’s my heart not fit or able
To receive such majesty
Still, You humbly come to me

Chosen One who chose to be
Suff’ring Savior, Servant King
Since You don’t despise the broken
Here’s my life laid bare and open
To receive Your mercy
As Your Spirit calls to me

All who struggle, all who sin
Come and become born again
Come and lay your heavy burdens
At the cross where all’s forgiven
At His feet new life begins
Come, O sinner, enter in

We’re now a couple of days after Christmas but has the spirit and excitement of Christmas worn off yet?

Maybe you’ve had to go back to work today, so Christmas already seems an eternity ago. Maybe you’ve received great presents, eaten far too much, stayed up really late so are still catching up on sleep?

We should however be celebrating Jesus 364 days a year, so it really doesn’t matter if it’s two days, three days or three hundred days since Christmas Day, as because of Jesus, Christmas is actually part of every day of the year.

So that’s it, after all that preparation Christmas Day 2018 is now in the past!

My Mum used to always say that it always seemed to take so long to buy and wrap Christmas presents and just a couple of minutes to pull off the wrapping to reveal the surprise; and day to cook and bake the Christmas dinner and less than an hour to eat it all – Despite saying this, my Mum always enjoyed Christmas, and so I hope although you may have been extra busy, and found it stressful getting everything ready, you had a fantastic Christmas Day.

So how do you feel today – shattered, exhausted, stuffed? Do you still remember who gave you what present, or even all the presents you received?

While we may have already forgotten some gifts we received as to us they weren’t important, I pray we don’t forget about Jesus just because Christmas Day is over. Christmas Day may be the day we celebrate the birth of Christ, but it’s also the day we celebrate the start of Jesus’ life, a life which he later sacrificed for us. So don’t forget Christ because His legacy is not just relevant at Christmas, but for the whole year.

When it comes to Christmas, it seems more and more people seem to think it’s all about giving and receiving gifts, spending time with family and over eating.

Those of us who believe in Jesus, His birth and His resurrection, know what Christmas is really all about…it’s about Jesus. It’s about Jesus, and we can ensure that others know this is our belief if we have let Christ into our heart. With Christ in our heart His love will shine through us for other to see.

The song All In The Heart by Steven Curtis Chapman is one I really like , as it reminds us exactly what Christmas is all about…

No, it’s not in the snow that may or may not fall
And it’s not in the gifts around the tree
It’s in the love heaven gave, the night our Saviour came
And that same love can still be found wherever you are
‘Cause Christmas is all in the heart
And the joy can still be found, wherever you are
‘Cause Christmas is all, all in the heart It’s all in the heart

Christmas shouldn’t be about how many presents we get or how much we’ve spent on presents or others, how our homes are decorated or even how much we eat or drink, it should always be about Christ!

So make sure Christ is in your heart this Christmas!

I’m sure those of you who have children, all hope your child will grow up and achieve great things in their life, and maybe even make meaningful changes to the world and those who live in it.

For Mary and Joseph, I wonder how they felt – They knew their son was God’s own son, and great things were already planned for him, plans for him to change the world.

There’s a song by Steven Curtis Chapman called This Baby which for me, tell us all about Jesus’ time on earth, his life and his achievements.

And love made Him laugh and death made Him cry.
With the life that He lived and the death that He died,
He showed us heaven with His hands and His heart,
‘Cause this man was God’s own son.
This man was like no other one,
Holy and human right from the start.
 

Jesus came to earth to change the world, but has He changed you?