Posts Tagged ‘cross’

How can anyone still question whether God loves them, once they know what happened that first Easter?

I’m not naïve enough to think that by writing this blog post, everyone will suddenly understand what Easter is all about and suddenly believe in God. However I hope that through my blog posts over this Easter period, I have at least got some of you reconsidering God’s existence, and His love for us.

As if the way the solders mocked his name
Was something I deserved
As if the crown of thorns upon his head
Was what my life was worth
As if he needed one more way to show
His mercy and his love
He said I am forgiven
As if the cross was not enough.

The cross was ore than enough to convince me of God’s love for me. I hope the cross is more than enough to help you decide to follow God too.

As If the Cross Was Not Enough

If you could see me as I am
My flaws and imperfections
All the lessons I have learned
Through lifes unanswered questions
And in spite of all of this
Jesus knows the way I feel
And he gave his life to say
He loves me still.

As if the way the solders mocked his name
Was something I deserved
As if the crown of thorns upon his head
Was what my life was worth
As if he needed one more way to show
His mercy and his love
He said I am forgiven
As if the cross was not enough.

There’s no way I could have earned
The grace that he has shown me
Then with every step I take
His miracles surround me
When just measure of his love
Would have covered every need
Even when he chose to go
To Calvary.

As if the way the solders mocked his name
Was something I deserved
As if the crown of thorns upon his head
Was what my life was worth
As if he needed one more way to show
His mercy and his love
He said I am forgiven
As if the cross was not enough.

I don’t have to see the empty grave
To know that I am free
For the blood that stained Golgotha’s hill
Has covered me.

When we go trough traumatic or devastating events in our lives or those close to us, we often think about what if this hadn’t happened, what if we’d done something earlier or what if we’d just paid more attention. What ifs can be destructive themselves as ultimately considering them will no change what has happened and in many cases will make folk feel guilty about thing that did or did not happen prior to the event.

Yes, life events can be cruel and devastating but they happen for a reason. God has plan for us, and these life events are all part of His ultimate plan for us.

The most important “What if” turned out to be reality, God does exist, He did send His Son to earth and He did die on a cross at Calvary just so we could be forgiven. So even if you never debate any other “What Ifs”, I pray that you believe that in God and in Christ as they are reality and not just a “what if”.

Road SignSigns by Michael W Smith

You’re weighed down with regret
You can’t see the road ahead
Or the burden on your back
It seems the trek will never end
The winding paths that still descend
And up above a sky washed black
You just can’t bear to look at that

Chorus:
Follow the signs
Open your eyes
Read between the lines of what you see
Look into the soul of reality
Open your mind
Look at the signs
Never look back at yesterday
Keep your gaze steady on the narrow way

Now you’ve found the sacred tree
You kneel upon the broken wheat
You watch your burden fall away
And all the things that you once sought
Now are counted less than lost
For now you see the light of day
The signs were pointing all the way

Repeat chorus

Follow the signs
Follow the signs
Open your eyes
Look at the signs
Open your mind
Follow the signs

Repeat chorus

What signs are you following?

Me, I’m following God’s directions for my life. Yes, there are many times when as the above song says:

You’re weighed down with regret
You can’t see the road ahead
Or the burden on your back
It seems the trek will never end
The winding paths that still descend
And up above a sky washed black
You just can’t bear to look at that

However I’ve learned from past experiences when I tried to go it on my own, that I will not get through it on my own…I needed God then, and I need God now. That is why, I’m urging you to follow the signs which lead to God. Follow the signs to His cross and bow before Him, giving your all to Him.

What does Easter mean to you?

For me Easter is all about sacrifice, the sacrifice that Jesus made for each one of us on the cross when he bled and died, just so we can all be forgiven of our sins. I find it almost impossible to truly understand the pain and agony Jesus suffered when he was crucified.

Can you imagine how God felt, giving up his one and only son, just so the world could be forgiven of every sin?

Personally I struggle to comprehend how God must have felt, but I am forever in God’s debt because He did allow Christ to die on the cross.

As with every Easter, I feel so inadequate and so unworthy of God’s love. However I am  also so thankful that God does love me unconditionally, and He is always by my side, guiding me and supporting me through each minute of every day, and challenge and problem life throws in my direction.

So if Easter has only ever been about two days off school or work and Easter eggs, I pray this Easter I have given you some food for thought about what Easter is really all about…

Easter is all about “The Cross” and the sacrifice God gave for you and for me.

Crucified
Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

cross_on_manger

Sometimes I think we get too caught up in ourselves and our religion, that we forget to live each and every moment for God.

It can be overwhelming when we are told to “live a holy life”, because that sounds like something almost unattainable to us mortals, but it needn’t be. A holy life is not defined as a single activity, but in fact a series of holy moments. Therefore a living a holy life, is surely possible for each of us if we just live each moment for God.

To celebrate Christ, and to acknowledge our love for Him, what should we do?

We must pray, read our bible, and worship Him!

It cost Christ his life when He came to earth, just so we could lead the kind of life we are able to lead today. We must give thanks to Him for that amazing love he  had for us, so join with me today and worship Christ our saviour.

Just a few months ago we celebrated the birth of Jesus, and then in the last couple of weeks, we celebrated Christ‘s death and His resurrection, but where do we go from here?

Yes, Christmas and Easter are the two most important events in the Christian calendar but that doesn’t mean that when it’s not Christmas or Easter we should not celebrate Christ. In fact the complete opposite it true, it because of Christmas and Easter that we should be celebrating Christ’s life, and His message, throughout the whole year.

No I haven’t got the year wrong, I meant to give this a ten-year-old title!

Why? Because Easter weekend 10 years ago marked the start of a new era in my Christian journey. Easter 2002 was the first weekend that I no long attended Rutherglen Salvation Army, but Bellshill corps instead. I’d been attending evening meetings and band practices at Bellshill for a couple of months prior to this, and had decided to transfer from Rutherglen to Bellshill, and Easter for the start of my Bellshill experience.

My lasting memory of my first full weekend at Bellshill Salvation Army on Easter Sunday was the senior band playing one of my all time band pieces, The Light Of The World. I have always loved this band piece and the message it gives us, not just for Easter, but for every day of the year.

These last ten years have been some of the most enjoyable and inspirational of my life…the highlight has most definitely been the tour of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, I had the privilege of being part of during Easter 2003.

But then, if I’m honest there have been far more lows in my life during these last 10 years, particularly with my health and then the health of several other close family members, all of which is still ongoing.

During the lows of these years I did question if God was still there, and I did feel abandoned by Him. However God had not deserted me, He simply answered my prayers later than I’d hoped and in a different way than I’d expected. God got me through those tough times, and I continue to rely on Him for the strength I need for each day, but my faith in Him is now strong than I think it’s ever been. Put simply, through it all I chose to serve my Saviour!

Maybe it’s because of the new beginning in my life 10 years ago, that have subsequently brought me closer to God, but Easter is special to me. For me Easter is more special to me than even Christmas. Easter though is not important to me simply because of event in my life, it’s important to me, because of its significance to me as a Christian…Jesus is the light of the world, and for me He always will be. I pray you too will find Christ to be your light of the world.

I hope you receive many blessing as you listen to The Light of The World:

O Jesus, Thou art standing, outside the fast closed door,
In lowly patience waiting to pass the threshold o’er:
Shame on us, Christian brothers, His Name and sign who bear,
O shame, thrice shame upon us, to keep Him standing there!
 
O Jesus, Thou art knocking; and lo, that hand is scarred,
And thorns Thy brow encircle, and tears Thy face have marred:
O love that passeth knowledge, so patiently to wait!
O sin that hath no equal, so fast to bar the gate!
 
O Jesus, Thou art pleading in accents meek and low,
“I died for you, My children, and will you treat Me so?”
O Lord, with shame and sorrow we open now the door;
Dear Savior, enter, enter, and leave us nevermore.

Next weekend is Easter when I’m sure many of you will be enjoying the odd Easter egg. But have you noticed how as soon as Christmas is over these days the shops seem to start trying to get us to buy Easter eggs?

Do they think we’re going to buy Easter eggs in January, eat them then, then buy more nearer Easter? I’m sure some people do, but I hope that’s not what most of us do.

Looking at the other part of Easter, the real reason we celebrate it, do we start celebrating Easter earlier every year?

I hope that like me, you celebrate the real reason for Easter, Christ’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, all year round. After all Christ isn’t just a Christmas and Easter saviour, he’s a saviour for us all, every day of the year!

The Son has set us free! Hallelujah!

Sometimes we can feel trapped or constrained by life, but don’t despair, God can set you free.

I thought about how sin had sentenced us to die And how God gave His only Son so you and I could say . . .
And if the Son has set you free, Oh, if the Son has set you free Then you are free indeed

Have you found your freedom?