Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

I’ve never been a morning person, and I know I never will be. However I know that during the summer months, when it gets light outside long before I have to get up for work, I find it a little bit easier to get out of bed in the morning.

Funny isn’t it how when there’s light around us, it can make facing a new day, that little bit easier.

Just as seeing physical light can brighten our day, so can having the light of the world, Jesus, in our life. So don’t stay in the darkness, seek the light, the light of the world, Jesus!

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” ~ John 8:12 (The Message)

Even when it seems all hope is lost we will have light in our life, if Christ is part of our life.

That’s why even in the darkest days, we can still find our way, because Jesus has promised to provide all the light we need to live in.

Do you think there will ever be a time again when we can feel safe and secure in this world? Sadly I’m not sure there will ever be.

All we hear about these days is physical or emotional violence against someone or something all around the world. Are we living in the beginning of ‘end times’?

The bible tells us of many signs of end times, and the persecution of Christians around the world, is just one such sign. Personally it scares me that we may be living in end times, but at the same time it’s also quite exciting. Exciting because I believe Jesus is coming again, and that means He will judge each of us based on how we’ve lived our lives.

So at the end of time, if Jesus will judge each of us, isn’t it the case that we don’t have to judge any of our fellow human beings, no matter how what they may have done in their life.

 

It’s down to us as Christians to remind the world that Jesus loves all of us unconditionally, and spread his message of love and hope. God wants us to live in peace so let us each show love, compassion and mercy to everyone.

Ever since I fist heard the news on Monday night of the terrorist attack in Manchester, I’ve found the words of the following song by Major Joy Webb going through my mind every day:

Come into our world, come into our world.

All around us, seemingly, darkness holds its sway;
Truth and love are faltering, peace in disarray;
And if we needed you, we need you now!

Come into our world,
Come into our world, now, Lord Jesus.
Come into our world, come into our world.

People sit in loneliness, children cry for bread;
Men fight men in hatred, by suspicion led;
And if we needed you, we need you now!

Come into our world,
Come into our world, now, Lord Jesus.
Come into our world, come into our world.

Faced with such confusion, hope has slipped away;
Men have stopped believing, forgotten how to pray;
And if we needed you, we need you now!

Come into our world,
Come into our world, now, Lord Jesus.
Come into our world,
Come into our world, now, Lord Jesus, come.

The world seems to have forgotten about God, and what He can do for us, and our world. We seem to be facing increasingly dark times, as day and day we hear news of man killing or maiming other human beings  because they don’t believe in the same things, or hold the same values as them.

All around us, seemingly, darkness holds its sway;
Truth and love are faltering, peace in disarray;
And if we needed you, we need you now!

Now, more than ever, this world of ours need God. And now more than ever God needs us to tell the world about Him. Let’s all help Jesus come into our world today, by pledging to tell the world about God, and reminding them how to pray.

Faced with such confusion, hope has slipped away;
Men have stopped believing, forgotten how to pray;
And if we needed you, we need you now!

Come into our world, now, Lord Jesus, come.

Secure

Posted: May 22, 2017 in bible, cross, life, quotes, religion
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We hear a lot about safety and security these days, is do you have a place where no matter what, you feel safe and secure?

There is one place where everyone can find security:

 

Easter weekend and the associated celebrations are over, so does that mean Easter is over, we can stop celebrating Christ until Christmas comes round again?

We definitely should not stop celebrating Christ just because Easter is over. After all Christ paid for our sins by giving his life, so how can we ever repay him? We will never manage to repay him for giving himself for us, but we can everything Easter is really about is just as true today and everyday, as it was during the celebrations.

 

Seeking solace in his downturned eyes,
such agonising pain betraying,
Hiding heartache through their stifled cries,
with wordless weeping, silent praying,
Beneath the bloodied,
wretched wraith,
faithful friends,
constrained or driven,
keep their vigil,
hold hard to faith,
and hear his whispered word:
Forgiven
by Stephen Pearson

Christ thought of us as he gave his life for us, so let’s make sure we think of him each and every day of the year. Let’s think of others who don’t know Him, and bring them to Him.

Our world is in an awful state at present, but can you imagine what it would be like if Jesus had never been born or if he hadn’t died at Calvary?

John 11:25 (NLT)

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

Maybe I’ve read it somewhere, or someone has told me, but I seem to think I’ve heard that the resurrection of Jesus has been investigated and examined more times that many other events in history.

For years, people have investigated the facts of the resurrection. Now that tells me that people are either  desperate to prove conclusively to the unbelievers that Christ’s resurrection actually happened, or that they are keen to prove us believers that the resurrection was simply a huge hoax.

I don’t know which of these categories of people you fall into, but anything that gives us believers the opportunity to discuss the facts of that first Easter, and tell others why we believe in Christ’s resurrection, has to be positive doesn’t it, as if we don’t talk about the really meaning of Easter, how will the rest of the world know that Christ died at Calvary just so we could be forgiven.

Hank Hanegraaff said:

You see, without resurrection there is no hope. Indeed, without resurrection, there is no Christianity.

How true is that!

If Jesus hadn’t been born; if Jesus hadn’t been crucified; if Jesus hadn’t risen from the grave…just think what sort of state this world would be in now!

Sometimes actions speak louder than any words ever could.

For me, Easter is a true example of that, as any picture of Christ on a cross, says more about God’s love for us than any words ever could.

Ever more than 2000 years on, the cross still has a message for each one of us – It still shows us just how much God loves each of us; so much so that he willingly sacrificed his only son, Jesus, just so we could be forever forgiven.

What words could ever describe Easter better than a picture of Christ on the cross?

The Cross Has Said It All by Matt Redman

The cross has said it all
The cross has said it all
I can’t deny what You have shown
The cross speaks of a God of love
There displayed for all to see
Jesus Christ our only hope
The message of the Father’s heart
Come my children, come on home

As high as the heavens are above the earth
So high is the measure of Your great love
As far as the east is from the west
So far You’ve taken our sins from us

The cross has said it all
The cross has said it all
I never recognized Your touch
Until I met You at the cross
We are fallen, dust to dust
How could You do this for us?
Son of God, shed precious blood
Who can comprehend this love?

How high, how wide, how deep
How high…

If God called you home today, do you think you’d be ready to go?

I guess for many, regardless of when we are ultimately called to be with our Maker, it may always feel just a little bit too soon for us. e.g. Maybe we don’t want to leave our family, maybe there are tasks we still want to achieve, or some other things we want to still do.

I wonder if Jesus felt it was too soon for Him to be going home that first Easter – Whether he wished he could have stayed longer. Even if Jesus would have preferred to have stayed on earth longer, He still willingly went to the cross because he knew it was His time. It was His time to save the world!

Just as when Jesus died that first Easter, it was the ‘right time’ for Him, it will be the ‘right time’ for us when we are called, because it’ll be God who has called us home.

I love the following song, Ready To Go Home, here performed by Morten Harket, which is about being ready to go home to God.

Ready To Go Home

On the street below these walls
Where I used to walk
Now I can barely crawl
All this darkness rising tall

Lord, shine a light for me
I’m waiting to be called

I’m ready to go home
I’m ready to receive
Forgiveness for my sins
I’m ready to begin

Take this river to the sea
Where the delta flows
The tide is washing over me
Take this soul to heaven’s door

Show me where tomorrow lies
I’m waiting to be born

I’m ready to lay down
I’m ready now to sleep
A promise I must keep
I’m ready to go home

So tired, I lay down with these
Memories
I breathe shallow deep inside of me
If time has run its course with me…

I’m ready to go home
I’m ready to receive
Forgiveness for my sins
I’m ready to begin

I’m ready to lay down
I’m ready now to sleep
A promise I must keep
I’m ready to go home

Have you ever wondered whether Jesus was ready to die on that first Easter morning?

I’m sure if we already knew the date and time of our death we would be devastated as that date drew near, we probably wouldn’t want to go yet. Jesus, even though He knew we was going to die at Calvary, carried on willingly, preparing for His death.

Jesus willingly went to the cross because he knew it was His time to change the world forever – It was His time to save the world!