Let me wish you “Happy Resurrection Day!” So many people love Christmas and it is a holiday worth celebrating. If there were not Christmas then there would be no Resurrection Day. In my heart today is the pinnacle for we who know Christ as Saviour.
The world has it all wrong! It is not about a “Easter Bunny”. I love the post I saw on facebook the other day. It said, “Silly rabbit, Easter is for Jesus!” Amen! Jesus endured hell, separation from His Father, beating and much more all for you and I. Praise His name! As I type this I can hardly contain myself between crying and shouting. If I could have our dear friend Jessica sing “His Life for Mine”, I would just die and go to Heaven. “His life for mine. How could it ever be? That He would die. God’s Son would die to save a wretch like me. What love divine. He gave His life for mine.”
I can never do enough, say enough or anything else to repay Jesus Christ for what He has done for me. All I can do is try to tell all those who will listen. For this reason I write this blog.
Let me reassure you parents of God’s special children that you have hope. The reason you have hope is because the One who has named Himself The God of Hope loves you supremely and cares for you so deeply that He died so that you may have life eternal in Heaven. Today is the celebration of His victory. Because Jesus arose from the grave we have hope of eternal life too. Truly we can say as did the writer of Psalm 118:24, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
I had a job many years ago in a wood shop. My job was to run a milling machine that made crown molding. Part of the job was to inspect the wood prior to sending it through the machine for nails, bullets, staples and things that would make the blades of the machine dull or damage them. I am here to say that this job only lasted a few days. I was horrible at it. They moved me around trying to find some place for me; but, never did. Then; you guessed it, I was given my final paycheck and asked not to report for work ever again. Such is life.
I tried very hard to find all those things I was supposed to be looking for; but, I just seemed to miss them. I was too liberal with what wood I sent into the machine. I needed to be far more conservative and much more discerning. Most of all, I needed to reject so much more than what I did.
In live we find that people reject Christ. People have a need to trust Christ as their Saviour; but, they want to do it their way or they thing they are too bad to be saved. This is not the truth! Anyone who will trust Christ can be saved. It is simple; but, we cannot see that it is that simple.
The Bible tells us of Christ being rejected. Look at Psalm 118:22, “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.” It matters not what we think of Jesus. He is the Saviour and whomever will trust Him will be saved. We have His Word on it.
As we are in the Easter season I am reminded of the importance of sharing with others about the true meaning of Easter. The other day I saw a picture on facebook that spoofed a breakfast cereal commercial from back when I was a child. It showed the artist’s rendition of an easter bunny and a rendition of what the artist thought Jesus would look like. The caption said, “Silly rabbit, Easter is for Jesus.” I really liked it.
The true message of Easter is not some bunny carrying eggs in a basket. The true meaning of Easter is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I was reading earlier today a statistic that said only 2% of people in the United States are born again. This is sad. To know that 98% of the people in the United States would spend eternity in hell if they died today.
My question to myself and to you, my readers is this, “What are we doing about it?” We no longer have a passion for souls. The truth of the Gospel no longer effects us. We have cast aside the Word of God that commands us to go and to tell others.
As I was reading earlier I thought about the truth in I Samuel 20:9, “And Jonathan said, Far be it from thee: for if I knew certainly that evil were determined by my father to come upon thee, then would not I tell it thee?” The devil, who is the world’s father has evil determined against them. What are we going to do about it? Let’s get back to our Father’s business and tell the world that Jesus died for them.
I recently caught the last minute or so of an episode of “Andy Griffith Show”. Andy was standing in a room dressed in a suit and holding a cigar talking with other men smoking and talking about their large boats and saltwater fishing. I was thinking about should I stop watching because of the smoking or not. At this moment Opie comes in and tells Andy that he is having the best day of his life because of taking Andy’s advice to be himself. Andy then walks over and extinguishes his cigar and walks back to the group and they begin to talk about his rowboat and doing some bass fishing.
The point today is that we need to be ourselves. We need to quit putting on a false facade and just be ourselves. Too many want to pretend that we are not what we really are. This is called hypocrisy. In theater there was a character called the hypocrite. It could be a man’s roll played by a woman or a woman’s role played by a man or the like.
The problem is that there are too many hypocrites in the world. You do not know where you stand with them. One minute they could be your best friend and your chief enemy the next. There is on thing for sure. Jesus Christ is no hypocrite! You can count on Him. Look at the words of Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
I remember one time growing up and spending time with a friend. He had a motorcycle and I wanted to ride it so bad. I told him that I knew how to ride. I ended up in a blue spruce as I remember. It is funny now; but, then it was humiliating and slightly painful.
I had a problem then and on some other occasions. It is called pride. I am not the only one who suffers with this horrible disease. King Saul also had a problem with pride. As they used to say, “He got the big head.” Look at the warning of remembrance from Samuel in I Samuel 15:17, “And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?” King Saul came to the place that he thought he could do things his own way in spite of the clear commands of God. Look at what Samuel told King Saul later in the conversation in I Samuel 15:26, “And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.”
If we are not careful in America we will find our nation in the same place as King Saul. God is a gentleman and will not go where He is not invited. This is true. There is also this thing of sin and breaking the law of God. Rightfully so, He takes great offense to this and America is on a crash course to elimination from the earth if the nation does not return to Christ. God save America! Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
Yesterday was the first day of the Jewish Passover. It is a beautiful picture. God came in judgement upon Egypt and any family that did not follow His guidelines for this event. Look at Exodus 12:12, “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.”
If you wanted to be spared of this judgement all you had to do was kill the lamb and sprinkle the blood on the door posts and the lintel. When the death angel saw the blood you were passed over.
For you and I today, it is the blood of Jesus applied to our lives that causes the death angel to pass over. Oh, we will all die one day. Thanks be unto God for delivering us who know Christ as Saviour. You do not want to be on the receiving end.
Jesus is our Passover Lamb. He gave His life for me and for you. His blood is applied and His wrath is satisfied. Praise the LORD!
Dear friend and reader, do you know that your sins are forgiven and that Heaven is your eternal home? If not would you make that decision to trust Jesus as your Saviour before it is too late? Contact me so I can share this with you.
Yesterday our Pastor Al Ray had a great message on friendship. It was “Friend Day” at our Church. The members invited their family and friends for the special day. The choir did a great special. One couple who were guests of our Pastor even beat us to Church. The husband sang a duet with Pastor Ray and it was a great special. The weather was supposed to be really bad and this kept some people and visitors alike at home. They really missed a wonderful service. I was really glad to be a part of the service.
One man said that when everyone else walks out on you, true friends are walking in to be with you. This is the kind of friend that I want to be to others. I have needed some true friends in my days; but, they never came. Sometimes I get hurt when people that I know need someone; but, they did not call me in their hour of need. I get over it quickly; but, nonetheless it happens.
The great truth is that Jesus is a friend that is always there and is greater than any friend on this earth. Look at Proverbs 18:24, ‘A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Did you get that? Jesus sticks closer than a brother. I am an only child and I do not know what it is like to have a brother or sister so the only point of reference I have are my brothers and sisters in Christ. I am thankful for them and for my Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Yesterday was an amazing day! I had the privilege of going to Illinois with my dear friend and his wife to a jubilee meeting. This was the second year I have attended this jubilee meeting.
Jubilee was celebrated every fiftieth (50th) year. During this year slaves were to be set free, alienated property restored to the former owners and the land was to be left lay and not tilled. I understand the modern day concept of Jubilee.
Every sermon preached was right on target and they all melded together perfectly. This happens when you allow God to control things. It was refreshing and uplifting to spend time with other people who have the same beliefs as you do. The love flowed deeper than the sweet tea also.
Most people associate fellowship with food in our circles. This is not fellowship. Fellowship is partnership, i.e. (literally) participation. It is coming together and encouraging one another to keep pressing on in the Christian life. The sermons were of the same. Look at Acts 2:42, “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
Families of children with special needs are in desperate need of true fellowship. They often call it things like play group and many different adjectives. The fact is that it is simply fellowship. If you are a parent of one or more of God’s Special Children make sure part of you plan for life includes time away with other adults getting refreshed. I know it is easier said than done because I live this every day. Make a concentrated effort to do this.
Last night I had the pleasure of preaching at a rescue mission in Indianapolis. I go every forth Friday evening and preach the chapel service. The service last night was amazing! I took two friends with me and they sang together and it was simply beautiful. God was there and working the the hearts of us and I hope the men that attended.
I related to the men that I have no idea what it is to lack needed things like food. I said that I was sure that some of them had come to the place where even a chicken bone out of a garbage can would be good. One man shouted amen nearly full voice I am sure. It brought things into perspective for the three of us that evening.
Some people; like the lost son in Luke 15:11-32, find themselves in the hog pen eating the slop that the hogs eat. They have desired the wrong things so long that they don’t even know what is good for them. Look at I Samuel 2:22, “Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. ” These men had no restraint. They went after what they wanted. Unfortunately, the fulfillment of their desires led them away from God. What do you desire? Is it wealth? Whatever it is will pale in insignificance the comparison to God. The songwriter penned it correctly, “I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today.”
Anyone who is around my family knows that life for us is not all pie in the sky, by and by. Please do not think that I am complaining; because, I am not. I am simply stating fact. If you tell someone that when they trust Christ as their Saviour that everything will be okay or better you have lied.
If you are breathing you are either entering a trial, in the middle of a trial or coming out of a trial. This is a fact of life. For parents of children with special needs it seems to always be in the midst of a trial. My wife and I know from experience. Life is difficult for sure; but, it is what you make out of it.
You and I have two choices when choosing our response to trials. We can become bitter or we can become better. The choice is up to the individual. If you go around like a victim saying, “Poor, pitiful me” then you are going through it. If you go around asking God, “What are you trying to teach me?” then you are growing through it. We need to be better and not bitter.
Look at Naomi’s response to great loss in Ruth 1:20, “And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.” Naomi means Pleasant. Mara means Bitter.