Monday, April 22, 2019

The Bedrock Of Our Faith

By: Joanne Viola

People may dismiss the claim of Christ’s resurrection because of the “impossibility” of it all. Truly it must be accepted by faith, after all, science would never be able to prove it.
“The physical resurrection of Christ is a bedrock belief of Christian faith. In fact, the apostle Paul says in
1 Corinthians 15:14: “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith,” and we might as well “eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (15:32). On what basis might people dismiss the Christian claim of the resurrection of Christ? Does it really matter if Christ was raised or not?”
(from Discover Jesus by Dr. Henrietta C. Mears, page 152)
Believing in the resurrection of Jesus matters is of the utmost importance. Three truths emerge from the life and death of Christ:
  1. With His life, Jesus shows us how to live. “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did”
    (1 John 2:6, NLT). Jesus lived His life here on earth in union with God, showing love to those around Him. And so we should live our days.
  2. With His death, Jesus shows us the way to salvation. “For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22b, NLT). We gain salvation through the shed blood of Jesus on the Cross. Christ’s death established the new covenant, providing complete forgiveness of sin.
  3. With His resurrection, Jesus shows us the way to overcome death. “But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57, NLT). He lives forever and therein, lies our hope of living with Him forever. 
All three aspects are key to our faith and relationship with Christ.
Jesus, Only Jesus.
In His life. In His death. In His resurrection.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter 2019!

Through Jesus' death and resurrection we have
cleansing from sin,
eternal life,
 reconciliation with Father God, 
How sad if we forget this
 and live our life without receiving and walking in all the wonderful benefits
 of what Jesus has done for us.

Friday, April 19, 2019

On this Solemn Friday

By: Sarah Geringer

About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" (which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?").

Matthew 27:46 NIV

Jesus had never been separated from his Father until the day we remember as Good Friday.

In taking sin’s curse upon himself on the cross, Jesus had to accept that terrible sentence. 

This may have been the worst of his sufferings, but he suffered many other things for your sake that day.

On this solemn Friday about 2,000 years ago, Jesus removed the barrier between us once and for all so we can live in his presence forever if we believe in him.

On this solemn Friday, take a few quiet moments to remember what Jesus suffered for you.

Meditate on Matthew 26 and 27:

Jesus was betrayed and deserted by his closest friends.

He was mocked by religious authorities.

He was spit upon, slapped and beaten by the Pharisees.

Jesus was flogged with a lead-tipped whip, a treatment that often killed others.

He was stripped naked and shamed.

He wore a painful crown of thorns.

Jesus was nailed to the cross.

He listened to shouts of abuse from those who knew the most about God's Word.

He was offered sour wine.

Jesus released his spirit for you.

His body was wrapped in linen and laid in a tomb.

Honor Jesus today in your own way for everything he suffered for you on that solemn Friday.

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Reflection questions:

1. Have you ever felt forsaken? If so, how does Jesus' story make you feel less alone?

2. How can you find comfort in Jesus’ suffering?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

His Purpose

By: Jenifer Metzger

Early in the book of Genesis we see sin enter into the world. The earth was no longer flawless, no longer sinless. As time continues on, evil is all around. God loved His earth, His creation. He loved His people. So, He gave His people commandments to live by. Yet, many wouldn't follow this commands. But God had another plan.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

God sent His Son, His one and only Son to this world to die for us. Jesus' purpose of coming to this earth was to die for us. For you. He died so that we can live. He came to give us life.

...I have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full.
John 10:10

As we near Easter, let's praise Jesus for what He did for us.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

He Comes to Save

By: Joanne Viola

Yesterday was Palm Sunday - the day we remember the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

"Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, "Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David! Praise God in highest heaven" (Mark 11:9-10, NLT)

We have all seen the images – Jesus riding on a lowly donkey. The crowd around Him. The palms waving as He passes by.

The people had expectations of Him which would go unmet. They wanted Him to come and restore kingship, leadership to Israel.

His very actions were indicative this would not be. He had not come to be the military and political leader they were hoping to receive. No matter how big of a reception they were to give Him, He was not going to overthrow and take political action.

Their shouts of “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” were shouts for Him to save them.

Yet they missed the point –  He was not coming to save them from their society. Instead of salvation from their political and social oppression, He had come to bring salvation for their souls.

The ones who stood praising and waving palms would soon be the very ones to yell, “Crucify Him!” when they faced disappointment in His mission.

Are we any different than the crowd that day?

We have a tendency to desire a particular outcome to our present circumstances, rather than see the treasure which may lie hidden in the dark times. We long for immediate relief or comfort over the eternal.

And yet Jesus still says to us today:
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33b, NIV)

Jesus knew this world would bring each of us much turmoil and discomforts. But He gave us Himself – His Presence – to get us through these times. Even when surrounded by that which makes us fearful, anxious, and unsettled, we can be in peace and have peace.

May our adoration of Jesus be firmly established in our hearts and minds.
And may we wave our palms in worship to Him, each and every day!

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