Death and Resurrection of Jesus (Part 1)
When I heard of the attack that happened in Brussels, I thought hard on it and the more I think about it the clearer the picture of what these suicide bombers believe in. They believe in a cause - of which you and I know it’s all wrong. Yet they were willing to die for that cause. Beloved Jesus Christ came and died for mankind (the greatest cause). Jesus took it upon Himself and died in our place that the power of sin and death might be broken (Hebrews 2: 14). Beloved, how serious are you with your relationship with God? Are you keeping your faith now because this is the Lenten season? Is this what the Bible truly say, that we follow Jesus during a particular period of time and then continue in our worldly ways at other times? It’s time for us (the church) to rise up and live as children of God and not like the people of the world (1 Corinthians 1:10 - 17).
When Jesus was about to die on the cross, there were 7 last words He spoke:
Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing (Luke 23:34): He forgave us our sins even before we come to repentance, so what we do is just accept His forgiveness that He has given and start a new life. I know you are saying my sin is so much and He may not? Why not confess that sin and tell the devil next time he comes to bring the sin to your face that Jesus has forgiven me for His blood has made you clean.
2. Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise (Luke 23:43): Jesus said this statement to one of the thieves on the cross because he acknowledged his sin and asked for forgiveness at the point of death. Beloved, you still have a chance even though you may be sick at the point of death or you’ve heard this message somewhere or reading it now, I want to let you know that Jesus loves you and does not take pleasure in the death of a sinner but that such a person may repent (Ezekiel 18:23).
3. Woman behold your son, son behold your mother (John 19: 26 - 27): Jesus saw His earthly mother knowing she needed care, He said both to John the disciple to take care of her. This signifies that not just your biological brothers are your family alone, but those who are of the same faith in Christ Jesus who believe in the totality of the Scriptures. We need to care for our fellow brothers and sisters in church including the widows (Galatians 6: 9 – 10; 1 Timothy 5:8).
Beloved the Lord’s desire is that we might live, and live life in abundance. Are you still living in sin and covering it up, this is the time to come clean with God so that you might receive mercy. Do you serve God traditionally or occasionally? You should do so in faith and do it consistently (Philippians 3:3).