Monday, March 31, 2008


We just came out of the Easter season. It is a season that is very dramatic. From the story of Jesus sweating blood as He agonizes over whether or not to go to the cross (Luke 22:39-46), to the scene of Jesus' arrest, to His trial, flogging and then crucifixion.
Beyond that is how people responded to Jesus death as well. The disciples were scared that they would be caught up with Jesus, and so in fear they hid themselves away. Others were at the foot of the cross watching Jesus die. And still others, who did not know Jesus came to believe in Jesus (i.e. the Roman Soldier, who at Jesus' death said in Matthew 27:54, "Truly, this man was God's son!").

This whole story can be unsettling. But that is good, because when we are unsettled, when we are uncomfortable, we try to understand why, and seek to become settled again. The ONLY WAY is for us to give our lives over to God. If you have never asked Jesus to be your Savior and Lord…….DO IT TODAY! If you have, then I hope this blog will help you to commit all the more to Jesus. And also, make a commitment to tell others about Jesus.

The Bible tells us in John 3:16, “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.” This whole unsettling story is about God's love for us, His creation. It is a story about us being lost in our wrongdoing, and God seeking to make things right. In giving us Jesus, God's Son, God gave us one who shows us how to love, who shows us how to live, who shows us an unselfish spirit, and who ultimately is willing to give Himself up so that we might have life.
We might not understand how Jesus' death and resurrection gives us life, but if you read the Bible closely, you will soon understand that it does. As Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ." How wonderful it is that Jesus is alive and in heaven, mediating for all who believe in His name. Christ can take our unsettled spirit, and settle it down, helping us understand that when we trust in Him, we not only can be at peace about our eternal destination (heaven), but we can be at peace in this life we have been given to live.