Yesterday was Easter, or as I like to call it, Resurrection Sunday. It is not about Easter bunnies or eggs. Those things came from a pagan religion worshipping a false god of fertility. We need to remember what the holiday is truly about. It is about Jesus, Who died for our sins and was raised from the dead on the third day. It is about our redemption and salvation. It is about God’s grace and sacrifice
So, Who is Jesus? Some say He was a prophet, a good teacher a good person. Some say He was only an idea (Unfortunately for them, there is overwhelming evidence that He did exist). But He is much more than that. For me, He is the One who changed my life, who saved me, forgave me and overcame death so that I would have eternal life. And, He is so much more. Continue reading “Who is Jesus and Who are We in Christ?”
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Many celebrate Palm Sunday, the week before Easter. For Jews, it is the start of the Passover. Jesus and His disciples comes to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened bread. It was a time to commemorate God’s deliverance of the nation. Jesus came to deliver the world. A week later, He would be betrayed, arrested, mocked, beaten, stripped and crucified, and resurrected on the third day after His death. Jesus came to this earth for that purpose.
So what is the significance of Palm Sunday? What was it about? It was described in all four gospels. It was prophesied in the Old Testament. I think it was significant for a few reasons. First, it was proclaimed to all of Israel that He was the Messiah. Many Jews flocked to Jerusalem. When they saw Jesus, they worshipped Him. Many worshipped Him because it was shortly after He raised Lazarus from the dead and they either witnessed this firsthand, or heard of the news of what Christ had done. Second, He was fulfilling prophesy and it was time to reveal who He was and why He had come. Continue reading “What is Palm Sunday About?”
Today’s Daily Scripture is again from Paul’s letter to the Philippian church:
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed in His death
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As Psalm 63 says, “O God, You are my God, early I seek You; My soul thirsts for you; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for you in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory”
The study I went through today was very convicting. We should have angst and deep desire to long for Jesus Christ. We need to seek God more than anything. In the way a dehydrated, dying man in a desert seeks for water is how we should seek God. Nothing else matters in comparison to what Jesus Christ has done for us and through His death and resurrection. We have Christ in us, if we accept Him as our Lord and our Savior. This is part of what it means to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. In all we do, let us turn to Him first. In all that we do, let us give Him the glory.
It is such an awesome thing when someone decides to believe in Jesus Christ. Believing in Jesus Christ is different than just believing that He is real and that He is the Son of God. It takes surrender. It takes following Him and obeying His commands. Those of us who confess that we are believers in Christ, do we do these things? Let us surrender to Jesus and remember that our old self is dead and hung on the cross with Jesus (see my post, “Christ in Me”). We are a new creation in Christ Jesus (see my post, “God’s Grace Frees Us from Sin”). I thank God that He did this for me and changed my life! He did it for you, too. I hope that you take this opportunity to surrender to Him and be free. Free from your sin, free from your past. Continue reading “Carry Your Own Cross”
My verse for today: Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. ”
Many things in life I am ashamed of and regret, but thankfully that was my old self and Christ died on the cross so that I am forgiven of those things and when I decided to follow Him, He gave me the Holy Spirit to convict me and change me and I am a new person, living for Him with new desires. He has given me joy and peace and I know that although I mess up at times, He is there to lift me up so that I can continue to do His work…or I should say that He does His work in me and through me. Without Him I can do nothing. But, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). It is not I who does good things it is Jesus and He deserves all the glory.