This World is Not our Home

Do you remember the brilliant song … This World is not my homeIt goes on to say, “I can’t feel at home in this world anymore”  Well that is certainly how I feel.   How about you?

This is why when I think of the prospect of the Lord coming to take us to be with Him imminently, it really excites me.  Whilst exciting for those who are ready to meet the Lord, those of us who know Him as our Lord and Saviour are longing for those who do not yet know Him, to get to know Him and to be ready when that trumpet sounds and we are caught up to meet the Lord in the air.  

We do not know the day nor the hour, but the LORD tells us what to look for as the day of His return draws near.  1)

We are living in dangerous but also very exciting times. 2)
What is happening in the Middle East and Europe is very significant.
On May 2, 2018, Pastor Jack Hibbs gave an update on current-events regarding the Middle East developments between Israel and Iran.”  Much more has happened since this particular update, but I have included it below as it has valuable and important info.

As Christians who truly love the Lord, we should be encouraged to be watchmen on the wall and be about our Father’s business.” 3)    

It is time to stop playing church; to stop being “Sunday Christians”.

It is time to stop believing that WE have to make the world a better place before the Lord can come back. That teaching is false folks.” 4)

We need to make people aware of the times we are living in. This is why I am sharing a lot about the end times. We need to be alert and ready for the Lord’s imminent return.”

The footnotes below will provide more detail on the various points in my original post.

And to get back to this world not being our home, we’re just a-passing through …

This world is not our home.  As Christians, Christ followers, we must remember that our citizenship is in heaven“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour” (Philippians 3:20).  We are to live as pilgrims passing through; sojourners. As the New Living Translation puts it: “temporary residents and foreigners” (1 Peter 2:11).  The fact that we are temporary residents does NOT detach us from the world around us and its needs.  On the contrary … we are called to minister and reach out to those around us. We who represent Christ should do so as His ambassadors, showing forth His compassion in whatever way we can.

And, whilst we care for others around us, as Christ’s ambassadors, we need to care not only for the material, social and physical needs around us, but (very importantly) the spiritual needs too.  “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV).  And, as the NLT puts it so beautifully “So, we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!””

Remember Whose we are!  Live for Him.   Be used of Him.  Be watchmen on the walls warning people that it is time to be reconciled with God because Jesus’ return is very close.

 

Footnotes:

  1. To know more about “not knowing the day nor the hour”, read Matthew 25:13 – “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour” and also Luke 21:36)
  2. Exciting times? Yes, the reason the times are exciting is because we are seeing Bible prophecy being fulfilled right before our eyes, with increasing speed.  This tells us that the LORD Himself will soon be coming to take His church, the Bride of Christ, to be with Him.  We’ll be caught up to meet Him in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
    Read 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18: “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words
  3. Be involved in the Lord’s work – praying, Bible study & witnessing – living for Jesus- point out the urgency of getting right with God before it is too late
  4. There is teaching that says it is the duty of the church to gain dominion over the world and restore it to a righteous environment and only then to hand it over to Christ when He returns. In other words, Christ will return only after the earth is made righteous by the church.  The only way we are made righteous is through the precious blood of Jesus which He shed for us on Calvary.  It is a finished work.
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Calvary’s Love

CALVARY’S CROSS

Calvary is such a beautiful word and it signifies such love, the love of God for a lost and sin-sick world.   That love which knows no limits!   This short article, written in the style of a mnemonic, will help you understand more about the  love that drew salvation’s plan, the grace that brought it down to man and the mighty gulf that God did span, at Calvary!

The “C” in Calvary stands for the Cross on which the Lord Jesus Christ died to save us Cross with soft cloud backgroundfrom our sins. For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard (Romans 3:23) “…… You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts & actions, yet now He has brought you back as His friends. He has done this through His death on the cross in His own human body. As a result, He has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault (Col 1:21&22)

“A” is for Atonement. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us (Rom. 3:25)

Calvary’s “L” stands for the incredible Love with which Jesus loves us. And here is how to measure it – the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends (John 15:13). For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16) The greatest expression of the love of Christ is seen in His self-sacrifice on Calvary’s cross and in His blood that flowed from His wounded hands and feet.

V” is for the Victory won at the cross of Calvary when Jesus shed His precious blood for us. He paid (a ransom) for you with the precious life- blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God(1 Peter 1:19) For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. How we thank God, who gives us the victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Cor.15:56 & 57)

The second “A” stands for the Assurance we have that if we have confessed our sin and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord, we can know our sins are forgiven and know that we have eternal life.If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from every wrong (1 John 1:9)

”R” reminds us that Jesus is Risen from the dead. We serve a risen Saviour!And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised Him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 1:4) This gives us hope indeed.If Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless …. but the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again (1 Cor.15:17& 20)

When faced with such love, such sacrificial love … the “Y” stands for Your decision (and mine). What will you do with Jesus? Neutral we cannot be.Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, …. (Rev. 3:20)

And now a prayer…

Dearest Lord Jesus, help us to understand how much you love us. Help us to to respond The Crossand seek to know you as our Risen Saviour. In these difficult days when Christ’s blood and atoning sacrifice is hardly mentioned, help us to realize anew what it cost You to purchase our salvation and deepen our understanding of the meaning and power of your precious blood. Amen.

[This is an extract from my book “Moments of Encouragement”, published 2011]
(* New Living Translation used throughout)

I close with the very meaningful words of a song written by Stuart Townend & Keith Getty:

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death,
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God, slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!

 

A very Different kind of King!

A DIFFERENT KIND OF KING!

Although the LORD made many references to His Messiah-ship, His Lordship, His Deity, during His years of ministry … He didn’t want that fact trumpeted around.

But now … what is referred to as the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, 6 days before the Jewish Passover, and His crucifixion, there is a change…

Jesus now enters Jerusalem, riding a donkey, and He allows the people to praise Him.  In Luke 19 we read that “As He rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of Him. When He reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of His followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. ‘Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!’” (v.36-38).   Or as the NIV puts it: “Hosanna!” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the King of Israel!”   And when the Pharisees in the crowd saw and heard what was happening and what was being said, they told the Lord to “rebuke Your followers for saying things like that!” (v.39), Jesus replied and said, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”

But why was Jesus entering Jerusalem riding on a donkey?   Why would a king, leave alone our precious King Jesus, use a donkey?

  • Firstly, it fulfills prophecy“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey,
    A colt, the foal of a donkey”. (Zechariah 9:9)
  • Also, believe it or not, it was common practice for Kings to ride donkeys when they came “in peace”.  King David and King Solomon are just two examples.   However, when coming in “war”, kings used horses(You can read more about this in the book of Judges and Samuel).   Jesus came as King to Jerusalem, in peace, as the Prince of Peace(“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6). 

If we read further, we will see there is something else different that Jesus did which would appear to be unlike a King.   Jesus lamented over Jerusalem. He wept. “But as He came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, He began to weep. How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes’.” (Luke 19:41-42)   And in Matthew 23:37, it says: “”O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let Me”.

He came as a loving Saviour! Jesus came in peace, bringing salvation to His people, but they rejected it.

When Jesus comes back a second time, He will not come as the Prince of Peace and Saviour, He will come as Judge, King of Kings and Lord of Lords!   And this time He will be riding a white horse!  Revelation 19:11-16 says: “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose Rider is called Faithful and TrueWith justice He judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.  Coming out of His mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter.’ He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty On his robe and on His thigh, He has this name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.   The King who came as a lowly servant. He died for you on Calvary’s tree. He rose again on the third day and is alive forevermore. He would love to be your Saviour too.   There is only ONE WAY to be saved and that is to come to God through what Jesus has done for you on the Cross.   Jesus says: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6)

He made the triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the Prince of Peace.   Have you let Him make the Triumphal Entry into YOUR heart yet?

Don’t delay.  The Lord is coming to take those who know Him as Saviour to be with Him soon.  We just do not know the day or the hour.   Only those who have come to know Him as their Lord and Saviour now will be taken to meet the Lord in the air.   (More about this topic in a few days’ time!!)

TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.

 

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The Reason Why …

Have you ever stopped to think about this?… Why is the Easter period so important and so precious to true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ?

To me, remembering the death of our Saviour (on Good Friday) and His resurrection from the dead IS the Gospel Message.   The Good News.   It has changed my life and the lives of countless others.  Let’s look a bit closer

I could go back even further, but for now, let us go back to the Garden of Eden.  God created ALL things perfect, including man, and He was pleased with all He had made.   Then the enemy came and deceived man and sin separated us from God, because God cannot look on sin.

But God, in His foreknowledge, knew what would happen and He planned a way to unite us with Himself again.   Initially, in terms of the Old Covenant, God instituted animal sacrifices.  As His Word says: “In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness” of sin. (Hebrews 9:22).   But, it wasn’t possible to continue these sacrifices as this could never provide permanent forgiveness.

BUT THEN … when the time was right, God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Passover Lamb, to die on the Cross of Calvary.   Jesus, God in the flesh, was sinless. “This High Priest of ours (Jesus) understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15).  He was the perfect sacrifice.  His blood, shed on Calvary, made atonement for our sin – once and for all!

There is NO OTHER WAY to be saved from eternal separation from God, except through Jesus!

There are so many enemies of the Cross and the Truth out there.  Some blatantly deny it all together.  Others come with the story that all roads lead to God.   That is a lie!   Others are teaching the lie that Mary can save you or that she is the co-redemptrix.   Do NOT follow that teaching folk … it is part of the great deception that the Lord says will occur in the days just before His return for those who have put their trust in Him for salvation!

Let’s make this for the here and now …

Have you ever wondered WHY one needs to get to know Jesus… or HOW to get to know Him?

First of all, let me tell you what the Gospel or Good News is:
“It is this Good News that saves you … Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said” (1 Corinthians 15:2-4)

The bad news is that we’re all born sinners which is why we need to be born again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We were all born with the death penalty over our heads because we were all born sinners.

The Good News is that your debt has been paid in full by the Lord Jesus Christ!  Jesus went to His death in our place!     “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).

I close with some of the words from this beautiful and meaningful hymn written by Isaac Watts:

Not all the blood of beasts
on Jewish altars slain
could give the guilty conscience peace
or wash away the stain.

But Christ, the heav’nly Lamb,
takes all our sins away;
a Sacrifice of nobler name
and richer blood than they.

My faith would lay her hand
on that dear head of Thine,
while like a penitent I stand,
and there confess my sin.

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If that isn’t love …

“”Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” … And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew21:5 & 9)

As we enter this special time of year, and more specifically, this wonderful and amazing week when we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are aware that this period all started with what is commonly known as “Palm Sunday”.   It was that day when Jesus entered the City of Jerusalem and the crowds hailed Him as king, waving palm branches and spreading “their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road” (Matt 21:8).

But He was another type of King.   A King that laid down His life for us.   But it didn’t end there, He rose triumphant from the grave, a Victor o’er the dark domain and death, and He lives forever, with His saints to reign.

Over the next few days we’ll be looking at …

  • the reason Jesus came,
  • a different kind of King,
  • why they nailed Him to Calvary’s tree (to the cross),
  • the resurrection and
  • the Blessed Hope.

The Lord’s death and resurrection makes me think of a song we used to sing quite a lot a number of years ago ….

He left the splendour of heaven
Knowing his destiny
Was the lonely hill of Golgotha
There to lay down His life for me

 And if that isn’t love
Then the ocean is dry
There’re no stars in the sky
And the sparrows can’t fly
If that isn’t love
Then heaven’s a myth
There’s no feeling like this
If that isn’t love!

(Words by Bill & Gloria Gaither)

Understanding that Amazing Grace …

Amazing Grace …

Just recently a few friends were gathered and the hymn, Amazing Grace, was discussed.   Various thoughts were expressed about it.  This got me thinking about John Newton’s well-known hymn and what a magnificent testimony it is to God working in the lives of His children.

Sometimes hymns or tunes can become a bit “worn” and we stop thinking of the profoundness of the words of the hymn or Christian song.   Also, in the case of “Amazing Grace”, it has incorrectly been associated with the slave trade.  Yes, John Newton was very outspoken against slave trading and the abolishment thereof.   However, John Newton NEVER connected the writing and construction of Amazing Grace with anti-slavery sentiments.  The hymn was his personal  testimony of salvation!

The words of Amazing grace were penned to convey the wonderful work of grace God had performed in his life.

Let’s have a closer look at the words, and realize that they are as relevant to each one of us as individuals today as they were for John Newton.  Let’s find out why.

WHAT IS GRACE?
There is an acronym which spells it out – God’s riches at Christ’s Expense.   God’s undeserved favour.
Put yet another way, “Grace” means that God moved heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves.   That includes you and me!

WHY DO WE NEED THIS GRACE?
To be perfectly honest, and this is something people do not like to hear or admit … we ALL have sinned, every single one of us and fall short of God’s standard.  No one is righteous – not even one” (Romans 3:10).   “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.  Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins.  For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood.” (Romans 3:25a).   He became our substitute.

Ephesians 2:8-9 paints such a clear picture: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast”.

So, if one is basing one’s salvation and achieving a place in heaven on “living a good life”, “doing good works”, “being seen at church”, “paying the church”, this will all fail.  There is only ONE way, and that is coming to the foot of the Cross where Jesus died for you and me, confessing that we are sinners, repenting of our sin, acknowledging that there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation, and asking Him to save us.

As that beautiful hymn by Charlotte Elliott (which one seldom, if ever, hears today) says:
“Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bid’st me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!”

Just as I am …

It is only once we’ve come to the Cross of Calvary and accepted Jesus as our Saviour, that works count (and then only simply to prove that we belong to Jesus – for all we do should be in the Name of Jesus, the Name above all Names)

A TESTIMONY OF AMAZING GRACE

Let us take a closer look at JOHN NEWTON’S hymn of testimony

If one has been saved from certain destruction or death when we definitely did not deserve it, or completely lost and then gloriously found… what would your reaction be?   If you’re a normal being you would be eternally thankful to the one who has helped and / or found you …

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me!

Wretched?  We’ve already taken a good look at what that means in terms of how God sees us BUT … the good news is that … He made a way for us to be put in a right standing with Himself.   Remember, God’s Word tells us that ALL our good works (in order to try and save ourselves) are as filthy rags.   Isaiah 64:6 tells us “We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags.  Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind”.   “(God) hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see.

John Newton realized how lost and wretched he was and what an amazing grace it was that God had mercy on Him.  He had lived a life far from God and had been opposed to Him.   His life was radically changed when he realized how blind and lost he was.   We may not all have such a dramatic conversion, but nonetheless we are lost without Jesus as our Saviour.   I certainly can identify with this hymn … I too was lost once and knew that I would go to a lost eternity, BUT, praise His Name, Jesus found me and saved me from my sin and gave me a new life in Him.  (see 2 Corinthians 5:17).

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed
.

Grace” is mentioned three times in this verse, and it culminates in Newton’s most personal story of his conversion and underscores the use of his personal testimony that he shared with his parishioners.

When we first come to know the Lord as our personal Saviour, peace which passes understanding should be flooding our soul and knowing Jesus should be something so precious.  The hour I first believed”

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)   Having come to know Jesus as our Saviour, we can look forward to an eternity in the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the One who saved us by His grace.  With John Newton we should also be able to sing from the depths of our souls …

“When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we’d first begun”.

So, until that day when the trumpet sounds and those who’ve trusted Christ as their Saviour, are caught up to meet Him in the air, we must be about our Father’s business.

  • Share the good news of the Gospel with others,   
  • Read His Word daily and grow spiritually,
  • Pray and
  • Fellowship with other believers.

The challenge this hymn brings to us is this:

  • Have you come to the point in your life where you’ve realized that you are a sinner and that there is nothing you can do to save yourself … that you need a Saviour?
  • If you have taken advantage of that amazing grace, are you living for Jesus?

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER

Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.

Refrain:
O Jesus, Lord and Saviour, I give myself to Thee,
For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me;
I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne;
My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.

Living for Jesus Who died in my place,
Bearing on Calv’ry my sin and disgrace;
Such love constrains me to answer His call,
Follow His leading and give Him my all.

Living for Jesus, wherever I am,
Doing each duty in His Holy Name;
Willing to suffer affliction and loss,
Deeming each trial a part of my cross.

Living for Jesus through earth’s little while,
My dearest treasure, the light of His smile;
Seeking the lost ones He died to redeem,
Bringing the weary to find rest in Him.

Thomas O. Chisholm, 1917

 

CALVARY’S CROSS

The “C” in Calvary stands for the Cross on which the Lord Jesus Christ died to save us from our sins.  “For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23).   “You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions, yet now He has brought you back as His friends. He has done this through His death on the cross in His own human body.   As a result, He has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault” (Colossians 1:21-22).

A” is for Atonement.   “For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us.  We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us” (Romans 3:25)

Calvary’sL” stands for the incredible Love with which Jesus loves us.  “And here is how to measure it – the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends” (John 15:13).    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  The greatest expression of the love of Christ is seen in His self-sacrifice on Calvary’s Cross and in His blood that flowed from His wounded body – His head, His hands and His feet.   As the hymns says, “He could have called ten thousand angels, But He died alone, (alone), for you and me”.

V” is for the Victory won at the cross of Calvary when Jesus shed His precious blood for us.  “He paid (a ransom) for you with the precious life-blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God” (1 Peter 1:19).  “For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives its power.  How we thank God, who gives us the victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:56-57).

The second “A” stands for the Assurance we have that if we have confessed our sin and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord, we can know our sins are forgiven and know that we have eternal life.   “If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from every wrong” (1 John 1:9).

R” reminds us the Jesus is Risen from the dead!  We serve a Risen Saviour!  “And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised Him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 1:4).  This gives us hope indeed.   “If Christ has not been raised, then our faith is useless … but the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead.  He became the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again” (1 Corinthians 15:17 & 20).

When faced with such love, such sacrificial love … the “Y” stands for Your decision (and mine).  What will you do with Jesus?  Neutral we cannot be.  “Look!  Here I stand at the door and knock.  If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in …” (Revelation 3:20)

And now a prayer …

Dearest Lord Jesus, help us to understand how much You love us.   Today as we remember the great price You paid to purchase our salvation, help us to respond and seek to know You as our Risen Saviour and Lord.   In these difficult days when Christ’s blood and atoning sacrifice is hardly mentioned, help us to realize anew just what it cost You to purchase our salvation.  Please deepen our understanding of the meaning and power of the Cross and Your precious blood that was shed for us at Calvary.

I close with the very meaningful words of a song written by Stuart Townend & Keith Getty:

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death,
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the power of the cross:
Son of God, slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!