It’s not a matter of luck!

This is a quote I saw this morning in an email I received …

Life is fragile: Yet it is relative. It thrives only in a narrow range of temperatures between freezing and boiling. How lucky that our planet is just the right distance from the sun: a little farther, and the death of the perpetual Antarctic winter – or worse – would prevail; a little closer, and the surface would truly fry anything that touched it.

Immediately it came to my mind that it’s not a matter of “luck” that our planet is just the right distance from the sun.  Oh no, absolutely not.

Genesis 1:1 tells us: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” There was Someone who set it all up; Someone who created this amazing planet and universe of ours. And this Someone who created the heavens and the earth is Jesus … “In the beginning the Word (Jesus) already existed. The Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word (Jesus) was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him. The Word (Jesus) gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone”. (John 1:1-4)

I always find it ludicrous to think that highly educated and scientific folk can believe a lie which is being perpetuated day after day and fed to generation after generation.  Put in realistic terms, they believe and teach that “first there was nothing, then it blew up and then nothing became everything gradually and without direction” (that is simply what the big bang and evolutionary theory is in reality and certainly it is ridiculous to its very core – but don’t get me started!).

No, we serve an awesome and powerful God.   “For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

Yesterday I posted a quote I’d recently read which said: “You’re not man-made, so you can’t be man changed”.  God created man in His own image.  He created us for His glory.  Unfortunately, the evil one caused those God had created to sin and thus the relationship with God was broken.  BUT GOD … He knew this would happen and He already had a plan in place to bring us back into a perfect relationship with Himself.   Jesus … He died in our place. He took the punishment of OUR sin on HIM (who knew no sin) at Calvary.  If we are willing to repent of our sin and put our trust in Him, He will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness and restore fellowship with God.   AND … when we come into a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, HE makes ALL THINGS NEW.   The New Living Translation puts it like this: “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Cor 5:17)   I love the way the Amplified Bible puts this verse … so very clear: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Saviour], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].”

John W Peterson (1921 – 2006) was a marvellous songwriter in the 50-70s. He wrote a beautiful song that sums up what I’ve been talking about.   In fact, how he came to write it was wonderful in and of itself.   He had been an air-force pilot and often flew over rugged mountains, etc.  One day as he flew and observed the rugged terrain below and the glories of the heavens above, he was overwhelmed by the power of our Creator and the glory of His creation in general. Then the thought gripped him, that the same God who created this universe with its never-ending wonders was the God who loved him and sent His only begotten Son to take his place on the cross. John Peterson then said: “I was quite overwhelmed as I began to think of these two aspects of God’s power and love; and suddenly, the words of a new song began to form in my heart. Within a very short time, I was sketching the words and melody of a new song.”   It took a miracle …

My Father is omnipotent,
And that you can’t deny;
A God of might and miracles-
‘Tis written in the sky.

CHORUS:
It took a miracle to put the stars in place,
It took a miracle to hang the world in space;
But when He saved my soul,
Cleansed and made me whole,
It took a miracle of love and grace!

Though here His glory has been shown,
We still can’t fully see
The wonders of His might, His throne-
‘Twill take eternity.

The Bible tells us of His power
And wisdom all way through,
And every little bird and flower
Are testimonies too.

 

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Who is to blame?

When things go wrong, people are quick to blame others … not themselves.  Many even go as far as blaming God!

Even extra marital affairs and lifestyle issues are so often blamed on God.  Just this morning I read an example of this: “If God didn’t want me to leave my wife and fall in love with (name) and marry her, why did He bring her into my life?”

I am sure you can think of many other types of examples of people irrationally blaming God for the pickle they are in or a situation that has arisen and has become an incredibly serious issue with dire consequences.

The Bible in James 1:13 tells us very clearly: Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be Image result for blame imagestempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.” As the New Living Translation puts it: “And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and He never tempts anyone else.”  God NEVER tempts anyone to sin!  Verses 14 and 15 of James one gives it to us straight: “Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”   In fact, “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow” (James 1:17)

We need to think carefully before we go blaming others, and more importantly, God.  Solomon, in his God-given wisdom, warned us to be careful about being rash with our words: “Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God…” (Ecclesiastes 5:2)

Image result for peace of God imagesWe do not always understand why things happen as they do.   But, it is not for us to blame God.  If you do not understand why things have happened as they have, or you want to question God, then ask Him directly, BUT do so reverently, remembering that He IS God!

We do tend to become worried and upset when things go wrong, but take heart and remember He has promised to help us and be with us through it all … “… do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

J Sidlow Baxter put it so well: God doesn’t want to keep changing your circumstances; He wants to change you”.

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Bad News? … Good News? …

I was so blessed by an article in the online version of Decision Magazine Devotional this morning, I had to share a few extracts from it with you all …

“Paul established this balance in Romans 1, saying he was not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes (verse 16). But then, in verse 18, he wrote, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness.” This theological tension reminds us we’ll never appreciate the Good News until we understand the bad news. It’s the bad news that compels the Good News to be supplied. Wrath summons mercy and grace …

Image result for judgement legalGod’s wrath is the result of our sin. He isn’t just randomly angry, or wrathful by nature; going back to Eden, we have offended Him by our sinful behavior, based on our choices to do things our way instead of His. But He wants us to come back to Him—His goodness should lead us to repentance, but true repentance starts only when we fully realize that we are sinners, that we deserve God’s judgment…

The entire world is guilty before God, including any who consider themselves to be just and moral people. No one keeps every part of God’s law perfectly. Paul wrote, “We know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God” (Romans 3:19). God never changes; He is always perfect, holy, just and righteous. We’ve all fallen short of God’s standards, we all deserve His judgment, and we’ll never find a solution for our predicament apart from Him…

But God is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). In fact, He is willing to suffer if that’s what it takes to turn our hearts back to Him. That’s where Jesus comes in. He bought back—with His own blood—the possibility that we can be in God’s favour, and when Related imagewe receive Him as our risen Lord and Saviour, God passes over our sins “that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26). God paid the price we could never pay because not only is He eternally holy and just, He is also eternally loving and, until the end of this age of grace, continually merciful and forgiving. That’s the Good News—and oh, is it good! …

The Bible makes it clear that God’s wrath is coming. He has given us one way out: Jesus Christ. What He has not given us is a list of excuses for why we can’t use His exit strategy. Once we’re a new creation in Christ, He will give us what we need to overcome old habits that incur wrath and start new ones that honor Him.”

Extracts taken from the Original article published as “Bad News, Good News: God’s Wrath and Mercy” by Skip Heitzig   •   June 6, 2018
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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.

The Middle East … Understanding the Times

There are SO many people who are totally unaware of the incredible significance of what is taking place in the Middle East at this moment in time.

Some reasons for this?

  1. Secular news coverage is predominantly very biased and the real truth is not told
  2. People have not been taught this in their churches – that Israel is pivotal to end-time teaching (Ezekiel 36-39 & many other Scriptures)
  3. Because of the above, people do not realize what is really happening in Israel at the moment (and the significance of the rebirth of Israel as a nation), nor do they realize there is an alliance forming against Israel (Iran, Russia & Turkey in fulfillment of Biblical prophecy – read more in Ezekiel 38-39

So, to help you understand what is REALLY going on, please watch this videoonly about 18 minutes.

Whether you are a Christian or not, do NOT miss this video

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)