I confess that Easter is the most difficult holiday for me; well actually it is today that is the most difficult for me—Good Friday.
To think He died on the cross—a horrific death—for me is simply unfathomable. Why on earth? In the grand scheme of things, I am no one. Well, maybe for my family I am okay—most days! But why on earth would He die for me? Well, it is simple—because He loves me.
It is not just me. It is YOU as well. He died on the cross for you—for your sins. Why? Because He loves you too.
Jesus loves the little children, all little children of the world—red and yellow, black and white—we are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world. Remember singing that song? Well, it is true.
Salvation is available. We just need to profess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (and mean it) and we are promised eternal life. It’s that simple. Now I am not sure about all the unrest in this world and what Jesus has planned but John 16:33 tells us this: I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
As early as the second chapter of the Bible we learn how we are to live. It’s that simple. Bible studies delve deeper into these principles but they are spelled out perfectly in Exodus 20: 1-17 and again in Deuteronomy 5: 4-21.
God taught Moses this and these are life’s guidance for us to teach our children: (see the 10 commandments put simply here):
1—Put God first (have no other gods)
2—Worship God only (You should not make idols)
3—Use God’s name with respect (You should not take the name of the Lord in vain)
4—Remember God’s Sabbath (Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy and rest and reflect)
5—Respect your parents (Honor your father and your mother)
6—Do not hurt other people (You shall not murder)
7—Be faithful in marriage (You should not commit adultery)
8—Do not take what doesn’t belong to you (You should not steal)
9—Do not lie (You should not bear false witness against your neighbor.)
10—Do not be envious of others. (You should not covet.)
Philippians 4: 6-7 (in the New Living Translation) says this:
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Blessings to you this Holy Week as we celebrate Jesus’ coming, when the world was a mess, and teaching us how to live.
The world, once again, is a mess and we need to read and study His message (the Bible). Am I ready for Him to come again? Are you ready to meet Him face to face?
Let us all love our families—faithfully—and make sure we have Jesus in our heart by walking the walk ourselves. Let’s be the example for others to follow–using the commandments as our guide. Spread PEACE in your own little world—your family, your job, your sports, etc.—and watch as this peace grows.
Let’s all be ready for Him as we celebrate this Holy Week.