Welcome, friends, to another week. As I thought about this Friday, I returned to the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” If any of you have not seen this movie, may I suggest watching it? Before sitting, make sure to grab a box of Kleenex. It is very powerful and makes us think about why we celebrate this time of the year. It is also a solemn reminder of hope, love, and the ultimate sacrifice. Many of you have heard me talk about my past; however, I thought it fitting to tie it into today’s blog since it testifies to Christ's sacrifice and grace.
The Passion is not just another Hollywood movie but a moving depiction of the life and death of our Savior. Authors Matthew through John give us a minute glimpse of the life of Jesus. However, the Bible records Jesus performing many more deeds than these books capture. Therefore, John writes these books that cannot contain everything he did. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I supposed that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. John 21:25 Yet, the most important, heart-wrenching verse, which makes me cry and fall on my knees, is his crucifixion. (I touched on this in another blog.) During my younger days, I never cried when hearing the account; however, I never felt loved until I read an account of his crucifixion and realized he died for me. At some point in my life, his death became personal. Jesus’ sacrifice is the model for the military (we swear an oath to defend the Constitution; however, we also know we would give our lives for our friends.) John 15:13
We were once disobedient to parents, liars, thieves, adulterers, unrighteous, broken, and many other descriptive adjectives. However, Jesus, through his sacrifice, cleaned our lives and made us whole. Paul says this about our past lives:
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 However then Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:11, And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. AMEN!
When I accepted Jesus’s sacrifice, I no longer fit the above description. He changed my life. I do not desire to return to my former self but desire a better place, Heaven. Of this: I have faith in Christ. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Paul also provides many examples of those who possess faith. Faith is the backbone of belief. God does not lie (Hebrews 6:18). We must believe Christ exists, or it will be impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:1) Yet many say they believe but have not trusted God to rid them of their former lifestyles. For example, I met a person who worked in the same type of work I did as a young woman. Vulgar and obscene language had become normalized and part of the person’s life, though the new occupation includes church administration. (When we ask God to deliver us from the past, he will.) We must trust God in every part of our lives. Otherwise, his sacrifice is meaningless.
The great news is that we will see Jesus in all his glory and majesty one day. It will be an honor and humbling experience to bow before him. Can you picture Jesus sitting on a throne so magnificent we cannot describe it? Can you also imagine taking our crowns off and throwing them back at Jesus’s feet? His presence will be indescribable. I sincerely hope those of you reading this blog will consider giving your lives to Christ. Please read John 3:16.
I hope this blog blesses all who search for Christ. God's love is unmatched and will always continue. He is the ruler of all and offers salvation- (1 Corinthians 15:1-4); Jesus loves each of us; however, he is a righteous judge. Will you please consider making Christ a priority in your life? God gives grace and mercy daily; therefore, every day is another chance to accept his gift of salvation. I would love to hear from you. Please email me at mailto:email@example.com or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org I hope you have a wonderful week. Please remember to visit YouTube for the shortened companion video to this blog. I appreciate your support. Please have a wonderful Resurrection Sunday.