‘Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.’ Luke 23:46
I really love this time of year. All the snow is just about melted, the grass is getting greener by the day and I can walk outside without a jacket! Woohoo!
I also love this time of year because of the Easter season. A time to truly reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and what that has afforded us as believers. I tend to be an emotional person in general but Easter really gets me…knowing that He willingly allowed Himself to be beaten, tortured and crucified for ME, let alone anyone else. It’s humbling. And it gives me a sense of responsibility to Him. Rightfully so.
Throughout the centuries since Jesus’ death and resurrection people have tried to deny that He wasn’t (isn’t) who He says He is and some that He never existed at all. However, we have a ‘But God’ Who will show in the end that it is all true. I learned a good lesson on this today while listening to Lee Stroble’s book ‘A Case for Christ’. The piece of scripture just prior to the one above was written about by people that were not anywhere near His crucificition is a perfect example.
‘The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle.’ Luke 23:45
The person that LS was interviewing in the book gave evidence of writings from that time in history, in different areas of the world, that speak of the sun going dark. Friends, no matter what some may say, this was not an eclipse…when have you witnessed an eclipse that all the stars in the sky were visible? They not only record this but they as also experienced the earth shake. And again, these people were not even remotely close to where Jesus was! These were world-wide events. I never knew that and frankly never even thought it.
There is more and more evidence provided each year that what the Bible states is true. There were people that said that the pool at Bethesda didn’t exist…guess what they found-exactly as described by Luke-in the recent past? They didn’t believe in Jacobs well…still there my friends-after 4 thousand years. The plateform that Jesus stood as Pontious Pilot gave into the Jews at the time….an archeological dig found. Over and over the Bible is being shown to be TRUE. Documentation of people who stated they seen the risen Christ. Not a handful of people. OVER 500! Jesus’ own brother James didn’t believe that He was the Christ until he witnessed the resurrected Jesus.
We serve an awesome and mighty God. A God Who provides us Hope in our everyday lives…during the good, the bad and the ugly. He wants us to share that Hope, the Hope found and celebrated especially this time of year.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching the to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19-20
God bless my friends.
In Jesus’ precious name.