When is the time to allow God’s light to shine brightly in us and then through us?
The Bible tells us that the time is NOW.
‘The suffering we have now are nothing compared to the great glory that will be shown to us. Everything God made is waiting with excitement for God to show His children’s glory completely.’ Romans 8 verses 18 and 19
We belong to God and being children of God we should seek to do what has been commanded for us to do.
We are to be witnesses to those we are surrounded with by not only telling about how God has transformed us and how He has a better plan for their lives but even showing what it means to receive love from God and then to give out that genuine love to others in return.
The world is eagerly waiting.
Who will you impact?
‘Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful, not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not gloat over other people’s sins but takes its delight in the truth. Love always bears up, always trusts, always hopes, always endures’.
1 Corinthians 13 verses 4- to 7
‘Each should give according to what he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’
2 Corinthians 9 verse 7
Am I a cheerful giver in my offering towards The Lord?
Am I a cheerful giver with my time?
Am I a cheerful giver with my food even before those who are hungry ask?
Am I a cheerful giver with my attention?
‘The way we can be sure we know Him is if we are obeying His commands. Anyone who says, “I know Him,” but isn’t obeying His commands is a liar — the truth is not in him. But if someone keeps doing what He says, then truly love for God has been brought to its goal in him. This is how we are sure that we are united with Him. A person who claims to be continuing in union with Him ought to conduct his life the way He did.’
1 John 2 verses 3 to 6
‘Whoever has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me and the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.’ John 14 verse 21
‘But the angel said to the women,
“Don’t be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, Who was executed on the stake. He is not here, because He has been raised, just like He said! Come and look at the place where He lay.’
Matthew 28 verses 5 and 6
‘Whoever calls upon The Name of The Lord shall be saved’. Acts 2 verse 21
Today we celebrate Christ’s
resurrection. This is very important because it means that Jesus is alive. Jesus died on Good Friday and it was on this day that He took your sin and my sin and made them His own. That means Jesus got the blame for every wrong thing we’ve ever done and every wrong thing we will ever do.
Throughout, the 33 and a half years that Jesus lived on earth, He didn’t sin once. He never disobeyed God or Mary and Joseph, He never stole, He never had a bad thought about anyone, He never lied, He was never jealous. Jesus never sinned. He was perfect. When God looked at Jesus, He saw that He was sinless but when Jesus was on the cross, God looked at Him and saw that He was full of sin. However, this was not because Jesus began to sin but because when God looked at Jesus, He saw all the wrong things that the whole world had done. Jesus said ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ (Matthew 27 verse 46)
Up until now, God, the Father and God, the Son had remained connected but at the cross, Jesus cries out that God has left Him. This phrase reminds us of how Holy and Pure God is. God could no longer remain connected with Jesus because He was now full of sin. God cannot be anywhere near sin, He hates sin and that is why Jesus had to die on the cross, that we can be set free from the punishment of sin, which is death. By Jesus taking our sins and making them His own, we can be in relationship with God. ‘I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. No one comes to The Father except through Me’ (John 14 verse 6). Jesus took the punishment for our sins. He died, went to hell on our behalf and there He was separated from God but Jesus didn’t stay dead. No, He rose again on the third day and He is alive. This shows how powerful Jesus was, it showed that He had power over death.
When Jesus was in hell, the devil would have probably been happy because he thought he had defeated The Son of God but by raising to life, it shows that God is All powerful.
‘The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus.'(Romans 6 verse 23) We. have all sinned and because of sin we all deserve to go to hell and be separated from God but because of God’s great love for us, He made a way for us to spend all of eternity with Him. When you turn away from your sin, ask God to forgive you for all your sins and ask Him to be your Lord and Saviour, God no longer remembers your sin. All your sins are forgotten and you can now begin a relationship with God. This is only possible because Jesus took the punishment for sin on our behalf.
Although Jesus knew that He was going to die a painful death, He obeyed God and still went on the cross for us.
If someone asked me to pick just one day that I am truly thankful for, I would say Easter Sunday. This is not because of Easter eggs but because if Jesus hadn’t come into the world, we couldn’t have a relationship with God now and we couldn’t spend all of eternity with Him.
They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Deliver us!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of Adonai , the King of Isra’el!”