As we approach Easter weekend…Good Friday, remembering our Savior being beaten and killed for our sins, Resurrection Sunday…knowing He still lives and He has overcome, I thought reviewing this strong courage and faith seemed appropriate.
The strength, courage and faith of these 21 men could only be given by Christ. They encompass what we all hope we would do in that situation. They faced the fear, the pain, the anguish not with timidity, but with singing and praising the Lord. And moments after, they joined their Savior in eternal perfection of Heaven.
Maybe the most amazing part of this story is that there was one man taken with the group of Christians who was not a Christian. He, however, chose their same fate after seeing their faith. He saw their faith and knew their God (our God, the only God) is real. He gave his life to Christ moments before joining Christ in His Kingdom.
When we go into this weekend, we praise the Lord for giving us earthly examples of incredible faith. We also praise Him for being the only One through Whom we can be saved. He paid the ultimate price…pain, suffering, death on the cross, taking every sin of all of ours onto Himself. There has never been greater pain, and He took it for us to offer us a way to Heaven. He is the ONLY way. Not anything good we do, but knowing we are not good enough and giving our lives, ourselves, to Him.
Remember His sacrifice this weekend, remember His love, remember His daily grace and mercy. And talk to Him…thank Him…give yourself up to Him.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is amazing. She is amazing because of God. God gave her the strength to live a life full of indescribable joy and indescribable heartache. None of us can comprehend the courage she needed. No one can comprehend being the parent of God. However, Mary is not God, she is not Jesus, you cannot get to Heaven by praying to Mary. Jesus Himself tells us that He is the only way. THE ONLY WAY. Please know that while Mary should be honored, she should not be an idol and she cannot be a replacement for Jesus. He is the WAY…follow HIM and He will make your paths straight.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
It is tough to be a dad…especially today. Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome dads out there!
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
– Ephesians 6:16
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong
1 Corinthians 16:13