For He was teaching His disciples saying to them, “For the Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And when He is killed, after three days He will rise.” ~ Mark 9:31
What a time that Friday was all those years ago. A beautiful sacrifice of Christ. But even though he prepared His followers, they were still unsure. They still did not see the hope of His promise for a time that probably seemed like forever to them.
As we go through our lives, praying for family, for health, for certain situations, we have to remember Christ has already fulfilled His promises to us. And we deserve none of them. We have to listen and trust in Him no matter how long those days from despair to hope may seem.
Be blessed today! 🙂
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.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:24
(Photo from http://goodenoughmother.com/2011/09/should-a-cross-be-on-display-at-ground-zero/)
The message I heard at church today willed me to post this today.
The cross at Ground Zero…offered hope to many when found…now is cause for controversy in our country.
A small amount of Americans do not want it in the 9/11 museum, because they claim it gives them headaches and makes them physically sick.
It is not shocking to know that I am partial to having it in the museum, because I know the hope of the cross. I know that Christ is with us during trials. On the premise of the museum itself, it belongs within. The museum is a collection of images and remnants of the Ground Zero recovery. If nothing else, the cross belongs in the museum because it is found from Ground Zero.
While on the topic, the majority wanted the cross in the museum, and the majority did not want the mosque built near Ground Zero. In some future posts, I will be posting on other issues that the majority wants or does not want, what our country is built on, and how that seems to mean very little at times.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.