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It’s that time of year again, Easter. A time of sorrow, a time of remembrance, a time of rejoice. As this “holiday” draws near we begin to study and tell the story of Christ death and resurrection. But the story of Christ death is more than just a story, it’s a promise.  This promise starts with Gods son, sent from heaven to be born of a virgin. (Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”). From this very beginning God had a plan.

Christ death was not special in the manner that he died, or the manner that he was buried, but what made Christ death special was that he died for us, a sinless man, paying our debt out of his unconditional love for us (Romans 5:8 ” but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”)

After Christ death, he was placed in a tomb. But in Matthew 12 we are given a promise that he would rise again, “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

In Mark 16, the promise continues, when 3 days had passed, Mary Magdalene and others had gone to the tomb to anoint him, “And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here…”

Jesus had risen again as promised, and returned to the right hand of the father, where he prepares a place for us, and will return again to take us to be with him in the heavens. Mark 13:32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.”

So, Easter to me is more than a story, its a wonderful promise. I love reading the Easter story. And being reminded of Gods unconditional love for us and how he paid a debt that he did not owe, for a debt I could never pay. I hope that you can take the time to really think about Easter and not get wrapped up in the “hallmark-ness” of it.

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1 John 3:18

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth”

I was given the opportunity today to love with actions and in truth. I started my morning earlier than normal, for being laid off that is, at 8am. Today there was a funeral. A funeral that came long before it was due. This funeral was like many others across the nation today. This funeral was a tragedy. A young man, who had more friends, family, loved ones, and strangers who cared for him than you could count. Only 17 years old took his own life. I struggle to imagine what could possibly have been going through his mind to want to cause so much pain. What could I have done? What could others have done? What could have been said? What was said? He was a popular boy, a fire fighter in training, a wonderful artist. But at some point somewhere in this boys life a mistake was made. He left no note. Left no signs of why.

So, being laid off I had the time available to invest in this kids family. I did not know Jessie, I did not know his family. But I wanted to show God’s love to them in this time of need. To show them that they are not alone. Maybe I went unnoticed, they don’t know who I am. But that’s not why I did it. Not for thanks or payment, but to grow in my own relationship with God.

I spent about ten hours working to make the day easier for his family. Setting up chairs, running sound and tech for the service, setting up tables and food for them to come back and eat after the grave site. I hope that they were comfortable, as much as can be expected anyways. But during those ten hours I had a lot of time to think. A lot of emotions went through my mind. But one thought was persistent. What could have been done to prevent this? What could I have done? To my knowledge I had never met Jessie. But I think about the people that do cross my path. Regardless if they are strangers or the people that I see everyday. 1 John 3:18 kept running through my head. Could loving in actions and truth, showing a bit more love to people could that prevent the sadness and hurt feelings that lead to such tragedies. I pray that I can make a difference, regardless of how small, to the people around me and that they might see Gods love through me.


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