“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life”.John 3:16
A story of love, sacrifice, forgiveness and grace will be shared across platforms and altars this weekend as we all celebrate Easter.
This week, we reflect on these things:
- God made a shift in His walk with man, calling us to fellowship and a relationship on higher ground.
- The veil was torn once and for all, the ultimate sacrifice, not of lambs or bulls, The lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
- God moved from temples made of human hands to His original dwelling place when He breathe His spirit and gave life to man
- In place of justice, He gave us mercy backed with grace to live a life wholly dedicated to Him
- He gave us the Holy Spirit to be our comforter, intercessor, giving life to His words in our hearts
- Because He died, there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for we are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 NKJV
- Behold, we are now new creatures in Christ. He calls us a chosen generation, a royal priesthood and a holy nation.
I have a new identity, it comes with an eternal reward and an earthly cross. I will have to live by simple obedience to His word, daily denying myself and consecrating myself to Him as I work out my salvation with fear and trembling. I know that just like Him, the world will hate me, cancel me, misunderstand me but just like Him, I will continue to love and forgive. I may have other identities but my identity in Christ will always guide the expression of my other identities. I know that the day I said yes to Him, my Christianity became more important than my race, tribe, gender or any other human categorization assigned to me. So when the world offends, I will not allow bitterness to take root, I will always stand by my Christian convictions, not because it is easy but because in saying yes, I agreed to love, yes, even my enemies.
He modelled the life, extending a call to do everything opposite to what my flesh desires. Love your enemies, pray for those who hate you, forgive seventy times seven times are just a few examples of a different type of standard, one that is beyond human comprehension.
Finally, He laid everything at the cross, the old rugged cross that continues to makes a difference in my life. Three days later, He rose and later ascended with a promise to return for those whose feet are planted on Higher ground.
We wish you a Happy Easter Celebration! He has risen and the Church keeps marching on!