What if God were asking us to create a wish list for Him this season? What do we really want for Christmas that only God could provide?
The general population certainly were not looking for a King who would be born in a manger, or a Savior who would end up humbly dying on a cross.
Many people have described our time on earth as like the dance floor of life. Journeying through our lives in a satisfying and beautiful manner necessitates that we accept our God-given role in the dance of life.
God’s love for us was manifested in the death and sacrifice of Christ on the cross where Jesus satisfied and fully appeased the penalty due to us for our sins. This was the ultimate act of love Jesus modeled not only for the disciples, but for everyone.
very year we contemplate the events that surround the crucifixion of Jesus… and every year we’re left wondering, “What is good about Good Friday?”
Christ asks nothing more from us than what He modeled in the Garden – a loving heart that is fully submitted and surrendered to the heart of our Heavenly Father. That heart posture will truly lead to doing loving acts on behalf of others.
As we trod through Holy Week 2000 years later, I wonder if we hang on Jesus’ words like they did. Do we recognize the beauty, wisdom and truth represented in everything Jesus said - and the example he set?
The washing of the disciples’ feet certainly was a crowning demonstration of love in action. Jesus had already told His followers that the greatest among them would be their servant and that even He, the Son of God, had come to this earth not to be served, but to serve (see Mark 10:43-45).
Today, the Monday before Easter, may we be reminded that we can be either spiritually alive or spiritually dead. Our outward appearance means nothing compared to what’s going on in our hearts, our faith, and the actions that show evidence of that faith.
In these unsettling times that are intensified by images of death and destruction, how does God want His people to respond?