As we sit in the silence of the tomb, the echoes of the previous day remain in our ears. The sounds of the nails being driven into the cross, the cries of pain. The jeers of those gathered and the cries of his followers. We sit in the darkness of the tomb straining to hear any sounds that would give us comfort to know that he is not gone.
The only sound we hear is silence, our breath even seems to make little noise as we wait. He told us that the Son of man would die for us, but we did not know what that would mean. We did not understand the horror we would witness. We did not understand the pain that was endured because of us.
Now we sit, in the quiet looking waiting for the smallest noise that would let us know he was still with us. Yet there is nothing but the silence, and darkness.
He gave His life, his broken body, his blood flowed in torrents from the cross, until He gave Himself up to our Father.
Now we sit in silence, in darkness that we may better understand the light that is to come.
As we reflect on what has happened, let us wait in joyful hope for what is to come from the silent darkness of His tomb. Will you sit with us as we wait for the morning to rise?
What is happening today?
Millenia ago on this day. The real cost of salvation was witnessed. The true cost of salvation was shown to the world. The real sight of Christ on the cross, gave witness to the horrors that would await us because of our sin. In a single moment in time, Jesus was given up as the sacrificial lamb. Beaten and broken, bloody and worn. On the cross he spilled his blood on the altar of atonement for all who choose to follow him. Remember what happened today, remember what the cost of your salvation is, never forget how much was placed on the altar of atonement, for your sins to be forgiven.
There are times when we can become complacent in our lives because we believe that we have been given a free pass to behave a we chose to. There are also times where we look to assign blame to someone, or something else.
Both views seem to fit our need to distract fault from ourselves, to not understand our own faults or short comings.
Today, we celebrate Jesus riding triumphantly into Jerusalem, an act that would set into motion events that would change the world forever. I believe that at times we loose sight of the cost of our salvation was. Jesus betrayed, denied by his closet friend’s, beaten and broken. Taking the whole weight of sin on his out stretched arms on the cross and dyeing for those sins.
As we enter Easter week, let us understand what has happened for us, and let us understand that while saved we still must act as Jesus commanded us. While saved we should not assign blame for our sins and short comings to, he who was cast out of heaven.
As Easter approaches let us take time to look at our lives, to see if we are living as Jesus taught us. Let us look at the path we are walking, that we may, enter in to heaven with Christ. Let us look at what we have done that may still be displeasing to God. Though saved, we must all walk the path Christ laid for us. We should own any thing we have done that is displeasing to God. We must never become willing to assign blame for us trespasses, but accept our short comings learn from them, ask for forgiveness, that we may continue the path Christ made for us.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Are you the same person on the inside as you are on the outside?
We meet many people in our daily routines, some we only meet in passing, like at the store. While others we may strike up a conversation with while on line at the register. And others we may only see when they cut us off on the road and then we launch into a flurry of expletives (as if they can hear us)
However, while meeting these people, what face do we put on? Do we show them what we think they should see? A smile and a kind word, while we are holding in the “Why are you talking to me?” Or maybe we show them that we are aggravated or even angry, by allowing the things in our lives that are hurting us to show through? Are we allowing our prejudice to rule how we meet others, or what we show to them?
If we are followers of Christ, then we should consider 1 John 2:6 “Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” So basically, if you talk the talk then you need to walk the walk. Are you willing to follow in Christs’ footsteps? Are you willing to place all that is within you in to God’s hand that he may carry your burden? Are we willing to show how Christ is working in us by how we act with others? 1 John 4:8 also tells us “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Are we willing to show love to one another? Better yet, are you willing to show the love Christ gave to you, to others so they can see him working in you? Are you willing to let God’s love flow from you and onto others?
As followers of Jesus, we must always be willing to show onto others all that he has given to us. John also tells us that we should love each other, as love comes from God (1 john 4:7-8). Are you willing to allow the love of God within you to show through? Are you willing to allow the love of God to guide you in the way He needs you?
What will you show others today? Will you allow what may be turbulent within you to come out? Or will you place that in God’s hands and allow the love He gives to us to one another?
What will you show others?
When we travel on our roads in life, we should understand that we are not all at the same place on this path. Some of us are just starting, while others are reaching the end of this path. Also, there are those who may always be at the same place in their travel, yet others may not be willing to start the journey. Our common factor is that we are all on a path, from birth to death, we are following the path in life, in this place of existence as humans.
The difference between us, is for some, the path leads us to the kingdom of God, while for others this path is only a journey in their lives that is only part of the natural course of life.
Knowing this, and understanding this, should make us all see that our paths cross often. As such, we should take the time to interact with one another, as our common bond is our humanity, our bond is also the desire to make the most of our lives regardless of where our paths lead.
We should take the time to place aside what we perceive as our differences, and instead recognize our similarities. Understand what makes us human, and in our diversities find the common elements that make us all the same.
For the Christian, we should understand that Jesus’ commandment to love one another (John 13:34) must extend to everyone and not only to those who share in the common faith in Christ as savior. We must, as the Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), look beyond our differences and allow compassion and love lead us to do what is right for each other. May you always look for peace and love with one another, may you always see that we are not really all that different for one another.
If I called, you by name would you hear Me?
If I sat with you would you know Me?
If I walked with you would you see Me?
If I wept for you would you feel My tears?
If you were lost and I found, you would you follow Me?
If in your pain, I carried you, would see only see My foot prints?
If you saw My arms outstretched for you would you know what I have done for you?
When you come into the kingdom and I held out My arms to embrace you would you accept Me?
If you knew all these things about Me, would you find peace in Me?
Remember Me, see Me, know Me, follow Me, hear Me, feel my Tears, know that I carry you, and know that I am waiting for you. I have always been with you, and I will always be near to you but most of all remember that I love more deeply than you will ever know.
What does Lent mean to you?
Is Lent a season where you commit to giving up something? You abstain from fast food, soft drinks, smoking, eating meat on Fridays? Or some other fasting that you have done year after year? Or maybe you give of your time volunteering with church groups or other programs that need assistance.
We all approach the Lenten season differently, some of us may not observe Lent at all, some of us may only consider Lent as a time before the Easter bunny appears, and, we need to drag out the Easter decorations.
However, you observe this period before Easter, may I suggest that we take this time in reflection of what we have done, of have not done. Let us take time to think about how we can become better followers of Christ, and as such, think about the lessons He gave us in the Gospels. Perhaps we can use this season to not do something that we have done religiously each year, rather, we could look to do something that maybe out of our comfort zone. We could visit a relative who we have not seen for some time, we can treat each other with a little more tolerance and understanding, or we can look at each other less judgmentally and become willing to listen to one another more. As we prepare for Easter, we could look at the lessons that Jesus gave us in the gospel’s, to see if we are following his teachings. Each one of us are compelled to live in the way Christ taught us. Let us then, use this Lenten season to make sure we are not doing something that comes easy for us, let us take on something that may be out of our comfort zone. If you do this, you may find that it was not as difficult as you thought it would be.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” John 15:12
I recently watched a video from Amnesty Poland, (Look Beyond Borders, Amnesty International Experiment). After watching this I came up with a simple question, would you do this?
I shared this with my husband, his father’s family integrated to this from Europe in the early 1950’s, for him he is grateful that his father’s family could enter our country. But it also made him ask the same question, would we be willing to do what is being done in this video?
As you watch this, I ask for only respect in the comments below
Peace be with you
“The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” Leviticus 19:34
I recently heard the song, “To the table” by Zach Williams. The song is very powerful but has a message that is simple. We are all welcome to the table with Christ. As I listened to the song, I was reminded of one of my favorite stories from the Bible, The road to Emmaus. The part of this scripture that this song made clear for me, is when Jesus broke bread with the men he had traveled with. At that moment, they recognized him and knew that they had seen the Risen Lord. However, if we think of it in the message of this song, he led the travelers to the table with him where he broke bread with them.
It may seem a bit of a stretch, however, at that time sitting at the table and breaking bread and sharing a meal together was important as a family and as a community. Another part of this song, that made me think of this passage, is the road that was taken to the table. At some point in our lives we were as the men just starting our journey, not understanding or knowing the truth about what was done for us in Christ. As we learned more about the scriptures and our faith. We traveled further down the road, at times we may have become lost, or a taken a path that did not lead us to the full understanding of what waited for us with Christ. However, regardless of the way we went, Jesus was and is always waiting for us to join him at the table. No matter how far we stray from the path, he is there to guide us back so that we may join him at the table he has prepared for us.
When Jesus sat with the 12 the night before he died, the table was set to which we would all be invited to sit and share with him, and with each other. How willing are we to join in that table? How willing are we to share that table with others? How willing are we to invite others to the table that is presented to us?
As Christians, we should be willing to share this table with any and all who wish to join and know its bounty, accepting them with love and open minds and hearts.
Perhaps you are not Christian, or perhaps you do not have a faith that you practice. In that case, the invitation to this table is one in what we all share together, our humanity. And it is in that humanity that we should be willing to sit and share together in friendship, compassion and respect towards one another.
If you have a chance to listen to this song, I would strongly recommend it to you, and if you do listen to it, I would like to know how did it touch you?
In Peace and love
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Pastor Lisa Chachula