March 21, 2016

It’s Monday and we officially kick off what is commonly known as “Passion Week” or “Holy Week”, that being the week preceding Easter. I love this week and I always feel like spending more time just focusing on God and His sacrifice. I hope your week is off to a good start!
I asked the question yesterday from our audience in regard to what impact does the Cross have on your life. I was pleasantly surprised by the number and variety and quality of responses. Do you ever play that “what if” game? What if Jesus had not died on the cross for our sins? What if He had not risen from the dead? God’s word tells us that, “if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:17) John Piper says, “The sacrifice of Jesus for our sins was so complete that he perfected us for all time by that one sacrifice. This is awesome—all sins forgiven, past, present, future on the basis of one sacrifice. All God's people who by faith in Jesus are being progressively sanctified now have in fact been definitively, perfected before God for all time—and that by ONE sacrifice, the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice of Jesus of his own blood.” For me it helps me to imagine that “what if” and remember just how important the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is to each of us. There would be no hope beyond the grave. There would be no forgiveness of the evil and sin in our lives and thus no real reason for us to offer forgiveness to others. Life here and beyond the grave would be altered in such a dramatic way that it is hard to even imagine. Those who lived before Christ came had that hope of a coming Messiah but imagine if we lived in a day without a Messiah and without any hope of one coming. Life without hope is bleak and depressing and often not worth living. This is the state that many find themselves in without Christ. They face a Monday like today just “grinding it out.” They look for simple joys in life but this life is bound to disappoint. I thank God today for this week. I thank Him for the hope and joy it gives me. Let us be reminded today that life is good because Christ came to give us abundant life. Not just a normal existence but a life filled to overflowing with His love and this should energize each of us today and every day!!
Don’t forget about our Children’s Easter Egg Hunt this coming Saturday, March 26th, starting at 10:00am. We are also doing our Easter Cross again this year so be sure to bring some cut flowers and help us make it beautiful. Join us this Easter Sunday for a wonderful time of celebration including the Lord’s Supper as we remember how amazing our God truly is. Invite a neighbor or family member to join you!!
What a great weekend Jennifer and I had with our kids and grandkids. On Thursday night we had the joy of babysitting Carson and Eli. Then Friday night and Saturday we were watching Mya and Cameron. Saturday night we got together with those 4 grandkids and their parents and our newest grandbaby, Lyla, and her parents. What a blessing and we thank God for each of them. I pray that each of us is building a godly legacy in our families!!
P.S. Pray that my mower starts this week. Ha.