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What Do We Do Now?

Posted on April 19, 2014 in General Ministry, MMI, Volunteering | 0 comments

Can you imagine?  You have dedicated your life to following Jesus and then, all of a sudden, he was arrested, convicted, and crucified.  What could have been going through the minds of His followers on that Saturday?  I have to think that its similar to the way we feel at times when we see tragedy happen around the world or in our own intimate circle.  It’s in situations like this that we all gravitate to our faith and lean heavy on God to help see us through.

Passion - Down From Cross

The sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us on Calvary was the single most definitive moment in the history of man.  It was at this moment that God’s son went through a tortuous end, all so that our sins could be washed away.

39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”    –  Mark 15:39

Picture all the disciples struggling with the loss of Jesus.  It was truly the final lesson that Jesus would provide before ascension to Heaven.  It’s message was as pure and visible as any message that Jesus ever delivered…believe in Him and you will see the Kingdom of God.  Surely there was some doubt on Saturday, we look at it today and we know the end of the story, but at that time their faith was challenged in a way that it had never been challenged before.  We can learn a lot from this greatest story ever told.  In times of pain, devastation, and what seems like total loss, God will be there for us.

Our sense of understanding is not the same as God’s.  We have no understanding of what God knows and its only through our faith in Jesus and following His teaching that we can take comfort.  Our sins will be forgiven because of this sacrifice and we will one day reside in His kingdom.  We have a short period of time on this earth to use the gifts that God has given us.  Jesus provided the guide, and its now our calling to use His example to live our lives and impact the lives of others.  We are blessed to already know the end of the story, and what a glorious Sunday it would be!