“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of ourfaith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
Where is our focus? What do we choose to see? While in India I will be teaching a series about Queen Esther. The next couple of weeks I will be doing a refresher about choosing. We can learn the Bible intellectually, but doing so is missing its greatest value, changing our life, giving us abundant life. What will we do with what we know? It depends upon our focus.
Looking around the room, I see ladies that trusted the LORD over 20 years ago. I look in the mirror and I see one that trusted the LORD almost 50 years ago. Many of us have attended church faithfully and have reasonable knowledge of the Scriptures. What are we doing with it? Can I challenge these dear ladies, now friends, to take actions pleasing to God as we study through the book of Esther? Without a doubt, God will challenge me too. How will we choose? What we do with the Scriptures has much to do with what has our focus in life.
It is Easter weekend. This morning I began the book of Acts, and was struck with a portion that brought the realities of what the first Easter was and what it means to me today. Look at Acts 3:13 through 16. Peter was clearly moved by what had taken place. Am I moved? How much?
The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. Acts 3:13-16AA
It was 105° today. That truth was frequently my focus, but it did not hold me. My mind continually wandered to Calvary? Talk about suffering. Entering into Easter weekend, I choose to remember this, Our Lord’s suffering, to be thankful for the victory won. I also chose to consider what this means to me … victory over death. So long as we live on this earth – as Christians – Calvary’s victory should be our focus and it can change our lives. Surely this was the intent and possibility of Easter. Consider: The Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. THAT IS EASTER.
Easter Sunday will mark 2 weeks since leaving America. Moving around the world – and doing so every year – does get easier, but is never easy. Many have asked what this entails. Every time is a little different, but I want to tell you about this time. I will endeavor to turn my notes into something you might enjoy reading in the coming week, but today my focus is Easter and the gravity of THE GIFT.
It is staggering.
A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. Even Mahatma Ghandi knew it. What we have done with this eternal truth determines our eternal destiny.