Skip to comments.The Challenge of Easter: How Will You Respond?
Posted on 04/05/2012 7:42:50 AM PDT by Kaslin
Culture Challenge of the Week: Indifference
What does it take to put your life on the line for others?
As Americans, were fascinated by sacrificial heroism, and rightfully so. Our countrys history unfolds in the tales of its heroesand in the ten plus years since 9-11, Americans have witnessed countless acts of heroism.
From the courage of first responders who plunged into the World Trade Centers burning corridors on 9-11 to the bravery of Seal Team Six, which delivered America from Osama Bin Ladens malevolence, the selfless acts of others are the stories that we remember and retell.
We capture its essence in art, as in the recent movie Act of Valor. The film portrayed the exploits of Navy Seals who rescued an intelligence operative and went on to foil an imminent terrorist strike.
But the movie is more than an action flick. In one memorable scene, a Navy Seal dives on a grenade that threatens the lives of his buddies, the men he loves more than his own life. His body heaves as it absorbs the blast: he dies so that they might live. In that one moment, the film lays bare the two forces at work in any heroic deed: evil and love.
Whether a natural evil, like a tornado or hurricane, or evil that comes from the human heart, the presence of evil calls forth sacrifice and heroism; it calls forth love. Only love defeats death-dealing evil. As Scripture tells us, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 (KJV).
But what about those who live, because of anothers selfless gift of life?
Perhaps youve been there. The rest of us can only imagine: Wed gasp in the moment, shocked and in awe at the whisker-close brush with death and the enormity of the others sacrifice. We would know life as a gift in a way we never previously experienced it. Even as spectators in a movie theatre, watching the on-screen peril and loss, we cant help but feel pierced by our own unworthiness and helpless to communicate our gratitude. And wed be horrified to see anyone shrug off such sacrifice, whether in callous indifference (So what?) or in arrogant expectation (I deserve to live more than he did!).
Surely, wed find ourselves thinking, Wow. He gave his life for me. How can I ever repay him?
Heroism--self-sacrificing lovetaps into something deep within us and demands a response.
And thats what Easter is all about.
How to Save Your Family: Accept Christ!
Two thousand years ago, Someone did, in fact, lay down His life for you. Like the sacrifice of that Navy Seal in Act of Valor--but infinitely greater--Christ died so that we might live.
It was ugly, because sin is ugly. Jesus suffered brutally, taking on the punishment for your sins and mine. Beaten, stripped, bloodied, and crucified, he endured prolonged agony. Are those just words on a page to you? Watch the incredible film, The Passion of the Christ, and see it. Imagine it.
And then remember that it really happened.
Why did Jesus go through all that? Intuitively, we know theres only one answer. Love. We catch a glimpse of it in the awe-inspiring sacrifices of our soldiers, policemen, and heroes. Only love impels a hero to dive on a grenade or brave a burning building. By Christs love, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. Eph 1:7 (KJV).
Did you know someone loves you that much?
Heres the truth: Christ loved you so much that He died for you, personally. And then He rose again, making all things new, restoring each of us to new life, freed from the power of sin and death.
How can you ever repay him?
The answer: With your own life! Accept Jesus Christ this Easter, as your personal Lord and Savior---yes, Savior. He saved your life, saved you from evil, and restored you to life anew, perfected by His grace and His love.
He wants only your love, and its a fitting response. Love Him back, with a heart full of gratitude, trembling as you peer into the abyss of sin and death from which he saved you, and glorying in the amazing power of life in Christ. Give Him your love this Easter, and follow Him! Happy Easter to all of you!
Easter appears to be a fertility ritual..
Eggs and Rabbits, rebirth.. are all fertility symbols..
even if a Yarn is attached to it..
Heck lets do it.. Lets fall in love...
“Heres the truth: Christ loved you so much that He died for you, personally. And then He rose again, making all things new, restoring each of us to new life, freed from the power of sin and death.”
AMEN - Reminds me of the old hymn “Just as I Am.”
Just as I am WITHOUT one plea
EXCEPT THY BLOOD WAS SHED FOR ME
and that THOU BID ME COME TO THEE
Oh, Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am and waiting not
to RID my soul of ONE DARK BLOT
to thee whose BLOOD CAN CLEANSE EACH SPOT
Oh, Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Then a key verse in the old hymn “Rock of Ages”
Could my tears forever flow
could my zeal on langour know
THESE for SIN CANNOT ATONE
THOU MUST SAVE AND THOU ALONE
I MY hand NO PRICE I bring
SIMPLY TO THY CROSS I CLING
FRiends it is Christ and Christ alone that can save you...you have to believe and trust in HIM and HIM alone!
Thank you Kaslin for posting this!
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