You know Easter is coming up on us here in about a week and a half now. This verse has been playing in my head a lot.
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
You know this verse really hit me and stuck with me Wednesday night as I helped to bring a new version of communion service to our church. Watching the slide show play through time and time again playing How Many Kings by Downhere it just made me realize why I love Easter.
In being a born again Child of God for 20 years this Easter just seems to be a little more profound to me. One reason is seeing people on Wednesday night being deeply impacted by something that seems so simple. After the last six months to a year God has been able to peek out more and more from behind the things I use to throw up in the way. Because He died on that cross for me I am able to be one of those who is saved through faith because He did that in my place.
God I am so grateful for your willingness to take my place. I don’t deserve the love, grace and mercy that you give me, but at the same time Thank you that I don’t have to die that kind of death. Amen
In the last few weeks I have realized that I have anxiety issues and looking back I am sure that is all part of all those chains and walls that I built up or are continuing to build up. Yet Jesus died to set me free from that and as that verse says “to us who are being saved it is the power of God” talking about being saved from eternal death because of the sinless sacrifice made for me a sinner. This Easter I am going to continue to think about this verse and I am hopefully going to remember how blessed I am to have a God that loves me enough to free me by breaking those chains and by giving me a reminder that He has already taken care of it.
Just an additional thing here: people were disappointed in the turn out for the communion service numbers wise, but in essence it was done for the parents of the kids who we are going to teach about the meaning of communion and for the elders of the church so they could see what was up. It did what I wanted it was intended to do and now we have thoughts to make it better next time and from the sounds of it it may become a yearly event. It is all in Gods hands where it should be.
Tell me what you think about this: here are the lyrics of
“How Many Kings”
Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe, after all we’ve projected,
A child in a manger?
Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother’s shawl -
Just a child -
Is this who we’ve waited for? ’cause…
How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Bringing our gifts for the newborn Savior
All that we have, whether costly or meek
Because we believe.
Gold for his honor, and frankincense for his pleasure
And myrrh for the cross he will suffer
Do you believe?
Is this who we’ve waited for?
All for me…
All for you…
This is the song I used to play along with the slide show I am not sure about anyone else, but was extremely powerful to me.