Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

The Lamb of God

May 5, 2014

The Lamb of God

 

Exodus 12:21: Then Moses called for the leaders of Israel and said, “Tell each of your families to slaughter the lamb they have set apart for the Passover.”

 

One day imagine your dad comes home with a new pet. It’s a little lamb. He says, “We’re keeping the pet in the house for a few days.”

The lamb is cute and you have fun with it. You teach it a trick or two. At night, it sleeps on your bed. During the day, you run around with the lamb and it bleats and gambols and rolls over. It’s the greatest fun you’ve ever had.

 

But on the last day of the week, something terrible happens. Dad takes that lamb away. Later, he returns with a dead lamb and its blood in a bowl. He splashes the blood on each side of your front door.

 

Would you weep? Would you be angry?

 

God gave the Jews this very situation in the Passover. Jews kept the lamb and then put it to death so none of their own children would have to die.

 

The lamb represents Jesus. He is the one who died in our place. Have you put your trust in the lamb? Is he your Savior? Why not settle the issue today?

 

Prayer: Lord, it hurts to see innocent animals die. But I know it was your way of showing us how we should feel about Jesus. Thank you for sending him for me. Amen.

Who is WITH you?

April 27, 2014

 

Who is WITH you?

 

Genesis 39:2: The LORD was with Joseph and blessed him greatly as he served in the home of his Egyptian master.

 

Joseph in the Book of Genesis made some big mistakes as a boy. Number one, his father loved him more than his other brothers, and Joseph let everyone know about it. He even wore a special coat, showing how important he was. Joseph also dreamed great dreams that made him look like a god and his brothers like slaves. That just made everyone angry. Eventually, Joseph’s brothers came up with a plot and sold Joseph into slavery.

 

As you read the rest of the story of Joseph, you’ll be amazed. Every time someone threw a curve to Joseph and got him into trouble, Joseph seemed to make the most of it. He ended up on top even though it seemed everyone was trying to put him down.

           

Why did this happen? The Bible reveals one basic reason: God was with him.

 

Do you sense that God is with you? How can you tell? Several ways. One, you’ll defeat temptation more than you’ll give in to it. Two, you’ll experience joy and peace in your heart. Three, you’ll see some success in life, and you’ll know it’s not just because of you. It’s because God opened the door and led you through.

 

If you’re a Christian, God is with you. He will lead, help and encourage you every step of the way. So trust him.

 

Prayer: Father, I praise you that you’re with me. Keep me thinking about it. Amen.

Out of Money

April 21, 2014

Out of Money

 

what can I do now

the money is gone

the accounts are empty

I have some gold

some silver in the

safe deposit box

it will not last long

I can’t get a job

I’ve applied everywhere

the recession remains

the market is empty

we eat we drink we sleep

but how long can it last

if I can’t pay the mortgage

if I can’t pay for groceries

if we really come to bottom

dead bottom

nowhere to look to but up

where will You and I be

when we reach that passageway

my parents are gone

the inheritance is spent
no one to go to

am I one of those who must

go to the church and beg

for a few cans of food

please I need You to say something

give me some assurance

give me something strong

and hard

and sure

to hold onto

yet I feel You say nothing

why are You so often silent

why do You look at us

know all we do

all we say

and You remain unmoved

seemingly uncaring

like David said

how long O Lord

will You forget me forever

You are love

it says in 1 John

twice

where is it in my days

where can I grasp it

my children look up to me

I’m hungry Daddy

I need some new clothes Daddy

I love you Daddy

but I hurt so bad

we have never been in this place

no money at all

I feel broken and forsaken

and deserted

all those things

You said you would never

forsake or desert me

You would never

do the things the world does

to the lost

You would never do to me your child

or any of Your children

the things I have seen

families taken to the end

believers murdered in Iran

and North Korea

I know

I know You say You are with us

to the end

but the world teems with

broken forsaken hurting Christians

what am I to do then

after the last check is written

the last dime cast to the cashier

the last hope dying

before my eyes

I’m sorry to complain

I don’t do it much

but sometimes I just

have to blurt it out

this is serious

where are You God

where the heck are You