Through all the health challenges I've endured over the years, I've always found a way to worship The Lord through each one because he's a Good Father! Charles Wesley endured multiple challenges in his life, and still found a way to write over 800 hymns that we still sing today. No matter what you're walking through today, remember our shepherd is always with you!
Years ago, someone found a baby deer in a ditch and brought her to us. She was covered in leaves, wet from rain, and about to die. For a couple of days we fed and cared for her, all the while she cried out for her mama. But on day 3, she began to follow me everywhere, eventually leading her back to the forest she came from. Much like that baby deer, we have a savior we can cry to in our despair. Are you calling out to Him? Does he know what you need? I pray this encourages you today!
For 3500 years, the Hebrew nation sacrificed only unblemished lambs on the day of Passover celebration. Is it any wonder that when Jesus, The Lamb, was being sacrificed for the sins of all mankind, He too would be found “not guilty” and worthy of the ultimate sacrifice for our salvation? How does this inspire you as you shepherd your flock?
"Time Magazine recently had a cover story that was entitled, 'Rethinking the Resurrection' like the resurrection never took place. It was an ultra liberal opinion story. An interview in that magazine with an assortment of really liberal off-base theologians and other kind of experts that cast a shadow of doubt on the plausibility of this miraculous event - the resurrection of Jesus."
- Why do unbelievers continue to scoff at the resurrection even though it's the most profitable event in all of human history?
- How does the disciples commitment unto death give credence to the account?
- What does Jesus' resurrection mean to you personally today?
"Without the crucifixion, there would have been no resurrection. And without the resurrection there would be no Christian faith. Folks, there are so many factors. You know, nonbelievers, they talk, they doubt they jeer at the resurrection of Jesus. But I'm going to tell you, it happened."
- Why did Jesus have to die?
- Win the tombs is crazy, and then how can they explain a way of Jesus' resurrection?
- What thoughts and feelings come through to you?
"Let me tell you, from what I understand from history, the veil that covered the Holy of Holies in the temple was a veil, it was so thick that it would take more than a team. Two teams of horses pulling in opposite directions to rip the veil. The veil was the place that separated the mercy seat of God in the Holy of Holies, in God's temple in Jerusalem from all the people of the world."
- Describe your personal feelings about Jesus' work on the cross.
- How would you get to God had the veil not been torn in two?
- How in the world could you ever approach a Holy God?
- Describe your feelings about the privilege, the honor that you've been given by the act of love.
"It was at our sports kamps and there was a scrimmage between two great teams. One team had a young man from Boston, he was an inner city kid and he lived in one of the poorest places in the country. But this 19 year old young man had an incredible love for a woman he was going to marry. But there was a drive by and that old car came by the front of that inner city house and a gun was stuck out of the window of that car."
- What is Jesus' sacrifice for you mean to you?
- What is it about the name Jesus that makes it the name above every other name that at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord?
- How can you, in some small way today in your home, in your business, in your university, or in your school?
- How can you be a little bit like that boy from Boston today who took the bullets for his girlfriend?
"One of my favorite writers, Chuck Colson, and one of my favorite books, 'Loving God', talks about an Asian monk named Telemachus back in the days of the Roman empire. The cruel and perilous Roman empire. Telemachus one day heard the voice of God in his heart. And God said, Telemachus, go to Rome."
- How does Telemachus and his act of incredible life sacrificial bravery remind you of what Jesus did on the cross?
- How does Barabas' good fortune remind you of what Christ did for you? And then the third question is this.
- What do you think Jesus meant when he said, no greater love has any man than to lay down his life for his friends?
"There is no doubt in the world that Jesus knew exactly who he was. He said, I am the vine in John 15. John 10, He said, I'm the door. John 14, He said, I am the way. In fact, he said, I am the only way. He said, I am the Christ."
- "A man is no fool to give up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." What does that mean to you?
- How can you be sure in your mind, in your heart that Jesus was actually God in the flesh?
- Why is that statement so significant to you as you face eternity?