Father thank You for today, another day to live life to its fullest. I won’t take it for granted because I know that it’s not a guarantee.
I’m humbly grateful for everyday that I have here to be part of something bigger than me, while also focusing on living the life that You intend for me. Thank You Father for the gift of my days. In Your Son Jesus’ name I pray and give thanks to You. Amen.
While sad at the reality of his transition, I’m grateful for Jesus’ sacrifice for the generations that remained and the generations unborn. Jesus proved that there is a next level of existence, that our flesh is temporary, because we are spiritual beings created in God’s image.
Jesus was tortured and crucified, and he accepted this human fate in exchange for the forgiveness of the sins of those who conspired against him, others who quickly turned on him and joined the mob, as well as those who stood by and did absolutely nothing to help him. He forgave them and asked God to forgive them. He simply stated, “they know not what they do”, and those words couldn’t be any truer.
Many of the offspring of those who attacked and betrayed him, either became devote followers of Christ or went deeper into their separate faiths looking for atonement, or they wandered around dazed and confused. The people did not come together as one. They were still fractured. Because they didn’t know exactly what to do, and thousands of years later, neither do the modern generations.
Jesus wanted to bring people together, help them understand their relationship to God, let them experience healing in its purest form, limit their dependence on man and material things, and open up their eyes to the limitless opportunities that God provides.
It’s been more than 2,000 years since Jesus ascended and we’re no different than the lost Israelites of Moses’ time—inconsistent, restless, conditional believers, idol worshippers, cynics, complainers, and too self-absorbed to realize why the journey is taking so long.
We have fragmented Christianity into so many mistranslated or self-serving pieces, that a non-Christian may not be able to decipher a “true” Christian from an imposter. In some cases, that person may find it hard to decipher the so-called Christian from an agnostic.
We are lost and don’t even know it. Jesus paid for that sin also, but we don’t know how to make right our wrongs.
Questions of the Day
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