AMAZED!

I am amazed at all that Jesus went through as He was arrested, beaten, mocked, and crucified.  The pain that He endured as each stake was driven into His beaten down body.  For Him to hang on that cross listening as each vicious word was slung at Him, only to remain silent.  Not once did He respond in anger.  Not once did call upon the Father to bring down His wrath upon those soldiers as they ridiculed Him. All that Christ went through, submitting Himself to the Father’s plan.

I am amazed that He went through all of this for ALL of humanity.  Those that loved Him and those that hated Him.  Those who worshipped Him and those that rejected Him.  For every man, woman, and child – Jesus gave of Himself.  

I am amazed that Jesus took the weight of every person’s sin to the cross.  He gave.  He sacrificed.  He endured.  

I am amazed that Jesus went through all of this for me.  Thank Jesus for your sacrifice, for your gift, and for your love. 

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A Great Celebration!

A huge celebration took place in New Orleans following the NCAA Men’s National Championship game last night.  UK supporters were excited that their team had won the title.  The cheers, applause, confetti, high fives and hugs, every UK supporter filled with jubilation of what their team had accomplished.  

Many of us have experienced a celebration or two in our life.  Whether it’s a title won, a birthday or anniversary, the arrival of a baby, driving home the winning run, an outstanding report card, we’ve either seen it or experienced it firsthand.  There may have been cheers, screaming and hollering, high fives and chest bumps, maybe even some confetti.  It’s great!

I’m not expecting any confetti or loud screaming, but this Sunday will be a time to celebrate.  Sunday is Easter the day that Christians all over the world will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We celebrate that Christ conquered even death.  The celebrations will all look differently and that doesn’t matter.  What is important is that we celebrate Jesus.  As we offer our praise and our worship may we put forth an even greater excitement and joy than what we put forth for our teams accomplishments.  

As I pray for your celebration, pray for mine.  May we all give completely of ourselves in celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let’s not keep things bottled up within.  Let’s celebrate! 

I want to encourage you to invite someone to join you this Sunday.  Invite your neighbor, the co-worker, the classmate, the waitress, a family member, anyone that you know who is not attending a church.  Don’t leave anyone out.  All it takes is an invitation.  Invite someone to the celebration.

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples:  He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see him.  Now I have told you.  So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.”  Matthew 28:6-8  

A Proud Jayhawk

The day after isn’t what many of us had hoped for, but it has arrived and we move on.  The reality of not winning the National Championship cannot be avoided.  We didn’t win, yet there is so much too be proud of.  A season filled with highs and lows, loud cheering and wondering “what if.”  

I like thousands of other proud Jayhawks wanted our team to bring home the title.  I like so many others, will have numerous memories of this past season.  One memory that will be etched in my mind for a long time was something that occurred after the final buzzer.  I watched our team display enormous class as they went to their opponent and congratulated them.  That is something that Jayhawk supporters all over the country can be proud of.  A group of young men who had just lost the biggest game of their life, overcome by the emotions, yet extending congratulations.  

Friends, we need to see more of this in all aspects of life.  We don’t need more hatred and anger on display.  We need people working together, sharing together, playing together, encouraging each other, and even congratulating each other.  Our world will be a much better place if more of these things were occurring. 

Until next season … Rock Chalk Jayhawk!