April 04, 2007

Baptismal Blessing

Tonight was a good night at church. After church we went to the elder's room and they had a baptismal blessing for Jack, Sophie and 2 other young men that were baptized in the last week. It was a very sweet night. I am grateful for our shepherds.

Easter is almost here. This week brings SO much reflection on the gift of the cross, and then the resurrection of Jesus. I heard a man on the radio today, and he said that Christianity is the only world religion that serves a risen Savior. I am sure I have heard that many times before, but today, being Easter week, I just felt so blessed to serve a risen Savior. Jesus Christ left the comfort of heaven, walked the earth, taught people the gospel, died on the cross, and 3 days later he rose from the dead. As believers of Jesus we are given the gift of eternal life, it is only through Him we get to the Father.

1 John 2:23, says "No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also."
An incomprehensable blessing that is hard for me to even begin to wrap my mind around. Thank you God for the gift of Your Son.

Different subject, but one more scripture, one of my very favorites. This comes from Acts 7:54, and the Pharisees are ready to stone Stephen a follower of Jesus to death.

"When they (the Pharisees) heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.""

This is the only time in scripture that Jesus is recorded to be standing next to God, normally he is sitting on His throne. But not this time, Stephen was a faithful follower, spreading the word of the Lord, and He was being stoned to death for speaking the truth, and Jesus was standing for him. It's also our first look at one of the villain's in this scene, Saul, who later after an intervention from the Lord in a blinding matter was redeemed and forgiven, given a new name of Paul, then became one of the greatest disciples. Saul a killer of Christians, is redeemed by the love of God, takes his new name Paul and spends the rest of his life proclaiming the name of Jesus.

Have a Blessed Easter Week.