Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Wednesday Prayer Meetin'

The video above is footage from the Passion of the Christ movie. If you haven't seen it, you should look into getting a copy. Sit down with your family and watch it together. It won't be a light-hearted evening of entertainment, but it will be meaningful. It's a powerful film, and it put Jesus' death and resurrection into a new perspective for our children. To actually see what our Savior went through for us...well...you can't walk away from it the same. I would recommend that you use your own judgement on whether or not your children are old enough to see it. It's pretty intense, but isn't that what the crucifixion of Jesus was? Intense? Well, anyway, it's probably no more gory than a lot of today's video games...Halo for example. (And those Halo dudes aren't dying for you and your kids.)

My prayer this week is that you make sure your children know that Easter isn't just about springtime and a bunny and baskets full of jelly beans and Reeses peanut butter eggs.

It's about LIFE in Him.

Romans 6:8-11 (New King James Version)
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


a Tonggu Momma said...

We took our teens (from our small group) to see it when it first came out. VERY intense. The husband and I went alone first to make sure it was okay for the 15 and older crowd. Then we talked with everyone's parents to make sure.

Tammy said...

Amen and Amen!

I have been debating the Easter basket this year...I'm thinking about going to Lifeway for more things TRULY Easter-ish. :-)

Jamie_wqg said...

I don't mean to be rude, but you don't find it strange that someone as merciful and loving as God would send His own son to be tortured and killed violently? And the purpose - to forgive us of our sins?

I'm not sure how the laws in Heaven work, but why couldn't God have just...forgiven certain people? He's supposed to be really nice anyhow...

Another question: If I felt that no one at all should go to Hell, does that mean I'm nicer and more merciful than God? And if Hell is just the way it works so we have to deal with it, why doesn't God change how "it" works? He's very powerful, isn't He?

Just some random questions I thought of after reading your comment on the movie the Passion.

The Source said...


Which "certain people" would you choose for God to just forgive? Those who kill or those who only cheat and lie? Which sins are "bad enough" for hell and which are only a little bit bad? What's the point in a Heaven free from sin and suffering if all the evil we already have to deal with will be there as well?

People often accuse God of SENDING people to hell but that is as far from the truth as you can get. God has given people a choice. He has thrown the doors of heaven wide open and shouted COME ALL. All who answer the call are welcome. But if you do not want to enter God will not force you. So, if you refuse to spend eternity with God by your own choice, it is you, not God who has determined your eternal future. The only thing required is to accept God’s gift of salvation by trusting in Christ and what he accomplished in our behalf.

I hope you enjoy your Easter weekend.