By Kingsley Baehr
- Tan, P. L. 1996, c1979. Encyclopedia of 7700 illustrations : [a treasury of illustrations, anecdotes, facts and quotations for pastors, teachers and Christian workers]. Bible Communications: Garland TX
The spring is sprung,
The grass is riz;
I wonder where the flowers is?
It is spring.
The boid is on the wing.
(Why that’s absoid—
I always thought the wing was on the boid!)
With such silly rhymes did I, in my tender youth, celebrate the return of spring each year. Trees are retressed. Warm breezes ca-ress. Small streams, unlocked from winter’s grip, effervesce. Animals protectively watch over the results of their mating success. Life, in all of us, seems to exude excess.
But most important of all,
The body of the Lord Jesus Christ disappeared from its recess in the tomb!
He is alive!
He has conquered death!
He offers His life to anyone who will receive it by faith
John 11:25,26 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?
Jeremiah 17:13b says, “Those who depart from Me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.” They may be famous and their names on everyone’s lips, but they are unknown in heaven.
Luke 10:20b says, “…rejoice because your names are writ-ten in heaven.” Jesus said these words to those who had decided to follow Him.
WHAT WILL BE YOUR DECISION TODAY?
The terrorists attacked us suddenly.
We were not ready.
We had never had to fight before.
We were totally confused.
Then that grand old man took charge.
“Josh,” he shouted, “organize the men! Grab anything you can as weapons! Go out and resist them as best you can!”
We tried hard.
We did the best we could. Yet it wasn’t good enough.
We were being whipped soundly.
But then—almost without our realizing it, amazingly, we slowly began to win.
We gained confidence.
We fought harder.
And yet—it wasn’t easy. The terrorists were experienced fighters. All morning, back and forth we went; sometimes we seemed to start winning, but then they would.
As the day wore on, however, we began to gain the upper hand, and by the end of the day, we were stunned to realize that we had won and our enemies were running away—at least those who could.
We could hardly believe it.
How could it have happened?
Then as we turned back toward camp, for the first time, we saw him. Sitting on a small hill, with Aaron and Hur on each side, was Moses, arms uplifted in prayer, supported by his aides.
And suddenly we knew.
We had not won because of our skills in battle, but because he had been praying to our God all day long.
And God had answered him.
God had won the battle for us.
We realized that the battle belongs to the Lord; we were simply His instruments.
- A report from Joshua Ben Nun (based on Exodus 17:8-16)
This old adage has more significance that just a statement about the weather.
Consider the following:
1 Corinthians 15:58 - Therefore, ... be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
That's why people had such a hard time believing it. His friends... His enemies too.
Frightened, cowering in a secret meeting place, his friends sat wondering what would become of them.
Frightened, wary, all over town His enemies were taking extreme precautions to insure that He couldn't do it.
No one really believed that He could. But then came the rumors!
Some woman said she had actually seen Him alive!
Two of His friends claimed that He had talked to them on their way home.
None of His enemies ever saw Him, but the rumors kept flying around.
Even some of their own men came with a very disturbing report, that had to be squelched with bribes and threats.
Then the mass meetings started!
Before large crowds, some of His known collaborators began insisting that He had done it!
...even when they met with skepticism and bias from the local authorities that quickly turned into vicious harrassment.
All the best evidence, which could have proved beyond reasonable doubt that He had NOT done it, mysteriously disappeared!
In fact, as years went by, and books began to appear, marshalling compelling evidence that He had done it, it became more and more difficult to insist that He had not, without seeming foolish.
Many decided that He had, and accepted His authority in their lives.
The rightness of their decision has been abundantly confirmed to them, because...
FEBRUARY is frigid!
Temperatures below freezing, bedraggled by sneezing and wheezing! Its predominant color is gray.
Are you experiencing February? Huddling against the coldness of loneliness? Acutely conscious of spiritual sickness in your life? Color you gray?
But its central celebration is
"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness." - Jeremiah 31:3 "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28
Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. - John 13:1 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:38,39
If instead of continuing to live a February gray life,you would like to become a
The American Red
Cross has designated
You will be redeemed [cured of your sin sickness]
He will be your Physician, your Medicine, your Medicaid, your Rehabilitation Center your Spiritual Security, and your Guarantor of Eternal Life!
What will you do with Jesus? Neutral you cannot be.Someday your heart will be asking, “What will He do with me?”
[Jesus] committed no sin…
– 1 Peter 2:22 a
… in [Jesus] there is no sin.
– 1 John 3:5 b
All have sinned…
– Romans 3:23 a
The wages of sin is death…
– Romans 6:23 a
And being found in human form [Jesus] humbled Himself… to the point of death, even death on a cross.
– Philippians 2:8
[Jesus] gave Himself for our sins…
– Galatians 1:4 a
…while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
– Romans 5:8 b
… the Lamb [Jesus] slain from the foundation of the world.
– Revelation 13:8
In [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins…
– Ephesians 1:7 a
By Kingsley Baehr