Monday, April 16, 2012

A message of love and hope

Posted by Dawn at Monday, April 16, 2012
Almost a week back, we celebrated Good Friday and then Easter Sunday. I had an enjoyable weekend as I went for the youth service with my friend, Lydia on Saturday evening for the Watoto Children's Choir Concert which brought a message of hope as these orphans shared their stories with us.

Enjoyed the service tremendously as I met my ex-students as well as present students. They also invited me to join them for dinner but I decided to go home for dinner instead. Enjoyed the sermon and the fact that I felt young again to be among the youths. Haha.

On Sunday, went church with my family for the adult service and I remembered very vividly what the pastor said which touched me.

Pastor Chye Aik shared about how Christians don't need to earn love or strive for it as we are already loved by God. God loves each and every one of us. We should not have the feeling of insecurity or to strive to earn his love.

He also shared an analogy on the Mona Lisa painting. Would you take the real painting and add a few more strokes to it? The work is finished. We can't do anything more to a finished work. So its the same for what Christ has done for us on the cross. It is finished and we are made righteous by the blood paid by Christ.

So basically, this whole Good Friday and Easter weekend, reminded me of the love God has for me and I just feel that I do not have to go searching for love..I am already loved.

There's this song by Tim Hughes, entitled "Here I am to worship" and there's this part in his song, the bridge, when it says " I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross". Whenever I sing this part, I am reminded of what Christ did and because of how much He suffered, I do not want that suffering to go in vain.

Christ was stripped of his clothing, and the Romans used a whip called a flagrum, which consisted of small pieces of bone and metal attached to a number of leather strands. During the scourging, the skin was ripped from the back, exposing a bloody mass of tissue and bone. In addition to the flogging, Jesus faced severe beating and torment by the Roman soldiers, including the plucking of His beard and the piercing of His scalp with a crown of thorns.

Would you want all that suffering to go to waste as you disown the one who created you? or to make it go to waste as we continue sinning and do our own things, living a life separated from God?

I had a wonderful weekend rediscovering my love for God and His amazing love for me and I sincerely wish everyone of you to experience His love that is more than enough for us and the hope we can all look forward to!

Leave you all with a wonderful song which reminds of the hope we have in Christ Jesus as we look to the day we meet Him face to face in heaven!

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