Monday, April 21, 2014

All-inclusive and Barrier-Breaker

Posted by Dawn at Monday, April 21, 2014
The Easter Season has just passed and as I open up Facebook on my handphone, I see many of my friends posting pictures of how they spent their Easter with homemade craft eggs or "Find the Easter Egg" game with their children etc etc.

I just suddenly had an epiphany ('Ah-ha') moment while doing laundry at home (Yes, doing housework can make one quite philosophical) And to confirm that thought, I went into the internet and typed "Easter in Singapore" on my search box and was surprised to find out the insane amount of activities they have lined up for Easter all over Singapore. (And mind you, these activities are only held in Singapore)

I have taken a screenshot in my handphone of the number of activities shown in a website.
Click on this picture to go to the site!
Various baking workshops conduct lessons on how to bake muffins decorated with easter eggs or bunnies, Easter parties and egg hunts all over the island. Even restaurants serve food according to the theme of Easter. Major tourist attractions were also decorated with eggs and bunnies e.g. Universal Studio and Gardens by the Bay (joining Miffy for the egg hunt)

Of course the bigger event during Easter this year was the one in Sentosa-Harbourfront.

Anyway, the epiphany (Interestingly, the definition of this word is,"the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. How apt as Gentiles refer to Non-Jews which means US) that flashed through my mind was why are Christian festivals like the Good Friday Season and Christmas celebrated by people all over the world, regardless of race or religion?
(I am sure I don't have to prove my point of how big Christmas is in Singapore, right?)
And as I was pondering about that question, I was convicted that it is because God's love and message is all-inclusive and He does not discriminate. God removes all barriers and in His eyes, everyone has equal privilege to enter God's kingdom and household.
As I celebrate Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday in church, I am reminded of Christ's love for all. He came into the world to save all of us despite of our disobedience and sinfulness. Christ's perfect life reminds us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). All our righteous acts are in God's sight like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). How can anyone boast or look down on another sinner? Have you turned to Christ in repentance and faith? If so, whatever your background, God has made you clean. He declares you fit to be in His family line with the greatest of His saints.
Simply believe ...



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