It was a dreary Tuesday: gray, cloudy sky and drizzling rain. Perhaps the earth was shedding tears in anticipation of what was to come.
That night, the father of a dear friend went home to be with the Lord. Suddenly, without warning, my friend and her five younger siblings found themselves without a dad.
It was a tragic blow, not only for her and her family, but for us her friends, as we contemplated the brevity and fragility of life. Continue reading
Here are some highlights from the Easter Story that I have “discovered” over the past couple years. Some were also brought up by my sister this week after she went to our church’s Good Friday Silent Service yesterday.
Two days before the Passover, Jesus foretells His coming death to His disciples, “You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified” (Matthew 26:2, NKJV).
He knows it’s coming. He even knows the day. Even His own killers don’t know this much, as they plot His death. In fact, they say the opposite, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people” (Matt. 26:5). Continue reading
“Why did God wait so long? Why did Jesus have to die for our sins? Why couldn’t God have rescued us in a different way?”
This spring, as I have helped at the Good News Bible Club at our local elementary school, I have been so, so blessed to see the kids’ responses. Children in kindergarten through fourth grade come together every Thursday and are presented with the Gospel. And nearly every week, after the lesson, they flood me and the other volunteers with questions. They want to know everything. About how God can be eternal. About how Jesus was born and about His family. About when He is returning and what that will be like.
And the question that is at the beginning of this post. One little boy asked that, too. What a question! Why, I myself have asked that question! Continue reading