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Isaiah 53:5,6:

    5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
    the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.

    6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
    and the LORD has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

Good Friday is all about remembering the arrest, trial, mocking, beating, crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus Christ. Thinking of His pain and suffering leads to tears. But we have a great hope because we know that “it’s only Friday and Sunday’s comin’!”

Weeping like Jesus

April 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

Cityscape View of Little Rock, AR

“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it,” Luke 19:41

The city of Jerusalem did not have much experience with the concept of peace. They had been destroyed by enemies in the past, and they would soon be destroyed by the Romans. The tears of Jesus were not for the physical city of Jerusalem, He wept for the individuals.

Jesus taught the multitudes. He spent time with men, women, and children. He knew their need for redemption. They had been visited by the Savior. Instead of receiving Him, they rejected and killed Him. Jesus wept because they were blind to redemption. Jesus was their only hope of peace, but He knew they would refuse Him. This brought Him to tears.

In reading this passage of Scripture this week, this verse really struck me. Do I weep for my city and their sin? When I see their sin, does my heart break over their need for a Savior?

In a week of busyness and preparations for a huge ministry weekend, let’s not forget to weep for our city. Pray that they recognize the Messiah and accept salvation in Him.

As a preparation for Good Friday and Easter, you need to read The Weeping Chamber by Sigmund Brouwer.

The Weeping Chamber is a novel that sets the story of Jesus’ last days into a very personal context. The story is told from the view of Simeon of Cyrene. He is in a deep despair over his sin, and he has left his family with no intent to return. At the same time, Jesus is making his way into Jerusalem for the Passover and His final week. It is amazing to watch as these two men travel toward a head-on collision that happens on the road to Golgotha.

Brouwer is able to tell a fictitious story that deals with personal guilt, while also telling a very Biblically accurate account of Jesus’ final week as a man. It is a great historical look at the events of Passover and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, but the uniqueness of the book is how this is told through the lens of a broken man.

This book was handed to me a number of years ago, and it has been a staple of this week for me ever since. Even after reading it for what seems like the millionth time, the book always becomes personal. As I put myself in the shoes of Simeon, I come face to face with the redemption that is available through Jesus Christ.

What’s Your Story?

September 7, 2011 — Leave a comment

My church, Fellowship Bible Church, is gearing up for a Baptism Celebration in a few weeks.  As a part of that process, I get to spend some time with each child who is participating in the baptism to do some counseling and coaching. I absolutely LOVE this part of my job. It is such a thrill to see the Gospel changing lives.

One of the best parts of these meetings is when I get to sit back and hear kids tell their story.  I ask them to share the story of how God called them and led them to accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  There are times when the kids clam up and parents have to help tell the story, but most often the kid lights up and launches into his/her testimony.  It’s amazing to hear their story and see how God places certain people or events in their path to lead them to salvation.This week I heard a 12-yr old who was led to Christ through a Gospel tract given to him on Halloween, a 7-yr old who accepted Jesus on a family mission trip to Mexico, and an 8-yr old who had accepted Christ 2 years ago and with tears in his eyes told me that he wanted to go tell the world!

I love hearing their stories.  I love hearing how God changes lives.  And so I had an idea to get everyone to share their story. How did God call you to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior?  Share your story with the world! Use the hashtag #mystory and leave a comment below, post it to Facebook, or comment on Twitter. Send this to friends and family and get them to do the same.

It would be awesome for the testimonies of believers to be trending on Twitter!