Furthering Thoughts for April 14th 2019
“This is a week to remember”.
Memories. Since Abe has now accustomed himself to the front seat of the car, I have found that our conversations have been more profound. But when I go down memory lane, and I say phrases such as “When I used to be in college”, or “back when I played music”, or “when I was your age”, I am [nine times out of ten] met with an eye-roll. I know in his mind, Abe is saying, “here we go again”.
And yes, I tell him what I’ve been through, the places I’ve been, the people I’ve seen, the experiences I’ve had, and though that might be met with an eye-roll, they are told to teach him something about the life of faith. And as a parent, you always prayerfully teach your children the way of God and His Word [Eph6:4, 4th commandment, God’s representatives].
But looking back, as we head into Holy Week, this is week to remember. A week to instruct your children about the most critical event of humanity’s history. A look back to the faithful Christ who “comes to our aid to save our lives”. And though many would reject Him, “crucify Him, crucify Him”[Lk23:21], “God still does not turn against us. He comes with new life for us on Easter, and those who receive it are saved from hell and eternal damnation”.
Remembering the grace of Lord who stood in our place, a place that no else could stand but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who came to die for us. Dwelling upon His mission, we are so thankful for the mercy of God, humbled that He would send His Son, the lamb of God [Jn1:29] for us.
From then, till now and forevermore, it is the work of Christ in His death and resurrection that we are His. “[Jesus] who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death”[Apostles Creed Art III explanation].
Why did Jesus do such things? “so that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom..” [AC ArtIII expl.]. This is a week to remember, From then, till now, and forevermore, we dwell upon His Work and trust in His promises that we are His.
A blessed Holy Week to you all!