Friday, March 30, 2012

march madness... comes to a close

"... there they crucified Him, along with the criminals - one on His right, the other on His left.  Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing..." Luke 23:33-34

Be honest.  What was the first thing you thought of when you read March madness?  My guess - the hoops and hoopla of NCAA basketball playoffs.   There are four teams left in this fierce battle.  Who will be victorious this year? Shouts of joy, tears of disappointment, talks of disbelief, looks of shock -- emotions run high and in all directions.  Can you imagine the original March madness? 

Close your eyes and picture the madness of Jesus' last week on earth?  There where the shouts of joy... Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!  Shouts of anger... Crucify Him!  Shouts of agony... My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?  It all led up to the final whisper by our Savior... It is finished.

Are you ready for the Final game?  May you be completely confident in praising the One who is our eternal Victor. Celebrate Easter, knowing He has won and conquered the battle for all forever! May we be diligent and bold in our faith, as well as, pro-active in increasing the numbers of those on His team. 

have a joy-filled Easter!


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