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Showing posts with label Easter Stories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easter Stories. Show all posts

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Why the egg? Not a bread?

...because when He died, it didn't mean the end of his life but the beginning of a new LIFE. He will always live and influence our life.. He will hatch and be someone BIG and Glorious, so that He can protect, guide and bring us to a glorious heaven in His love....

but, why the empty egg?

Because He has risen! The tomb is empty! He is alive!
Happy Easter!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Why this Friday is Good Friday?

Because today is the moment when Justice and Love meet...

Justice always stands for the righteousness and perfection, Justice can't just forgive and forget one single mistake because there is always consequences in every mistake we've done. Just like the police officer has to fine us when he found us breaking the rules. It's his duty to maintain the justice and fine us because of our mistake.

On the contrary... Love always giving, always forgive and forget.... To be opposite to Justice, Love doesn't want to punish us, love wants to set us free from our punishment even though we have mistakes... love forgives no matter how many mistakes we've done. Love doesn't remember bad things we've made. Love really accept who we are even though our deeds have hurt Love.

How Justice and Love could meet? They are so different, they are so contradictory! Justice can't stand of any mistakes at all, every mistake has to be punished... and if all the mistakes are counted, punishment is too hard to bear! Love really wants to deliver us from this unbearable punishments... love doesn't want us to suffer because of our own mistakes. What a dilemma...


This dilemma was experienced by General Shamilla. In early 20 century, Shamilla led a group of revolutionists who strove to defeat the dictator Tsar in Russia. They lived as guerrillas in deserts and brought their families as well. The food supplies were really important to them, that's why General Shamilla made an order, whoever stole the rations would be punished - whipped 50 times in front of all his people.

One day, the guard came to General Shamilla and reported him that there was someone who stole the food supplies and they have managed to catch the thief. Shamilla was furious, and told the guard to bring the thief to him. He was trembled and shocked as he saw the thief brought to him... He was very sad when he found out that it was his own beloved mother who stole the food supplies!

He faced a great dilemma... if he stood for Justice, he has to whip his old mother 50 times and she might died! If he didn't punish her because of his Love, he will not be a good leader and no one will respect him as a fair leader anymore. He decided that the punishment has to be done.

The next day, all his people has gathered in a field to see what happened. The crowds were divided into two major opinions... Some people said, Shamilla
has to punish and whip his own mother as a fair and respective leader, justice has to be maintained. If the thief was one of them, Shamilla will sure whip them so he shouldn't set her free just because she was his own mother. They wouldn't follow an unfair leader.

Some people said that Shamilla was a very mean leader if he dared to punish his own mother. He dared to do that to his mom, he surely would be more mean than Tsar. They didn't want another mean leader so they wouldn't follow Shamilla if he did whip his mom.

It was the time when the punishment has to be done. The executor was reader with the long scary whip. Shamilla's mom was placed in the middle of the field and all the eyes stared at Shamilla and his mother. All hearts beat so fast, felt intense of what would happen in a minute.
The crowds were silent when Shamilla came forward to announce his decision.

"For the sake of Justice, the punishment has to be done."

The executor raised his whip... "STOP!!" forbid Shamilla. Shamilla approached his mom, and hugged her... he said,"Mom,I love you... don't worry about this, I will do this punishment for you..." Then Shamilla told the executor to whip him instead of his mother.... he was whipped as a replacement of his mother... he was punished to set his mother free... that was when Justice and Love met... when there was a sacrifice...

This Good Friday is the moment of God's justice and God's everlasting love meet in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ at the cross. All of our sins and mistakes has to be punished because God is a Just. God is holly and He can't accept any single sin. He is to punish us because all of us are sinners. No matter how good we are, we are not perfect and can't fulfill God's holiness standard to receive the glory of heaven. We all are condemned to be punished in hell forever. However, God loves us so much that He really doesn't want to punish us. That's why Jesus has to come to set us free... be crucified to set us free from our punishment. He was punished instead of us... He sacrificed His life because of his love for us.. to set us free... so that we could live...

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life... but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Happy Easter...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Do you really love me?

I asked God, "How much do You love me?"

The Lord stretched out His arms, to be nailed on the cross...

Happy Easter, my friend... read the whole story here.

Question of the day:
What does forgiveness mean to you?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Love Story

One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Ah the beauty of God's creation is beyond description. As I watched, I praised God for His beautiful work. As I sat there, I felt the Lord's presence with me.

He asked me, "Do you love me?" I answered,"Of course, God! You are my Lord and Saviour!"

Then He asked, "If you were physically handicapped, would you still love me?" I was perplexed. I looked down upon my arms, legs and the rest of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn't be able to do, the things that I took for granted. And I answered, "It would be tough Lord, but I would still love You."

Then the Lord said, "If you were blind, would you still love my creation?"

How could I love something without being able to see it? Then I thought of all the blind people in the world and how many of them still loved God and His creation.

So I answered, "It's hard to think of it, but I would still love you."

The Lord then asked me, "If you were deaf, would you still listen to my word?"

How could I listen to anything being deaf? Then I understood. Listening to God's Word is not merely using our ears, but our hearts.

I answered, "It would be tough, but I would still listen to Your word."

The Lord then asked, "If you were mute, would you still praise My Name?"

How could I praise without a voice? Then it occurred to me: God wants us to sing from our very heart and soul. It never matters what we sound like. And praising God is not always with a song, but when we are persecuted, we give God praise with our words of thanks.

So I answered, "Though I could not physically sing, I would still praise Your Name."

And the Lord asked, "Do you really love Me?"

With courage and a strong conviction, I answered boldly, "Yes Lord! I love You because You are the one and true God!"

I thought I had answered well, but God asked, "THEN WHY DO YOU SIN?"

I answered, "Because I am only human. I am not perfect."


No answers. Only tears.

The Lord continued: "Why only sing at fellowships and retreats? Why seek Me only in times of worship? Why ask things so selfishly? Why ask things so unfaithfully?" The tears continued to roll down my cheeks. "Why are you ashamed of Me? Why are you not spreading the good news? Why in times of persecution, you cry to others when I offer My shoulder to cry on? Why make excuses when I give you opportunities to serve in My Name?"

"You are blessed with life. I made you not to throw this gift away. I have blessed you with talents to serve Me, but you continue to turn away. I have revealed My Word to you, but you do not gain in knowledge. I have spoken to you but your ears were closed. I have shown My blessings to you, but your eyes were turned away. I have sent you servants, but you sat idly by as they were pushed away. I have heard your prayers and I have answered them all." "DO YOU TRULY LOVE ME?

I could not answer. How could I? I was embarrassed beyond belief. I had no excuse. What could I say to this? When my heart had cried out and the tears had flowed, I said, "Please forgive me Lord. I am unworthy to be Your child."

The Lord answered, "That is My Grace, My child."

I asked, "Then why do you continue to forgive me? Why do You love me so?"

The Lord answered, " Because you are My creation. You are my child. I will never abandon you. When you cry, I will have compassion and cry with you. When you shout with joy, I will laugh with you. When you are down, I will encourage you. When you fall, I will raise you up. When you are tired, I will carry you. I will be with you till the end of days, and I will love you forever."

Never had I cried so hard before. How could I have been so cold? How could I have hurt God as I had done? I asked God,

“How much do You love me?”

The Lord stretched out His arms, and I saw His nail-pierced hands.

I bowed down at the feet of Christ, my Savior.

And for the first time, I truly prayed.

Author Unknown.