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Is it religion or relationship? Four questions to help you diagnose your commitment to Jesus

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Friday April 14th

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Luke 23:33-47

Galatians 4:4-5 says, “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”The time was now complete for the Son of God to pour out His life to redeem His beloved creation from the curse of sin. In the middle of the crucifixion scene, Luke records two criminals that were also crucified with Jesus.One of these criminals was full of hatred and disdain for Christ, but the other recognized something different.He cried out, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!"And Jesus replied, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise." How could Jesus reply this way to this man?He was a thief and a murder!He was completely guilty!We cry for justice to be done! Yes, this man deserved to die.He deserved to be condemned to an eternity in hell because of his crimes.But because of his belief in Jesus, this …

Sunday April 16th

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John 20:3-16

Sunday is here and the tomb is empty!Praise God, He has risen from the dead!But these were not the thoughts of Mary when she arrived at the tomb.It’s clear that she thought that the Romans or the Pharisees had come and taken His body away.It wasn’t until she saw and held the resurrected Jesus that she was convinced.Jesus would later say to Thomas, “Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed." Have faith, Christ is risen!Each of these disciples eventually saw the risen Christ (along with over 500 other believers)!Not one of them were willing to recant their belief in Jesus as the Messiah, even as they faced death.No one willingly dies for a lie.If the resurrection of Christ was indeed a lie, then these men would revealed it.Even as they were martyred for their faith, they stood tall.They were stoned, crucified, beheaded, burned at the stake, torn apart by animals, and exiled to remote and unknown parts.Yet these men never denied that Jesus was the Messiah.If no…

Saturday April 15th

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Matthew 27:62-66

The Saturday of Passion Week is relatively quiet.Passover began at sundown on Friday and continued through sundown on Saturday. For Christ’s disciples, it would be unlawful to go and anoint His hastily lain body with the proper spices and oils until after Passover was over.For now, all they could do was mourn and ponder the events of the previous day. Now, looking back at what Jesus had told them before Friday, you would think these men would have recognized that this is exactly how Jesus predicted these things would happen.But instead, these men were filled with despair and hopelessness. In the moments where you feel hopeless and abandoned, where do you turn?We can only imagine what the disciples must have been going through.Their whole world, everything they had know for the last three years, seems to have crumbled around them.After seeing all the miracles performed by Jesus, the events of the last 24 hours seemed to be more of a dream than reality.How could this have h…