The moment of Jesus’ death in Luke’s account is surrounded by a great deal of drama. There is darkness over the land, the veil in the temple is torn in two and the Roman Centurion pronounces Jesus’ to be innocent. If we draw on the other gospels we find that the earth shook and rocks split. The tombs of some who had recently died were broken open, and some were raised to life. It was a dramatic turning point in the history of the world. The price for the sins of the world had been paid, by God himself. In this moment, humanity is set free from the bondage to sin and death.
How ironic and fortunate that this lesson should fall on the 4th of July, which is Independence Day in the United States of America. On this day Americans celebrate the freedoms that are guaranteed in the “Bill of Rights” of the Constitution. Usually when we use the word freedom, it is followed by a preposition, which then links it to a defining word or phrase. For example: Americans celebrate that they have freedom from cruel and unusual punishment. They have the freedom of speech, and the freedom to assemble. Prepositions also come into play when we speak of the freedoms that are granted to Christians by the death of Jesus Christ. One of the first that comes to mind is freedom from the tyranny of Satan, and freedom from our bondage to sin (Now there’s an independence to celebrate!)
We all love our freedoms, but freedom generally entails responsibilities which are not loved as much as the freedoms themselves. In the preamble of the U.S. Constitution, Americans pledge that together they will establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty. The fulfillment of the preamble comes through things like civic service, paying taxes, jury duty, obedience to the law of the land and military service.
Christians have received the most gracious gift from God in Jesus Christ: their freedom. However, this freedom also implies responsibilities. The preposition we would use here is “freedom for.” This implies that there is a purpose to the freedoms received. Christians have a responsibility to respond to the grace they have received. We have received freedom for ministry, and freedom for service. We are set free to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ in this world.
There are Christians who truly accept the death of Jesus on the cross as setting them free from their bondage to sin and death. They have come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior; but they have never moved from the “freedom from” to the “freedom for.” They want the grace that freedom offers, but are not too keen on accepting the responsibilities that freedom requires. We are not set free for ourselves alone. We are set free in order to serve, as Jesus serves.
When we realize that we have received freedom for the sake of Jesus and his church, then others will come to know the powerful freedom that is offered in the cross of Jesus. The death of Jesus was indeed a dramatic turning point in the history of the world. It is a dramatic turning point in your life and in mine. Through our respective ministries many will experience it as the turning point in their lives. It was the day we received our true independence and freedom. - Dr. David Winkle.
Friday Night Dinner Ride 6-30-17 We will meet at Kohl’s parking lot, 98th & Indiana, at 6pm. At 6:30 Road Captain Preston Langford will lead to a great place for food, fun, and fellowship! Don’t miss it! Yoi tabemono ga matte iru!
Celebrate your freedom for something!
Who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again —Romans 11:35
Christians have it in their power, by a very little sacrifice, to add millions to the treasury of the Lord. Have you found the joy of sacrifice for Jesus? Have you given up something that you might give it to Him? Are you giving your substance to Jesus? He will take it, and will return to you a thousandfold.
I would rather be associated with a work founded on great sacrifice than on enormous endowments. The reason God loved the place where His ancient temple rose in majesty was because there Abraham offered his son and David his treasure. The reason redemption is so dear to the Father and the heavenly world is because its foundation stone is the cross of Calvary.
The Christian life that is dearest to the heart of God, and that will rise to the highest glory and usefulness, is the one whose foundation principle is sacrifice and self-renunciation. This is why the Master teaches us to give-because giving means loving, and love is but another name for life. - A.B.Simpson
FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER RIDE 6-23-17 The weather forecast shows threats of thunderstorms in all directions for tonight. So by faith for answered prayers for rain, we will meet for Family Night tonight at Furr’s Family Dinning, 6001 Slide Road, at 6:30pm. Come join the fun!
Facing tragedy, or life storms of any kind, can be extremely difficult. But in the midst of heartache and pain, you can find the hope and courage to go on. With God’s help, the help of caring family members and friends, and the encouragement found in the Bible and other resources, you will receive the necessary strength to overcome.
You may be thinking, I don’t know how I could ever get through this. Or you may be battling powerful feelings of despair, suffering, confusion, fear, worry, and even anger. These are all normal responses to tragedy.
But as difficult as this life storm may be, you are not alone. God is with you always. He loves you, and cares about what is going on in your life. He hears your cries and sees your pain. Moreover, He understands.
The Bible says, “And it was necessary for Jesus to be like us, his brothers, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God, a Priest who would be both merciful to us and faithful to God … For since He himself has now been through suffering … He knows what it is like when we suffer … and He is wonderfully able to help us” (Hebrews 2:17-18 TLB). Whatever we endure, His care is certain, His love is unfailing, and His promises are secure.
FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER RIDE 6/9/17 We will meet at Kohl’s Parking Lot at 6pm and go kickstands up at 6:30. It will be a great evening for riding so don’t miss it.
SECOND SATURDAY RIDE 6/10/17 Meet at Loves Travel Stop, 4221 North I27,. We will go KSU at 7:30am and ride to Amarillo where we will join a pancake breakfast fund raiser for the Alzheimer’s association. Cost is 5.00 each for all you can eat. We will then follow the wind and enjoy a great day of riding.
“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to
eternal life.” (John 4:14, NIV)
Jesus said you must be born of both water and spirit or you cannot enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:5). But what is this “Living Water” that eternally quenches our spiritual thirst (John 4:14)?
The answer is found in water itself. H2O!
We’re not talking about hydrogen and the oxygen here. In the Kingdom of God, “H” is more explosive than hydrogen! “H” is Him. Jesus! He is Lord, King, and Savior! “O” is One. Jesus prayed about Oneness just before He went to the cross (John 17:21). “2” is how we all got started. We were once separated from Him and Oneness by sin. “ Living Water” is real “H2O.” It is two (2) becoming one (O) in the Christ (H)! And “H2O” opens the gates to Kingdom of God.
With H2O (Living Water), we’ll never thirst again for anything, and we’re forever part of the Kingdom of God! Drink yourself a big glass of that amazing “H2O” today! Confess your sins and keep turning back to Him in all that you do!
Friday Night Dinner Ride (or not) 6/2/17 Depending on who you listen to, there is 35 to 60% chance of thunderstorms at ride time. We’re thinking it’s a great opportunity for another “Family Night” with FRL! Meet at Fuddrucker’s, 5501 Slide Road, at 6:30pm tonight for great food, fun, and fellowship! Bring the entire family!
2017 FRL Trip to Colorado, “RIDE TO THE ROCKIES” June 14-18. Please be in prayer for the group as we travel to celebrate life and the blessing of our FRL family. Attendees will receive the detailed itinerary in the coming week.
Thirsty? How about a great big refreshing dousing of H2O?