Today is Holy Wednesday.
It was on this day that the woman anointed Jesus with expensive perfume in Bethany. It was also on this day that Judas agreed to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. (See Matthew 26:6-16.)
As we remember this day, let us honour the Lord with our most expensive gift. Let us also ensure that we do not betray our Lord Jesus Christ through our actions and words.
Permit me to share this prayer from page 101 of the Methodist Book of Worship for Church and Home (1964):
“Assist us mercifully with thy help, O Lord God our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the meditation of those mighty acts through wich thou hast given unto us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
There is a consequence for everything on this earth and the consequence of sin is death. It is guaranteed that when you live a sinful life and do not accept Jesus Christ as your saviour, you will face death. Death in this context is spiritual and eternal death. But the gift of God, which is also free, is eternal life in Christ Jesus. When we put aside sin and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour, we are guaranteed eternal life. What would you choose: death or life? I choose life.
Let this season have meaning to you; choose life.
This is one of the prophecies about the coming of the Messiah. The Scriptures say that Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. As the soldiers beat Him up and whipped Him, the prophecy was fulfilled and His wounds became the source of our healing. Because Jesus suffered and was wounded, we do not have to suffer, if only we believe. When we fall sick or feel unwell, we can look to this scripture and the fulfilling of it, and declare our healing.
By His stripes, we are healed.
It is great to know that the kind of spirit lives in us is a powerful spirit. The kind of spirit that lives in us determines what we can do and what power we can exhibit. When Jesus was leaving this earth, He told us that He would send us the Holy Spirit. It is therefore assuring to know that the spirit that lives in us is the same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. A spirit that is able to raise Jesus from the dead is a spirit that has authority over death. That is the kind of spirit we have living in us when we accept Jesus Christ and are filled with the Holy Spirit.
We have in us the spirit that has authority over death.
Serving is at the heart of the Christian walk with God. Jesus came not to be served but to serve. Throughout His life and His ministry, Jesus served people and mankind. He could easily have said that He was the Son of God and therefore He should be served. But no, Jesus served everyone including His disciples, and He taught them to serve others. Serving also means giving your life as a ransom for others – you are willing to give up everything to serve others.
Let us look to serve others and not to be served.