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Palm Sunday To Easter Sunday

Title: Palm Sunday To Easter Sunday
Materials: Hand-lettering

YMI-Palm Sunday

“The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting” (Matthew 21:6-9)

This was a truly unusual way for a triumphant king to enter a city. Conquering rulers normally rode on mighty stallions. But Jesus wasn’t riding a warhorse. This reveals what kind of King Jesus is. He came in meekness and lowliness. Jesus came, not for war, but to establish peace between God and us (Acts 10:36; Colossians 1:20-21).

What kind of king is Jesus to you today? How can you honor Him as your King?

YMI-Good Friday

Some days, I’m in awe of you. Other days, I’m overwhelmed by life’s challenges.
But despite my consistent inconsistency, you love me the same.
Thank you Jesus for your constancy. For dying on the cross for an undeserving sinner like me.
For your abounding grace and unending mercy.
Once again, I ask for your forgiveness for the times I’ve sinned.
Once again, I give my life to you. Use it Lord, for your sake.

 

YMI-Easter Sunday

E – nter God’s presence with thanks and praise
A – llow Him to give us His embrace
S – ubmit to God out of love and respect
T – reasure His goodness lest we forget
E – ndure pain and sufferings like Christ
R – eady to take risks and pay the price

S – eek God’s kingdom and His righteousness
U – ntil they are added unto us
N – ever deny Christ as our Savior
D – aily commune with Him in prayer
A – lways the same is Christ, our Brother
Y – esterday, today, and forever

– Bernard (Gideon) Lim Kean Hyn, Malaysia (ODJ Contributor)

 

Grace & Mercy At The Cross

Title: Grace & Mercy At The Cross
Materials: Digital Illustration
Description: 
At the cross, Jesus disregarded all his rights.
At the cross, Jesus showed grace to his enemies.
At the cross, Jesus showed mercy to a sinner.
Because of the cross, we are saved.
Now, would you bear the cross for His sake?

 

01-Forgive-(final)

02-Paradise-(final)

03-Redemption-(final)

04-Open-access-(final)

 

What Carrying the Cross Really Means

Written By Desiree U. Angeles, Philippines

As a Christian, I know it is important to attend church on Sundays, as God has commanded us in his Word: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

But having to go to church every Sunday often feels like an obligation for me, having to studying full-time and work almost every evening.

When I first read Jesus’ words in Luke 14:27 about carrying our cross, I could immediately identify one example of what this “cross” might refer to. For me, going to church is the “cross” I need to carry in order to be a true follower of Jesus, because given the extent of my daily commitments, it is a sacrifice on my part.

But the more I read the Word of God, the more I realize that it is only a small sacrifice compared to the many other things God wants us to do. He wants us to carry the cross in all aspects of our lives. In our relationships with others, God wants us to love difficult people, to be patient and to have a forgiving heart. When we are troubled by life’s problems, we are to rejoice and have hope (Romans 12:12), to trust in Christ (Mark 9:23), and to be strong and have courage (Isaiah 40:29-31).

God instructs us to not conform to this world (Romans 12:2), to do nothing out of selfish desires (Philippians 2:3-4), and to do everything for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Most importantly, we must love the Lord our God more than we love ourselves and anyone else (Mark 12:30). All of these things are part of the “cross” we need to carry in our everyday lives as followers of Christ.

It may not be easy to do all this. And if we regard these commands as burdensome obligations, we will never be able to carry out any of them.

On the other hand, if we trust in Jesus and the provision of the Holy Spirit, who abides in our hearts, we will be able to carry the cross, not out of mere obligation, but out of our genuine love for Him.

Are you willing to carry the cross?

 

Photo credit: Close to Home / Foter / CC BY-NC