Hunting for the Truth of Easter

Title: Hunting for the Truth of Easter
Artwork by: Elroi Teo and YMI
Description: 
We are in a constant search for something, whether it be the meaning of life or the reason for our existence. But this Easter, let us search through the Bible as we rediscover the significance of Easter, and why Jesus is the only one worth searching for.

 

Judas was searching for earthly treasures. But soon learned the consequences of his actions.

Thirty pieces of silver was all it took for Judas to betray Jesus. When his act of treachery was discovered, Judas felt remorseful and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. He confessed he had sinned, and innocent blood had been betrayed in the process. Judas’s story is an example of the dangers of an unguarded heart, of a heart that wants what it wants. We are to guard our hearts to prevent ourselves from being swept away by the currents of temptation, or in Judas’s case, exchanging Jesus for fleeting earthly treasures such as status, or material wealth. What can we do today to guard our hearts in the face of temptation, and to stand firm in Jesus?

 

 

Peter was looking for a way to show Jesus his love for him. But ended up denying Jesus.

Peter trusted in his own strength when he told Jesus he would not betray him. Yet Peter went on to deny Jesus three times before the rooster crowed. Peter wept bitter tears when he realized what he had done, and asked Jesus to forgive him. Like Peter, none of us are perfect, and as willing as we are to love Jesus perfectly, our weaknesses and failures often become our stumbling block. Fortunately, we are able to bring all these to the cross, and Jesus will meet us there to restore and refresh us. Will we look to Jesus today as the only one who refreshes and restores us?

 

 

Two thieves were looking for salvation. But only one accepted His invitation.

We often cry to God to save us from earthly struggles, but find it incredibly hard to believe we have already been saved from our struggles. We tell Jesus to remember us in Heaven, forgetting the invitation has already been extended to us. Jesus died on the cross for our salvation, and that means we are now able to spend eternity with Him in paradise. But when we think of heaven, do we think of it as simply a place where there will be no more tears and suffering? Or do we look forward to heaven because we get to be with Jesus, and to worship Him?

 

 

Mary (Jesus’ mother) and Mary were seeking for Jesus’ body. But all they found was an empty tomb.

Jesus’ mom and Mary were upset and disappointed when they discovered His tomb was empty. But they were met by an angel, who told them the one they are looking for has risen. Upon hearing this, the women rejoiced. Like them, we too can rejoice, in  knowing Jesus has overcome death at the cross, and rejoice in knowing death no longer has any power or hold on us. We should constantly remind ourselves that the Lord has indeed risen, and the resurrected Christ is still very much alive today. It can be easy to tune our hearts out to Jesus, and relegate him to the dusty recesses of our minds. But let us keep Him alive in our hearts today.

 

 

Thomas was looking for evidence that Jesus has risen. But his encounter with Jesus revealed his doubt and unbelief.

It is hard to believe in something we cannot see, but this is where faith comes in. We have to believe that Jesus has risen, and that He is alive. If you are struggling with unbelief, call out to God to show you that he is real. He wants us to know the truth, and He will reveal Himself to us in due time. Let us cast aside our unbelief, and reach out to Jesus.

 

Exploring Easter’s Treasures

Title: Exploring Easter’s Treasures
Artwork by: Zach Stuef (@stuefcreative) and YMI
Description: 
It can be easy to think of Easter as simply being made up of hot cross buns, Easter bunnies, chocolate eggs, and long weekends. However, Easter is about reminding ourselves of what Jesus had done at the cross, where He laid His life down for us. The reason for our existence is found at the cross. His death was the crux of salvation, and His resurrection is the assured hope of that salvation.

Follow us on this journey from Palm Sunday to Easter Monday as we explore the significance of each day. Each day’s artwork is also available for download as lockscreens (simply click on the image).

 


PALM SUNDAY | He endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him

Jesus’ visit to Jerusalem was not a social call. When he entered Jerusalem, he was on a mission to fulfil God’s perfect plan – to die in Jerusalem for our sake. Jesus embodies his Father’s love for sinners, and he knew the time had come for him to lay his life down on the cross for us. The walk to Calvary would have been hard, yet Jesus was steadfast as he set his face on Jerusalem. His act reminds us as believers that our Christian-walk may not always be an easy one, but we are called to carry our cross and follow him. Like Jesus, we are to set our eyes on the cross, even if we are buffeted by life’s daily troubles. Staying the course can be difficult, so let us encourage one another as we press our way forward to follow the King of Kings on the road to Calvary.

 

 


 

MAUNDY THURSDAY | Anticipating the return of Jesus

Jesus dined with his disciples on the night before his execution on the cross. This is known as the Last Supper, or Communion, and as his disciples shared on unleavened bread and wine, they were doing it in remembrance of Christ. Jesus then surprised his disciples by washing their feet, thus setting an example of how we are to lead our Christian lives. We are called to serve one another in love and in humility. It is not a command that is always easy to follow, but with Christ as our example, let us find ways to fulfil this commandment.

 

 


 

GOOD FRIDAY | The power of the Cross 

How do we view the cross? Do we see it as an instrument of torture, or as a symbol of hope, love, and redemption? Jesus was crucified for our sins so we can spend eternity with him. It is also at the cross where we can lay bare our brokenness, sin and shame, in exchange for fullness, joy and a cleansed heart –  this is the beauty of the cross. What areas of our lives that we are finding hard to crucify? Whatever it is that you may be struggling with, bring them all to Jesus, call on to him, and he will draw near to you.

 

 


EASTER SUNDAY | Jesus holds our eternity in his hands

Jesus defeated death when he rose again on the third day, and his resurrection is the crux of the Christian faith. Jesus’ resurrection displayed both his power and glory, and with it comes the promise of eternal hope, life, and a glorious inheritance which awaits us at the end of our Christian race. And did you know, the same power that rose Jesus from the dead is also available to us believers? But do we fully understand the power of God, and how aware are we of its working in our lives and the lives of others?

 

 

The Art of Worship

Title: The Art of Worship
Artwork by: Paris Krahn (@pariskrahnart)
Description: 
When I first became a Christian, I didn’t really understand how to worship God. I sang songs on Sundays, and tried to be “Christ-like” in my outward actions, but my heart wasn’t willing to follow God’s will.

I didn’t understand that worship had to begin with growing closer to God in a relationship, and inviting Him, even in the struggles of life, to transform us. (Ezekiel 36:26-27) Worship essentially is the eager and proper response from a heart won over in gratitude, adoration, reverence, repentance, obedience, trust, and desire for more of God. But even if we fail, He is faithful and is willing to give us the grace to begin again. Knowing this, how can we not live our lives for Him in endless worship?

Now I am pursuing God’s call to paint and share my love for the Word of God with others. My goal isn’t just to make pretty artwork, but to point people toward the Author of creation and the Word, and consequently, worshipful living.

 

REDEEM OUR LAND

This piece reflects a prayer I had for God to “heal our land”. However, In order for God to heal our world, we have to let Him into our hearts. He’s the God who will meet us in the muddiest of valleys and willingly breathes new life into us. We don’t need to be afraid to open our secret hearts to God, because He is ever patient and overflowing with grace. He will redeem what was once dark and lifeless into something purposeful in His kingdom, and transform us into new creations who are truly alive!

 

 

HEAVEN’S SONG

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2)

Creation bears proof that we have a brilliant Creator, but it also sings back to God in worship, though seemingly silent. God hears the sound of creation loud and clear–it’s an endless Halleluiah. Creation teaches us to praise, even in the dark night or mundane moments. How beautiful it is that right now we can join an ongoing chorus of worship and connect with The Life Breather.

 

 

MEET ME IN THE MORNING

Psalms 143:8 is a morning prayer of reliance. When we rise, we revive our hearts with God’s unfailing love. When we face mountains too hard to scale, or when another day daunts us, He gives us the strength to move forward. What I love most about this passage, is that when we read His word, He speaks life into our weary souls.

“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (Psalms 143:8)

 

 

BUTTERCUP

This was the first painting I did after having a baby. I felt inspired to work on it when I sensed God calling me to “begin” again, just as I was, and paint. Completing it gave me the confidence to officially sell my art professionally. Though the original face has been now updated, I feel like it describes my style now, celebrating growth and the worthy pursuit of God’s call in our lives.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

 

I Have Anxiety But I’m Not Alone

Title: I Have Anxiety But I’m Not Alone
Artwork by: Zach Stuef (@stuefcreative)
Description: 
We all worry, it’s a normal part of life. But sometimes this worry can overtake our entire being and result in anxiety. We feel out of control, paralyzed by the unknown, constantly triggered by the “What if’s?”.

How do you deal with your anxiety? In the midst of our panic attacks, how can we try our best to draw our focus to God’s promises for our anxious hearts?

Words taken from: I Have Anxiety But I’m Not Alone

 

Walking out of the metro station, I was suddenly met by foreign smells and swarms of people.

 

 

I felt my own thoughts being drowned out by the overwhelming noises and sounds coming from street vendors, bargaining customers, and chaotic traffic.

 

 

I struggled to find an alley or a side street where I could catch my breath. I was starting to hyperventilate and inwardly panic due to all the disorderly activity going on around me. Anxiety can be crippling for me.

 

 

Most days I don’t even want to leave my bed to face people and ministry responsibilities.

 

 

“God will never leave you” (Deut. 31:8), “God is always watching over you” (Ps. 121:5), or “God is your comfort in the storm” (John 14:27). But I never truly understood these truths until I started experiencing pain for myself. The peace these promises give has been instrumental in my growth and perseverance in life.

I can’t experience peace in trials if I’m not in Jesus, if I’m not resting in Him.

 

 

This isn’t to say that my battle with anxiety is easier or done with. Actually, far from it. I continue experiencing good and bad days every week. But I’m still here. And God is still providing for me. He is still bringing people in my life to push me forward. He is faithful even when I’m not. And He is still everything I’ll ever need.

At the end of the day, our present troubles are nothing compared to the glory set before us. Our future leads up to one thing: spending eternity with Christ.