What is Your Motivation Today?

What is Your Motivation Today?

This is always a good question for me no matter the time of day. Christians are given the tasks of reaching the lost with the good news of Jesus Christ and building Godly relationships with each other. In addition, our own personal spiritual development, family, work and health are just a few things that need attending to.

In the jumble of trying to balance life, sin attempts to limit our progress. While we are no longer slaves to sin, we still have to battle the flesh and when we are tired, discouraged or uncertain about the results of our efforts, sin can creep in and try to derail the tasks meant to honor God. Sometimes we complain. Sometimes we try to impress. Sometimes we act too quickly.

It’s a good thing God gives us an example of how we are to approach our daily tasks.

Events of the Holy Week – Sunday

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Mark 16:1-8 - When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them,”Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Today, we celebrate that Jesus, who was crucified, has Risen!  

50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

Jesus Came To Die - 50 Reasons Jesus Came to Die

“Why did Jesus have to die?”

That is a pretty popular question we hear these days whether it is from believers or non believers. It typically falls in line with some way of thinking that “if God is so powerful, then surely He wouldn’t have to sacrifice His son, right?”

What often gets missed in the midst of these question is an accurate reflection on just how sinful we are, and just how holy God is. For believers, there are times we forget our first love. For non believers, there is a misunderstanding of who Jesus is and what He has done. We are so sinful (me included) in fact, whether or not we are believers, we have a tendency to move on and forget about Jesus. Meaning, are we returning before the cross each day and reminding ourselves of the Gospel that saved us, and trusting it to lead us today?

I strongly encourage you whether or not you believe in Jesus, to read through these fifty reasons, slowly. Take time going through each one reflecting on what Jesus actually did for us on the cross. I pray as believers you would be freshly encouraged from this and give gratitude and praise to the Lord for what He has done. I pray for non believers that you would take the time to read this and consider the fact that either this really happened or it didn’t. There is no middle ground here. Jesus is either Lord and King, or a liar from what He proclaimed. Either way, you are making a decision each day to either believe in Him or not.

Again, read over these slowly and draw closer to Him reflecting on why Jesus died for us.

Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

  1. To Absorb the Wrath of God
  2. To Please His Heavenly Father

Events of the Holy Week – Friday

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Mark 14:43-52 - And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” And when he came, he went up to him at once and said,”Rabbi!” And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him. But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. And Jesus said to them, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” And they all left him and fled. And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.

What’s amazing about this is that even while he was being betrayed, Jesus knew and desired for Scripture to be fulfilled.  

Events of the Holy Week – Thursday

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Mark 14:17-26 – “And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”