Good Friday Series — Passion for HARVEST
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Photo: In Nepal, NETS ministers share the Gospel in remote villages using the JESUS Film.
On the cross of Calvary, Jesus Christ displayed His deepest passion, and there He fulfilled His ultimate purpose on earth — to provide the ONLY way for us, and for all people, to be saved from our sins and reconciled to God.
In Hebrews 12:2, the Bible tells us to look unto Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith, Who for the JOY that was set before Him endured the cross.”
How could there be any JOY in such a brutal cross?
How can we refer to that day as “GOOD” Friday?
It’s because we know how the story ends!
Through Christ’s atoning cross (meaning, His death “atoned” or “paid for” the penalty of our sins) and His glorious resurrection, our Lord destroyed the power-hold of sin and death in our lives, and He opened the door for us to receive God’s salvation.
It’s because He died, that we can live!
As Christians, we need to be challenged and “moved” by the cross. We need to remember all that Jesus endured, and continually remind ourselves of the purpose for His willing obedience.
Your Passion for Harvest
A Song of Prayer
Your passion for harvest, O Lord Your love for the lost
For the JOY set before You, O Lord You took Your cross
Now Your love compels me, for You died to save me
May I live only for You, and . . .
Your passion for harvest, I need Your love for the lost
For the JOY set before me, O Lord, I’ll take my cross
For Your love compels me, for You died to save me
May I live only for You, for You.
Jesus Christ willingly surrendered everything, and took up His cross; but it wasn’t only for us. Our Lord’s precious blood was shed for the entire world. Yet even now, 2,000 years later, over 1.6 BILLION people have still never heard of Him. As Christians, we must be willing to surrender . . . everything . . . to take up our cross (God’s desire and will for our lives). We need to pray. We need to give. And we need to open our mouth and share our faith with others. We need God’s love and His passion for the harvest.
“I have been crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ that lives in me, and the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
(I Corinthians 1:18).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”
(John 3:16 NKJV).
This year, as we remember our Lord Jesus’ death and resurrection, may we all be filled with more of His purpose and more of His tremendous love.
In His Harvest,
Jon & Ann