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Don’t Go Back To Egypt

Written by Ken. Posted in Devotions

Don’t Go Back To Egypt

“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help . . . but who do not seek the Lord”
-Isaiah 31:1-

In the Bible, Egypt is a representation of the world; the world, that is, without God. It represents slavery, bondage, captivity, persecution, starvation, wickedness, polytheism, and many other evil and terrible things. Bottom line—Egypt represented sin. It also is an apt representation of the sinful world we live in today.

In the Old Testament, we read that God’s people dwelled in Egypt for a very long time. So long, in fact, that Egypt had started to dwell in them. Because they had allowed Egypt to dwell in them, they chose to follow the ways of Egypt, the ways of the world they lived in, rather than the ways of God. When God delivered them out of the land of Egypt, at first, they were very excited; but their excitement quickly faded. It faded to the point of disobedience, which culminated in their refusal to enter the land God had promised for them.

Because God’s people refused to follow His plan for them, they were left to wander in the wilderness for some 40 years. Yes, God allowed them to wander in the wilderness, but He didn’t forsake them; He continued to watch over, provide for, and protect them. It is interesting to note that during all of the years God’s people were wandering in the wilderness, not once did they miss a meal nor did any of their clothes wear out!

You see, even though God’s people had been disobedient, God’s love for them never ceased. He had made a promise to them and He kept it, though it took much longer for them to reach the Promised Land than necessary. Although God’s people had wandered from Him, He never wandered from them. God has promised His people, both back in Old Testament times, as well as today, that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

Perhaps there are times that you and I, for whatever reason, start “heading down to Egypt.” In other words, we start gravitating toward the things and the ways of the world, instead of staying anchored to God. We begin to allow something or someone else to guide and direct us. We begin to allow the world to enslave us, bind us, and starve God out of us. Our faith in God seems to shift from a vertical relationship to a horizontal relationship. Instead of seeking God first, we seek Him only when all else fails.

If you have been wandering in the wilderness lately, it’s time to get out of Egypt, and to get the Egypt out of you. It’s time to stop wandering and start trusting. Trust in God and His promises, because when He makes them, He keeps them. God is always faithful to fulfill His promises (Hebrews 10:23).

“Trust in the Lord with all of our heart, and lean not on our own understanding”
-Proverbs 3:5-

There’s no reason to wander,

Chaplain Steve

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4th of July

Written by Ken. Posted in Devotions

4th of July

“He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives . . .”
-Isaiah 61:1-

On July 4, 1776, the delegates of the Continental Congress formally declared our national independence from Great Britain, as they voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Contained within this declaration are these unforgettable words:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of Happiness.” (emphasis added)

It’s been said, “God grants liberty (the freedom from oppression) only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.” Unfortunately, most of us take our liberty for granted, that is until we are about to lose it. I know this was the case for my father who, on December 12, 1941, was taken prisoner of war on the island of Guam by the Japanese Army. For the next four years, he lost the freedom that he and others were fighting to protect.

I give thanks to God for the men and women of our Armed Forces and our first-responder community who are willing to fight and die for the defense of our freedoms, and to protect and serve our citizens. Though our freedom is very important to us and we cherish it greatly, there is a freedom we can have that is far more precious. It is a freedom that comes to us, not because of the brave souls who protect us, but because of a Savior who died for us (1 John 5:12; Galatians 5:1; Psalms 144:15).

Biblically speaking, there are two types of freedoms. First, there is a false freedom, a freedom where a man is free to do whatever he likes. The Bible warns us about that type of freedom. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its way leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12). Then there is a true freedom, a freedom that was purchased on Calvary. In this freedom, man is free to do as he ought. This is the type of freedom that God encourages us to embrace. “This is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21). When we choose this freedom, the Lord loves, accepts, forgives, and frees us to live for Him.

May this July 4th be a day when we not only give thanks for the freedom we have as a nation, but more importantly, the freedom we have in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, YOU SHALL BE FREE indeed”
-John 8:36-

Are You Free?


Chaplain Steve

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Happy Valentines Day

Written by Ken. Posted in Devotions

Happy Valentines Day

“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love”
-1 Corinthians 3:13-

Tomorrow we observe what is known as Valentines Day. It’s a day when we send to our “Sweetheart” or ‘Honey” a gift or greeting, expressing our love toward that person. Unfortunately, there are many people who have a very difficult time showing or expressing love to another.

I believe that the word “love” is the most overly used, most loosely used, and most misused word in our English language. It’s a word that seems to lump everything together. How often do we say “I love my spouse”, “I love my dog”, “I love ice cream and donuts”, “I love my job”? As loosely as people use the word—love, one would think there is no difference between loving a pizza and loving my wife.

I remember when I first met my wife 28+ years ago. After our first date, I was literally on cloud-nine and felt as if I was in love. I remember going home and … climbing up the door and shutting the stairs. I said my shoes and I took off my prayers. I shut off my bed and climbed into the light, all because Sonja kissed me goodnight. Believe me; I don’t behave that way after eating a pizza. Pretty close though. Just kidding!

If I were to ask 10 people to define the word “love” and give me examples of how to demonstrate that love, I would probably get 10 different responses. My point is this: the need to understand and define what love is, and then being able to act upon it, is absolutely fundamental for having a strong, solid, and healthy relationship with people, most of all with our spouses.

In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul gives us not so much a definition of love, but a list of ingredients of what loves does and doesn’t do. I ask that each of you take a moment and read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, and as you do, try putting your name in the place where the word love should be. “_____ is patient and kind. _____ is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. _____ does not demand its own way. _____ is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. _____ is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. _____ never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever”.

The best example of this kind of love is found in God Himself. God didn’t sit in heaven and yell down to us, “Hey world! I sure do love you people!” No, instead He sent His Son to earth to show us His love through both His words and His actions (Romans 5:8). What about us?

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”
-John 15:12-

Happy Valentines Day,

Chaplain Steve

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Labor On For The Lord

Written by Ken. Posted in Devotions

Labor On For The Lord

And we labor, working with our own hands”
—1 Corinthians 4:12—

In just a few days, our country will be celebrating what is known as Labor Day. It’s a day that differs in every essential way from other holidays of the year. Labor Day is devoted to no man (living or dead), to no sect, race, or nation. It is a day of national tribute to the contribution workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of a country.

What about firefighters and police officers? Does their work contribute to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country? Absolutely! Without their professions, and those in our armed forces, there would be anarchy and utter chaos in this country. I am so thankful for these men and women. However, they are not the only ones who contribute to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. All who are willing and able to work contribute to the betterment of our nation.

What kind of worker are we in the “spiritual sense” of the word? In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus, when He saw the multitudes of people, weary and scattered like sheep, without a shepherd, being moved with compassion, said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:36-38).

Jesus has commissioned each of us to, “Go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). We are to go into the world (harvest field) in order to sow and water the seed (word of God) in the lives of people. Perhaps you’re thinking, “The world is a very big place. How can I even begin to go and preach in the world?” Easy! Start where you are (with your family member, your neighbor, your co-worker, etc). When we are moved with compassion for people, we will be excited to be a laborer for the Lord. As we share His love with others, we will be contributing to their strength, prosperity and spiritual well-being.

The story goes of a young man who went into a gas station to use the pay phone. The manager overheard his telephone conversation. It went like this: “Sir could you use a hardworking, honest, young man to work for you?” (Pause). ”Oh, you already have a hardworking, honest, young man? Well thanks anyway!”

The boy hung up the phone with a smile and started humming to himself.

The manager asked the young man, “How can you be so happy, you just got turned down for a job? You know I could use a young man like you around here?”

The young fellow answered, “Thank you for the offer, but I already have a job. I just called my employer to check up on myself.”

Someone once said, “Don’t bother to boast of your work to others. The work, itself, has a much louder voice.”

What would your employer say about you if you were to call him up with a disguised voice to check up on yourself? What would the Lord say to you?

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” —Colossians 3:23—

Labor on for the Lord,

Chaplain Steve

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Hold Fast To What Is Good

Written by Ken. Posted in Devotions

Hold Fast To What Is Good

“Hold fast what is good”
-1 Thessalonians 5:21-

A number of years ago, I decided to go to the Victoria Bridge in Riverside, stand at its edge, and jump off. I was a little hesitant at first, as fear began to creep in on me. In the end, I had a great time! You should have seen me. I did a beautiful swan dive. Even though the drop was a good 100 feet, the landing was actually quite soft. I would have rated myself a 9.75 in artistic form and grace. However, the bystanders watching from nearby probably rated me 10.0 in stupidity.

Prior to jumping, I began thinking to myself, “Why am I jumping off this perfectly good bridge? I’m not bored with life. I don’t have a death wish. I don’t think I’m going through my second childhood. My wife and I are doing well. The kids are all ok. Why do I want to jump?” I’ll tell you why I jumped. Because I like it! Isn’t that the most ridiculous reason you ever heard.

Ok, so I really didn’t free fall off the bridge. You think I’m crazy! But I did repel off the bridge using a lifeline. I was on the Riverside Fire Department at the time, and our search and rescue team was doing some repel practicing. We had to practice again and again, in order to become efficient in the art of repelling.

One doesn’t just put a rope around himself, tie a granny knot in it and then take the plunge. No way! One needs to always make certain that he is ready to jump before he jumps. Here’s what I mean. Before I would ever step off the side of the bridge to begin my descent, I always made sure that my harness was secure, my lifeline properly fastened and strong enough to hold my weight. And, oh yes, long enough to get me to the solid ground below.

Only when I was secured, was I then ready to take the plunge.

When I began my rappelling, I always made sure that I not only had the lifeline fastened to myself, but that I also had myself fastened to the lifeline. If I didn’t, I would lose my hold and the end result would not be to my advantage.

My point is this: As God’s children there will be times when we feel like we’ve just taken a plunge off the side of a bridge and are heading for a hard and fast descent. What are we to do? We’re to “Hold fast to what is good.” We need to hold on to our lifeline. God says, “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand. Saying to you, Fear not, I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13).

When you feel as if your spiritual walk is descending rapidly, remember that God is there, and His hand will save you as you grab it and hold onto it. Let Him be your lifeline. When He’s fastened to you and you’re fastened to Him, you have nothing to fear. He’ll set you on that solid ground, He’ll refresh you, and then help you begin your ascent, once again, as you—

Hang on and enjoy your jump,

Chaplain Steve

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Chasing Sparrows

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Chasing Sparrows

“For if you live according to the flesh, you will die . . .”
-Romans 8:13-

Over the years, my wife and I have had many visitors in our home, not just the two legged kind, but also the four legged kind; such as possums, raccoons, foxes and skunks.

Let me share with you about one of those uninvited guests. It had two legs and a set of wings. It was a sparrow-hawk that had flown down our chimney and become trapped in our fireplace, just above the damper assembly. We were able to hear the bird, as its wings frantically fluttered unsuccessfully in an attempt to fly up and out of the fireplace. Knowing this was an opportunity for yours truly to show the macho side of me to my wife, I immediately went to the rescue. After the delicate operation of freeing the hawk from the fireplace and pulling it into our house, I was able to ever-so-gently dust off the soot and then carry it outside in order to set it free. What a good feeling it was to be able to help a bird in need.

Upon re-entering our home, our ears began to detect another noise coming from the fireplace. As I peered up the chimney, I noticed it was the sparrow that the sparrow-hawk had chased down the chimney. That hawk was so concerned with satisfying its own fleshly appetite, that it paid no attention to what lie ahead. It was so focused on one little sparrow, that it lost sight of everything else. In its attempt to pursue its dinner, it almost became dinner. Its pursuit almost led to its own demise. The hunter almost became the game.

What if this sparrow-hawk had made no noise in that chimney and I had decided later to build a fire in the fireplace that evening? Roast hawk! What if I had heard its noise, saw that it was trapped, yet, ignored its cry of help, and made no effort to reach out and save it? Dead hawk!

Here’s my point in this story: You and I were once very much like that hawk. We were chasing after our sparrows; alcohol, drugs, sex, money, possessions, fame, etc. Whatever would satisfy our immediate craving was all we were looking for. We were so focused on that one thing we thought would bring us pleasure, that we lost sight of everything around us. Nothing else seemed to matter. And where was it leading us? It was leading us to the chimney of death. The Bible says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12).

We began frantically fluttering our wings, trying to save ourselves, all to no avail. When God heard our cry, He didn’t light a fire under us and watch us roast. He didn’t ignore us by turning His back on us. Instead, He came to us in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ, reached out His nail pierced hands saying, “Come to Me! Let Me dust you off. Let Me clean you up. Let Me set you free!”

“Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed”
-John 8:36-

What a blessing it is to be set free,

Chaplain Steve

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Thank You! Thank You, Very Much!

Written by Ken. Posted in Devotions

Thank You! Thank You, Very Much!

Give thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ”
-Ephesians 5:20-

Elvis Presley, the king of Rock and Roll would often say to his audience as they applauded his great talent, “Thank ya! Thank ya, very much!” I believe the greatest virtue a person can have, and demonstrate, is that of thankfulness. When somebody does something for us, whether it’s giving us a compliment, holding open a door, or helping us with a situation at work, most of us have no problem saying, “Thank you.” And so we should. But . . . is that all there is to thankfulness?

In just a few days people all across America will be celebrating what has come to be known as—Thanksgiving Day, a day to give thanks. But . . . what are we thankful for? Are we to be thankful for our possessions, for our jobs, for our health; or are we to look past these things to something of far greater value?

Sadly, many people today look at Thanksgiving Day as nothing more than a . . . . . . .

day to watch football, drink, eat a big turkey dinner, and settle down for a nap. While these things are not intrinsically bad, they do tend to distract us from the real purpose for this day. Unfortunately, many people today are missing the point of our founding fathers’ thankfulness. You see, our founding fathers’ looked past their circumstances and focused on where their blessing had come from. They focused their thankfulness on their loving and caring Creator, and praised our Benefactor for blessing this great country far and above what we deserve.

Tragically, on Thanksgiving Day the last thing many people think about is that of giving thanks to God. We should never forget the real reason Thanksgiving was set aside; to thank God for all He has done for us, both personally and as a nation. We should never forget that everything we have and everything we are is a gift from Almighty God. Not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day we should be giving thanks to God.

So how do we, as a people, and, regrettably, as a nation, become unthankful? Ingratitude is a great contributor to this problem. I recently read of a wife, who was standing at the front door of her parent’s house after a Thanksgiving dinner, ready to go home. Her four children stood at her side and her arms were full of coats. Her husband, coming down the stairs, asked why she was standing there. Handing him the coats, she replied, “This time, you put the children’s coats on and I’ll go honk the horn.” Taking people for granted, taking God for granted, can cause our hearts to turn cold and indifferent. And a cold and indifferent heart is an unthankful heart.

My point is this: We are never to take others for granted. Husbands and wives, always show your spouse how thankful you are for them. Parents, never pass up the opportunity to show your children how thankful you are for them. Children, let your parents know how thankful you are for them. We should always take notice of what others do for us; let them know that their efforts are appreciated and that you are thankful for them. But most importantly, we should always thank God for everything He has done for us.

When you stop and think about it, our whole life is to be one big—Thank You. It should be a living expression of our gratitude to God for His goodness. Sadly, many of us take God for granted; and when we take God for granted, we no longer take Him seriously. Let us diligently search out daily all the things that we should be thankful for, all the things that God continuously provides for us, and never pass up the opportunity to tell Him, “Thank You! Thank You, very much!”

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!”
-Psalms 107:1-

May we always have a thankful heart,

Chaplain Steve

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God’s Presence

Written by Ken. Posted in Devotions

God’s Presence

“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for Him in the Inn”
-Luke 2:7-

Can you believe that Christmas is almost upon us once again? It’s just a few days away. Many people get very excited about this day because of the anticipation of receiving presents from family and friends. They can’t wait to open their gifts that will eventually wear out and be tossed out. Their anticipated excitement lasts but a short time, and can only be replaced with something that brings a greater excitement. The reality of Christmas is this: Christmas isn’t about presents, it’s about presence—God’s presence, “Immanuel, God with us” (Matthew 1:23).

At the time of Christ’s birth, we read that there was no room for Him in the Inn. Here was God, the Creator of the universe becoming a fetus, eventually being born a baby, having to wear diapers and be fed by Mary and Joseph. As He entered the world, He was born outside in the cold of night, while others were sleeping cozily indoors. At the moment of His entrance to this earth, very few people knew what was taking place. No trumpets were being sounded; no praises were being offered. Instead, all was quiet. Immanuel had arrived! God was entering the world as a baby, and nobody was even aware . . . . . .

And where does the Bible tell us He was born? In a stable! It’s been said of His birth that He passed right by the mansions, thrones, and riches of this world, being born on the floor of a stable, a place where the stench of animal dung spewed the night air. He was then laid in a feeding troth that the animals used. Nobody had room for Him or time for Him! People were all too busy with the hustle and bustle of life. They were too wrapped up in themselves, while the Savior of the world was wrapped up in swaddling clothes. Mankind was unwilling to make room for Him at His birth. Yet, 33 years later, mankind was more than willing to make room for Him on a cross, at His death. Times haven’t changed much since then. Today, if one were to search for God in our country, he would be hard pressed in finding Him.

I’m reminded of the story of two women who were viewing a display of Christmas gifts in a department store window. In the center of all the gifts was a Nativity scene with the baby Jesus. One lady remarked to the other, “I suppose those religious fanatics are going to try cramming Christ into Christmas and spoil all our fun.” Many people actually take offense when you attempt to bring Jesus into Christmas. They want nothing to do with Him. Thus we now have holiday trees, instead of Christmas trees. Thus we’re now told to use the politically correct term “Happy Holidays”, instead of “Merry Christmas”. Nonsense!

In our eyes, God should never have been born outside, in a stable. It just isn’t right! Our thinking is, “Wait a minute! He’s God! He should have the best of accommodations.” Though His place of birth was not inside a building, like we think it should have been, we need to remember that God didn’t come to earth to fill a building. He came to earth to fill a heart. Until we invite Christ, the Guest of honor of Christmas into our lives, we will never experience and enjoy Christmas the way God intended. Let His presence fill your heart today, that you might fill His kingdom forever.

“. . . but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”
—Romans 6:23—

Have a blessed and Merry Christmas,

Chaplain Steve

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Pull, Don’t Push

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Pull, Don’t Push

If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourself this day whom you will serve”
—Joshua 24:15—

While attempting to get into my car, I could not, for the sake of me, get my door open. I peered down at the lock and was able to see that the door was in the unlocked position, and yet, I could not pull it open. I exerted such force and energy to open the door, that my left arm is now 3″ longer than my right. I became concerned about my own abilities, wondering if I was losing my strength. I hadn’t had a pizza that day, so I knew I wasn’t overdosing on pepperoni! Could I not even open a silly car door!

After a few moments, I realized who the silly one was, as I was able to determine exactly why the door would not open. I’ll tell you, but you have to promise not to laugh or have me committed. You see, as I had my left hand on the door handle, I also had my right hand resting against the top of the door. Thus, while pulling on the handle, I was also pushing on the door. When I told my wife what I had done, she simply replied, “Dear, you’re not losing your strength. You’re losing your mind!” Hey! You promised not to laugh! You’ll be my age one of these days.

I share this humiliating story with you because it reminds me of our spiritual service to the Lord. As much as we want to serve the Lord, we quite often find our self pulling and pushing at the same time.

In other words, we tend to struggle against ourselves. With the one hand, we have an excitement to serve the Lord, and with the other hand we start coming up with excuses for why we aren’t serving the Lord. With the one hand, we ask God to open the door for us so that we can serve Him, and with the other hand we push against it to keep it closed.

While God wants to open the door for us to serve Him, we often look for an excuse to close it. While God truly wants to bless us with the opportunity to serve, we quite often won’t allow ourselves to receive His blessing. The best counsel I can give to the “excuse making” person is this—”If you have an excuse, don’t use it.”

When Moses was told to go and bring God’s people out of Egypt, he said, “Lord, who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” When Jeremiah was appointed a prophet to the nations, he said to the Lord, “Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, because I am a youth.” God was pulling the door open for these men to serve, and they were attempting to push it closed it with an excuse. Nonetheless, the Lord responded to these men’s excuses with words of encouragement, “I will certainly be with you. Do not be afraid, for I am with you to deliver you.”

My point is this: when God opens the door, don’t push it closed. Instead, take that step of faith and walk through it, and see the amazing things the Lord will do as you minister to others.

But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord”
—Joshua 24:15—

Pull, don’t push,

Chaplain Steve

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He is Risen

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He is Risen

“He is not here; for HE IS RISEN”
-Matthew 28:6-

Someone once said, “Life is a bad joke, that isn’t even funny, and the only way you get out of it is by dying.” What a sad commentary on life’s existence, and yet there are many people who hold to that belief. The Bible says there is more to life than death; there is life beyond this life. I believe the most encouraging words ever written or spoken are given to us by an angel, “He is risen.” Otherwise, there would be no hope at the moment of death.

The weekend of the Christ’s death, burial and resurrection reveal to us the three most important days in all of history; Dark Friday, Dreary Saturday, and Decisive Sunday. If not for these three days, the world would continue to be in a state of hopelessness.

That Friday afternoon when Jesus died was a very dark time in history, as the darkness of man’s sin showed itself in the worst way, as God’s creation crucified their Creator. Yet, in the eyes of God, it was a very Good Friday, for He knew that His Son was reconciling the world back to God as He freely laid down His life (John 3:17, 10:17-18). It wasn’t nails holding Jesus to the cross; it was l-o-v-e (Romans 5:8).

As the Dark Friday cries of the people, “Crucify Him!” came to an end. Dreary Saturday was on the horizon. Though it arrived quietly, I am certain it had to have been a day filled with emotions of every kind. Many of Jesus’ followers were in mourning. His mother, Mary, was in great grief. Some of the disciples began to wonder if Christ was truly the Messiah, as their faith began to turn to fear. The Roman soldiers involved with His death might have been eating and drinking, in order to erase the memory of Friday from their minds. I can only wonder what the priest had to have thought when they entered the Temple and discovered the veil ripped down the middle. Perhaps they tried to offer their own Passover lamb on the altar, all the while knowing, but denying, that the true Lamb of God was lying in a borrowed tomb, sealed with a stone and being guarded by soldiers they had placed there.

Saturday was a day of hopelessness for many people. Their hope of life beyond the grave was dead, and buried in a tomb. Would things remain hopeless, or would hope come alive. In just a few hours Dreary Saturday would soon turn to Decisive Sunday. For many people, Sunday would be just another day; “business as usual.” For others it would be a day that would change their lives forever; a day of celebration as Christ rose from the grave.

The empty tomb speaks loudly to us today. It says “He is alive!” It says “His promises are true!” It says “His power is intact!” It says “the enemy (death) is defeated!” Death was not able to hold Christ down (Revelations 1:18). The stone and soldiers were unable to hold Christ down. The devil was unable to hold Christ down.

It was a very Dark Friday that the Lord died on. It was a very Dreary Saturday as many people wondered whether or not God was dead. It was a very Decisive Sunday when the grave gave in to the promise of God, as the tomb was found empty. Jesus is alive! Jesus proved once and for all that He is truly the Savior of the world.

“Because I live, you will also live”
-John 14:19-

Have a blessed Resurrection Day,

Chaplain Steve

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