Author: Loyd Jenkins
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
Life. Isn’t that what Jesus was all about when He came to save us? He came that through His death we would have life, eternal life, glorious life, life so heavenly that it’s unimaginable. It’s what awaits us when soon we’ll be with Him, but it’s also now as we are born again as children of God. He gave us life—and not to hold onto it, but to share it–and even lose it– so that others can have life too.
As I celebrated Palm Sunday yesterday, it was really quite profound to think that on Sunday Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem, and some of the same people who sang and waived palm branches back then, shouted for His crucifixion only five days later. To them, maybe Jesus’ 15 minutes of fame had expired, the trouble-maker that claimed to be the Son of God. All the miracles and all those he healed had strangely been forgotten and suddenly he was just someone to be scorned, to be hated, to be killed and gotten rid of.
I hope that this week we can take some time and think about the life we’ve been given through Jesus and be bold to share the Good News with others. We get so busy in all the things we do with family, friends, work, errands, hobbies, technology and even church that life seems to pass us by. The more we fill our lives with all the busy things that we want and need to do, the less time we have for more meaningful things. But if we could take some time this week during Passion Week and consider what Jesus has done, what He suffered so that we could have life, and consider how we might be able to share that life with others, we can be a part in Jesus’ ministry in saving lives.
At the core of what we do at International Aid is to change and save lives—physically and spiritually. We do this by providing medical equipment and health products to our partners who work and serve the needy around the world, and here at home in the U.S. By partnering with us, you can also be a part of saving lives for the glory of God. We provide the medical support so that our partners (medical and mission organizations) have an opportunity to open the door and talk about Jesus through a ministry of healing. They can tell of what He did and what He gave so that no one should die, but live a life redeemed and bound for Heaven.
Pray that we can play a larger role and affect more people and partners so that even more people may be moved to hear the Gospel. Pray that more organizations will partner with us to reach so many of the needy in the world. And pray that we all can take more appropriate time to reflect on the events that led to Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. Be blessed this week, this Holy Week that led to the ultimate sacrifice of such perfect love!