APRIL 12, 2022 Special Devotion Written by Dr. Dan Bolin - Taking a Deeper Look into the Wonder of Easter
Jesus did not die on the cross just so we could live comfortable, well-adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper: He wants to make us like himself before he takes us to heaven. This is our greatest privilege, our immediate responsibility and our ultimate destiny. - Rick Warren
Jesus predicted utter devastation for Jerusalem – not one stone would be left standing. The disciples were troubled and privately asked Jesus two questions: “When will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3b) As to when, Jesus explained that only God the Father knew the answer. His response to the second question painted a bleak picture of disastrous days to come. Jesus’ primary concern was how His disciples would live until He returned. To emphasize this point, Jesus told three powerful stories. The first concerned 10 people waiting for a wedding; five were attentive but five lost interest. The second described a master leaving his fortune in the hands of three servants and their productive or indolent responses. The third commended or condemned people for their gracious or selfish treatment of others. (Matthew 25) In response to the disciples’ end-time questions, Jesus emphasized our need to live attentively, productively, and graciously – today. This Easter week, take time to prayerfully examine your life by asking these questions: What is the focus of my attention? How am I using the gifts entrusted to me? What am I doing to help those in need?
Dan Bolin President Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc