"Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." ~ Isaiah 58:12
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” This is God’s admonition from Galatians 6:9. But long has been the period that tempted Pro-life folks to “faint” in Kentucky. Early in this century it seemed Kentucky was poised to be one of the most “Pro-life states” in this nation. However, political maneuvering in the House of Representatives killed most every bill designed to protect children in the womb. I remember the frustration of driving away from Frankfort at the end of the Legislative sessions. It was heart-breaking, knowing that thousands of children would be murdered in Kentucky that year because we could not get politicians to enact law that would protect them in their time in the womb. Twelve long years children in the womb languished under oppressive government. But now, finally, many of them (though not yet all) will be protected.
Saturday, January 7th, in a special session of the Legislature, the new House of Representatives quickly passed two Pro-life bills which will save thousands of Kentucky children’s lives this year, and each year after this. One bill, the “Ultra-sound” bill has been pushed by Pro-Life groups and Legislators for at least 12 years, but due Continue reading →
The three days after Jesus was crucified were days of painful reflection for His disciples, both personally and as a group. They were desperately trying to make sense of the recent events which had ended in Jesus’ death. They were now afraid they may have been wrong about Him being the Promised One. All the while, they were fearful of what the next opening of the door might bring. They were afraid to go out, but afraid to stay in. They were simply—afraid! Each day passed in tearful grief and painful questionings. As the weekly Sabbath day came to a close, their questions were no more answered than they had been three days ago when they watched Him die. Oh, why had He died?
One of their group, Mary Magdalene, was just as uncertain as the rest. However, the love in her grateful heart would not be denied: Not by questionings or by fears. Jesus had set her free from a wretched life of bondage to sexual sin and the torture of evil spirits (Luke 8:2). He had changed her! She had never been the same since that day she met Him, and her gratitude of duty now compelled her to go to the tomb and anoint His body with spices, which time had not allowed on the day He died.
Though it was still mostly dark, she gathered her spices and started to make her way to the tomb. Some of the other women fell into step with her, but Mary was Continue reading →
Now the end was near. Jesus’ breathing on the Cross was so labored those watching expected death to come at any moment. But then, in an unmistakable voice of triumph, Jesus cried out, “It…is…finished!” (John 19:30) The words rang with victory, with accomplishment! It was as if His perspective on this whole ordeal was that a work was being done. The tone of His voice spoke of completing something that had been planned from eternity past. The books were now balanced! He had paid man’s debt to God: That debt of one perfect life which man had incurred in Eden when he used, for selfish purposes, the perfect life God had loaned him. Jesus’ perfect life had been offered up as a sacrifice to God to pay man’s debt. The work was now accomplished! (Colossians 2:13-15)
A few moments later, Jesus uttered His last words from the cross. Focused on the Father, He was heard to say, “Father, into Your hands, I commit My spirit.” (Luke 23:46) Though His body was weakened beyond exhaustion, the words rung distinctly with inexhaustible faith! He was entering death, but He was believing the promise recorded in Psalm 22 that God would not leave Him in death. The vision of God would be accomplished in Him! With these last words Continue reading →