Under His Wings…
An article in National Geographic several years ago provided a penetrating picture of God’s love. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked it over with a stick.
When he struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother’s wings.
The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze arrived and the heat scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast. Because she had been willing to die, those under the cover of her wings would live.
That reminds me of Psalm 91:1-6… “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.”
The Cross was an expression of God’s covering to protect us from the fiery penalty of sin. Jesus gave His life to protect our lives and give us a future both now and in eternity. He took the wrath while covering us under His wings of love and protection. That is why The Cross is more than art or more than a religious icon. It is our declaration of liberation. It is the symbol of our Savior’s love and it is the reminder of the high price God paid to free us from the consequences of our sins.
Passion Week Events…begin today. It’s Palm Sunday, the day 2000+ years ago when our Savior made His way into the city of Jerusalem to begin the events that He was sent for. Those events have changed the world and have enabled life, real life, with our creator. We will celebrate today with a special musical presentation by our choir and orchestra at 4:00 PM titled… “The Cross Has The Final Word.” Then, come this Friday, we’ll gather in our fellowship hall at 11:30 AM for our annual Good Friday service. We’ll also be back that evening for a special Easter worship time at 6:30 in the worship center with the contemporary band. And of course, don’t miss our Easter services next Sunday morning as we celebrate our Resurrected Savior!!!! It’s going to be outstanding, I can hardly wait.
Our Freedom Campaign continues… Are you praying about this important matter for our Church and our future? Will you join with the entire congregation and make a God directed commitment for the next 3 years over and above your tithes to move us toward debt free ministry? Just three years of full participation through God directed commitments can move us to a place of the greatest ministry of our lives. I say just 3 years because, it will come and go quickly. Alison and I have been giving like this for more than 17 years now and we will make a fresh commitment to the next 3 years, just like I am asking you. It’s going to be exciting to see what God will do with us because of this. And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!!!
For God’s Glory Alone