March 25, 2016

Read Matthew 27:27-33
“I see dead people.” As one who does not usually watch scary movies, the ones I have seen stick with me. This chilling line came rushing back as I read this passage. The child who spoke it was not afraid. He felt compassion for what he saw. The frightened ones were those who were unaware there were dead people present. As Christ was tortured and mocked by these hundreds of soldiers, I imagine His heart was breaking, not for the pain He endured or the scorn He suffered, but for His tormentors. As He fixed His gaze on the mass of humanity before Him, He had to think, “I see dead people.” And, with that, He endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God, knowing that He was their (and our) only hope. Therefore, you must “consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
As it appears darkness is taking over more and more of this world, it is important to remember, darkness is not anything. It is the absence of light, just as the evil and desperation around us is the lack of goodness and hope. Look with compassion, and shine brightly. There are people dead in their sin everywhere. Do not be frightened. Be aware. Have compassion. Keep going. It is in Christ that you bring them light and life.

One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.