An Earthquake and an Angel

Bible:

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, . . . there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. Matthew 28:1a, 3-4 ESV

Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
he rides on the wings of the wind;
he makes his messengers winds,
his ministers a flaming fire. Psalm 104:1-4 ESV

Reflection:

Lightning is an amazing and powerful thing, and it can be very beautiful to watch. Most lightning flashes between one cloud and another, but sometimes lightning moves from a cloud to the earth. It is caused by electrical imbalances between clouds, or between clouds and the ground. Sometimes lightning looks like a bead, a rocket, or a ribbon, but often it is a sheet from a distant cloud that seems to light up the whole sky. Many people are afraid of lightning, and in fact lightning can be very dangerous. Each bolt of lightning that hits the ground can contain up to one billion volts of electricity. Lightning is also extremely hot, and a flash of lightning can heat up the air around it to five times hotter than the sun’s surface! This makes the air expand and vibrate, and it’s what causes thunder.

Early on the first Easter morning, while the soldiers were standing guard at the tomb, some awesome and powerful things happened. There was a strong earthquake, and then an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled the stone away from the tomb. The angel had clothes as white as snow and looked like lightning. This was very frightening to the soldiers. They could see the power of God at work, and they were so scared they weren’t able to move. They might have looked inside the tomb they were supposed to be guarding, and seen that it was empty. The Lord had done the most amazing and mighty thing imaginable, but the guards couldn’t see its beauty. All they knew was fear.

When we see the power and glory of God at work, we are often afraid as well. We know that we are sinful people, and God’s glory and power can show his righteous judgment against our sins. But Jesus’ resurrection tells us that God did his most powerful act in love for us. Jesus conquered sin and death so that we don’t have to be afraid of dying or of facing God’s judgment. When we see Jesus’ empty grave, we see the power of the love of God, and the beauty of the salvation Jesus won for us.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the beauty and power of Jesus’ resurrection, and for the life with you it won for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Source:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/lightning/

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He Descended into Hell

Bible:

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. I Peter 3:18-20 ESV

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Colossians 2:13-15 ESV

The Lord God said to the serpent, 

I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:14a, 15 ESV

Reflection:

When I was on the track team in high school, whenever our team won a meet, we would do a victory lap at the end of the meet. This idea comes from auto racing, and it means going around the track one more time to celebrate a victory. After a victorious track meet, our whole team would jog around the track together to show everyone that we were the winners and to enjoy our triumph. I was actually not a very good runner, but I shared in the victory of the whole team because I was one of them.

After Jesus was placed in the grave, he went down into hell. The Bible only tells us about this in one place, and many people have different ideas about it. However, we know that before Jesus came, God took his people to be in heaven with him when they died because of their faith in the promised Savior, and that Jesus didn’t have to set them free from hell. Jesus didn’t have to suffer in hell or to wrestle with the devil, because he had already finished his work of salvation on the cross. And we know that all people face their judgment when they die, and that there is no second chance after that. The rebellious people in hell, especially the ones who hadn’t listened to Noah’s warning, saw Jesus, but it was too late for them. When Jesus went to hell, it was a little like doing a victory lap. When the devil saw Jesus die on the cross, he really thought he had won, but he was mistaken. Jesus had won the victory on the cross, and he went to hell to show himself as the winner.

Because Jesus has won the battle over death and hell, we don’t ever have to be afraid of dying. We will always be safe with Jesus because of the victory he won for us on the cross. The devil and all his forces of evil can never hurt us, because Jesus has shown that he is much stronger than they are, and he is always with us to protect us and help us when they try to hurt us or trick us. We are weak, but we share in Jesus’ victory because he has made us his own people, and we win our battles because of his strength and power.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for winning the victory over death and all the forces of evil, and for making us a part of your victory. Amen.

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Bible:

And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15:33-34 ESV

“Today also my complaint is bitter;
my hand is heavy on account of my groaning.
Oh, that I knew where I might find him,
that I might come even to his seat!

“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there,
and backward, but I do not perceive him;
on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him;
he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him. Job 23:2-3, 8-9 ESV

Reflection:

Yash was a rich businessman who lived with his wife and his two sons in Delhi, India. His older son Rahul fell in love with a beautiful woman named Anjali and wanted to marry her, but his father Yash would not allow his son to do that. Yash had a different wife picked out for Rahul and expected his son to obey him and marry the woman he had chosen. He thought that Anjali wasn’t worthy of his son because her family was poor. When Rahul married Anjali in spite of his father’s wishes, Yash disowned his son. He said that Rahul was no longer his son, and that he wouldn’t have anything further to do with him. Rahul was cut off from his entire family, and he moved far away to London with his wife.

Jesus was also completely cut off from his Heavenly Father on the cross. They sky turned black, and it stayed dark for three hours, from noon to three in the afternoon. This darkness showed that God’s judgment was falling on his Son, and that God had turned his back on all the sins that Jesus had carried to the cross with him. Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” As Jesus paid for our sins he knew the pain of abandonment by his Heavenly Father, and the bitterness of complete separation.

The thought of being abandoned by God and separated from him forever is really frightening. We know that everything good comes from God and that being without him is painful and horrible. But everyone who believes in Jesus never has to worry about that happening. Jesus paid for our sins and endured separation from his Heavenly Father so that we would never have to experience that. Sometimes God might seem far away and we might feel as if we can’t reach him. But even when we suffer terrible things or when our hearts trouble us because of the sins we’ve done, we can be sure that God will never leave us. He promises to always be with us and to help us, now and forever.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us through Jesus and for promising never to leave us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Source:

Johar, Karan, dir. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. . . Yash Raj Films, 2001. Film.

Remember Me

Bible:

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:39-43 ESV

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Romans 5:15-17 ESV

Reflection:

Long ago, when people in the Greek and Roman world died, their families would often put a coin into their mouths before burying them. The reason they did this is because they believed that Charon, the ferryman of the dead, would ask for that coin when their loved one came to the underworld. To get into the underworld and be at peace there, the dead person had to cross some water, and Charon would take the person in his boat and ferry them across. But if a person didn’t have a coin to pay Charon, he or she would be left on the shore, and would be doomed to wander forever around the world as a ghost and never know any rest.

There were two criminals who were crucified with Jesus, and one of them joined the religious leaders and passersby and threw insults at him. But the other one realized that he was dying and didn’t have any way to pay his way into God’s heavenly kingdom. He had lived a life of sin and crime, and deserved God’s judgment forever. He asked the other criminal how he dared to insult Jesus, who was innocent, when he was dying in his sin and guilt. Then he showed that he had faith that Jesus could help him. He asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus came into his heavenly kingdom. He knew he didn’t deserve it, and that there was nothing he could possibly do to earn it, but Jesus heard his request, and gave him a beautiful promise. He said that that very day the dying criminal would be with him in paradise.

We also could never earn our way into paradise. We might not be criminals, but we are sinners who deserve God’s judgment, and nothing good we could ever do will save us. But Jesus came to die for us so that we could be saved. Because of Jesus, our sins are forgiven as a free gift. We can be sure that we are part of his kingdom now, and that after we die, Jesus will remember us and take us to be with him in paradise forever.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, remember us when we die and take us to be in paradise with you forever. Amen.

Source:

http://www.theoi.com/Khthonios/Kharon.html

He Would Not Drink It

Bible:

And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. Matthew 27:33-34 ESV

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8 ESV

Reflection:

When people go to the dentist, they often find the procedures painful or at least very uncomfortable. Some people are terribly afraid of the dentist and get so anxious that they can’t cooperate the way they should. Dentists often give their patients some kind of anesthesia or sedation to make everything go more smoothly and to keep their patients more comfortable. Anesthesia makes a person numb so that he or she can’t feel anything at all, and dentists might make part of their patients’ mouths numb so that they can drill or do other uncomfortable things without causing them pain. Sometimes dentists use sedation, which makes people feel relaxed. Occasionally dentists might even put their patients completely to sleep, so that they don’t feel or know anything until the entire procedure is over.

Before the soldiers put Jesus on the cross, they offered him some wine to drink that had a drug in it. This drug would have made Jesus not feel so much pain or fear. Some people think the soldiers gave this to criminals so that they wouldn’t struggle and fight as they were being crucified, but many people think that the soldiers were doing a small kindness. Crucifixion was a horrible way to die, and taking a drug would have made it just a little easier. As soon as Jesus tasted what was in the wine, however, he wouldn’t drink it. Jesus knew he wouldn’t struggle or fight the soldiers, because he was giving his life freely. And he knew he needed to feel the full force of God’s judgment for the sins of the world.

It makes us very sad to think of all the terrible pain Jesus went through, but we know that he did it for us. Jesus went to the cross willingly. He could have turned away any time he wanted to, but he stayed with it till the end. He took on all the suffering of the punishment we deserved for our sins, and because he did this, we are free from sin and death. God, our Heavenly Father, forgives us our sins every day, and gives us new hearts and lives to love and serve him forever.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for all the suffering and pain you went through for us. Please forgive our sins and keep us close to you. Amen.

Source:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/a/anesthesia-and-sedation

 

 

Mourning for Jesus

Bible:

And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Luke 23:26-31 ESV

O daughter of my people, put on sackcloth,
and roll in ashes;
make mourning as for an only son,
most bitter lamentation,
for suddenly the destroyer
will come upon us. Jeremiah 6:26 ESV

Reflection:

There’s an old story that among all the women who were following Jesus and crying for him was a woman named Veronica. She saw sweat and the blood from the crown of thorns pouring down his face, and she felt sorry for him and wiped his face with her veil. Then a miracle happened, and the image of Jesus’ face was left on her veil. This veil was able to heal people who were sick when they touched it, especially from blindness. It also quenched thirst and sometimes even raised people from the dead.

This is only a story, but it’s a reminder that Jesus had been surrounded by enemies for many hours, but now there were people who helped him and some who felt sorry for him. Jesus was so weak from being flogged and beaten that he wasn’t able to carry his heavy cross for very long, and so the Roman soldiers forced an African man named Simon to carry his cross for him. Simon might not have known who Jesus was, but he was given a great honor to be able do this for Jesus, and we believe that he became a Christian. Many people followed Jesus as he was taken away to be crucified, crying and mourning for him, especially many women. Jesus stopped to talk to them. He said that they shouldn’t cry for him, but that they should cry for themselves. He talked about the time to come when Jerusalem would fall, and how terrible that time would be for mothers and for little children. As Jesus walked to the cross, God’s judgment for the sins of the world fell on him through Rome, but the judgment on Jerusalem that God would carry out through Rome would be a terrible thing for these women to experience.

Simon was able to help Jesus by carrying his cross, but only Jesus could carry the sins of the world and pay for them. There’s one way that the legend of Veronica’s veil is true. We don’t have to touch this veil, but when we believe in Jesus who went to the cross for us, he heals us of the terrible sickness of sin and promises to bring us back from the dead someday. God’s judgment fell on Jesus so that we could be forgiven, save from the doom of judgment that our sin has caused. We weep for the suffering of Jesus, but rejoice in the healing and forgiveness he won for us.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for giving us your healing and freeing us from God’s judgment. Amen

Source:

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Veil_of_Veronica

False Witnesses

Bible:

Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But he remained silent and made no answer.  Mark 14:55-61 ESV

Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:11-14 ESV

Reflection:

In the late 1600s in Massachusetts colony there was a series of trials that became known as the Salem witch trials. A group of young girls testified in court that they had been bewitched by women in the community, and even though these women insisted they were innocent, the girls told stories about being visited by the spirits of these women who did bad things to them. The girls also screamed and contorted their bodies and had fits while they were in court, and people believed their stories. We can’t know for sure why the girls told the stories they did, or what caused them to act as if the devil was possessing them, but we know that the women they accused of witchcraft were innocent. Before the Salem witch trials were over, 19 women were hanged for being witches, and seven others had died in jail. The false testimony of a few young girls caused all kinds of grief and horror.

Jesus also faced false testimony when he stood before Caiaphas, the high priest, in court. Many witnesses came in and said all kinds of terrible things about him, but their stories contradicted each other. This meant that the stories couldn’t be accepted as evidence. What all these witnesses showed was how much Jesus’ enemies hated him and wanted to get rid of him. They would even get people to tell stories that weren’t true about him so that he would be found guilty of a crime and put to death. Jesus didn’t fight back or try to argue that he was innocent. He just stood silently while people accused him of doing wrong.

Jesus faced the hatred and false testimony of others for our sake. He knew that everything that was happening to him would lead to his death on the cross, but he didn’t try to fight back. Nothing bad anyone could say about Jesus was true, but when we stand before God, there are many things that we have said and done that would cause us to face God’s judgment. That’s why Jesus allowed himself to be accused of doing wrong and took the punishment for it. Jesus was taking the judgment that belonged to guilty people like us, so that when we stand before God’s judgment, we will be called innocent by him. Jesus let himself be guilty so that we could be innocent and live in joy with him forever.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for suffering false accusations and the punishment of a guilty person for our sake. Amen.

Source:

The World Hates You

Bible:

[Jesus said:] “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not  greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.  Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’” John 15:18-25 ESV

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. II Timothy 3:12-13 ESV

Reflection:

In the late 1800s, the Roman Catholic church sent some missionaries to what is now Uganda, in Africa, to the Bantu-speaking people. The king of the people, Mutesa, allowed both Catholic and Protestant missionaries to work in his country, but the next king, Mwanga, began to persecute Christians. He put to death several Roman Catholic leaders, and when a man named Joseph Mukasa, who was a member of the royal household and a Christian, objected to the king about this, the king put Mukasa to death also. Young men who had worked for Mukasa had been studying to be baptized, and when King Mwanga heard about this, he arrested all of these young men. They were all put to death. The king continued to persecute both Catholic and Protestant Christians in his country.

Jesus warned his disciples that the world would hate them, because the world hated him first. Around the world, and throughout history, Christians have faced persecution for their faith in Jesus. The reason this happens is because the world is broken with sin, but many people don’t want to hear that they are sinners and that they deserve God’s judgment. People don’t want to follow God’s ways, and instead they hate God because he judges them and calls them to turn away from their sins.

We also don’t always like to hear and remember that we are sinners. We feel frightened and angry at the thought of facing God’s judgment. But Jesus didn’t only come to speak words of judgment to the world. He also came to save people from sin and judgment. When Jesus went to the cross, he took all of God’s judgment onto himself, and anyone who believes in him has forgiveness and knows the love of God. We can face any hatred and persecution the world has to give through the strength we have in Jesus’ love.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for taking God’s judgment on yourself. Please give us strength when we face the hatred of this world. Amen.

Source:

https://www.britannica.com/event/Martyrs-of-Uganda

Vine and Branches

Bible:

[Jesus said:] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:1-11 ESV

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25 ESV

Reflection:

There was once a giant named Antaeus, who was the son of Gaea, the earth goddess. Antaeus was very strong, but his strength came from his mother. If he was separated from the earth, he lost all his strength. Antaeus used to make everyone who passed his way to wrestle with him, and he would always win these wrestling matches. But one day the mighty hero Heracles found out his secret, and when he passed by Antaeus and was challenged to a wrestling match, Heracles picked up Antaeus and held him above the earth. As soon as the giant was separated from his mother, he lost his strength, and Heracles was able to crush him to death.

This is only a story, but it’s a little like something Jesus said to his disciples. Jesus used a different picture, but he said that his disciples would have to stay connected with him, and that if they were separated from him, they wouldn’t be able to do anything. Jesus used the picture of a vine and its branches. First he said that he was the true vine. The prophets had often compared God’s people Israel with a vine, but Jesus was saying that he was the true Israel. That means that he was everything that God’s people had hoped for over the years, and that they needed to be connected with him to be God’s people. Then Jesus said that his followers were like branches. If they stayed connected to him, they would bear fruit. The Heavenly Father is the vinedresser who takes care of the vine and its branches. He helps vines that are attached to bear more fruit by pruning them, which means cutting them back so that they grow stronger, but branches that are separated from the vine are gathered and thrown into the fire.

God the Holy Spirit connects us to Jesus through faith, and he helps us to bear the fruit of following God’s commands. Sometimes he uses problems and troubles to make us stronger, and it’s kind of like when a gardener prunes back a tree or a bush so it will grow stronger and better. There is the scary picture of God’s judgment when we think about branches being separated from Jesus being thrown into the fire, but it’s a good reminder that we need to stay connected to Jesus. He died for us so that our sins could be forgiven, and he will take us to his heavenly kingdom someday.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be our vine. Help us to stay connected to him as his branches always. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Source:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Antaeus

For This Purpose I Have Come

Bible:

[Jesus said:] “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. John 12:27-33 ESV

Teach me your way, O Lord,
that I may walk in your truth;
unite my heart to fear your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever. Psalm 86:11-12 ESV

Reflection:

A terrible thing happened in the United States on September 11, 2001. Some enemies of the United States got onto planes and got control of them, then made them crash into the World Trade Center in New York. These crashes made the twin towers of the Trade Center collapse and burn, and many people died. Among those who died were 343 firefighters who put their own lives on the line to try to rescue people who were trapped in the twin towers. A firefighter’s job is to risk his or her life for the lives of others, but firefighters believe that their work of rescuing and saving the lives of others is worth laying their own lives on the line. The oldest firefighter to die on September 11 was a man named William Feehan. He was 71 years old, and he had been working as a firefighter since 1959. He could have retired, but he loved doing the work he did, and he kept on doing it till the day he died. As the commissioner, he was at his command post when the south tower toppled and killed him.

Jesus knew that the work his Heavenly Father had given him to do would bring him to his death, and that the time was coming very soon. He knew that he shouldn’t ask God to save him from this death, because that was the very reason he had come. Instead, he prayed that his Father’s name would be glorified. God’s voice came from heaven saying that he had glorified his name, and would glorify it again. The people thought that maybe an angel had spoken to him, or else maybe it was thunder they had heard. But Jesus told them that the voice was meant for them, and that the time of judgment had come. He said that the ruler of the world would be thrown out, and that when he was lifted up, he would draw all people to himself.

When Jesus died on the cross, all of the judgment for the sins of the world fell on him, and he paid for all our sins there. We don’t have to fear God’s judgment because of what Jesus has done for us, but instead we have forgiveness and life forever with God. Jesus defeated all the works and the power of the devil by his death and resurrection, so that nothing Satan or this world can do to us can take us away from him. Jesus’ cross is like a magnet that pulls us to him and keeps us close to him forever.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for taking God’s judgment and defeating all the devil’s work on the cross for us. Amen.

Source:

https://www.911memorial.org/blog/william-feehan-remembering-firefighter-who-held-every-rank