Day 21 – Journey to the Cross – Pastor Kevin Lautar

Hello First Family,

Today’s Code word is Return. This is a loaded word in Scripture. Return means to go back to a position, place or state that you have already been. After reading Revelation 2:4, one could say it was necessary to return to our first love. The Apostle John records the words of Jesus concerning the church of Ephesus, “Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” OF course in my mind the first thing I think of when I hear the word return is the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ! He will return to set all things right. Revelation 19:11-16  speaks of this glorious event, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter.’ He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

O.S. Hawkins refers the lesser known story in Luke 17 of the 10 lepers being healed and only one returns to thank Jesus. There is something about thankfulness for the things done for you that communicate love, humility, and gratitude. Unfortunately, many Christians today have become accustomed to the good things of the Lord and are growing less and less thankful. A global event like the Corona Virus has made many stop and be thankful and more appreciative for the everyday blessings of the Lord. Today’s focus verse is from Psalm 107:1, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” I think there is a song that goes along with that! We should confess an ungrateful and entitled heart for the sin that it represents and return to the Lord with a thankful heart for His great mercy and love for us. Spend some time today, wherever you are social distancing at, to return to the Lord and just thank Him for all that He has done. See ya Monday on our Journey to the Cross.


Pastor Kevin

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