Tomorrow is Easter and I think it is very important for all of us to remember that there were three people hanging on crosses the day Jesus was crucified, Jesus and two thieves and while one told him 'Jesus remember me when You come into Your Kingdom!' and Jesus replied to him, 'Truly I say to you, today, you shall be with Me in Paradise.' Mark 23:42&43, it is very important to remember that on the third day, when Jesus arose from the dead, only Jesus came back!
That is why I chose the letter S for Submission for todays blog. Submission, oh the very utterance of that word makes people cringe and run for cover and if a man tells his wife to submit to him, well, I am sure right now many of you that read this are laughing and saying that isn't going to happen.
So, lets take a good look at the word submission:
This is one of those good old English words that come from a Latin past and the Latin word submissio meaning the act of lowering. Now if that doesn't raise the hairs on the back of your neck, I don't know what does!
Websters defines submission as, 'submitting something for arbitration or inspection, submitting to the authority or control of another and being submissive, humble. (Taken from the World Wide Web, April 11, 2009. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/submissive).
How many of us only think negative when we hear that word? But did you miss being humble?
Many of us work for an employer and think nothing of being submissive to what they want us to do, after all, if we don't, we will not have a job at all.
Are we not submissive in some way to our children? If they cry, we run to see if they are okay, if they say they are hungry, we feed them, if they call us to bring their homework to school, we take it without a thought.
Yet, we cringe at the thought of being submissive to our spouse or Our Lord Jesus Christ. I am not saying in a home one should lie down like a rug and let our spouse walk all over us, but be humble because it is the thing we should do. If your spouse asks you to do something for him because he is busy, do it with a smile.
Do you believe that Jesus really wanted to take our sins upon himself and die on the cross is such a horrific way? No, He did NOT want to do this. Mark 14:36 tells us when Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed this prayer, 'Abba! Father! All things are possible for Thee; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what Thou wilt.'
Jesus submitted to the cross because His Father asked Him to do so. Can't we, submit to Jesus ?
Can't we fall at the cross and ask His forgiveness? That is all God asks us to do to be born again, to be able to know when the time comes and we pass out of this world, we will be in Heaven with Jesus!
Ephesians 5:21 tells us, 'And be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.' Women be subject to your husbands, doesn't mean our spouses have the right to abuse us or make us feel like we are second class citizens, on the contrary, it is written for husbands to love their wives even as Jesus loves the church.
The world seems to be coming apart at the seams. Families are being killed by their own family members and most without warning. Their are long lines at soup kitchens, the unemployment office and for food stamps. Their are people in our country starving to death and yet, many of us turn our head.
Our nation was founded on 'One Nation Under God.' Tomorrow is Easter, Jesus submitted His life so we could live, where are you going to be tomorrow without Him?
Easter is a childs dream next to Halloween. It is filled with baskets of candy and chasing hidden eggs, but when the children gather all their eggs up, take time to share with them why we have Easter.
After all, had Jesus not sacrificed His life for ours, there simply would be no cause for celebration.
He Has Risen and I am thankful to be called one of His own!