Some of my fond early memories are connected to times when I was able to spend holidays with my extended family. Jeanette and Otto Thomas had seven children that nicknamed themselves the Fantastic 7. Along with their 18 children it was always a lot of fun.
Holidays were special already but when we meet at grandma’s house dinner time was a major production. There is always lots of food, lots of laughter and lots of conversation. Needless to say with large families there were times when everybody did not agree on a specific topic or opinion and the volume level and intensity of the conversation would increase as the evening progressed but inevitably grandma would walk in the room and state her position and for the rest of the evening the focus would be on what activities we would participate in. Grandma Thomas had a way of ending the confusion and redirecting everyone’s attention to what was really important, being with each other. She had a unique way of not telling everybody that they were wrong but affirming her position and bringing everyone together.
As we live into this season of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ we are reminded that there is one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ. We are reminded that we can respect other religions, but the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is what makes it possible for me to have a relationship with God almighty.” I have no need to attack what others believe because I am clearly focused on the reality that my salvation is firmly rooted in the resurrection of the only man who was divine and human and lived on this earth with no sin.”
As disciples of Jesus Christ how will you focus people on the essentials of the faith. God’s sacrificial love for sending Jesus. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sins and the resurrection that gives us access to God.
Keep us on what really matters.