Holy Week should be joyful PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 March 2016 11:34

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… “God said to Moses, `I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you’...” (Exodus 3:14, the Holy Bible).

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HOLY WEEK SHOULD BE JOYFUL: Let’s try to figure out this one: Jesus, our God and Savior, came to earth in human form to save sinners from being penalized with fire and worms for eternity, right? So, okay, His coming, and His death on the cross, should be a cause for overflowing joy for those who believe and accept and have faith in Him as God and Savior, isn’t it?

Why then are Christians on mourning mode every time that we commemorate the death of Jesus on the cross during Holy Week? If we really believe that Jesus saved us from eternal hell, destroying the work of sin in us, Holy Week should be celebrated with much, if not greater, jubilation than our celebrations for Christmas.

Amazingly, Jesus, our God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, loved the world very much that He Himself came down from heaven in human form, braved the serious manhandling and verbal insults that were hurled against him by His very own creations, and accepted death on the cross, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life.

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FAKE AND SPURIOUS BELIEVERS: Now, what really did the Bible mean when it said that “whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life”? This clarification of what this phrase really means is important because it is indubitable that while many are saying they already believed (or are believing) in Him, they are not even aware of who or what they should believe in.

This makes these supposed “believers” fake or spurious believers, who are as unsaved as those who do not believe at all. There is in fact no difference between the unbelievers and those who say they believe but do not really know who or what they should believe in, because they are both destined to die a fiery and slimy death in hell.

Towards this end, my challenge has always been this: ask any self-professing Christian about how they became Christians in the first place, and you would be met with blank stares and incoherent babbling about being born again, with 100 % of them unable to say what being born again really meant, and who or what they must believe in to become true Christian believers.

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JESUS IS GOD AND SAVIOR: So, let us clarify, for purposes of Holy Week 2016, to make this season more relevant to all. The Bible in its John 3:16 (The Only Way translation) says that “For God so loved the world He Himself came down from heaven in human likeness and form, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life.”

Indeed, what this commands us to do is to believe in God, and accept Him as God and Savior. This entails knowing that God has a Name, and it is Jesus. According to the Bible, Jesus Himself says that He is “I Am” (John 8:24). “I Am”, of course, is the Name of God in the Old Testament, the Name He identified Himself with when He was sending Moses to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.

In sum, therefore, what we are being commanded to do is to accept and have faith in Jesus as God and Savior, and it is this acceptance and having faith in Jesus that does wonders to our lives, both here on earth and in eternity. When we accept and have faith on Jesus as God and Savior, we will receive power from God Himself, which will set us up above all others!

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