Time flies as the long awaited Easter and Good Friday flew by with a blink of an eye. The Easter bunny giving out chocolate eggs has become somewhat of the worldly culture these days, but don’t let it sway you away. Easter only comes once a year and since it is a religious celebration it is only right that many focus on the real meaning of it, that Jesus came down to earth to die on the cross for the sins of the world. There is nothing wrong with purchasing delicious chocolate shaped eggs but hold your head up high and do not allow yourself to be bought or swept in by the culture that wants to take you away from its true significance. On a lighter note, do keep in mind of the calories, not too many chocolate eggs please!
It was a sunny Easter Sunday as I headed to Sidang Injil Borneo Kuala Lumpur (SIBKL) where they held their Easter celebration service at SunwayMas Community Centre. The beginning of it was lively as usual. Many sang and moved along to the praise and worship. When the hall was finally quieten, everyone took their seats for the video presentation.
The video pointed out a touching testimony of a girl whose life changed when she was brought to Church. In short, her life hit rock bottom as she constantly partied and took drugs. One day at home after a party, she looked at herself in the mirror and realized she could not recognize herself anymore. She had allowed herself to be pulled in by the life she lived to the point where she felt ashamed. Her life took a turn for the good when she was invited to Church one day and gave her life to the Lord and received a newfound hope. After the help of many and also the help of Executive Pastor Victor, she has transformed to the best she could ever be and now she is proud to say that she is clean, married to an amazing man, and awaiting her newborn baby.
The Love Story of all time
When it was time for the sermon of the day, Pastor Victor stood in front to preach. He began by talking about various love stories that we see in the movies admitting that he’s in love with love stories. Through his observation of the most popular love stories of all time, he found that all of the ones who had any significance were the ones that portrayed the element of sacrifice namely, Romeo and Juliet, Titanic, P.S. I Love You, The Notebook and more.
“Has it ever occurred to you that all these love stories are the same? You only love those who love you and only love those who you think deserve your love. It is beautiful, but the Easter love story is different because God chose to love you even though you despise him, unworthy, unattractive” he said. That is why Easter tells the story of the greatest love of all time. The Bible says whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have eternal life.
Victor then moved on to tell “The Parable of the Three Trees”. It’s too long a story to share in this article however here is a snippet of it. The parable tells a story of three trees that had big dreams, dreams to be made into a ship, a treasure, and to become the tallest tree in the world. One day, their dreams were shattered when they got chopped down and made into lowly materials. As time passed, they soon forgot their dreams. Many years later, their dreams suddenly came to life but in ways they did not expect. The moral of the story is that God has a use for everything, and it relates back to us that even if our dreams are broken God has a significant purpose for us all and it will all be revealed in good time.
“Easter is so special because we are all fellow human beings in this journey of life. We are all heading somewhere” he said. Only God knows how precious you and I truly are despite our wrongs and our guilt. He chose us from the beginning we were born and no matter what we’ve experienced or done wrong in life, we can still start afresh because God so loves us.
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