All was hushed, there almost seemed to be a sacred expectancy in those who were present… Welcome to our time of tea & reflection together…
As we waited, with the cold creeping into our bones & the deafening quietness of our surroundings, all feeling weary from the two hour hike in the predawn darkness but also excited…then all of a sudden it began…
At first there was just a glimmer, then it grew brighter with hues of orange against the dark sky giving a breathtaking contrast in spectacular colors of blues & purples…we were on the mountain top looking across the bay for this special sunrise…the water below reflected & magnified the effect… it was Easter Sunday…watching God create a new day in all of it’s breathtaking beauty, from a mountain top perspective was amazing…& one I will never forget…
Then as the dawn turned into morning, we enjoyed hot tea boiled in the Billy on the campfire, as we thawed our freezing bodies beside it & awaited breakfast of bacon, eggs & toast cooked over hot coals.
As we drank our iconic Australian Billy tea sweetened with sugar & taken with milk, & chewed mouthfuls of our delicious breakfast, we reflected upon the reason for our time together upon this mountain.
We were all Missionary & Bible College students, we varied in ages. But that morning we were there to celebrate that special morning long ago that changed the course of mankind, forever, when the tomb of Jesus was found empty.
That mountain top experience was many years ago…You may ask the following….Why does Jennifer believe in Jesus & His life, death on a cross, resurrection & ascension to heaven & in His love for her? Is it because of the…evidence?…tradition?…knowledge?…experience?
My answer is; No none of those are the reason, although all of them have credence! I believe & accept Jesus as my Lord & Savior through faith, because He first loved me & because of His sacrifice for me…I don’t just believe but I also live in God’s amazing love, grace & forgiveness through His Son Jesus.
I am not perfect, I do screw up at times, I am still living this side of heaven but I live in His love because of His continual kindnesses to me… He is the bridge to an amazing relationship with the Father through His sacrifice & resurrection. Why?
Because our many times great grandparents, yes ours, created a huge gap in their & our relationship with God the Father through their deliberate rebelliousness at the beginning of our family history.
We inherited their legacy but through Jesus we can once again enjoy a personal relationship with God the Father & Jesus the Son through being born anew in His Spirit!
It is totally an individual choice to have this relationship of course…However it doesn’t just happen automatically…
You need to choose, believe, accept & open the door of your heart to Jesus & His Spirit to be born anew…asking for this new life & acknowledging Jesus’ work for you to Him personally (John 3:1-22 Refer). I did this in quiet prayer 38 years ago…youre welcome to read My story
Have you ever thought of where you will spend the rest of eternity?
Did you know that each one of us are already living in eternity, as death is not the end of our existence (this I not only believe but have also have experienced in a death experience shared in my book “I go to prepare a place for you” please read in an Excerpt).
It is entirely your choice as to where you will spend the rest of eternity…please choose wisely…
Well it’s now time for my afternoon tea with a cup of Chai & some fresh apple chips, until next time…
Blessings to you this Easter dear friend & may you come to know God’s amazing love & grace for you personally,
Until next time,
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