All Acknowledges Christ

Everything on earth, and in the entire universe, praises the Lord. When Jesus was born, when He died, when He comes again – everything recognizes Him as Lord and Savior.

Star above BethlehemWhen Jesus was born, even the stars worshiped Him. There was a star that hovered over where Jesus rest.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2)

Earthquake and lightening at Jesus' death on the crossWhen He died, even the earth mourned. As Christ breathed His last breath, the ground trembled causing a mighty earthquake.

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split…

When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:50-54)

Radiant CloudsWhen Jesus returns to bring heaven to earth, the clouds will reveal His majesty.

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen. (Revelation 1:7)

How can it be that we deny Him when the stars in the sky and the ground in which we walk on recognize His majesty? It may be dishonoring to God to deny this reality, but it’s also a disservice to us when we don’t recognize the splendor of our Lord Jesus.

When we dismiss Christ, we aren’t able to know Him entirely, thus we lose track of His desire for our lives. By not placing Jesus as God we’re denying ourselves the ability to fully rest in Him, trusting that His way is greater than our own.

By minimizing the Messiah, we actually aren’t granting ourselves the potential to fully grasp the majesty that surrounds us. Nor are we allowing ourselves to expand our understanding of the universe and His greatness. So, look up at the stars and remember the birth that they emanate. Feel the rumble of the ground or the security of it’s stability and recall the gravity of Christ’s sacrifice. Gaze upon the silly shapes the clouds form and be mindful that His return is coming. Don’t pass through the days without placing attention on the Savior. Instead, see Him in all things, because all things see Him.

Here@niNe. Expecations of Spring Break

melLast year just before spring break, I remember seeing the same saying everywhere I looked. The saying came from the old dictum, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” You probably saw this saying while you were shopping for your spring break swimsuit, you may even have it on one of your shirts. “What happens at Spring Break…” that’s right “stays at Spring Break.”

Do you really believe this, do you really buy into this idea? I wish life was that easy, that we could just do whatever we wanted without any consequences. Sorry, but I had to learn the hard way. What happens any time of your life goes with you through the rest of your life. It’s hard, and sometimes it takes all the fun out of that particular event or situation. But, not having any regrets or denying your past brings more freedom then that one night.

While you’re preparing for your Spring Break, check out the incredible film Not Today, staring Cody Longo, about a guy who’s Spring Break trip changed his life forever. Read how to Spring into Fitness and Live an Inspired Life. Our Reality section features several articles on Eating Disorders, a must read for any girl walking the middle school or high school hallways.

This year, have fun, and be safe. Enjoy your time, but know that what you do and how you act will be a part of who you are for the rest of your life. And if you do slip up, know that Jesus will forgive you, has always forgive and He will help you forgive yourself.

We love you and want the best for you!