WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS
Kathy Bernard - Publisher
follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.” –
On some level he felt ashamed as he
closed the door of the car and watched as his wife and children
drove off to the Easter Vigil at the Church. But he
simply could not
acknowledge the claim that God became man, came to earth, and died to pay
the debt for the sins of mankind so that they would gain eternal life. Although he was a hardworking, honest family man,
kind and loving to others, he could not accept the premise that this
man Jesus was his Savior.
Sadly he shook his head and went
inside the house.
He stood looking out his living room window, noticing
that snow had begun to fall. As
the snow drifted past his window, he mumbled, "I feel like a hypocrite".
In the midst of his reverie, there came a thudding sound,
followed by another and another. It must be a kid throwing
snowballs at the window, he thought. He went to
investigate and saw a flock of birds huddling miserably in the heavy
snow. They had been caught in the storm and were frantically
looking for shelter, trying several times to fly through his
window. The man, becoming agitated, thought, "I've got to help them. I must not let those
poor creatures stay there and die. But how?"
He thought about the barn where the children’s pony was
stabled. Yes, that would be a warm place. He hastily put on his
coat and galoshes and tramped through the deepening snow to the
barn. He opened the doors wide and turned on the light. But the
birds wouldn't come in. Food, he thought, food will bring them into the
barn. So he ran back to the house for bread crumbs. He made a bread
trail to the barn, sure that they would follow the trail to warmth
To his dismay, the birds ignored the bread crumbs and continued to
shake and huddle helplessly in the falling snow. He
tried shooing them into the barn by walking around and flapping his
arms but they scattered in every direction – except into the warm,
lighted barn he so kindly offered.
“They don't trust me,” he thought to himself, “they
are afraid of me and I can’t think
of any way to let them know they can follow me. They cannot see
what I am offering them. I want them to live. If only I could be a
bird myself for a few minutes and get them to have faith in me, I
could lead them to safety and they will live.
Just at that moment,
the church bells began to ring. He stood silently for a while,
listening to the bells pealing. Then he sank to his knees in the
“Now I understand, Lord” he whispered with tears streaming down his
eyes. “Now I see why You had to come down to earth as a man to save
us and give us eternal life. Now I understand!”
do we follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in today's society?
We must surrender ourselves into His loving care through faith.
beginning it may seem impossible to follow the Lord wherever He
leads. We get busy
with work, family and a multitude of responsibilities and
we sometimes forget to reflect on the most important
gift in our lives; Jesus Christ, the Son of Almighty God.
Many times we fail to remember that
intimacy and closeness with God and Jesus Christ determines our walk
But, we must make a choice to consciously follow Jesus Christ or follow the world
of transient pleasures hosted by
Satan who is a robber, a thief and a liar, who will sugarcoat all sin with
great, superior intelligence.
He will keep us busy with mundane things to keep us away from Christ.
And gleefully, he will twist God's Word on all things to suit anyone who
stands uncertain or too busy to follow our Lord.
Jesus does not force us to follow him. He waits
patiently for us to come willingly. When we give
our hearts and souls to Jesus, we will recognize and know that He is our
our Intercessor, and through the Holy Spirit, He is our Counselor on
all things. It does not matter that we are
imperfect and once was a sinner. It is the now that matters
since He died for people just like you and I. Jesus tells
us if we walk with Him, He will change our hearts and give us the vision to see beyond this world
so we will no longer have need of the temporary. Because He
sins and died to pay for our salvation, He made us worthy
to enter the kingdom of our heavenly Father. He tells us if we
follow Him in this life He will bring us joy, in spite of earth's pangs and the hurts
we must face, for He will be there in the midst of the darkness of
life. Just a little while, just a little while, He promises, I
will renew you into an everlasting life. With your newfound faith,
I will give you the vision I have planned for you.
"Stay alert! Watch out for
the great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion,
looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be
strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and
sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of
suffering you are. In His kindness God calls you to share in eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus." 1 Peter 5:8-10.
we reflect on our Lord giving
up His life
on Good Friday
2,000 years ago
at Calvary to atone for our sins, we must be
truly humble and forever thankful for the price Jesus Christ paid for
our redemption and surrender ourselves in obedience to His will for us.
Easter Sunday represents the fulfillment of our faith as believing
Christians and is a time of
great celebration. As believers, let us always emulate our
Blessed Savior by walking in His footsteps to eternal glory.
"And if Christ has not been raised,
then your faith is useless
and you are
still guilty of your sins." - 1Corinthians 15:17
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