“People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.” Luke 13:29
What a special time of year Easter is. It’s a very humbling time for Christians as we reflect on the perfect love of God found through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Hosanna, the God who saves.
I was thinking about how polarizing the atmosphere must have been at the time; as Jesus entered Jerusalem, praised by his disciples and despised by the Pharisees and leaders of the day. Of course Jesus knew what was to come and as he drew close to Jerusalem he cried, cried for his those who declined the invitation to the feast of the kingdom of God, cried for the upcoming destruction of Jerusalem.
The first invitation to the feast came from Moses and the Prophets. The second invitation to the feast was Jesus himself. I wonder if he still cries for those who refuse the invitation. Many of us come to CR, come to church; broken and doubting, doubting that God can save us from ourselves, from each other. In the admission of our powerlessness, we come to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity, that’s the first invitation to God’s feast.
The second invitation comes when we turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we say “yes” to the invitation, to sit at the table of the kingdom of God. As I contemplate my place at the table I am humbled, in awe of and grateful for a loving God that invites me, a forgiven sinner, to the table. How big is God’s table? Big enough, as far as east is from the west. There is a chair for each and every one you; all you have to do is believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, that we have a present and forever relationship with him through the resurrection, and switch to God’s plan for our life; invite him to be the director of our life.
Are you sure Jesus, is it really that simple? Sounds too simple, there has to be more to the invitation. No, Jesus said faith as small as a mustard seed is all it takes to start a faith journey with him. Thank you for the invitation, thank you for loving us, thank you for a new life.
“Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:8-10 NKJV
During this Easter season make sure you attend your home church and continue your work in Celebrate Recovery. If you do not have a home church, I invite you to attend Crossroads Easter services, the Holy Spirit will fill the services with love and you will be blessed.
Love God, love people, Jesus first!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
March 19-25, 2018
Friday, March 23: Testimony Night
- 6pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for dinner and fellowship.
- 7pm: Join us for an hour of worship and a testimony.
- 8pm: Open Share Groups.
- 9pm: Sold Rock Café.
- A new Women’s Mixed Issue 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday at 6:30pm in room 211 at the Crossroads Loveland Campus. For more details, contact [email protected].
- A new Men’s Chemical Addiction 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday from 6:30-8pm in the Crossroads Loveland in Room 138. For more details, contact [email protected].
- A new Men’s Mixed Issue 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday from 6:30-8pm in the Crossroads Loveland Conference Room. For more details, contact [email protected].