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King or Crucified?

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This is the last weekend of Lent. I hope your journey through Lent has been a great experience of growth. Have you come closer to Jesus this Lent? On this day during Jesus’ time, many people got to know Jesus and had first-hand experience of His mercy and love. They knew “Joe” who was healed of blindness and a daughter who was brought back to life. Some were from Magdala and knew Mary, who ended up changing her whole life when Jesus forgave her. Are you ready to have Jesus change your whole life?

The people of Jesus’ time were ready to crown Him King. They wanted change and they wanted it now. There was a great fever in the air that Jesus was the long-awaited Savior. But were they really willing to do what it took to make the changes needed? By the end of the week many had fallen away. Jesus was this man of love and compassion, but He was also demanding.

God made us with freedom, but with this freedom comes responsibility. Jesus gives us the ability to choose Him and His ways or not. We can choose to have a relationship with Him or not. Today we may want to make Him King of our lives, but what about tomorrow or Friday? Are we resolved to trust in Jesus and allow Him to lead us wherever He sees fit? On Friday, He will be either King or crucified. Which one will He be in your life?

I hope He will be your King. But to make such a leap, there must be faith. To some, it might seem like jumping the Grand Canyon, but to those who have had Jesus step into their lives and produce miracles in their lives, it is not that far. It is not a complicated faith, but it is a deep faith that fills in such a void. It does not mean having no doubts. It simply means that you will say Yes to His plans and you are willing to do what it takes to follow Him.

We all have our dark days. We may all have our reasons to worry or doubt. Nonetheless, Jesus puts before us a choice that we all must make. Is He to be made King or to be crucified?

Author: stjosephstmary

We are two Catholic Churches close to downtown Freeport, IL. Our communities are over 150 years old and have been dedicated to our lord Jesus Christ since our inception. We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was concieved by the Holy Spirit, born of ythe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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