Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Fools' Day

Psalm 14:1  NASB
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.

Today is the traditional “April fools” day celebrated by people around the world, yet the actually roots of foolishness can be found deep in our Bibles.  The book of Proverbs brings contrast between wisdom and foolishness in almost every chapter.

The verse above is a reality.  Have you met people who are the poster kids for this fool?  I have.  I have met many of them, and their lives well portray what a fool looks like, how they act and the words they use.  But the one difference between a wise man and a fool is who they point to.  The fool points mainly to himself.  The wise man points us to God.

Easter is the holiday, or holy day, of the wise man who digs deeper, shares more and relies on the truth of our God and the gift of His son.  In the same chapter as the verse above is a prayer and the desire of David for the people of God to come to God.  That is what Easter is all about.

Psalm 14:7  NASB
Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.

We look to Jesus the author of our faith and the savior of our world.  On the cross He took our sin.  On the cross He proved God’s love.  With the cross our lives received healing.

1 Peter 2:24  NASB
and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

Without the cross of Jesus we are sunk, in trouble and living as the fool who says in his heart that God is nowhere around.  That might not come out of his mouth, but this thought comes screaming out of his actions.  Because there is a God there is life!

Mark 16:6  NASB
And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.

Jesus is our life, and we celebrate Him this Easter!  May we invite others to see God and meet His son.  May the cross of Christ and the reality of the resurrection run through our minds and help us worship with joy this week, more than normal!

The fool says there is no God.  The Jesus followers set their path only toward God!

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