Tomorrow, Friday, April 18, is Columnists Day, and would you believe that all daysoftheyear.com had to say was “newspapers are a huge part of our society and daily life; Columnists Day celebrates the work of the people who research, write and produce our newspapers”?
Tomorrow, April 18, is also Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day. And if only it were permissible to do so! Wouldn’t it be nice? Well, daysoftheyear.com encourages us to “relax the dress code and work in comfort on Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day”. The site tells us not to “worry about knotting a tie” and that we shouldn’t confine our feet in high heels because “this is the day to wear your softest, cosiest and silliest nightwear, and enjoy the luxurious freedom of lounging while earning your pay cheque”.
I love the dream, but I know that that’s all it will be for me for though on Friday we make it a little more casual than during the week, I don’t see any business in Barbados allowing staff to don their PJs.
More importantly, tomorrow, April 18, is also Good Friday, so there’s actually no work for most people, is there? Now Good Friday! I really should be writing a mouthful about this day, but it’ll have to wait until next year, God willing, because I won’t be celebrating Good Friday, and to explain exactly why is a bit much for me at the moment.
I can see the jaws dropping on all of my Christian friends, but don’t worry, I haven’t lost it. It’s just that for years I could not understand the mathematics used to determine that Christ died on a Friday, spent three days and three nights in the grave and yet rose on Sunday. Well, I’m now learning the truth of when He actually died and it’s phenomenal; but it’s also too complicated for me to share here.
The good news is that it’s all there in The Bible, but don’t expect to do a quick read and understand. You’ll need to understand the Jewish calendar and Jewish days. Throw in some Bible prophesy about Jesus’ death and it’s rather mind-blowing information.
The good news is that He died . . . for all of us. I won’t write a sermon on that now either but my church actually commemorates His death as often as we can in the form of Communion/Lord’s Supper, and I encourage you to do the same.
Before His crucifixion, in sharing the Passover with His disciples Jesus given thanks, he broke bread and said, “Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:24, KJV)
Jesus Christ died for all of our sins and He rose to be our Lord and Saviour. That’s it in a nutshell for now.
For those of you who have already accepted this, take time to reflect on what it really means for you. Do you understand the gift? The sacrifice of it? Do you share it with others?
Of all the things that we do, Christ’s instructions were clear: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19 and 20, KJV)
I’ll be honest with you, I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed at the moment; so I’ll end here. For those of you who have not accepted Christ, you are truly missing out. Christianity is not about a book of dos and don’ts. It’s about a relationship with a personal Saviour.
You don’t need to do anything “first”; all you need to do is to believe and accept Him as Lord and Saviour. He’s the one who’ll do the work in you; but most of us mess the faith up because we believe we are the ones to change ourselves.
God bless you all this holiday time. It’s a long weekend; so be safe and spend some time talking to God and seeking truth.