April 9, 2011
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2 Corinthians 5:15 – He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. (NLT)

In our area, homes are being built on any open parcel of land in the city. A recent drive took us just to the outskirts of the city. As we were driving along, I noticed three homes together. On one side of these three homes was an open field, and on the other, there was a large bush area. This got me thinking about a very irregular parcel of land very close to our home that had recently been developed with townhouses. Before these homes were built, we often commented that due to the irregular shape of the property, we could not see how homes could be built on that land. A builder, though, did see the potential, and did indeed build townhouses.

Even though we human beings are exceedingly sinful, Jesus saw enough potential in us that He came to earth and died for our sins, and then rose again in three days that we might have everlasting life. Wow! Just think of the potential that Jesus saw in us, that He would give His life freely and die for us! Unlike those homes that will not last forever, Jesus is building His kingdom here on earth, wherever He rules in the hearts of people — a kingdom that will never pass away. We are called to be the church, which is Jesus' instrument here on earth to bring people into the kingdom of eternal life.

As we prepare for this Easter season and reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus, we need to keep in mind that He died for each of us individually. Even if we had been the only one, He would have died for us.

Prayer: Dear Lord, as we prepare for Easter, we do stand in awe of the gift of eternal life that You offer to us through the cross. Jesus, we also rejoice that You rose again on the third day for our salvation. May we have boldness this season as we invite others to share in the Easter message. Help us with the words to say to others, in order that they, too, may come to know You. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

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Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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