Easter is the time for many of us Christians to reflect about the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the time that we consider what Christ went through in order to save mankind. Although Easter is celebrated in various ways, Christian uses this opportunity to encourage members of the community to reflect on what Jesus Christ did. Others use this opportunity to encourage each about life while other uses this opportunity to do business. The business communities have taken this event to sell their merchandisers. It is during this period that a number of business houses take time to run promotions and price discounts. Other business houses organize music shows to promote their businesses.
On the other side the Christians organizes overnights, conference and seminars to remember Jesus Christ. All this is done to remember Jesus Christ.
Easter is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament. Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday), commemorating the Last Supper and its preceding foot washing, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Easter is followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday.
The New Testament teaches that the resurrection of Jesus, which Easter celebrates, is a foundation of the Christian faith. The resurrection established Jesus as the powerful Son of God and is cited as proof that God will judge the world in righteousness. God has given Christians "a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead". Christians, through faith in the working of God are spiritually resurrected with Jesus so that they may walk in a new way of life.
Although there are various opinions about Easter, according to Scripture Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before Easter. Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus.
Jesus Christ is the most celebrated individual of all centuries. Jesus Christ is the most powerful leader of all time; no matter what one believe about him, it is most amazing to see that even after 2,000 years after he lived, the message he tasked his disciples to preach to the world is still happening today. There are a number of models that can be learnt from Jesus Christ.
Great conquerors like Alexander the Great, the Roman Empire, Genghis Khan have rose but have now fallen, but 2,000 years after Jesus Christ came to establish his kingdom, it still exists and thrives today all over the world.
One of the models that Jesus Christ impacted in mankind is the need to have hope in him. Jesus appealed to all mankind to have faith in God almighty. Jesus taught mankind to trust and have faith in God only.
Faith is a belief with strong conviction; firm belief in something for which there may be no tangible proof; complete trust in or devotion to. Faith is the opposite of doubt.
Faith is possibly the single-most important element of the Christian life. Hebrews 11:6 states, "And without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." (NIV).
Jesus had great faith, and with that faith, he managed to perform all his healings and miracles. On several occasions, he credits the healings to the recipient’s faith.
This illustrates to us the power of what faith in your life can do. Having a spirit of expectancy sets you up for greater things ahead, and not only that, you lift up the spirits of your team members as well.
No matter what’s going through in your organization, your faith will aid you in overcoming it, as well as have your team put their trust in you as well.
There are many more lessons you can learn from the greatest leader of all time; you have to pick up books yourself and read about him: there’s simply too many books written about him that you probably can’t finish it in your lifetime!
A person with faith develops a positive mind and such a person begins to think positively. Positive thinking or faith actually means approaching life's challenges with a positive outlook. It does not necessarily mean avoiding or ignoring the bad things; instead, it involves making the most of potentially bad situations, trying to see the best in other people, and viewing yourself and your abilities in a positive light. A number of people have found faith as most influential attitude in life. For instance when faced with stressful situations, faithful cope more effectively than pessimists.
The Bible says in 2 Peter 1:3 that as we grow in our knowledge of God, through his divine power he gives us everything we need for life and godliness. Jesus relied on the Word of God alone to overcome obstacles, including the devil. God's Word is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12), useful for correcting us when we are wrong and teaching us what is right (2 Timothy 3:16).
The other model that we can learn from Jesus Christ is leadership. The type of leadership we can leader from Jesus Christ is inform leadership. Jesus managed to create a team which was not registered in any formal structured. Throughout the bible, one will discover that Jesus did not belong to any religious groupings or church. Even if, he used to go to synagogue as his parent he did not have any leadership roles in the church. But he managed to form his own group which he used to preach the gospel.
Jesus always led by example in everything that he told his disciples to do. Whatever he expected them to do; he always showed them how to do it first. He would perform healings and miracles and eventually we would see the disciples doing the same thing.
The best way you can lead is by example. In today’s world, many leaders expect their subordinates to perform tasks which they themselves are incapable of doing. This destroys their credibility and causes them to lose the respect from their followers.
Jesus had a much different leadership strategy. His goal was not “reach” or popularity. In fact, as strange as it sounds today, he actively discouraged publicity. On more than one occasion, after performing a jaw-dropping miracle, he told those who witnessed it, “Tell no one what you have seen” (see e.g., Matthew 8:4; 16:20; 17:9; Mark 7:36; 8:30; 9:9; Luke 5:14; and 8:56). He was a publicist’s nightmare.
Jesus had a public ministry. He occasionally spoke to thousands. However, he didn’t pander to these groups or “tickle their ears.” He confronted the status quo, jarred his listeners’ sensibilities, and often taught in parables. He didn’t feel the need to clarify everything. He often left his audience confused and wondering what he meant. His goal was apparently to shift their paradigm and get them to think.
Jesus had a smaller, more intimate group to whom he gave specific assignments. He sent them out two-by-two. He asked for a BIG commitment. He gave them virtually no resources. Yet he demanded that they perform miracles. He told them to expect opposition (see Luke 10:1–12) and promised no earthly reward (see Luke 10:18–20).
He chose the twelve disciples to be “with him” (see Mark 3:14a) He taught them and also gave them assignments (see Mark 3:14b–19). However, he also shared with them his daily life. Like the Apostle Paul would do years later, he poured into them his very life (see 1 Thessalonians 2:8). Because of this, he entrusted them with power to do the work which himself he had done. In fact, he promised them that they would actually do greater works (see John 14:12–14).
Jesus’ leadership strategy evidently worked well. Within a generation, His followers turned the world upside down (see Acts 17:6). Within seven, generations (318 A.D.), the emperor Constantine accepted his message and made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.
Reading through the life of Jesus Christ one would conclude that Jesus Christ is a really a son of God. During his earthly ministry, Jesus Christ touched and transformed countless lives. The four Gospels record 37 miracles of Jesus, only a small portion of the multitudes of people who were made whole by our Savior. The closing verse of John's Gospel says, "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." (John 21:25, NIV).
So this Easter love your neighbor as you love yourself. In Matthew 5:43–46, Jesus said “I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he make his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and send rain on the just and on the unjust”.
“For if you love them which love you, what reward do you have? do not even the publicans do the same?” (Matthew 5:44–46). Jesus acknowledged that it was very easy to love those who are already friends and whom we love. Here, Jesus is asking his followers to undertake the much more difficult task of loving those who they would not naturally be inclined to love, and who do not love them.
Jesus' reminder us that God's rain falls on both the just and the unjust could be extended to natural disasters: his hurricanes, tsunamis, and earthquakes befall the good and the evil both, and they are not meant as judgments of anyone's merit. Jesus then wraps up the first portion of his sermon with the simple, easier-said-than-done rule: “be perfect even as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
May God Bless you.
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