Today is the first day of vacation for the children. They got to sleep in one more hour, and did they enjoy that! After breakfast, the boys did their chores, then we settled down in the sala for our study of the crucifixion and resurrection and the events leading up to those days. Before we started, I talked about how the Jewish day is different than our day. It is significant as we study when everything happened during the week. Our typical day begins at midnight and ends at midnight. The Jewish day begins at 6:00pm on the previous day and ends at 6:00pm the following day.
On Monday we talked about the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on Sunday. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, which fulfilled prophecy. The people cheered as he entered the city yet Jesus knew that it wouldn’t last long and the cheers will change into jeers. Jesus looked around and because it was late, He and His disciples left for Bethany.
Jesus returned to Jerusalem Monday morning and on His way, He saw a fig tree from the distance. It was full of leaves, but when Jesus came closer, there was no fruit. As they approached Jerusalem, they could see the temple and the magnificent buildings, but when they got closer, Jesus saw people buying and selling and He drove them out. Jesus said, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have made it a ‘den of robbers.”
Are we the same today? Do we look like we are full of fruit, yet upon closer inspection, there is none. When people see the church building, does it look beautiful from the outside, yet when Jesus enters, is it a den of robbers? If you ask many if they study and read God’s word, many will tell you, “on Sunday.” Where is the love for the Lord? How can we truly have a relationship with the Lord if we only desire to “know Him” on Sunday? We look good on Sundays, but what about the rest of the days? How can we grow and be in step with the Spirit if we have no fruit?
When we have a relationship with the Lord, we are His temple. First Corinthians 3:16, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” This is God’s will for us. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” What will Jesus find when He is near to you? A house of prayer or just a tree full of leaves and no fruit?
On Tuesday, Jesus returned to Jerusalem. The chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came and questioned His authority. Jesus turned the tables on them and asked them a question, “John’s baptism – was it from heaven, or from men?” They refused to answer because whatever answer they chose, it would reveal their hypocrisy. As they left the temple, the disciples asked Jesus to reveal the signs for the end of the age. Jesus did not tell them the exact time, but gave them signs. Reason? He wanted His disciples to be ready. We need to be ready. If we knew when He was going to return then we would wait and live for the world and not for the Lord. Jesus says, “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” More tomorrow.
As many of you know, soccer is the national sport so the Champions League is on TV. Many of the boys are not venturing outside the dorm but hibernating inside to watch the games. The cheers when a goal is scored are in stereo. I hear it from our dorm and across the way from Buen Pastor. Although, I’m not a big soccer fan, it is good to see and hear the boys enjoy their national sport.
Now that vacation has started, let the boredom begin. We don’t allow our boys upstairs and hang out so I allow them to play Xbox, or watch TV or play outside. Still, I see a boy walking around and I ask him, “What’s the matter?” His response, “I’m bored.” So I told our little one and she started coming up with games to play during vacation. Hopefully, we will be able to invent some fun games for the boys to play and of course, the winning team will get to sleep in the sala, eat popcorn and watch movies till they pass out… well maybe until 10 or 11:00pm.
Candy had a treatment cycle today. She has one more to go…Praise the Lord!! We thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for praying for her and for praying for our boys, our little one, and me. I’ve been able to go to the States a few times to be with Candy, and we are grateful to God for that. When Candy recovers from her last treatment, scheduled for April 26, God willing, she’ll be on her way home. We are so blessed. How can we not love HIM?
Lee and Candy