April 7, 2012

April 7: Believe that Jesus Christ IS Lord of all

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By Liliana Ballge, financial aid assistant director
SCRIPTURE: Acts 10:34-43 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

I remember growing up in church hearing the stories about Jesus feeding the multitudes, healing the sick, making the lame man walk and bringing Lazarus back from the dead. I wondered how could a man perform such miracles. As a child, my wonder was more of an amazement and awe of how God could do all these things that appeared to be impossible and simply believed. However, as an adult, our wonder can sometimes turn into times of questioning and doubt of “how can I believe?”

The passages today remind us that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. He is Lord of our needs, worries, sicknesses, deaths, finances, community and world. Like Jesus, we have access to be anointed with the Holy Spirit and power to go about doing good and praying and believing with others that he continues to be Lord of all. He is our Creator, Comforter, Healer, Redeemer, Deliverer, Provider, Sustainer, Restorer, Lover, Savior and so much more. The text ends by stating that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sin.

Beyond forgiveness, today I challenge you to BELIEVE like a child that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. Whatever your life situation might be – graduating with no definite plans, recently losing a loved one or simply feeling unsure about where you are at in your relationship with God – do as Cornelius did in this chapter: fear God, give alms generously (time and money) and pray constantly. The God of peace shall answer you as he did on this day.

SCRIPTURE: Acts 10:34-43 (NRSV)

34 Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

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Comments (6)

  1. What a wonderful Holy Saturday reflection! I am cooking my Easter Ham & coloring the hard boiled eggs and getting candy to fill the Easter Baskets. Reading the devotional reminded me that the day is more than a holiday it is a Holy Day! Thank You.

    Josephine April 7, 2012 |
  2. Thank you Liliana, for this clear call to faith in Jesus Christ, the one who meets us no matter what our life stage or faith stage or challenges. Thank you for this Easter message.

    Janice April 7, 2012 |
  3. thank you ! you have taken us back to the source of our Faith assures us of whose we are!!!!!!!

    bob April 7, 2012 |
  4. Liliana, You are a blessing. Your rich reflection reflects a faith that is active and growing. I will keep this with me as I preside at the Easter Vigil in my parish. The phrase “he is Lord of all” is put in parenthesis in the King James Version. It has become central to my piety and practice. Thanks Pax

    bill April 7, 2012 |
  5. Great thoughts and a great challenge. How easily we get distracted by people around who do not believe that Jesus IS Lord of all. Thanks for keeping the perspective.

    steven April 8, 2012 |
  6. Thank you, Liliana, for this beautiful message and testimony, especially the last paragraph. It was wonderful to be reminded that even if life isn’t going as well as we would wish, if we, as you say, “fear God, give alms generously, and pray constantly,” He will take care of us. I know He has the power and the love to do so. One of my favorite descriptions of His purpose reads, in part, as follows: “and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.” (http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/7.12?lang=eng#11) Thank you for the comforting reminder.

    Jo April 13, 2012 |