One day, I turned on my computer and opened a web page casually. An exquisite egg caught my eye, beneath which there were some lilies and a rabbit made of chocolate. It turned out that Easter was coming soon. As is recorded in the Bible, the origin of Easter is as follows: Jesus Christ, after the betrayal of one of His disciples, was taken to the court and then nailed to the cross on Friday for redeeming the world by the willing sacrifice of Himself. According to the Jewish law, Saturday was the Sabbath when all activities must cease. So the followers of Christ could only hastily place His body in a grave by the sunset of Friday, and then hurried off. On Sunday morning, people went back to the grave, only to find the body of Jesus disappeared, and then they were told that Jesus Christ had been resurrected. Since then, the Christians have called the Sunday in memory of Jesus Christ’s resurrection Easter. This is the origin of Easter.
It is recorded in the Bible, “And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the middle, and said, Peace be to you. Then said he to Thomas, Reach here your finger, and behold my hands; and reach here your hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said to him, My LORD and my God. Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:26–29).
Zheng Xi and her husband, Xin Yu, were reading the Bible at home. When she read this verse: “And see a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17), she thought: “The Lord Jesus is God’s Son. That’s right. But Sister Gao said there’s only one God, and that the Lord Jesus is the incarnate Christ, is the appearance of God and is God Himself.” Then Zheng Xi felt confused: “Is the Lord Jesus God’s Son or God Himself?” When she was pondering, Sister Gao knocked at their door.
As we all know, in the Bible there are the following scriptures: “And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the middle, and said, Peace be to you. Then said he to Thomas, Reach here your finger, and behold my hands; and reach here your hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said to him, My LORD and my God. Jesus said to him, Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:26-29).
Faced with increasingly serious disasters now, we can no longer cope with them. Instead, we can only kneel down on the street and pray to God, begging for God to save us from disasters. Do you know, besides prayer, what else we can do to obtain God’s salvation amidst disasters?
Luke 24:1-9 say, “Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said to them, Why seek you the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spoke to you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulcher, and told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).
What does it mean to be the pure in heart? Why should we be pure in heart? What should we do to be counted as people who are pure in heart? These questions are all very important to us, because only when we act as people with pure hearts, can we welcome the Lord’s return, see Him and hear His voice in the last days, and thus have the opportunity to be saved by Him.
Now let’s study the Bible together, and see during the period of the Lord Jesus’ work which people accepted the Lord Jesus with a pure heart and which people lost the salvation of the Lord because they didn’t have a pure heart.
At daybreak, Hui’en got up. As usual, she prayed to the Lord and then began to read her Bible. She turned to Luke 19:1-10, “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said to him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at your house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said to him, This day is salvation come to this house, as much as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”