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Topic: Easter (05/30/05)
TITLE: Sunday School Special
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Several Sundays came and went with the same scene being played. It was like watching dancers rehearse the same move over and over until they have it just right. One Sunday was just right for Liz. It was a few weeks before Easter and the lesson was the message of salvation. Liz had been praying for just this opportunity to talk to Rachel. "Rachel, would you like to have some fun in small group with us," Liz asked. "No thanks, I'll just watch," came the response. "Would you mind if just you and I sat down after service?" "Okay," Rachel said meekly and the light of hope gave Liz renewed zeal.
After the service, Liz sat down with Rachel. She started by saying, "I would really like it if you would join my group. What can I do to help?" "Nothing really. I'm just a little shy," Rachel whispered. "Well, its okay to be shy. The other girls would like to get to know you and so would I." Rachel added, "That's nice but I'm confused about Jesus and how He saves us. I don't want everyone else to think I'm dumb or something." Liz was becoming more and more curious. She could feel the Holy Spirit leading her along, her only doubt was whether she would have the courage to continue.
"Well, Rachel, I was once confused about Jesus' saving grace too. Can I show you a picture of how Jesus saves us that really helped me," Liz asked with a smile. "That would be great," exclaimed Rachel. "I love to draw pictures." The enthusiasm and wide open eyes of this young girl almost overwhelmed Liz. She regained her composure and began, "Most of God's people stand on one side of a very big and very deep ditch . . . ." Liz continued to illustrate how those that have not chosen Christ stand on one side of a chasm and our heavenly Father stands, waiting with an outstretched hand, on the other. The deep gorge represents our sinful nature and that which separates us from God. The chasm is so deep and wide that it can not be crossed by any human being. But the cross of Jesus Christ bridges the gap and allows all those who believe in Him to cross over to God's kingdom.
". . . So Rachel, point to the cross and show me where you think you are," Liz said as she finished the picture. Rachel pointed to the middle of the cross saying, "I know I've done bad things and I think Jesus really did die to save me. But I'm afraid to go the rest of the way." "It's okay to be afraid Rachel but remember God loves you more than anything. All you need is to choose to grab His hand. Are you ready for that," asked Liz. "Okay". Liz and Rachel got on their knees a prayed the sinners prayer together. That very moment Rachel was a new person, redeemed by God's one and only son, Jesus.
Liz started on her way home with a renewed happiness that could not be denied. She smiled gently, her eyes glistened and her step was full of joy, real joy. The radio in the car started to play "Amazing Grace" and Liz felt goose bumps run up and down her arms. She began to recall the day and how God's grace changed a young heart. Her emotions could not be contained any longer and she wept. The tears flowed freely, tears that only the Holy Spirit can bring. Liz thought to herself, "May be Easter doesn't come once a year. May be Easter happens every time someone bares witness of the Gospel of Christ to the lost." Liz began to feel that deep inner peace that comes when God shares a special moment with His creation. Liz couldn't hold back and screamed, "Thank you Lord!"
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