“Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent.“
[Acts 13:26 NKJV]
The photograph (above) is a random composite of family snapshots. We have families of different sorts and the family Luke refers to in Acts 13 is the family of Abraham, which, in turn, means the Family of God. It is important this Eastertide to remind ourselves whose we are.
To us — each one — the word of this salvation has been sent, and we are surely grateful for that choosing. We could so easily have missed it, except for the fact that we have each been chosen ... and have chosen, the Family of God.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
[Ephesians 1:3-4 NKJV]
Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still 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.”
[Luke 24:3-8 NKJV]
May you be comforted and reassured this Easter, finding joy and gladness in the Lord, our Saviour ... and with our families, both natural and spiritual wherever the are, near or far.
Whenever God’s will is in the ascendant all compulsion is gone. When we choose deliberately to obey Him, then with all His almighty power He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART