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Apr 15, 2012

No Reservations

Over the Easter holiday, my daughter and her husband attended a large  church for services. The pastor is very popular and the church is crowded on any given Sunday, but on Easter it reaches beyond capacity. For crowd control the church required reservations for those attending. Now that is one really popular church! Although I understand the thinking behind this approach, I found it contradicted the very nature of Jesus. Yes, the crippled man did have to arrive before Christ through a hole in the roof because the crowd around Christ was too dense to penetrate, but still, reservations to attend an Easter service sounds a bit unusual.

Jesus Christ is available 24/7/365 without the need for reservations. There are no lines to stand in, no crowds to brave, and no special tickets needed. He is approachable, relevant, and able. Nothing can separate you from Christ. Not an earthly church building, an earthly pastor, or a set of rules and regulations. He loves you and desires to spend time with you be it morning, afternoon or evening. There are no hoops to jump through and no strings attached. When you give your heart, mind, and life to Jesus you and He are inseparable forever.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

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