We are in the middle of the climax of the Gospel story in our curriculum in Camp Grace. This past weekend, our elementary campers studied from Luke 23:32-43 and learned that faith in Christ covers the worst of sinners.
This passage in Luke describes the events of Jesus and the two criminals' crucifixion. One of the criminals mocked Jesus, his heart hard with unbelief. The other criminal displayed great humility; he realized his sin, believed that Jesus was God and was innocent, and asked Jesus to remember him. Jesus responded with, "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise." This criminal's humility and Jesus' loving responses are a powerful testimony of God's grace. The criminal was on the brink of death, but it was nothing he did to save himself; it was only by God's grace that he went to be in paradise with Jesus. No one is irredeemable. Jesus' blood is sufficient to cover all sins. All who have faith in Jesus are saved.
This upcoming weekend, we will continue our study of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, reading from Mark 15:33-47 and Matthew 28:1-10. We will learn that Jesus died on the cross, and restored man and God; He was resurrected, and He triumphed over death. Jesus gave His life, taking on the sin of the world and paying the punishment of our sin so we could have life. His death and resurrection allow us to be restored to relationship with God, if we believe and trust in Jesus as our Savior.
In our series of 1 Corinthians in adult worship this past weekend, we learned from chapter 15 that the resurrection is one of the defining elements that distinguishes Christianity from other religions and philosophies. The resurrection plants a stake in time and space, claiming everything before and after is rooted to this idea. Without the resurrection, Christianity is falsifiable. 2000 years later, the resurrection has not been disproved and people are still talking about it. We have a Savior who not only died for our sins, but triumphed over death once and for all.
We are at a critical point in our Camp Grace curriculum. As we approach this weekend, please be in prayer for our elementary campers. Pray for their hearts to be opened to recognizing the weight of their sin and the punishment they deserve, and understanding the grace of God through Jesus' death and resurrection. We have all been separated from God because of our sin, and we all need Jesus to redeem us.
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