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Rev Ho Kee Chung writes...
Thank You for the Cross
Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. ( John 12:3)
As we approach the Holy Week, we remember the suffering and the cross of Jesus. I think it is very important for us to enter this Holy Week with a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving. Mary of Bethany was one of the good examples that we should learn from. She came to Jesus with an expensive perfume to anoint his feet and wiped them with her hair, partly because she was so thankful to Jesus for bringing her brother Lazarus back to life. Because of the cross of Jesus, we have received the salvation of God and the hope of eternal life.
Just as we encourage our members to thank God for our cell leaders and interns a few weeks ago, we also encourage everyone to use some time to reflect on the love of God on the cross in this Holy Week. Not only do we pray and sing praises to God to tell Him, “Thank you for the cross, Lord Jesus,” we would also encourage everyone to join our cell groups on Maundy Thursday to remember the Lord through the Holy Communion in cell groups. I believe it will be a very meaningful experience for us all when we partake of the Holy Communion with a heart full of gratitude. Our church staff and leaders, together with our worship and drama teams, are busy practising for the Good Friday evangelistic meetings and Easter Services. With all the hard work put in, we are expecting God to do great and mighty things in our midst by drawing people to know the love of Christ through these special events. So let us start praying for our relatives and friends and invite them to our Easter programme, so that God may be glorified and people edified by knowing the power of the cross. In this Holy Week, may “thank you, Lord” not be just a cliché for us Christians, but be an attitude and an action that expresses our thanksgiving for the cross of Christ.