Dead End

All living things die. Interestingly, cars—even it has no life on its own—have “lifespans” also.

According to NCHS—National Center for Health Statistics–survey in 2016, car accidents killed 146,571. The most recent ones could escalate more, as the population grows bigger.

Life expectancy in the US is 78.8 years. The bottom line is: Everyone dies.

The fact that every person dies, it should compel us to really live to the fullest.

Deterioration

From time to time, we see cars left on the roadside or thrown in the junkyard. Although there are cars that go beyond the lifetime of their owners, most don’t.

As such, most long-term owners experience letting go of their favorite cars and let it die in the garage.

The fact is the second law of thermodynamics subjected all vehicles to deterioration.

Departure

Billy Graham, in his book Answers to Life’s Problems, said.

“Death is not the end of the road—it is merely a gateway to eternal life beyond the grave. The Bible teaches that every one of us will continue some type of existence after death—either in Heaven or in hell. The most important decision you will ever make is the decision you make about eternity.

For people, death is one of the most painful experiences in life. Nothing comes close to losing a loved one and letting go.

A lot of people are afraid of death. For some, death is a loss, but for others, it is an ultimate “gain” (Phil 1:21).

Socrates says, “Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.” Is it?

Death Defying

A lingering question remains: Is Jesus really the answer to death?

Death—both physical and spiritual—is only applicable to humans. But because Jesus won the victory over death for us, we should trust Him and thank Him.

Christ is risen from the grave.

We have hope in Christ because He is the one who suffered and died on the cross, but above all, He is the resurrected Christ. He conquered the grave and death.

This should mean for us that we should not fear death, but we should face death as part of the reality of life.

As my late father and follower of Jesus once said, “If you’re not ready to die, then you’re not ready to live.”

You will truly live if you face death with faith in Christ, the resurrection and the life.

The cross of Christ is where the love of God is demonstrated to the uttermost. There is nothing that could supersede the cross as an expression of Jesus’ humility and love.

The Bible says, “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil.2:8).

If Jesus did not obey, we could have been left hanging on the fate of time. We remain people without sense of purpose and hope. Because of Christ’s obedience, we have hope for eternity.

That is why Jesus says, “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again” (John 10:17).

Before Jesus came into this world, He knew already that death is defeated. Even if Satan and some people could kill the body, it could be resurrected. In fact, our bodies will be replaced with a much better one—a glorified body on that resurrection day to eternity.

Josh McDowell says, “No matter how devastating our struggles, disappointments, and troubles are, they are only temporary. No matter what happens to you, no matter the depth of tragedy or pain you face, no matter how death stalks you and your loved ones, the Resurrection promises you a future of immeasurable good.”

For this very reason, only Jesus is the real answer to death.

Glenn Plastina © 2018

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Via Dolorosa

The way of suffering it is. And there is no turning back.

I once visited this place in Jerusalem and people call one narrow street of suffering “Via Dolorosa.” It is believed to be the street where Jesus walked the path to the cross and suffered for the sins of mankind.

Christ the King 

According to the Bible, after Pilate’s trial, Jesus was flogged, beaten, and tortured by the Roman soldiers. They put a crown of thorns upon Jesus’ head, hailing him in mockery as the king of the Jews.

And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him” (Matthew 27:20).

It was a sight not even the angels of God could bear to watch. And yet, the King of kings and the Prince of Peace voluntarily went through the path of agony for the redemption of mankind, especially for His people who rejected Him.

Condemned to Die

Along the way, Jesus was led on the path nobody wants to take. Like a meek lamb to the slaughter, Jesus was spat on his face, berated, and jeered by his critics and enemies.

Those who loved Jesus dearly followed closely, while some watched in the distance, afraid of being identified with Him.

There are those who knew what’s happening, and there are those who don’t know what is going on. Some were caught by surprise to participate in the scene they never wanted or expected. Simon of Cyrene, for example, was compelled to carry the cross of Christ.

And yet, on this path of suffering, the blood of the King of heaven dripped on the pavement, trampled by unclean men and women who didn’t realize that this condemned person is more than just a man.

Crucified God

The path of suffering led to a place called “Golgotha,” which means “Place of a Skull.” It’s a destiny of death–or so they thought.

An innocent man they crucified. Instead of giving him water to quench His thirst, they offered him wine mixed with gall.

And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews” (27:35-37).

What they did not know and see on that cross is the greatest display of love when they crucified God.

Jesus is too far from being a victim. He is a victor. Satan thought he could have it all. But Jesus conquered sin and death.

Remember this. We are not just called to win for nothing. We are also called by Christ for suffering. It is not an unnecessary love for pain and agony, but the willingness to submit when called to be.

As no traveler reaches the pinnacle of his or her journey without the rough road in life, so we are also destined to go through trials before triumph.

Indeed, no cross, no crown.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

The Roman Road

Just recently, I was lost on the way driving to our feeding program. I didn’t use my GPS because I want to get familiar with the streets and highways. So I have to rely on road signs.

Just like in life, we need road signs to guide us. If we are not careful, we will lose our way.

Have you heard about “The Roman Road”?

It’s actually not about a literal road but a metaphor of a path to eternity through Jesus Christ, the Way.

Unlike the ancient Roman roads of well-engineered infrastructures leading to the city of Rome, this spiritual path is about God’s engineered way to heaven.

As such, think of such verses as road signs to eternity.

Beginning

The journey begins with the story of Creation.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:20-21 NIV).

God created the universe, including humans, but despite this obvious knowledge and truth, humanity’s futile thinking decisively deny God and refused to believe in Him.

Another road sign says, “We are sinners.” The Bible says, “for all (not few or some, but all) have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (3:23).

Every human being sinned against the holy, Creator God whether in thoughts, words or actions.

Furthermore, “just as sin entered the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned” (5:12).

Indeed, we are all sinners–that includes you and me.

Bridge

The next road sign says “God loves you.” It’s a message of hope and redemption.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (5:8). How could this be?

Most people believe that God favors the nice people. But the road sign says God loves sinners, no matter who they think they are or what they’ve done.

The truth is Jesus did not die for the nice people but for all sinners. That’s how great His love for sinners is!

Do you believe this?

Belief

Many people believe they can go to heaven on their own ways. But the truth is it’s really not about earning your salvation via the path of good works, baptism, church attendance or membership, selective kindness, etc., but on Jesus Christ alone, the Way.

Take a look at the next road sign. “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (6:11). Indeed, Christ died for our sins that we may live in Him.

There is a price to pay for sin. Read the sign: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (6:23).

You have two roads to choose. The first is to remain in the path towards death. The second is to choose God’s way to eternal life–and that only path is Jesus Christ, The Way.

Because of God’s love, people have hope in Christ Jesus for their salvation.

Perhaps you’ve heard the saying “all roads lead to Rome.” But going to heaven is a different path.

In the past, God’s laws amplified the sinfulness of humankind. “But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code” (7:6). All of these became possible in Christ who fulfilled the law.

Finally, do you want to enter God’s path of salvation?

Read the next road sign.

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved” (10:9-10).

Here’s what you can do to be saved:

  • Admit that you are a sinner.
  • Believe that only Jesus can save you and no one else.
  • Confess your sins to God for your forgiveness.
  • Declare (or speak with your mouth) that Jesus is Savior and Lord.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

Re-Tire

Change tire. That’s what I think about retirement. Re-tire.

One of out staff, Florence Co, retired after 15 years of faithful and fruitful life, leadership, and legacy in music ministry at Bible Church International.

It is such a joy to see someone who reached another great mile in their life journey.

Variety

People have different views on retirement. For some, it means the rat-race is over or lifelong vacation has come or reaping rewards of all life’s achievements.

What’s next?

The truth is this. Retirement is one of the feared points in the life journey of the working class in the US.

Surveys say lots of retiring people are afraid that they do not have enough money to sustain them all their elderly life. A many could end up in welfare programs, a huge difference among family-oriented cultures who take good care of their elderly at home.

The problem is when a person is calloused by the monotony of life, the journey could offer limited options. But for those who enjoyed the variety of life, vibrancy goes on.

Value

Someday, we all face this. Have you kept what you value the most?

Life has interesting twists. The young have more health but doesn’t have money. The elderly have money but doesn’t have health.

The sad thing is to pursue success in exchange to the important people in life.

What’s the value of success apart from loved ones?

Will success compensate failure in the family?

At the end, everyone will also be confronted with this question. Did you do what you love doing?

A lot of people today think of retirement as the end of working the job they hate to do. But there are those few who took the work because they love what they are doing.

I’m thankful to work with leaders who value longevity and commitment in whatever they do. I’m sorry, but in my field, I’m not a believer of short-term working relationships and commitments.

I treasure people who do what they really love and struggle seeing those who are doing what they didn’t love in the first place.

Vision

Imagine this. You’re approaching the day before retirement. You are sitting on a lazy chair, sipping coffee, looking your past working life, and reflect.

Have you achieved your vision in life?

Is this the life you’ve been looking for or dreaming of?

Have you ever observed that so many people worked all their lives to build somebody’s dreams and not theirs?

If you don’t want to suffer the pain of living empty in the end of your career, take this seriously.

  • Life your purpose, calling, and God-given vision.
  • Learn constantly. Retirement doesn’t mean you already know everything.
  • Lead your self with faith, self-discipline, humility, and integrity.
  • Love God and people to the fullest, as well as what you do in life.
  • Leave a wonderful legacy for the next generation.

Retirement is not totally about goodbye.
It does not mean you’re done.

In fact, when people re-tire, it means new and better tires are coming. That’s something of exciting adventures.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

Cars and Spirituality

The first time I owned a vehicle, a missionary gave me a van.

I’m a contented person. As long as I have a fare for a taxi or jeepney, I’m ok.

When a missionary came to live at my place for a week, I candidly told him. “Dr. Charles Pratt, I know that you have a great life in the US, but here in the Philippines, pastors like me, we live simple lives.”

“If you need anything, just let me know. If I can afford it, I’ll buy it for you. But if not, just be patient.” So, Dr. Pratt and I went to several events where I organize and he would do the preaching of the Gospel.

There was even a time we waited long in the cold of the night at a waiting shed for a taxi to pass us by and bring us home. It’s because my contact did not show due to some unavoidable circumstances.

Service

One thing I have with foreign leaders and missionaries visiting to work with us is this: I don’t ask for anything in return. It’s because the God that provides for them is also the same God that can provide for what I need.

Of course, I lived long enough to see “Christian” leaders who traded their testimonies, even theology, just to have their material benefits and get flashy cars through misrepresentations in the ministries. They called it the “Mitsubishi theology.”

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who see vehicles as a necessity and those who see it as personal legitimacy.

I prefer treating a car as a vehicle to mobilize and use it for God’s glory.

Stewardship

From a Christian perspective, owning or renting a car is a form of stewardship. It means you recognize that technically God owns everything.

I understand it well when my friend, Dr. Pratt, gave me a van for my family and the ministry. I know of some misguided leaders who made stories that it was for our association, but the missionary clearly instructed me and certified to have it for the family.

I didn’t ask for the van, but I believe, it is a gift from God through Dr. Pratt. As such, I have to purposively use, clean, and maintain it. After all, even though it was transferred and registered in my name, God still owns it.

Spirituality

Have you ever seen a person who is so obsessed with his or her car?

There are individuals who are so enmeshed with their favorite toy. They named the car as if it’s their son or daughter, treat it with utmost care that they become harsh when a kid would nearly scratch it, or find pride when others praise their metallic self-extension.

Owning a car could reveal the inner person’s condition of the heart. A crooked heart starts with a collection leading to materialism, as well the obsession with cars moving towards idolatry.

Having the right perspective of owning a car, however, could change from entitlement to gratitude, covetousness to contentment, or self-association to spiritual satisfaction.

Even if cars do not define who we are, we have to make sure that we do not take seriously our self-identity with it. Such self-attachment to material blessings is a perilous road to take.

How’s your connection towards the car that you got?

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

When There’s Snow, Take It Slow

Even though snow is one of the top causes of accidents in the US, I’m still fascinated with this winter wonder. For me, it’s more than just nature’s call.

Snow is God’s call. It beckons to remind me of God’s overflowing blessings and gentle touch in our life journey.

Snow Down

While snow is a burden for many, it is actually a representation of God’s blessings. Kind David once sang,

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes. He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold? He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow (Psalms 147:12,14-18 ESV).

The setting of the song talks about the blessings of God to heal the broken hearted.

When life brings unexpected pain and agony—and they do come from time to time—the certainty of God’s ability to fulfill His promises is as sure as the seasons coming.

For this reason, David burst in praises as he is reminded that life is not all about pains, problems, and persecutions.

The truth is this. Life is not always winter.

Indeed, life’s snows can be your blessing or burden, but God certainly blesses and heals the brokenhearted.

Safety First

When I went home one late afternoon, my mentor reminded me to be safe as snow is coming to our place. I was excited. When twilight turned into night, snowflakes softly fell down like cotton balls from heaven.

Right in front of me is one of God’s amazing works of nature. My car’s headlight highlighted these wonderful creation of God.

I could not help but just drive in amazement. I felt the mixed emotions of joy and childlike wonder. I was fixated.

Then I realized I could not just look on these snowflakes touching my windshield and not see the road ahead of me.

If I focus too much on the wonder of nature in front of me, I could endanger myself on what’s ahead of me. I also have to think of my safety and be with my family.

Slow Down

One difference in driving when there is snow is to take it slow. You cannot be running on the same speed like it’s never there.

When a driver treats snow like a casual phenomenon, it’s a dangerous invitation.

Snow is still a major reason of many road accidents and injury in countries affected by winter.

The rules are simple. When you accelerate and decelerate, you have to do it gradually. Don’t make a sudden stop whether you’re going up or down the hill, especially when there are blind curves.

In other words, drive slowly, even half than your normal driving or speed limit.

Since my car is a four-wheel drive, I have to shift to it. At all times, you have to be conscious of your brake’s ability too.

My snow driving rule: It’s better to be slow and sure, that to be fast and fail.

In life, it does make sense also to know when to take it slow.

Glenn Plastina © 2018

Snow Covered Car

A snow-covered car reminds me of who we are.

As I write this blog, right beyond my window, I see my car covered with snow, along with other vehicles in the parking space.

These snow days bring to my mind several things that I’m grateful for.

Wish

Sometimes, we have to be careful about what we wish for. They might just come true.

As a child, when I saw those postcards in a winter wonderland and pines at the outset, I did have wishes to just even touch a snow someday. Believe me, now that I’m grown up, I still find myself picking a fistful of snow with my bare hands and feel it with a childlike wonder.

Yes, I still do have wishlists related to snowy winter. Although I already tried taking a bath of ice-cold water during a snow blizzard, I’m still looking forward for a time of skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, driving a snowmobile, having a three-day vacay in a log cabin with a fireplace, etc.

Winter

As I experience our family’s first winter season here in the US, we could not help but truly appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature.

Here are some of the things we have so far.

  • I enjoy the cold weather like the way I enjoyed the all-year-round weather of our former city of Pines and our other mountain-top adventures.
  • During heavy snow weather, I have the opportunity to work at home and remain productive.
  • I have quality time with my family during snow season.
  • We have hot-pots, Chinese-style soup from time to time on cold seasons.
  • I sleep well during the winter season. I open a window to let the natural cold get inside the room.
  • As my kids enjoy the snow, I’m reminded of how far God brought us half-way across the world.
  • I love driving through the highways with picture-perfect scenes of snow-covered mountains, hills, and valleys–as well as houses and yards.

Whiter

Winter season in many countries receives different reactions. Some love winter, some dislike it. Some enjoy the snow day, some are not happy.  Some say winter is only good at the start. Only time will tell.

This one thing I’m sure of. Winter may come and go but this is a season to be reminded of God’s forgiveness whiter than snow.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalms 51:7-10 ESV)

Is there something bothering you right now–a sin or sins you’ve committed against God or another person?

Do you want to be free from guilt?

God’s forgiveness can make you spiritually and morally pure again. Read the whole chapter of Psalm 51 and you’ll find comfort at what God has done to David after he committed a grave moral and spiritual transgression.

Every time I see my car and my neighbors’ vehicles covered with snow, it does remind me of God’s grace and love to forgive and make us clean from all our sins and shortcomings.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

Hometown Honest Taxi Drivers

A year ago, I once commented, “I have always been very proud of our Baguio taxi drivers. This is another reason why I love to hear their stories and adventures in the streets of our very own city of Pines.”

And I missed those times conversing with almost all of those taxi drivers I have had an opportunity to ride.

Confidence

I have never been so confident and comfortable taking a taxi than in the Summer Capital of the Philippines.

Indeed, I have no qualm in agreeing that “Baguio City is home to the most honest taxi drivers in the Philippines.” I have the higher level of trust on Baguio City taxi drivers than in many parts of the Philippines, perhaps even in the world.

Hear me out. This does not mean there are no bad-apples (or strawberries) in the city of Pines. But Baguio City has more uplifting news when it comes to the stresses of the roads and streets.

Collective Honesty

For example, a taxi driver, Mr. Reggie Cabututan, found out that a recent passenger left a luggage behind. He immediately returned to his previous stop and searched for the owner. An Australian, Mr. Trent Shields felt elated to find all his stuff intact, containing a Macbook Pro, passport, money, etc.

Such “collective honesty” among Baguio’s best taxi drivers is nothing new in the Cordilleras. My friend, Atty. Eric Ueda, also confirms, “This now [is] becoming common news here in Baguio. Let your tribe increase more!”

After a while, Mr. Cabututan did increase! The City Mayor Mauricio Domogan recognized him for his act of kindness. When Mr. Trent knew about the ceremony for this honest taxi driver, he left the airport, forfeited his flight, and went back to the city and attended it.

Added to this, Mr. Shields gratefully offered Mr. Cabututan a course scholarship worth more than US$4,000 and a guarantee to work for an Australian company.

Mr. Cabututan, the recipient of the “honest taxi award” is now a certified App Designer.

Culture of Care

There are many Baguio taxi drivers who exemplified honesty, even going an extra mile just to return someone’s lost belonging. A certain Mr. Paul William is known for going back twice to the drop-off place where he believed the passenger left a smartphone in his car.

In one occasion, both the driver and a passenger demonstrated honesty without a second thought when they returned a bundle of money amounting to P421,791 (US$4,000+) left by an OFW–Overseas Foreign Worker.

I’m deeply convinced, this kind of virtues among Baguio taxi drivers is deeply rooted in the Cordilleran culture of care for one’s neighbor.

Of course, some may question these regarding their history but it all depends on whose lens of history people look at. But living there for almost half of my life, I’ve seen this.

Cordilleran parents teach their children honest hard-work and respect for others, especially the elderlies. They are a close-knit family-oriented, peaceful, and considerate people.

People of Benguet and neighboring provinces are one of the most hardworking people I know, as well as one of the most courageous tribes in the country.

No wonder, when I reflect on my previous decision to raise my kids in the highlands of the Cordilleras, I’m confident that when they journey in this life, they will be able to uphold the virtues that would take them to their dreams.

Like St. Paul who instructed Jesus followers to “labor, doing honest work with…[one’s] own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need” (Eph. 4:28).

Who says honesty is obsolete?

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

One Way

Some people say, “There are many ways to heaven.” Do you believe this?

There is only one problem. Jesus doesn’t think so. Never.

Think of the road sign: One way.

Jesus claims exclusivity as the only path to God. That’s a bold claim. Either he is a liar, lunatic, or Lord.

Absolute

Here’s what Jesus said. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NIV).

Jesus is not the “former way” or the “new way.” He is absolutely the only way.

Awareness

The basis for the biblical teaching that only Jesus is the way to heaven is not religion or even Christianity. In fact, there are professing Christians who think there are other ways to heaven.

Here are some of the examples when you ask someone whether they will go to heaven or not.

  • “I think I can enter heaven because I’m doing good works.”
  • “Yes, it’s because I’m a member of a church.”
  • “I’m going to heaven because I was born a Christian.”

It is clear that people do believe they can save themselves on their own ability, through personal good works, church membership (usually cults answer like this), baptism, or claiming to be born a “Christian” simply because his or her parents where so.

Although people claim many similar ways, these things are short of God’s standard for Jesus says otherwise.

The path to heaven is Jesus alone. It’s not your own. He claims to be “the truth” and teaches nothing but the truth.

Jesus is also the only way to eternity, and it’s never a main highway. Indeed, the highway to hell is broad, but “the way” to God is a narrow road.

Andrea Crouch in his song “Jesus Is the Answer” beautifully expressed: “Jesus is the answer for the world today / Above him there’s no other, Jesus is the way.”

Accept

Do you still think that you can earn your way to the Father?

Even many professing Christians were taught to go through Jesus’ mother. Be careful. Nothing in the very Word of God that teaches this way.

The only way to the Father is Jesus, the Son–not mom and son.

Do you want to be destined for heaven and spend eternity with God?

The only means to go to heaven is through Jesus Christ. Believe in Him. Ask for forgiveness for all your sins or in assuming that you can save your self.

Invite Jesus as your Savior and Lord to come into your heart and change you. Trust Jesus alone for your salvation. For there is no other way.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

When Your Path Crosses With Christ’s

Consider it as the ultimate nexus of your life journey.

In this life, there are times when our path meets with others, a best friend, spouse, or significant people.

But nothing is more important than the time your life journey meets with the path of Christ.

Meeting the Savior

Take for example the case of Simon from Cyrene. He is not a disciple, but a stranger. Perhaps, he is just someone who is curious or who happens to be there when Jesus was along the infamous Via Dolorosa--the way of suffering.

The Bible says, “As the soldiers led him [Jesus] away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus” (Luke 23:26 NIV).

It’s easy to take the account as if the soldiers were responsible in taking Simon to Jesus. After all, he was forcibly held to take the cross of Christ upon him.

Have you ever felt that some powers beyond your control forcibly placed you in a situation you didn’t expected?

The truth is this. Often times we see people who were forced into a situation, only to find out that it is a point in their life where greater opportunities come. This time, it’s the greatest of them all.

Mileage

Along the road in Jerusalem, Simon of Cyrene had his own agenda. He just arrived in a long way from his country. He didn’t expected what to see there or who to meet.

And yet, while on his way, Simon’s path crosses with the way to Calvary.

Many times people go through this life and possess some plans, dreams, and goals. Many were treading aimlessly in the rat race. But the mileage didn’t change their lives for the better. It’s a long way of living for one’s self.

Alas! When your path meets with the Way, everything happens for a purpose.

Imagine, Simon was caught in a moment he didn’t plan. But God’s plan is better. Among the millions in those times, he is one of the most privileged to meet Jesus face to face.

Will Simon see the face of the suffering Savior or just a common criminal?

Making the Decision

When Simon accepted and carried the cross on his shoulder, had he felt the burden of sin or just the weight of the wooden stake?

How much did Simon knew while taking that path where no angels trod?

This Jesus is going to suffer and die for the sins of mankind. But the road will not end on the cross. The path to life begins on the grave. Jesus will be resurrected.

If you want to conquer the power of sin, then take Christ’s path to forgiveness.

And if you ever want to conquer the power of death, then believe in Jesus as your Savior and Lord for it is He who conquered death.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018