He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. (Luke 24:44-48)
I recently read the novel, Sisters of the Undertow, by Johnnie Bernhard. It is a well-written story of two sisters, raised in the Catholic church, who chose a savior. Kathy chose Jesus and Kimberly chose books. It is written in first person from Kimberly’s point of view, showing how difficult it is to recover from life’s tragedies without a savior.
Understanding the Scripture that the Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and that he forgives us when we repent helps us rise above suffering. When we choose Jesus as our Savior we can live guilt-free, in peace.
Hopefully, Johnnie Bernhard will write a sequel to Sisters of the Undertow. We can understand Kimberly and connect to her because most have fought and lost battles without God. We want the Kimberly’s of this world to know God’s love and witness their redemptions.
Father God, thank you for sending Jesus to save me from sin and sending the Holy Spirit to help me fight battles. Help me repent and forgive myself so I can live in peace. I need to find peace and love at home before I can spread it to others. In Jesus’ name I pray amen.