EDITOR'S NOTE: This week's article is by Nora Hyndman-Woods, a member of Greater St. James Baptist Church.
I recently was invited to become a contributor for As a Matter of Faith section of AdVantage News. I was excited and honored to be part of this; and a challenging new adventure for me.
Right away my mind started to swirl with thoughts of what I could say, as a follower of Christ and in my own opinion describing the essences of what it is of being a Christian. I am an avid Bible study student and have gotten into the practice of reading my Bible on a daily basis. I have heard and read so many fascinating accounts of the power of the Almighty God; then about all the mind-boggling feats done by his Son, Jesus Christ.
My first thoughts were to write about some of the miracles that Jesus performed over his short three years while on earth. Like the time when He fed 5,000 with two fish and five pieces of bread, and still had 12 baskets of food left over, or about the commended women, who just
touched the hem of His coat and He felt her touch, or those incidents of His healing the sick and the blind; or restoring life back to those who had been declared dead. Than it dawned on me; why not share the most important milestone about Jesus that affects each of us. I should just keep it simple and basic and write about the miracle of His birth, death and resurrection.
It brought to mind a story I read about the famous scientist Albert Einstein when he was working at the Institute of Science Research. A cleaning woman had arrived at his building to clean the room for his next week of classes. As one might expect, his chalkboard was covered with intricate equations and math formulas. In bold letters, Einstein had scrawled "ERASE” on the board over these formulas. But in one little section of the chalkboard, he carefully had written in neat letters "Do Not Erase”; below were the figures 2+2= 4 .
Sometime, we make things too complicated for ourselves, trying to figure out the formulas of this world and how we fit within it. John 3:16 says it all, "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Jesus' death and resurrection can bring us from out of bleak darkness into seeing the light, from being condemned into freedom, from sickness back to health, providing food (physical or spiritual) when we're hungry, from death to life. God loves each of us despite our shortcomings, that He gave up His Son to die for our sin, so that we may have eternal life. We should believe that, Jesus is the way, the truth and life. And that’s as simple and basic as it gets!
Greater St. James Baptist Church is located at 2016 Belle St., Alton, IL 62002. Their phone number is 618-465-8211. The pastor is the Rev. E.J. Roberts.