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A very #yummy bread pudding with vanilla ice cream!  (at Swiss Bake Anchorpoint)

A very #yummy bread pudding with vanilla ice cream! (at Swiss Bake Anchorpoint)

Fixing Ethan’s bike - flat tire, wonky front brakes, gears, handlebar grips. #maintenance  (at Treknology Bikes 3 Pte Ltd)

Fixing Ethan’s bike - flat tire, wonky front brakes, gears, handlebar grips. #maintenance (at Treknology Bikes 3 Pte Ltd)

Easter Reflections on Son of God

We watched “Son of God" yesterday to commemorate Good Friday. While it isn’t a typical nail biting Hollywood fare, I loved the sensitive portrayal of Jesus, his disciples, the pharisees, and Pontius Pilate. The movie also provided me with a timely reminder of several important principles in life.

1) Jesus did not come to help the rich, the powerful or righteous. Rather, he extended his arm to the poor, the sick, the tax collectors, adulteress and prostitutes.  

2) We should recognise our weaknesses and failures when we come to God, and not be like the Pharisees boasting about our achievements and holiness. God seeks a sincere and contrite heart.

3) A true teacher doesn’t just preach the word, but demonstrates it by living his life as an example for others to follow.

4) When faced with the storms of life, we need to have faith in God and keep on persisting in our beliefs even when our troubles seem to be overwhelm us.  

5) Jesus did not work with people who are “holier than thou” or leaders in society. From the biblical depictions, we know that Peter the fisherman was hot-headed and impatient, Matthew was a money-pinching tax collector, and Thomas doubted Jesus.Jesus himself was a carpenter’s son, while his disciplines were ordinary folks.

6) More importantly, are we willing to let go of our lives and die to self? Can we just “leave our nets behind” and follow Jesus as a fisher of men?

7) It is important for us to show compassion to the less fortunate around us. What can we do to make their lives better?

8) God never promised that being his disciple will be like a walk in the park. Except for John who was exiled on the island of Patmos (the narrator of the movie), all of his disciples including the apostle Paul died martyr’s deaths. Are we willing to accept that fate as Christians, or will we instead deny him?