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When Is Easter Over?


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When all the eggs are gone and the bunny is nowhere to be found is Easter over? Is that what it is all about? Unfortunately some people believe that Easter is only about fun, candy and food. That saddens my heart.

I believe that all of the events that lead up to Resurrection Sunday, commonly known as Easter define a Christian’s life. The hope that is in the death and resurrection of Jesus is what motivates my faith. To me knowing that the Creator of the Universe made a way for all of us to be saved from our sins is a tremendous gift. The fact that we are able to communicate with Him because He sent His Son to show us life more abundantly and to suffer and die on the cross for our sins, amazes me. I feel awe and wonder when I think that Jesus did not let the grave hold Him and he brought the hope of eternal life when He rose from the dead.

And yet I am sad because there are children and adults in the world that have been lulled to sleep with presents from Santa Claus at Christmas and stuff from the Easter bunny at Easter and have never really learned the truth about these celebrations. I am not against having games and fun to celebrate as long as those games are not the only thing you do to celebrate. I believe that Christian parents, whether they frequent church or not are responsible to help their children understand the true meaning of these days of celebration.

It has become apparent in our society we have forgotten why we celebrate, we just look forward to time off work or school because of a holiday. I would bet that a lot of children and possibly adults could not tell you what the 4th of July is all about. That is a celebration that every citizen of this country should understand. So if we don’t understand celebrations around recent history, how will we ever understand celebrations about what would be considered ancient history.

 John 3:16 (NKJV)

 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

The bible may be very old but it is still the living Word of God. It still speaks life. Join me this week in spending time in God’s Word and then sharing the hope we find in the Word of God with those around us. Lets do our best to awaken the world around us  to the real truth around our faith holidays.

 

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Love Is Our Guding Light


loveLove is our guiding light.

It leads us to being compassionate when we don’t want to.

It causes us to care about those who are offensive.

It helps us be real and passionate toward life.

It lights the way to the truth.

Jesus let love take him from birth to death to resurrection.

Imagine His compassion

  • in healing the sick when he was tired,
  • in casting out demons when he had been busy all day,
  • in raising the dead when no-one believed it could happen,
  • in forgiving sins when they said he couldn’t,
  • in calming the storm when no-one understood
  • in carrying the cross until his body wouldn’t
  • in forgiving those around him for crucifying him because “they know not what they do”,
  • in understanding humanity with all its faults but loving people all the same,
  • in rising from the dead to defeat the enemy of our souls,
  • in giving the Holy Spirit to guide us

On this Resurrection Sunday I celebrate Jesus who showed us how to walk in love.  I celebrate the One who saved my soul from eternal darkness. I celebrate a risen Savior, Jesus who was born, died and rose again to eternal life and who has prepared a place for me and you in heaven. Celebrate His life and love and grace and peace.

HAVE A JOYOUS RESURRECTION SUNDAY.

Living Under The Influence of the Ressurection


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On this Resurrection weekend I have been thinking about what the disciples must have gone through.

I imaging every day was a new adventure. What would Jesus do today? How many people will he heal? How many demons would be cast out? Would he argue with the Pharisees or other religious leaders? Life had become an adventure and each day was lived to the fullest without an inkling of what might happen next.  The miracles were the best and the teaching was challenging. Sometimes they had no idea what He was talking about, but that didn’t matter.  Their relationship with Jesus was pure and exciting.

Then came the last supper (Passover meal) where Jesus mentions that one of them will betray Him. Now they are all wondering, “Am I the one who will betray?”  Jesus talks in parables so we don’t really know what He means all the time.  Doubt and fear enters the room because they do not want to be the one.  Suspicious eyes look around trying to figure out who the bad guy could be.  Judas leaves but that could be just to pay for something or prepare something.

Jesus has been talking a lot about people trying to kill Him. This seems out of character for their leader. Things have been tense and miracles few. The excitement has turned to a somber mood. They go to the garden of Gethsemane and Jesus seems different. He is troubled. He asks them to pray with Him but they are too sorrowful and fall asleep. He is sweating blood and really concerned and praying hard but they retreat again into a sad sleep.  Then he awakes them from their slumber and tells them it is time.

Bleary eyed they wake and say in their heart, “What, time for what?” Then they see the crowd with weapons and Judas leading them. Was Judas, their money keeper, the one to betray? He kisses Jesus to betray Him. This added insult to injury. One of them strikes the High Priest’s servant and cuts off his ear. Jesus heals the man and rebukes the religious leaders for coming out with weapons to get Him when they had access to Him all along.

They day just gets worse for the disciples and their depression continues to grow as they flee for their lives. Peter betrays Jesus to save his life and the others fled afraid for their lives. They all witness this supernatural leader die on a cross made of wood. This cross had no power over Jesus, the religious people had no power over Jesus, and Pilate had no power over Jesus. How could Jesus let this happen?

Saturday was a day filled with depression and anger and confusion. They wanted to hope that Jesus would still somehow come back but they feared for their lives. If these leaders could kill the Son of God, what chance did they have to live? All day Saturday they reminisced about their life with Jesus and tried their best to pray as Jesus had taught them.

Then Sunday morning some women said that Jesus body wasn’t in the tomb. They were going on about Him being raised from the dead. A spark of hope arose. They checked it out themselves and He surely was not in the tomb. But some were not sure that He had been raised from the dead. This would be the biggest miracle and would certainly help them feel better. As speculation continued Jesus appeared to some of the disciples. As rumors flew He appeared to more and their faith and hope was restored.

Isn’t this how it always goes. We get into a deep dark place and then all of the sudden out of nowhere God comes with a miracle. On this Resurrection weekend we remember about Jesus life, death and resurrection. I would also ask that you remember the times in your life when Jesus has stepped into the scene and taken you from depression to hope and from despair to delight. And if you are in the depression or despair right now know that Jesus will bring the hope and delight. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Resurrection Love


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For relaxation I’ve been listening to some seventies music. The song Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word (1976) Written by Elton John and Bernie Toupin and sung by Barry Manilow on his The Greatest Songs of the Seventies CD has a line that I can’t get out of my head. “What have I gotta do to make you love me? What have I gotta do to make you care?”

As Barry sings, my mind begins a journey of thoughts. I suddenly realize there is nothing that anyone can do to make someone love them because love is a voluntary action and attitude. Then my thoughts take an upward turn toward God and I realize that I did not do anything to make Him love me. In myself I don’t even deserve His love and care, but He first loved me.

Romans 5:6-11 (NKJV)

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

These verses explain that God loves all of us, even if we are sinners. Jesus paid the price for everyone, whether you accept this sacrificial gift or not. I feel sad for the people who close their eyes toward God. When I think about Jesus’ sacrifice I wonder if some people will ever accept His love.

People of all faiths and no faith at all surround me every day. I respect that there are people who have not had the same encounters with God that I have had and do not understand His love the way I do. For these people I pray they may have their encounter and someday come to know Him for who He is.

I wonder how the ones with only faith in themselves can make it in this life. I remember the days when I tried to believe with all my heart, but I was just going through motions that others had taught me. I was just existing and not really living. One day the eyes of my understanding opened up and I began to see more clearly and realized that there is more to life than just what I want.

Before my eyes were opened I understood from afar about the sacrifice of Jesus, but now it is real to me. I was well-educated but completely inexperienced at anything truly spiritual. It wasn’t until I had a firsthand encounter that my life became more than a mere existence.

Today is Easter or as I like to say Resurrection Sunday. It is the day that millions of people flock to church to celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus and the triumphal resurrection from the dead on the third day. Without the resurrection the death on the cross is just a sad event without purpose.

Share Jesus’ resurrection with someone who needs to hear it. Share it with someone who is without hope and caught up in their life, not realizing that there is much more than themselves in this life. After all that is our great commission.

Enjoy the celebrations of the resurrection of our Savior and I will see you again next week.

 

 

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