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Sunday 10:00 PM
He Is Risen
Isn’t that some great news? Jesus is risen.
It’s that time of year again when we, as believers, are reminded of what our wonderful Lord and Savior did for us all on the cross. However, the world, celebrates this occasion in a different manner. This is the time that they go shopping for nice pastel-colored outfits and get all dolled up to take pictures and maybe go to church. For some, it’s the only time of the year that they may go to church. Perhaps, it’s because they are being dragged to church by a grandparent or parents, or maybe it’s just been the tradition or thing to on Easter Sunday. Others celebrate this occasion by painting eggs and doing easter egg hunts and glamourizing a white bunny. I never quite understood how a little white bunny became the focus of this marvelous event. But I’m not surprised. Because the devil has been working hard for a long time to deceive and to deviate the focus of believers away from Christ.
We all know the story of Adam and Eve and how they ended up getting kicked out of the Garden of Eden due to their sin and disobedience to God. The serpent deceived Eve, which led to Adam going against what God had told him (See, the devil has been up to his schemes from the very beginning). From that point on sin was introduced into the world and that became our natural nature. We were destined to death and to go to hell, and to be separated for God eternally. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus or Lord.” Romans 6:23. However, the story doesn’t end there. We have the Good News.
God, our Father, is a loving God. He created us all to glorify him and to have a deep, intimate, fulfilling relationship with him. He wants us to be with him forever. However, because of sin and our natural desire to give into the ways of this world and to our wicked flesh, he knew we could not save ourselves or do anything in our own power that would lead us to eternal life with him. So, he sent his Son to take our place and die for our sins. We see this in John 3:16-18 NIV; “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son in to the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever, believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” It doesn’t get any clearer than that, my brothers and sisters. God sent Jesus to save us and if we believe in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, we will not be condemned, but we will have eternal life with him.
Now, God sent Jesus to be born of a virgin, to be born of the flesh as we are. He grew up, became a man and had been tempted by the devil in every which way that we are today so that he could truly understand the things that we go through, but he did not sin. He can help up through our own struggles because he’s been through it and we also will be able to overcome. Refer to Hebrews 4:15-16 CEV “ Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin! So whenever we are in need, we should come bravely before the throne of our merciful God. There we will be treated with undeserved kindness, and we will find help.”
Jesus came to earth and laid down his life and took on the sins of the world so that we could be reconciled with God the Father. He died and rose again on the 3rd day. He has conquered over the fear of death and death no longer has its sting. Refer to Hebrews 2:14—18 NIV and 1 Cor. 15:55-57. By accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have the confidence and assurance that we will be with him for eternity when we die. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we don’t have to be afraid of death. Death no longer has power over us because we know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, see 2 Cor. 5:8.
I encourage you to go read for yourself in the Holy Bible of what Jesus had done for us all. One of the accounts is in the book of Matthew, read chapters 26-28. So all in all, what is this holiday all about? Why do we as believers observe Resurrection Sunday? We do so because it is the very basis of what we believe. In his selfless act of love and ultimate sacrifice, he gifted us, salvation. A precious gift we couldn’t afford to pay. Be reminded that Jesus is Lord, he died on the cross for our sins. He ransomed us with his blood that was shed, He overcame death through his resurrection, and it no longer has its sting over us and we no longer have to fear dying because, if we accepted him as our Lord and Savior, we will be with him for eternity.
As always, be blessed.