HE is Risen....HE is Risen Indeed!!!
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace”-
Nothing like Easter! Being away is always interesting on Easter morning because hearing a different preacher can bring new perspective. First, we walked in and the church was in circle formation with a GIGANTIC cross hanging from the ceiling. It was a beautiful reminder that Christ was in the center of the day.
I was grateful to hear my parent's associate pastor today because she approached the morning from the standpoint of when the women went to the tomb to do final burial ritual for Jesus. Clearly they were going to find a dead body. Not really sure how they were planning on rolling that stone away - but nonetheless, they were going to see a dead body. When they got to the tomb, they saw that the stone was rolled away and that Jesus was not there. The angels are sitting there saying, "He told you this...were you not listening?" How often do we do that? Start down a path thinking that we are going for one thing and find something very different when we trek down a few miles. How often are we not totally paying attention.
Today is a reflection on our LIFE. God sent Jesus to die so that we may live. We walk along doing mundane things not really living. We are surviving and just phoning in our lives. We are not actively living but just biding time until we die. If we are not fulfilling the great commission, then what are we doing? We are supposed to be showing His love and sharing His heart. We are missing the boat and need to get off our butts and start living.
I am so grateful to have a Savior that would have taken the punishment just for me. If today was my last Easter, at least I can praise Him and know that He lives and He truly is my Lord and Savior. The best thing I can do is LIVE like there is no tomorrow and share the heart of Jesus.