He is Risen indeed!
Last week, we celebrated Christ’s resurrection with traditional feasts, gatherings and worship. Easter is a time when we are reminded of the abuse, cruelty and pain that Jesus suffered so we may have eternal life. “He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (Hebrews 5:9 NIV)
Our faith not only gives us the reward of eternity with Him, it can give us a richer, fuller life while we live on this earth. Jesus said when He left that another would come so we were not alone. Accepting Jesus into your heart and the Holy Spirit into your life gives you the keys to a peace and joy unknown to this world.
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV) He didn’t die for you so that you could mope about what you don’t have. Neither did He come for you to bask in luxury and comfort. His gift is life filled to the brim with faith, hope and love. (I Corinthians 13:4-7, 13 NIV) Easter is a time to reflect on what that gift cost. Not only did Jesus arise, He provided you a way to rise above the darkness in this world. Fall at His feet that He may lift you up to an abundant life.
What have you done this Easter and lent season to truly thank God for a gift you didn’t deserve?