This is a slightly edited version of the Easter post I wrote for last year. Please enjoy and take some time to meditate on the significance of this special day for Christians. What a joyful day this should be for all us who have Jesus as our Savior and Lord!
These majestic opening words to the wonderful Easter hymn by Charles Wesley captures the essence of Easter for Christians.
The somber mood and darkness of Good Friday gives way to joy—great joy—when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus three days later. A tragedy turns to triumph. Darkness turns to light. Death turns to life—ever lasting life.
Reflect on this:
Grief turns to joy…
Darkness turns to light…
Death gives way to life…
What do you suppose it would have been like to have seen the empty tomb? Would we have understood any better than Jesus’ followers, what He told them about His coming death and resurrection? How would we have reacted to the empty tomb in our grief? Would we have recognized Jesus?
Like Mary and the other women and the disciples who grieved the death of their Teacher and Friend; our grief can turn to joy, when we fully realize that we serve a risen Savior and what it means. This is good news, indeed; news that we should share! The world needs to hear what we have to share. Yes, not everyone will want to hear—and yes we will face rejection and ridicule. However, if we keep in mind that it is Jesus who is being ridiculed and rejected, not us; our perspective can change.
It is not too late to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord! He is ready and waiting for you to turn to Him with open arms! Be assured there are no age limits for salvation—a person cannot be too young or old. For more information, please refer to my previous posts: Salvation; A New Creation; Counting the Cost.
Take time this week to reflect on the hymn He Lives. Listen here:
Remember, we can face many things because He lives! If Jesus is not alive our faith and hope would be in vain! Jesus gave us victory over death and the grave! For those of us in Christ Jesus, we have a future to look forward to with great excitement!
Please join with me in prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your only Son to die in our place—to redeem us from our sins—even though we did not deserve it. With great joy, we exclaim, on Easter and every day, “HE IS RISEN”!! He is risen, indeed! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
From My Heart to Yours,