Easter 2016

After a week of rest & relxation {mixed with warm and delightfully humid air…sigh} I am back.  Some families have weekly movie nights or board game tournaments.  We do family vacations.  It is our time of togetherness.  Our time for laughter.  Our time for time well spent with each other.  It was a great week.

Eph 2-89Yesterday was Easter.  My favorite of all celebrations.  I have faith that there is a God who loved us all enough to send his Son to reconcile us to Him.  This reconciliation was accomplished through Jesus being crucified and buried on Friday and rising again to life on Sunday.  “Friday a thief, Sunday a King” our worship leader sang yesterday.  He is King today! {although sometime it seems that our world is not under his reign} But He is the King yesterday, this morning & forever.

Easter is that reminder, I always seem to need, that I am not saving myself.  I forget often, first, that I need saving.  I mean I would never say out loud that I am a.o.k & really don’t need saving.  But do I live that?  Or am I more apt on occasion to look around with a “I’m not as bad as they are” attitude.  It’s subtle, of course.  Pride has a funny way of being that way when you know you shouldn’t be holding it.  But truly, I need saving.  I am self-righteous, unforgiving, prideful and a whole host of other things that I just cannot rid myself of on my own.  But Jesus can.  And I need Him & His power to save me from the wrongs that entangle and snare me.

Second, Easter reveals that I can do nothing to erase the stain that my sin has left.  {sin=anything that differs from God’s will in my life as laid out in Scripture}  I can work and work and work and try very, very hard to earn the right to be a child of God.  I can do great things for people, love people, do random acts of kindness, give away my money, go to church, serve at church, work with charities, adopt babies from all over the planet, be kind, be a good person BUT none of it will erase the stain that sin has left.  Again, in my head I know this…Ephesians 2:8-9 ‘For grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  But, again, do I consistently live this?  Or do I rush around trying to prove my goodness, trying to reveal how much faith I have, trying to earn something that is un-earn-able?  Ugh!  If I have the faith that Jesus did it all, then I need not rush around proving anything.  I can rest in what He has done.

I won’t say I completely understand how the cross works.  For me it is a great mystery how Jesus could die in my place, how He could take on my sin {and yours} and transfer to me his righteousness.  But I believe it.  I suppose that is faith.  Easter is that reminder I need that my life isn’t all about me {shocking, i know} but about Jesus.  My life should be a reflection of Him rather than a race to get closer to Him while knocking everyone else out of my way to get there.

I hope your Easter was a great celebration & a reminder of the risen King.  He is alive.  Hallelujah!  My Redeemer Lives!


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