I’ve prayed for a month for God to grant me a fresh word for Easter Sunday. I’ve been hoping for something different to put a spotlight on the greatest event ever to take place on this planet. I heard a Pastor friend of mine recently make this statement, he calls Easter Sunday, “Resurrection Sunday” because the event has nothing to do with bunnies, eggs, or outfits. I instantly fell in love with that statement because it is filled with powerful simple truths that which is recorded through Paul’s writings in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NLT), 3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. Jesus did what only Jesus could do, at the request of God.
I thank God that I have had the privilege of attending a lot of Sunrise Services in my time and the one thing I notice the most, is how many Christian’s live like Jesus is still dead. Our culture seems to be merely going through the motions of supporting the event instead of praising and celebrating the fact Jesus defeated death for us. Some believers choose to lose sight of what “really” happened during the 3 days that Jesus spent in that tomb and exactly what Jesus endured because of His unconditional love for us. Why? You might ask. Because it eases the guilt we feel when we’re not in a perfect relationship with Him. There is so much more to Jesus than simply saying a one-time prayer for fire insurance. A loving, passionate relationship is required for people to experience Heaven on Earth as is written in The Lord’s Prayer. Luke 11:2-4 (KJV), 2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen
I sometimes find myself guilty, when I have a lackluster attitude and behavior to match. But, The Holy Spirit always brings my focus back to the Brother who gave His life the right to forgive my sins and invite me to reign with Him for eternity. I need to represent my savior to this world in the same manner He represents me to our Father. I should be acting exactly as I would after any event where my pick won. Boasting with festive jubilation, shouting with great joy, of my liberation to choose the door, God created for me to enter into His presence. Again, Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:21(NLT), So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. God gave us a second chance at LIVING LIFE more abundantly! Pastor Joe Dillard proclaimed, “The greatest miracle Jesus ever performed was and is that of a changed life!” I believe it completely because He changed mine!
Father God, will you please pinch me every time I stigmatize you as if you are dead? I pray to be alive in your spirit, full of gratitude, love, and zeal. I pray God’s eagles will soar above our celebration of resurrection and not vultures seeking to exploit the weak and decaying gestures. Lord, you are so worthy to be praised and celebrated as the savior of those who choose to believe. May we hear this, 1 Corinthians 15:57-58 (NLT), 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. Abba Father, won’t you please tattoo that last sentence on my heart, that I may hold it tightly when my enemy attacks? May we look to you for our everything, because our everything is you? Thanks, Dad, for answering my prayer to write for you. Amen
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK BY BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS!