Sunday, March 31, 2013
It's Resurrection Sunday, and my heart is alive with celebration of Jesus Christ! Not only is He resurrected, He is the Resurrection! Jesus paid the ultimate price of death--willingly laying down His life--so that we could also make a choice, the choice to live life the way He intends. He intends for us to be free of sin, guilt, condemnation, and fear. He is madly in love with each of us and has a plan for our lives. We are not here by accident, we are not just passing the time, and we are not forgotten. All we have to do to enter into this glorious life is to confess Jesus as Lord, ask Him to forgive us of our sins, and walk with Him. He took care of it all. Just say, "YES!"
Enjoy Psalm 139:13-16 in The Message translation:
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
Matthew 28:5-6 shares the story of the angel telling "Mary Magdalene and the other Mary" that Jesus was risen:
But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
I love this! It reminds me that when the Lord speaks, He means it. The angel let them know that Jesus did just what He said He would do. Our Lord and Savior can be trusted. His promises are true. Whatever He said will be so, will be so! Such is the case in our lives even now. He will not fail us. His promises for us are true. So expect! As Galatians 6:9 encourages:
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Happy Resurrection Day! Celebrate Jesus, but not just today; celebrate Him every day of your life--and tell someone else about Him so that they, too, may have reason to celebrate!