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Happy Easter: He Is Risen!

Jesus lives!

Jesus lives!

Jesus’s death on the cross was the most significant death the world has ever known, and will ever know. It was significant for several reasons, including the fact that Jesus was the Son of God; He died quietly and humbly while enduring excruciating pain nailed to the cross; death didn’t have the power to take His life but He released Himself to die; the power and life of God in Him was so strong that death couldn’t keep all that He was in the ground.

He was, and is, our salvation … the Savior or the world … King of kings and Lord of lords!

When Jesus died on the Cross, the Bible says the veil of the temple was split from top to bottom, as Jesus had prophesied it would be. This signified the breaking down of those things that prevented direct access to God, meaning that all sinners can now go directly to God in prayer and thanksgiving. This is the gift of the gospel of Christ that allows sinners to connect to God through pardon and forgiveness of sins.

The Holy Spirit calls us to draw near to God, our spiritual Father, by accepting salvation through Christ and forgiveness of sins and allowing us to talk with God and He with us, enabling us to know Him in a more intimate way and to lead us into a more fruitful and abundant life here and now.

Through Jesus, our everlasting mediator of a new and better covenant, all things are possible to us, and we are free from the bondage of sin and death … depression and oppression … rejection and low self-esteem … abuse and misuse … and all forms of “dis  ease” and disease. All of this, and more, are a part of our spiritual inheritance in Christ and are made possible through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.

Now, we can boldly enter into the presence of God, leaving our burdens, sins, worries and cares, and find healing for our souls, peace that passes understanding, acceptance because of who we are, and Whose we are.

When we accept Christ, we become believers who are more than conquerors through Christ – who loved us so much, and the same power of God that was in Christ that could not be held down by grave clothes and a tomb, is the same resurrection Spirit of God that is within us all.

We have the same power of God resident in us to do great things – here and now – in our lives and the world!  Thank God. And Happy Resurrection Day!

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All For Me

ChrysanthemumOne Sunday after the pastor’s sermon, he had the congregation perform an exercise in casting our burdens on the Lord by faith. For me, it was a reminder of how much God loves and cares for me and what’s happening in my life, and yours.

The pastor asked those of us who were carrying burdens of any kind to close our eyes and visualize the cross of Christ. Then, we were to think or call out our burdens, and go through the motion of nailing each burden to the cross.

When I got home that day, I immediately gathered a manilla folder for cutting, a pair of scissors and an ink pen to repeat the exercise in my own private exercise of surrender.

With manilla envelope and scissors in hand, I cut out  a 6″ or so paper cross. With my pen, I began to write the various things that troubled me in some way – things that brought tears to my eyes when I thought of them; dreams and desires that seemed to elude me; broken pieces of my life that needed mending; and costly failures and choices. I wrote them all on that makeshift paper cross, and I surrendered myself – all that I am, and all I hope to be – to God. And most importantly, I trusted the One who loved me the most with my troubles, releasing myself from the anxiety associated with trying to figure out how it all will work out.

Observing how my personal troubles filled my little cross with no standing room for another thing, I reflected on the heaviness of the cross Christ had to carry, ladened with the cares of the entire world. And as I made His experience personal to me, gratitude overwhelmed me. I began to worship as I meditated on the fact that He suffered under the weight of that cross – all for me. Yet another reason I, and we, are worthy because of who He is and what He has done for us.