My Easter

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” [Colossians 2:13-15 NIV]

Photo by Chris Cummings

Photo by Chris Cummings

What is Easter to you? Is it a time of visits from the Easter Bunny, delivering enough chocolate to last a year? Or is it a time of family gathering together and celebrating life?

There is nothing wrong with these things, but for me Easter goes way deeper than that. For me Easter is about my Lord and my God — Jesus Christ, who came to earth to bring a new way of living. He took the place of the passover lamb, forever redeeming us from our sin. He delivered us from sickness and oppression. He set us free in the fullest meaning of the word. And he gave us keys to live by and tools to equip us in navigating this journey of life that is not always simple or easy.

For that, I give Him my whole life.

And so, this weekend coming, first and foremost in my mind will be that journey Jesus took to the cross, the sacrifice He made for me.  I hope that you, too, can find new life in Him. I pray His blessings upon you this Easter.

Published in: on 26th March, 2013 at 7:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Smoke Screen Celebrations

When you hear the word Easter, what is the first word that pops into your head? Chocolate? Eggs? Bunnies? Shopping? Or do you think of the real reason behind all the commercialism and marketing–Jesus?

Sometimes it seems like all of that to-do about the Easter Bunny and buy, buy, buy chocolate is all a big cover-up by our arch-enemy to hide from us the Truth. The less he can get us thinking about Jesus, the better, right?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” [John 3:16 NIV]

The Truth is that 2000 years ago Jesus walked this earth. He was ridiculed, arrested, tortured and sent to an unbelievably painful death on the cross. And He went without argument because He knew it would mean freedom for any one of us who accepted His gift–the sacrifice of His life for our sins–down through the ages. That includes you, my friend.

Of course, three days later He defeated death and rose from the grave, forever taking the pain and sting from death. Praise God!

So, this Easter, try to blow the smoke-screen aside and contemplate all that Christ has done. If you’ve never said thank you to Him and accepted Him as your saviour, now’s a great time to start. God bless you this Easter Season.

Published in: on 19th April, 2011 at 6:00 am  Comments (5)  
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