He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Good day Friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead! 1 Corinthians: 13..20a
Although the word ‘Easter’ derives itself from pre-Christian rituals, it has become universally known as the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. (For more details on the origin of Easter visit http://theconversation.com/why-easter-is-called-easter-and-other-little-known-facts-about-the-holiday-75025)
What does Easter- Christ’s resurrection- really mean for us? In today’s North American society, mankind can be so caught up in present pleasures and instant gratification, that we can miss the big picture of what Christ has done for us through his resurrection. I know that much of what I share with you in my devotions is to hopefully encourage you in your trust and relationship with the Lord and those around you as you walk your earthly walk. However, all of that is ultimately meaningless if your foundational hope and trust is not resting on the fact that because of Christ’s resurrection, when you die – and you will die – that you too, having faith in Christ’s redemption, will rise with him. In Christ there is a life eternal in the presence of God that is awaiting you. There need be no fear or hopelessness when living in the resurrection of Jesus. Don’t you see, there is nothing that can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus, not even death anymore. No it’s not a here and now thing, per say, but it is an eventual reality, and can be the confidence behind everything you now do.
In knowing that we have the assurance of eternity, allows us to live each day in confidence of being God’s beloved child and that nothing, “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) NOTHING! This reality allows us to focus our days in serving our Lord in word and deed, to giving thanks for all his blessings, to loving those he puts in our pathway, and to proclaiming with joy his love and salvation. He has taken care of the most important thing – death and eternal separation from our God, which frees us to live for him.
Although we may fear the pain of dying and/or separation from earthly loved ones, there need be no fear of unknown days and our eventual passing, sickness and disease, natural disaster or famine. For Christ has overcome them all for our sake. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Prayer: Thank-you Lord for loving me so much that you willingly went the road of suffering, scourging, pain, and death, to be the sacrifice that my sins deserve. Then if that weren’t enough, in your death, you overcame death through your ressurection, so that when I die, I too will rise with you for eternity. Help me to live in this confidence and assurance today and always, no matter what may come my way. Help me to trust that you are with me always and that nothing can separate me from you, in Christ Jesus my Lord and Saviour! Amen!
Reflection: Do you think about the reality of death and your salvation in Christ Jesus? Do you talk about the reality of death and your salvation in Christ Jesus? Take time to reflect on this reality, and, if you are moved to, share this reality with someone this week, rejoicing in Christ’s resurrection.