HE IS RISEN!! Hallelujah!!
So. It is a tough time for all of us. Unless you’re a hundred years old, you have never seen a pandemic hit the entire world the way it has hit us in recent weeks. And yet. As believers, this gives us all the more reason to be grateful.
We are reminded in times of great tribulation what really matters.
And what really matters is not our things, it’s not our bank accounts, it’s not our money, it’s not how many followers we have on twitter or whether we have the ear of powerful people listening to us. None of that matters in the end.
What matters truly is our relationship to each other, and our relationship to Jesus Christ.
And so, on this most solemn and joyful day, on Easter, that Christians have celebrated for more than two thousand years, we are reminded that it doesn’t matter how dark life seems. We are promised eternal life and happiness and joy, if we make the decision to accept forgiveness from an all merciful God.
That is Easter. And that is today.
So I say to you, my Christian brothers and sisters, He is risen, He is risen indeed. Let us all take joy in that.
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HE IS RISEN!!
For thousands of years, Christians have celebrated the reality-shattering moment that we recognize today, the divine gift that God made to repair the union between Himself and mankind, because our feeble efforts were incapable of even approaching His perfect being.
Today, we celebrate that Christ died for our sins, took them up on Himself, and arose three days later in defeat of death, to the greater glory of God, to draw our unworthy souls to a merciful, loving Creator.
It is Easter.
Mathew 28 describes the miraculous blessed gift God gave to each one of us:
Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”
And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus *said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”
Now while they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all that had happened. And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’ And if this should come to the governor’s ears, we will win him over and keep you out of trouble.” And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews, and is to this day.
But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We hope that each one of you takes a moment to reflect on the greatest gift given to mankind, to each of us, this day. If you have not accepted this gift, we hope and pray you come to that decision and receive freedom from sin, and everlasting love. All freely given.
For those of us who acknowledge the greatness of God’s mercy, let us celebrate!!
For HE IS RISEN!!!
Update: This year I want to add another incredible song that lifts my soul up to God.
God bless you all!! Have a happy Easter, from us all at the Right Scooooop!!