Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Hope in Easter

Happy Easter! Easter is one of my favorite times of year. It gets warmer outside (unless you live in Minnesota), the flowers start to pop up, the birds sing louder, and everything turns green. It's a good warm and fuzzy feeling time of year.
When I really think about the meaning behind the Easter we celebrate, I don't get warm and fuzzies. I feel a heaviness in my heart for what we are truly commemorating. Don't get me wrong, there is also an extreme happiness as I remember Jesus conquering sin and death, but the fact of the matter is that the death for sin part happened first and it was ugly.
Jesus died. And he did that for me. That's not all bunnies and jellybeans. I think we often forget the painful things in life and like to focus only on the things that make us feel good. However, brushing the hard things to the side can lead to the trivialization of things that are important to remember because they might impact the way we live our lives.
Our small group has been talking a lot lately about the fear of the Lord. The gravity of who God is. Stop for a moment and try to wrap your mind around Him. You can't! He is a God who is all powerful, Creator of the world, greater than we can ever imagine. 
That same God is so full of love that he was willing to sacrifice His only son, Jesus in order to pay the punishment for our sins and make a way for a relationship with us. His death and Resurrection is the only reason we have hope. Hope for eternity. Hope for now. If we truly believe that we have that hope, let's live that way, not just today but every day!
Watching my daughter discover life has helped me gain a new appreciation for life. She lives in every moment and enjoys everything immensely. I want to be more like her. Jesus died and conquered death to give me life, not just eternal life, but a life free from the bondage of sin here on earth. I want to live life here to the fullest, bringing glory to God and enjoying each moment He blesses me with here on earth.
So this weekend as we dye Easter eggs, go on egg hunts, bake some yummy treats and eat dinner with our families, let's remember that life is what we are celebrating. Because He lives, we can live in joy here on earth and forever in eternity with Him. Go celebrate that!
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

1 comment:

  1. I Love how you start with "with a heaviness in my heart" and end with "celebrate life".

    Joy and love to your family!

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