Today, I asked the Lord if I could write something fun, happy, bright, and encouraging. My last two blog posts have been pretty intense. It’s been very dark here in Nashville with the recent school shooting and several tornados going through the state, creating more loss of life and property. I had to write about that horrid shooting and, believe me, it was fierce because, frankly, I was fired up!
The week before I wrote a book review for another site on “The American Story” which took way too much time and a lot of effort, but it was well worth it because this book tells the spiritual history of America and the founding fathers. Sadly, it’s a story that’s getting lost in our current culture.
Today, I prayed, “Lord, can I please write something brighter and more exciting this week?” My mind needs to go to a happier place. Then it occurred to me, It’s Easter, what could be brighter, happier, and more exciting than that!
This week we get to celebrate our Jesus – God who took the lowly form of a man and came to Earth to redeem us from our sins. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves by becoming a human sacrifice. But he didn’t just bleed and die like the sacrificial bulls and goats in the Old Testament, He came to life again!
That’s what Easter is — a celebration of His resurrection! It’s a promise that we, too, will be resurrected into new life one day just as He was. If that doesn’t make you want to shout, what will?
The creator of the universe! I’ve been doing a Bible study through the epistles lately and am being reminded of all that Jesus is. This Jesus who touched me as a child and drew me to himself, listens and answers my prayers, and takes the time to convict me when I’m doing wrong, created this entire, ever-expanding universe! Hallelujah!
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or pricipalities or powers. All things have been created through him and for him.Colossians 1:15
This morning there was a stinkbug sticking to the outside of my window and I wondered what purpose he had. I did a quick Google search and only learned that they destroy crops. While that doesn’t sound like a very useful purpose to me, God knows all things. Maybe the purpose of some of these less desirable creatures is just to challenge us and remind us that, while we have dominion over this earth, we won’t know everything about God in this life. But God did say that “Everything was good,” when he created it and that’s enough for me. Now go away stinkbug!
However, there was one creature that God said was not good, and that was man. He created Adam and said “Ummmm, not so good here.” (slightly paraphrased) He actually said that it wasn’t good for man to be alone. That’s where we come in, ladies. God created us to help out our man! (I often remind my husband of this when he’s driving.) Man was all alone without us. Not to mention the fact that he wouldn’t be able to reproduce himself. If this world ever tries to make you feel like you are lesser because you are a woman, just ask it to try and get by very long without you. Yea, I didn’t think so.
Of course, we need our man, too. We are incomplete and the entire human race would soon die out without each other. I think God came up with a pretty good plan, don’t you?
But, let’s get back to Jesus. He’s not only the creator of this universe, making him King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He’s also our high priest, forever making intersession for us before the throne of God.
For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Messiah Yeshua.1 Timothy 2:5
Yes, Jesus is our Creator, our Savior, our Redeemer, our Intercessor, and our Soon Coming King! He’s not leaving us to die and rot in this world. He’s coming back for us! As the world gets darker (and man is it ever), He told us to look up because that means His second coming is fast approaching. (Luke 21:28) Yippee!!
Just as people are destined to die once, and then after that to face judgement, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who ae waiting for him.Hebrews 9:27,28
This Sunday we get to celebrate all that Jesus is, has been, has done, is currently doing, and will continue to do for us throughout eternity! So put on your best clothes, grab your friends and family, find a church, and sing and shout for joy like there’s no tomorrow, because “He is Risen, He is Risen indeed!”
We have a lot to celebrate!