On Easter around the world Christians gather to worship Jesus, celebrating His Resurrection. Easter is more than bunnies, eggs and candy! But Easter causes us to remember Jesus – who is not dead , but He is alive!

Matt 28:1-9 – After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

 Who is this Jesus that we celebrate?

  •  More than a historical figure
  • Not a philosopher or religious leader but . . .
  • HE IS GOD!
  • He is Lord, He is King, He is Savior, and He is alive!

Why?

Certainly to prove his victory over death and seal our redemption for all eternity, but also so that He can be with us – BE WITH YOU! Since He is risen, He is not just a memory, but He is present – He is with us!

Imagine …

  • What would your life be like if Jesus had never been born, crucified and resurrected?
  • What would your life be like?
  • What would this world be like?

But He IS present,  He is our friend, or King, our brother, or God, our savior, or Lord. He comforts, He forgives, He heals, He restores, He makes us new, He is forever with us.

But how can that be?

He is also at the right hand of the Father waiting to return visibly to us to establish the fullness of His Kingdom.  How can he be here and there?

This reminds me of a meeting we had in our home many years ago when our second daughter Elesha who was then about 4 or 5 years old was asked by one of those there “Where is Jesus?” and she answered; “He is in my heart.” Then she was asked (trying to stump her), “How can Jesus be in your heart and also in heaven at the same time?” She quickly answered with childlike faith and confidence: “That’s why I have heaven in my heart”

Because of Jesus, the world is not the same. Just like he has made a difference in your life, he has made a difference to millions around the world. We are now forgiven, restored into fellowship with God, a new creation, no longer bound by this body of flesh, but now we will live with Him forever!

We pray as Paul did: “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection” (Phil 3:10).  That is why we celebrate Easter / His resurrection, every day!

Let us remember and turn our hearts to worship our risen Lord Jesus and experience His heaven in our heart every day.


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Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday and every day.

Don

 

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Several weeks ago I wrote about the “Confessions of a Man and His Lawn”. I got a few personal comments and it seems as though some didn’t quite get what I was talking about. Let me explain two things that I got from that experience:

1. It was somewhat an alegory or parable, but it really happened. The meaning? We are our lawn – we change as we get older – so don’t assume things will always be the same or you might make a mistake. Our walk with the Lord is not the same as it was last year, or any year for that matter. God fellowships with us in the present, and our hearts have new “roots” and “stumps” that may hinder that fellowship. Roots and stuff that were not there before. So – the lesson? Be careful that you do not assume things are the same as before when it comes to your self or – your lawn.

2. The second thing was a little more critical. I have not been the kind of person who tries to get a spiritual meaning out of every experience and situation in life. (That’s why fellowshipping with God while mowing my lawn was great.) That has been my loss, and I’m changing bit by bit. You see, God wants to fellowship with us. We all know that. So why not live out our lives as though he is right their to interact with us as we experience life? What a novel idea! In fact I think that is exactly what he wants. Jesus came to open that door of fellowship with the Father.

So why do we think we need to conjure him up? Why do we think we have to travel to some special “spiritual” happening to get close to God? Why do we think we have to fall into some ecstatic trance or experience some transcendent mystical event in order to fellowship with our creator? It seems to me that Jesus came to eliminate all that mumbo-jumbo, the religious posturing, having to “go up to the mountain to worship him” kind of thing. Jesus brought our relationship and fellowship to a normative level that is to be as every day as fellowshipping with our spouse, our friend, our brother.

I don’t think jesus wants us to strive for some esoteric, mystical experience – because then that’s all we get, and the baggage that comes with this kind of thing makes “knowing Him” out of reach to those who are hungry for Him. Imagine if your children or our spouse would have to go through some of the dramatics and actions that many believers do to get into your presence in order to hear from you! Could it be that the enemy has convinced us that we must enter into some “special zone” to hear from God so that when we do, we fall into the prideful trap of thinking that it was our ability or disciplines that got us there? Or could it be that the enemy has convinced us that this intimacy is only reserved for a select few to experience? Jesus came to destroy that kind of thinking (religion) and restored to us a relationship that allows us to walk together with God in our garden (our daily life) – or maybe even while we mow our lawn!