Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter overflow

Luke 24:5-6  (NLT)
Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?  He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!..

It is the day after our Easter celebration and resurrection Sunday, and I am still enjoying the overflow of the events, worship and facts of the weekend.  No, I am not jacked up on the sugar of chocolate or other candy.  What Jesus did for us and the flowing of His unending grace never lets me down or leaves me without anything to share.

Hearing of all the activities around the churches where family and friends attends has been pretty electric.  Lives were been changed as the story of our Savior’s life, death and resurrection were shared.  Not only have our kids had a good time, but our lives will be forever changed by the goodness of God.

During our Easter worship at The Community Fellowship yesterday I shared a monologue on the life of Jesus from the perspective of a Jewish man who was raised as a religious man, a leader and a person who casually watched the last years of Jesus’ life.  Doing research and reading for this was eye opening and someone heart wrenching at the same time.  The monologue was a mash up of things I learned from the apostle John’s account of Jesus’ life, from the man named Nicodemus, and from Biblical and historical accounts we have.

This left me with an overflow of thankfulness.  Simply this thought … Jesus did that for me … left me grateful.  I’ve heard that thought and even had that thought for over four decades.  It only gets stronger through the years.

Actually as the things that matter, really matter, become more real to me my faith becomes even stronger without being deluded by material possessions and other things that so often distract us.  I am still selfish, but I am more aware of my selfishness and my need for God.

The cross was intended to be the place where your sins and mine were nailed and heaped upon our Savior.  Jesus willingly took those sins so that you and I would have changed lives.  The tomb is empty because my life matters to God, and it is fact that all lives matter to God.  The old song that says “red, yellow, black, and white; all are precious in His sight” is true in every way.

Share what Jesus means to you.  Has the Easter story and the realization that His life and death was for you impacted your thoughts this weekend?

God’s desire is that more people come to know and understand His unending grace.  How will you and I help others believe our great and mighty God?

He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.

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