Yes, He is Risen Indeed!
On Friday we reflected on the great love and sacrifice of our Jesus - that He would be emptied of everything, become sin for us and suffer death, hell and the grave. Just so we might live.
Today, how can we fail to praise Him?
It's EASTER Sunday!
He won the victory you know.
No way did He stay in that tomb!
And the best part -
He did it all for us.
He defeated death. Defeated evil.
And He turned the ugly cross - a symbol of cruelty, torture and shame - into a symbol of HOPE for all of us.
That's quite a transformation - kind of like what He does in each of us when we acknowledge Him. When we choose His purposes over our plans. When we decide to let His love fill the empty places and spaces in our hearts.
Do you know His story? It's our History. Our inheritance. Yes, for each one of us.
If you don't know the story of Jesus and His great love for us, I encourage you to read chapters 19 and 20 of the book of John in the Bible. It's the Apostle John's first hand account of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
And don't miss this verse at the end: "But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." -John 20:31
Some of you may wonder why I'm sharing this with you. I know it's not related to stamping at all. But, I share most every other part of my life with you here and frankly, this is way more important than our family trips or Emma's skating.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you have probably figured out that my faith and steadfast belief in Jesus Christ is central to my life. In fact, I know for sure that without Him, and the way He completely changed my life, I wouldn't be here today to even write this.
Each of us has a story you know. Each of us has gotten to where we are today along very different roads, some scenic, some rocky, some super highways. Some are like a country backroad, dirt packed and kind of winding. That's my story, my road. And I'm here because of His grace and mercy alone.
Someday I'll share more, but for now just know that Jesus loves you very much and no matter where you've been or what you think you've done that's just "too bad" to ever be forgiven - it's not. In fact, He promises that He loves you so much that when you lay it all at His feet, and turn your back on that junk that He'll wipe it all out and will never remember it.
Too good to be true? Sounds that way. But since it says so in His word, I believe it. And because I know it to be true in my life, I certainly believe it.
Anyway, if you're curious, about any of what I've written here today, e-mail me. I don't promise to have all the answers, but I surely know the One who does.
In the meantime, enjoy this song and video. It is such a beautiful telling of why EASTER is the most important Holiday on the calendar.
Yep, even better than Christmas!
I'll be back tomorrow with something pretty and stamped!