Monday, April 17, 2017

This is my family and I yesterday.{We are missing Rachel in this pic.} We had Easter dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Long Island Sound. An unseasonably warm day, was such a treat after the cold and rainy days before. It reminds me of the scripture, "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."  {Psalm 30:5b}
I don't think anyone actually weeps over the rain and cold, but the warmth and spring air certainly makes me want to sing.

"He has put a new song in my mouth - Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord"  { Psalm 40:3}

This holiday that we have celebrated is really strange from the world's perspective. If you do not know that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, it certainly seems weird.  I can remember as a child thinking, what's the big deal? The early church got a lot of ridicule and even death for believing that Jesus actually rose from the grave, and lives forever. It can be typical in our society to sweep it away as nothing. They pretend it is about bunnies and chicks.

I know that Jesus probably went to the cross at another time of the year, and not actually in our spring. I can also tell you that a pagan holiday marked this day, and that's where the chicks and bunnies came in. None of that takes away from the actually declaration that the word of God makes that "He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures"     {1Corinthians 15: 4}

No, the truth of the resurrection stands tall on its own, and doesn't need any propping up by other things. No matter when it occurred it is a reality in the spiritual world, and so effects our world, if we allow it to. "There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved"  {Acts 4:12} There is power in the name of Jesus, to break every chain that tries to hold us. "The same power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you."{Romans 8:11} Oh what glory dwells in human flesh! Only God could have made it this way. Only He could have redeemed our sinful selves by nailing it to the cross. Give Him the Praise!

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