“Rejoice in the Lord always! I will say it again rejoice!” Paul wrote these words to his fellow believers many years ago, and they still speak to us today. Certainly as followers of Christ we have reason to rejoice, especially during this week as we celebrate Easter. We can take joy in knowing…
· God loves us!
· He sent his Son to offer His life as payment for our sin.
· There is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
· Jesus rose from the dead demonstrating his power over death and giving us hope of eternal life.
· God’s Spirit dwells within those who believe. We are not alone!
· God is a redeeming God.
Perhaps you are struggling with a challenge in your life right now. Maybe you feel as though your situation is hopeless. If God can take the brutal death of His very own beloved Son and use it to redeem all mankind, He is able to redeem your situation as well. It may not be in the form you would like or expect, but God can bring something beautiful out of circumstances which seem hopeless. As we celebrate His redeeming work at Easter, take some time each day this week to bow in prayer with your children and thank God for his redemptive work on the cross. Thank Him that we are allowed to be a part of His family through faith in Christ. Thank Him that we are partakers of His grace.
May this Easter be one of the most glorious Easters you have ever experienced. Turn your eyes toward Him and take joy in His power to redeem. Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!
I also want to take the opportunity to say a special hello to my new friends in beautiful Atascadero, California and specifically Atascadero Bible Church. It was a joy, blessing and privilege to meet you this past weekend. May God continue to work in a mighty way in your lives.