I don’t know if you heard the Easter story for the first time this year, or if you, like me, grew up in a church, hearing the same story of the crucifixion and resurrection year after year.
As a child, I learned and understood the basics of Easter—enough so that I gave my life to Christ at the age of 10. But as I got a little older and learned more about all the “fun” things this world has to offer, my basic knowledge faded. Over the years, the Easter story became more, “Okay, it’s that time of year again.”
When I reached adulthood, I put the “fun” things of my teenage years behind me, but my life became more like a reality TV show. I played the part for my audience, but I was missing the truth that God wanted me to see. I was doing the “Christian” thing: I felt like I had a good relationship with Jesus, I was attending church, praying, and trying my best to live a good life that was pleasing to him, but I felt empty. Truthfully, I was just going through the motions.
Maybe you have been there, or maybe you have never made that step to follow Jesus. Either way, I want you to know that since attending CedarCreek Church for the last few years, I have felt more alive than ever before in my 60+ years. I have come to know Jesus in the way God intended for me to see him. I have discovered the gifts he has given me, found freedom, and am doing my part to make a difference.
The Easter story is no longer basic, or something I am supposed to celebrate. Now it is an awe-inspiring saga that I never tire of hearing and reading about. I am finally able to see what was right in front of me all along. My prayer is that you experience that too.
The whole Easter story is powerful, but allow me to dwell briefly on the resurrection. The fact that Jesus conquered death and rose from the grave is life-changing for you and me. It changes how we see our future. We no longer need to fear or doubt what lies ahead, because we can know that at the end of the road, there is still life—an eternal life with our Lord and Savior. And here is the beauty of it all, we don’t have to rely on ourselves to get there because Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and guide us.
“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.
So, I ask you on this day, do you truly know Jesus? Are you seeing the truth that is right in front of you?
What does the Easter story mean to you?
If you take a hard look at your relationship with Jesus, do you know your future is guaranteed?
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Heavenly Father, I never tire of hearing the story of all you did for me. I can’t possibly imagine the horrible agony you suffered on that cross, but I understand you did it because of your great love for me. I thank you. I praise and glorify your name because in your victory over death, you gave me hope and a promise that someday I will dwell in your presence. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to guide my path on my earthly journey. Give me wisdom to always call on the Spirit when faced with the trials of this life. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen!
This post was written by Ned Miller. Ned loves serving through writing on the LIO team, prayer team, group leader and as a greeter. He loves spending time with his family and working on his model railroad.
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