The most holy, pivotal celebration, to the life of a Christian……Easter.
On that Friday Jesus hung on a rugged, Roman cross
The Savior between two common thieves
He was mocked and insulted
The clouds darkened…
He asked His Father
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
The day was full of anguish
He cried out
“It is finished!”
The curtain in the temple tore from top to bottom.
The earth shook.
Then He died.
That day was…. Sad. Hopeless. Bleak.
Jesus’ followers did not understand. They were confused. They were grieving. They were hurting.
What did this mean?
What was the purpose?
Don’t so many of us live in “the Friday” of our lives? Scared. Wondering. Confused.
How is God going to work things out in our lives?
We can’t see it.
We don’t get it.
We won’t live through it.
What is the purpose?
But Jesus did not stay in the grave.
He conquered death.
He rose again.
He appeared too many.
The glorious resurrection day changed everything.
For all time.
The followers had…..Hope. Joy. Peace.
Death had been conquered by the only ONE who was capable.
He took our place. He sacrificed. His blood was spilled.
And He came out of that tomb!
Jesus never left us in the darkness of the crucifixion.
Because He lives, we are brought into the
glorious resurrection morning!
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25 NIV
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- Holy Week: Prepare for Easter with Your Family. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- What is Easter?. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- With Easter Nearing… (petrosbaptist.wordpress.com)
- The goodness of Good Friday: The oxymoron of an unhappy celebration (gratefultothedead.wordpress.com)
- Touched & Transformed (truth4today.wordpress.com)
In the words of Tony Campolo “Sunday is coming!” meaning He Lives!
Yes! Don’t you love that sermon…..It might be Friiiiday….BUT SUNDAY’S COMING!!!
Dawn, thank you for reminding me of Friday. One of the best Easter messages I ever heard came from E.V. Hill. His message was “It’s Friday, but Sunday\’s Coming.” I can hear him now repeat that countless times during the course of his message. It’s Friday (things may seem dark and hopeless) but Sunday’s Coming (The Resurrection And The Life.” Amen and Amen. You’ve inspired me (again) to blog about that message this week. It is powerful beyond words.
Dawn, I know Tony Campolo is credited with preaching that sermon. I think several spirit filled pastors have preached that glorious Easter message. And I didn’t read all of your message to April before I wrote my comment. Regardless, Happy Easter!
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