This week we enter into the celebration of recognizing and declaring that Jesus Christ, who is our Lord and Savior, went to bat for us! Jesus saw our need. Jesus took our place. Jesus saved us from the penalty of our sins by taking them upon Himself.
Jesus took the shame, ridicule, abuse, rejection, abandonment, and disfigurement for you and for me. He proved His love to us through action. He put His money where His mouth is. He did not give us lip service, He gave us LIFE SERVICE.
Resurrection Sunday, better known as Easter, is my favorite holiday—even more so than Christmas. Jesus was born a miracle and so much of His birth is vital to the rest of the story.
But the Scriptures never tell us to commemorate His birth.
Jesus laying down His life at the CROSS so that we might have life is where the POWER is for us. His death, burial, and resurrection is where our story begins. Jesus giving His life that we may have life is the beginning of VICTORY. When we confess our need and accept the gift that He so graciously gave to us, we are then positioned in the heavenlies with Him and our Father.
We are given the Holy Ghost. Yes, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in a believer of Jesus Christ. And it doesn’t stop there! We have life, and that much more abundant, here on earth as we await our exit from this world.
In this world we are just passing through time until we meet Him face to face in eternity and are with Him in our everlasting home. However, while we are here, we are empowered by the CROSS, the RESURRECTION OF JESUS, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT to live a life above reproach. We are to represent Him as ambassadors, soldiers for duty, and friends. We have a King we now serve and seek to please. He has a plan and a purpose for each of our lives. We can accomplish them in Him, for Him, and because of Him.
This is how intimately God desires us to know Him:
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;” Phil. 3:10
The word “know” here in the Greek is a Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman. That we may know him deeply in our hearts and desire Him, not in a sexual way, but in a devoted, committed, loyal way.
This Easter, I pray that you may know the power of His resurrection in your life. May you know what resurrection means to you and how it is meant to empower you to live the abundant life here on earth.
Be Blessed! You are positioned by God and highly favored!
With much love for the brethren!
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