Intro to Easter
It seems so entirely fitting that Easter falls in the springtime, a time all about renewal and rebirth and new beginnings. Coming back to life from the dead of Winter.
Because, through the precious blood of the Lamb, I have been brought back to life.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION!
The old has gone, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
What an incredible thought.
The Lord of the Universe. The Creator God.
Cares enough to make me new.
I was reading in Revelation a few days ago, in chapter 22. The angel of the Lord had just revealed wonderful (for believers) and horrible (for everyone else) truths to John about how the world would end. And John begins praising the angel.
BUT THE ANGEL OF THE LORD STOPPED HIM!!
He told John, “Do not praise me! For I am like you. I am a fellow servant with you. We, together, Praise the Living Lord.”
A fellow servant with angels. Wow
The Lord has reminded me in the past few weeks in ways I could never understand about who I really am. About my identity. Because I am not who the AP Lit teacher thinks I am. And I am not who magazines or Proactive tries to tell me I should be.
I am made in the image of God. The painted sunrises and the African Savannah and the Great Barrier Reef are all brilliantly created, by the same Creator that created me. But even they, in all their splendor, were not created in the very image of God. I WAS!!! (Genesis 1:27)
I am a fellow servant with angels.(Revelation 22:9)
I am a co-heir with Christ. (Romans 8:17)
I can call God, ABBA, meaning Daddy. That puts me on a very familiar, first name basis with the LIVING GOD!!! How awesome is that? (Romans 8:15-17)
But more importantly,
I am someone worth dying for.
I AM FORGIVEN!!!
But it is only because of the events that transpired during Passover so many years ago that this can be the reality. And it is always important to keep those events at the forefront of our minds.
Easter is a love story. And through the next several posts, I will be proving that, by writing an expository on John 3:16, followed by a post entitled “How Good is Good Enough?”, dealing simply with the Question “If we get to Heaven by doing good works, how good is good enough?”
Heads up, that’s a trick question 🙂
Some of what I say leading up to Easter may be offensive. But everything I say comes from the Bible. And because of that fact alone, I believe it to be true. I will provide Scriptural references for everything that I say, so don’t take my word for it. Read commentary (that’s what I do) and research. There is nothing better than diving head first into what God wrote to His people, and doing everything in your power to grow spiritually.
But until then, Happy Easter 🙂 And Live Crazy!