Saturday, April 7, 2007

Resurrection and Power!

I have a hard time thinking of Jesus on the cross. It hurts too much. This is why I could only watch "Passion of the Christ" once. I prefer to remember his resurrection and power.

This week I went to a jewelry store to get some jewelry repaired and the salesman in there noticed me looking at crosses. He tried really hard to sell me a charm of Jesus on the cross. I couldn't bring myself to buy it. I wanted the cross with the beautiful heart around it.

Easter is all about Jesus being alive! He didn't stay on that cross or in that tomb. And while it may be a cute thing, some people would be surprised to realize that Easter isn't about a bunny and a basket full of eggs. Easter is about Jesus' resurrection and the resurrection he has passed onto us. I'm not talking about the end time resurrection. I'm talking about walking in the full resurrection and power of our life here on earth, now. It's the power to know that we are forgiven, that we are free, and that we are loved with a love so pure that all of creation cannot even comprehend it. This is what it means to walk in the fullness of Christ.

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. (Romans 6:4-6 NKJV)

4 comments:

  1. Jenn said: I have a hard time thinking of Jesus on the cross. It hurts too much. This is why I could only watch "Passion of the Christ" once. I prefer to remember his resurrection and power.>>

    Amen to that!! I know the movie was about the passion story, but I wanted to see Easter! I wanted to see Jesus overcome sin and death. I wanted to focus on the victory that's been won on my behalf.

    HE IS RISEN!

    Happy Easter everyone!
    Missy

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  2. HE IS RISEN, INDEED!

    I remember the silence in the movie theater at the end of the Passion of the Christ. I've never seen anything like that happen before.

    But, you are absolutely right! Let's concentrate on His pure love and "walk in the fullness of Christ."

    Yes, HE IS RISEN, INDEED!

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  3. Just where did the Easter bunny come from anyway? At least Santa Claus can be traced to Saint Nicholas. Sheesh!
    I heard an interesting fact on the radio, as I was driving home today. A pastor said that Easter is really a pagan term, after some pagan goddess. I'd never heard that before. No wonder I prefer to call it Resurrection Day.
    Jenn, I don't blame you for not wanting the charm of Jesus on the cross. That's only part of the story. The best part, like you said, is that the cross is empty and so is the tomb.

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  4. Yes, Mindy:-) The pagan's celebrated a sort of spring holiday in honor of a goddess. But, I'm so excited to be celebrating today and thinking of my mom celebrating at the most wonderful party of all in the presence of Jesus, God and Son of God, in heaven.

    I did see the Passion more than once. I also wanted to see the ending be more a celebration of the resurrected Christ. But I think The Passion of the Christ was well done for one reason. I believe it made me, and many others, really recognize WHAT was done for each of us. Jesus did all that for me and for you. I'd heard he suffered and died. Those words didn't mean the same thing after I watched that movie. Now I understand more fully what "suffered and died" means.

    Because of Christ death on the cross, I will live in heaven with Him for eternity. Thank you so much, Jesus, my Lord and Savior.

    I can say that today, I celebrated with intense joy. I am thrilled to say, He is risen! I have hope that I will have eternity to ask questions, thrill, dance in His presence, and even talk to those I miss. He is risen and because of that, I have an eternal hope.

    Angie

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