Our Easter goodies

he livesEaster means different things to different people. To some it is nothing more than a day to hunt for candied eggs and goodies, to give soft, fluffy stuffed toys and have a festive dinner. Sadly, Christ is no part of the celebration. As followers of Christ, it is a day we choose to remember and celebrate our Savior’s death and resurrection. Without which, we would still be lost and struggling for that peace that only He can provide.

Luke 24:1-12 NIV The first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. 9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the ELEVEN and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

Instead of searching for temporal goodies this Easter, why not take the time to search the Bible for the awesome goodies Christ provides for us? Goodies that will never spoil or be taken away. Goodies that were purchased with the high price of our Savior’s blood and suffering. I’m going to look at just three of too many to count…

Romans 6:4  NIV 4 We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead, through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

By accepting Christ into our heart,confessing Him with our mouth and being baptized into His Kingdom, we are able to have “newness of life!”  Our old life is passed away and all things are new. A fresh, beautiful start because the lover of our soul was willing to lay down His sinless life for our sins!  Every past sin has been forgiven and no longer do past mistakes, sins or patterns have to control us.

Romans 6:5 NIV 5 For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly also be united with Him in a resurrection like His.

We are also promised eternal life. As Christ was resurrected, so shall we be! We no longer need fear death.  Eventually all of us will leave our earthly bodies and isn’t it great to know that when we leave this body of ours we will be in the presence of the Lord?

John 14:15-21 NIV 15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

After His death, Christ doesn’t leave us “as orphans”  but has provided the Holy Spirit to guide, direct and anoint us for service. As we abide in Christ, the Spirit of God guides us, corrects and anoints us as we walk through our journey of faith, giving us the power to fulfill all that He has called us to do.

This Easter, why not start seeking the word of God for all the goodies He has provided for you? If there are areas of your life you are struggling in, submit to His will and seek His word for direction. You will not find the “goodies” God has provided without seeking. When you do seek Him and His will for your life, He will more than meet you! He has already provided everything you need to live a life of victory! It was all accomplished on the cross!

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter!

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