Tuesday, March 30, 2010

He is not here; He has risen!

Well... Easter's coming up this week! What an amazing celebration!

Sometimes it's easy for Easter to just fly by. We've been thinking and talking about Easter a lot this week. Think about it. This is the most important holiday for us as Christians! Yes, Christmas is VERY important as well, it's the birth of our Savior! But if we stop there, what kind of faith do we have? No, the story doesn't end at that!

We have a God who not only came to the earth in the form of a baby.... He took on the sins of the whole world. We are forgiven because of what He did for us! Imagine the pain the came not only from the nails, but from having the sin of the whole world upon your shoulders? We celebrate God's incredible forgiveness and compassion on us at Easter... but that's not all.

After being crucified and laid in a tomb, 3 days later Jesus ROSE FROM THE DEAD! Imagine that! He conquered death and rose up in victory! What other god could do that? Ours is the only true and perfect God and King!

I thought I'd share with you some reasons I learned a couple Easter's ago why Jesus absolutely rose from the dead and it could not have been a story.
1) Breaking the seal to a tomb was punishable by death.
2) The disciples could not have gotten past the guards (more than 2) and stolen Jesus' body.
3) There was no way that Jesus could fake dead. His heart was punctured, He could not have rolled away a 2 ton rock.
4) They could not have hallucinated Jesus (after He rose). No two people have the same hallucinations.

As the rest of the world is celebrating fluffy bunnies and candy, let us realize the true meaning of Easter, stand for the truth, and shine for Jesus!

Luke 24:5-6
"Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!"


Emily said...

Amen! Thanks for the reminder :-)

Love you guys!

Stephanie said...

Amen! Hallelujah! I just love Easter. It's such a celebration. I think I'm going to watch The Passion of the Christ this year. Have you seen that? :)

Marissa and Andrea said...

Andi and I watched that last year.... it was really well done and realistic. I think it gives Easter and Jesus' sacrifice a whole new meaning.

Stephanie said...

Cool. Can't wait to see it!