Sunday, April 4, 2010

My God's not dead, He's surely alive!

inspiration: "Our God is RISEN and REIGNING!!!"

Today is Easter.
It's not about the pretty dresses. or the baskets. or the candy. or the bunny.
It's about celebrating the fact that Jesus Christ paid the ULTIMATE price for all our sins when He was beaten, forced to wear a crown of thorns, was nailed to a cross, and left to die. And on the third day, HE BEAT DEATH! He was resurrected and is sitting at the right hand of God right now, reigning over us.

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." -Romans 3:23

We're all sinners. Every single one of us has messed up, done wrong, we're sinners. We're not perfect. Only God is. And because of our sin, we are alone unable to achieve perfection and Heaven.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." -Romans 6:23

The only acceptable punishment for sin is death. But because God loves us, He gave His Son to die the ultimate death for us. Jesus never sinned, but died for all sinners!

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." -Romans 5:8

"So that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through the righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Romans 5:21

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." -John 3:16

Did you hear that? Eternal life! Why? Because He has paid the ultimate price. But it gets better!! You may wonder "What's better than eternal life?" And here's the answer: JESUS CHRIST IS STILL ALIVE!!

"He is not here; he has risen!" -Luke 24:6

He is sitting at the right hand of God, filling us with His love, compassion, and grace. We are sinners. We won't ever stop being sinners. But neither will He ever stop loving us. He is with us in all our doubts. He is with us during all our struggles. Through thick and thin, Jesus remains.

"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" -John 16:33

We may have escaped death; but that doesn't mean we've escaped life in the world. We're always going to mess up. But once we accept Christ into our hearts and into our lives, we take comfort in knowing we're not alone.

I know that I've tried to fight Him. I've tried to "go back" to life before Christ. But I can't. He's forever in my heart and, even though I don't deserve it, HE STILL LOVES ME! His grace covers my sin and His power is made perfect in my weaknesses (see 2 Corinthians 12:9). Because of the cross, I will never have to experience the sting of death: I will live forever with Christ in Heaven, praising and worshiping His great glory and power!


Easter is more than just about finding eggs and candy (and hopefully money!), but about finding God's grace and His beauty. He conquered death so that we wouldn't have to experience it. We live forever in Him! =D

Happy Easter

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