I'm not gonna write a long old post about Jesus' crucifixion for our sake, and his resurrection signifying his power over sin and the world. Because we all know. We know in our minds. We just have to know in our hearts. Know it. Believe it.
But it is easy to forget. So easy. But it's a big thing that should live in us, so that we never forget. We didn't deserve it, we were still sinners, and He did it anyway.
I'm 14 and, yes, I'm still gonna hunt Easter eggs. But remember what the egg symbolizes- new life.
Hunting eggs, hunting new life.
We should always be hunting for that new life, the one that is not of the world, but of God. Be searching for that life, where everything is about Him and dedicate yourself to His will. Hunt for it.
He died for the world. If you were the last one... He would have done it all, just for you.
We know He endured excruciating pain. Pain beyond what human should bare. But He did it willingly- they didn't take His life. He laid it down.
Worship Him in this day. We can never thank Him enough, but try to get in all you can.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. -Romans 6:8-11
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...
- 1 Peter 1:3
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.' "
Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
"For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
Don't ever, ever forget. His love for you is greater than we can fathom. His sacrifice was exceptional. He saved our pitiful little hearts... The least we can do is dedicate our short lives on earth to Him.
That said. There's a chocolate bunny calling my name.
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