Tell the story

April is the month of rebirth; it announces the beginning of Passover, reminds us of the greatest trial and sacrifice in human history as well as the greatest display of Gods power ever witnessed by man in the resurrection of His son. It seems we have began to feel the warm breezes and rising temperatures we look forward to when Spring arrives. We shed the heavy clothes and coats to allow more sunlight to touch our skin. The renewing rain falls freely preparing the flowers for blooming, nature changes into a beautiful dress of green; the air is filled with the sound of birds and creatures small and great awake from slumber.

The time of revitalization has begun; a time to heal, time for forgiveness and restoration , and for building new relationships. In most households parents are trying to keep the excitement levels down as their children await the arrival of the Easter bunny and all his goodies, the family gathering and special meal; dressing up in their finest or new clothing for church. I wonder how many have taken time to tell the real reason for celebration? It was a festive time in Jerusalem and while most of the people were preparing for the Passover, the religious leaders were engaging in a plan to kill the innocent; His name was Jesus.

The leaders were threatened by the story of Love Jesus taught the people; He healed their ailments, forgave their sins, and feed them with physical and spiritual food. They arrested Him, gave Him a unfair trial, abused Him and finally put Him to a shameful death. None of this was a surprise to Him, not even His betrayal by a friend; His words were ” I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from Me, but I lay it down Myself “. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.

On that fearful Friday His fate was sealed by His death on the cross atop of Golgotha, as the Sabbath was approaching His body was removed and buried in a borrowed tomb. He rested in the tomb on the Sabbath; but, on the 3rd day He arose. It was because He rose on this day which was the 1st day of the week, Sunday; we celebrate His resurrection. He who was dead, now lives forever more; He has taken death prisoner and those who believe in Him will never die, but; have eternal life. While eggs, candy, bunnies, and fancy clothes are wonderful things; we should be celebrating the sacrifice of Jesus the Christ that paid our sin debt and made salvation free to all. Will you tell the story?

My revelation as I sit by the pool of grace


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