6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
I am always impressed to hear how pastors retell the same old Bible stories in different ways and with different perspectives every year. The Christmas and Easter stories are the most widely known stories by Christians and non Christians alike.
Today I was touched and impacted greatly by the Easter sermon. It has never occured to me that the stone was not removed so that Jesus could get out. It was removed so that everyone could see in and to eventually learn that He had risen! It wasn’t a magic trick. It was the resurrection! Mary surely didn’t believe at first that Jesus was alive again. Surely she doubted until she actually saw the risen Savior. We all would. Any normal person would think that His body was stolen until we saw Him in person! When she saw Jesus, she knew He was (and is) the risen Savior! What a glorious sight that must have been!
What then shall we say of ourselves as Christians on Easter? Are we resurrected with Christ? Is that what people see? It never occurred to me really until today’s sermon that people don’t believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ NOT because it’s so unbelievable but because they don’t see the resurrection in US . If you believe that Christ is your Savior who has rescued you from sin and slavery and death, your life should reflect that. But really, we so often do not reflect that we are Christians.
If you know our Easter story from last year then you will be happy to know that this year’s is SOOOOO much better even than that! Our lives, our family, our marriage….all resurrected! My husband…resurrected! There are not many people in our lives that truly know what our family has been through, the hurt, the pain, the hatred, the ugliness that was our marriage and our lives. Those of you that do know and those of you that don’t, know this – God is most definitely alive and real and Jesus most definitely saved us! I know that He heals, that He changes, that He loves. And if He can do it for us, I know that He can for anyone.
Here’s our Easter picture. The girls just simply did not want to cooperate for photos today so I went ahead and posted our funniest one!
And the reason we are the above mentioned family: