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Even In the Midst of This Great Trial, He is Risen!

Matthew 28:5-7,  The Angel said to the woman, 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.

This Easter Sunday we as believers celebrate that Our Lord Jesus Christ has risen. He has defeated death. We celebrate the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ is not in the grave but rose and is seated at the right hand of God.

How important this year (and every year) to not only remember this truth but to grasp this all-important truth in a new and deeper way. We are struggling across our land. On so many levels our lives will never be the same.

And yet we can look to our Savior this Easter and know that He lives AND because He lives no matter what comes we have the ultimate victory because our Lord had the ultimate victory over death. We will as believers, all of us see the death of death when we on that day go to our Heavenly home.

John 14:2-3, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you with me that you also may be where I am”.

We have that future hope, our heavenly home. In the meantime, however, here we remain, struggling at times through life. We experience both the good times and the bad times but I pray we remember that all that happens to and around us is temporary. Our time on this earth is important but it is not our final destination.

So many times over the years in the midst of my struggling with my thoughts and feelings my wife Marlene has said to me, “Okay, so what’s the truth?” It always comes back to measuring what we think, feel and do, up against what God says, His word. It is not easy at times to do this but I have found that the Lord’s word always puts things in perspective and can keep us on track and also get us back on track.

Psalm 25:5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

We have these days the enormity of this terrible virus and yet the truth is that even this plague pales in comparison to the power of the risen Savior. And there is no better time to really let this truth sink in and allow our Lord to wrap himself around us than today as we celebrate and meditate on this special day.

I pray that we will with a thankful heart bow before the lover of our souls and worship our Lord God with all our heart and all our mind and all our soul….. on this most special Easter Sunday! 

Blessings to all,

Pastor Steve

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