Easter

We are created for love, beauty, comfort, pleasure, security, healing . . . all the natural desires of our heart!

Yet these won’t be truly found inside stuffed eggs or baskets or weight loss or anti-aging or in other people or money or fitness or food or knowledge or control . . .

While all of these can be valuable, they don’t hold eternal value. So how do we view them? Are they idols we obsessively pursue or resources we lovingly steward? Do we worship the Creator or His creation?

Easter serves to powerfully remind us the value is in Christ alone! And the true love, beauty, comfort, pleasure, security, healing we find through Him.

But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33

So let’s seek Him. Abide in Him. Remain in Him! 

Yes, that’s not easy. We’re still broken and sinful and people with pain, temptation and hurt. But our Christ Jesus can create a crown of beauty from ashes! And He is what we truly need!

He is the Word, Bread of Life, Living Water, King, Groom, Savior, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Immanuel . . .

So let’s move forward in freedom and love with the belt of Truth wrapped around our core! Shame and sin and guilt and pain and wounds hang on the cross! Our new life of beauty and grace rose from the grave!

Love these lyrics from Ain’t No Grave by Bethel Music and Molly Skaggs . . .

Oh, there was a battle

A war between death and life

And there on a tree

The Lamb of God was crucified

And He went on down to hell

He took back every key

He rose up as a lion and He set all captives free

There ain’t no grave

Could hold His body down

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