As with any holiday in the church calendar, we have an opportunity to come nearer to Jesus. However, it’s also possible to get so caught up in the tradition of the holiday that before we know it, the holiday has come and gone and we’ve missed out on an opportunity to grow closer to the One who all the traditions stem from.
So, in the midst of Easter egg hunts and Easter baskets, I’d like like to suggest that you take a few minutes to yourself and reflect on the following questions this Easter:
1) What has been raised in my life along with Jesus? What is one or more areas in your life which were sinful that have now died with Christ and risen with Him? Where are you free where you were once a slave? Spend some time reflecting upon this and giving thanks and praise to God for His salvation and it’s impact on us!
2) What is one area of my life that still needs resurrected? Sin is powerful and even once we are in Christ, sanctification (the process of becoming more like Jesus) takes time. What’s one are in your life which you know is still sinful or where you haven’t fully let go and surrendered to Jesus? Spend some time identifying that area and praying that God’s resurrection power would come into your heart in a fresh way and transform it.
Romans 8:11: “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”
Lord, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for the cross and the empty tomb. Thank you that all of our sins have been paid for through the death of your son, the spotless Lamb. Thank you for all the ways in which you’ve made us new! Please continue to transform us – don’t let us stay the same this Easter – continue to make us look more like you Jesus. In Your mighty and matchless name, Amen.