Easter 2015 Reflections

“He had to rise from the dead.”  (John 20:9)

TEaster-HeLives-smallhe first miracle at the wedding at Cana we all know that Jesus turned the water into wine and it was John who said that Jesus “revealed His glory, and His disciples began to believe in Him.” (John 2:11). This was the first miracle to reveal Jesus’ glory and that inspired belief in Him.

It’s a basic pattern for a sign to reveal glory and the glory then inspires belief over and over again in the Gospel of John. For example, the healing of the official’s son was the second miracle or sign that Jesus performed, and it  led the official’s entire family to believe in Jesus. When he multiplied the loaves and fishes, those who saw that sign began to believe and then there was the blind man He healed and the man said to Him “I do believe, Lord”. Of course then there was the raising of Lazarus from the dead and the crowd then went out to meet Him because they all had heard what He had done.

But, the greatest of all the signs and miracles would have to be the resurrection of Jesus. When it comes right down to it, Easter is the most important day in all of history because it is the culmination of God’s wonderful and glorious plan of salvation and it is the foundation for all of Christian faith. However, even with as vital a sign as the resurrection is, do we truly know it? How much do we actually allow this miracle bring us to a deeper and more joyous faith?

We shouldn’t be content with what we know. Even if you think you know a lot, consider seeking out more insight and revelation about the resurrection. Today is actually a perfect day to put aside some time to read about one of the different accounts of His resurrection. You could read all four accounts of it from all the Gospels if you want. Why not try to be more like Mary Magdalene and run as fast as you can to His tomb. Stay there for some time or until you hear Jesus calling you by name. Easter really isn’t just about Jesus and no one else, it is also about the new life that He has given to all of us. All of us who have been baptized into His death but also baptized into His glorious resurrection!

“Jesus, thank You for the great sign of Your resurrection! Lord, I believe; help me believe and trust and love even more.”

Consider reading:

Acts 10:34, 37-43

Psalm 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23

Colossians 3:1-4

Prayer:

Today on this glorious day of Your resurrection let us rejoice in awe of You.

Help us to better understand how important Your rising from the dead truly was.

Help us grow in our faith so that as we do we gain a greater understanding of what You really did for us.

Thank You, Jesus for Your life giving Salvation!

Amen

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