Sunday, April 8, 2012

Beyond the Bunny

Happy Easter or should I say, Happy Resurrection.  This is the best day of the year, not because of Easter candy and Easter ham, but because of Christ's glorious Resurrection.  And not because of the cross, the cross was the beginning but the Resurrection was the end.  It was the end of the law and the beginning of the new covenant, the covenant of Christ living in us.  

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:11-15).

It is because of Christ being raised from the dead, we have life, if we choose it.  The cross wiped the slate clean, gave us a path to God, and the empty tomb was the yellow brick road to life.  That empty tomb is what we celebrate, it is because Christ is alive, he finished his work that he was sent for while living as a man on earth, and is now seated at God's right hand side.  And because of that we can have life.  We are forgiven because of the cross, but given life because of His Resurrection.

To read more on Christ's Resurrection please open your bible to Matthew 28 and John 20.  For a meaning of the Resurrection please read Acts 11:34-43.

And remember to give thanks today and everyday to Jesus for giving his life for us and to God for raising Jesus from the dead so that He could live His life through us by the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Easter bunnies are cute, Easter candy tastes good, but Easter is so much more than fluffy white fur.

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