He Is Risen!

Happy Good Friday to you!! Hopefully this week didn’t bruise or scrape you up too much. I’m taking a little break from the norm of posting a recipe this week  in honor of and to celebrate our LIVING God! Since I don’t post Sunday’s (I try to practice a Sabbath on Sunday’s) I need your help, ok? Today we’re going to pretend this is Easter Sunday 🙂 Do you think we can do that together?! GREAT!

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And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” (Luke 24: 2-7 ESV)

HE IS RISEN! Easter is here and our Savior has conquered the grave. Jesus got out of the tomb.

This Easter, four years ago I was baptized at my church and I now often refer to Easter as “My Birthday”. I found that though I was raised as a Catholic and baptized as an infant, I never really knew God, I didn’t have a relationship with him, and didn’t choose to be baptized. As with most people, as life happens, hurt happens. My hurts were BAD (see my first blog post), left deep wounds and a trail of brokenness. This brokenness had me feeling alone, not good enough, worthless, and in the dark. Through this hurt I felt a yearning in my heart for “something”, I now know that yearning was my heart pulling for and towards the love of our Father God, Christ Jesus. I am a daughter of The King! I am now alive! He IS alive, He IS risen! Let us celebrate this!

This simple fact has huge effects on our lives today. That is why we say the words over and over—“He is risen!”

This day is meant for celebrating Jesus, the One Who conquered the grave, and not just today, but every day. Jesus’s triumph over sin and death has daily implications. Without it our entire faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 24:17).

It’s a blast toting around pretty Easter baskets, eating chocolate bunnies and eggs, and having Easter egg hunts, I promise you I like it all! I love thinking about the fun we’re going to have this weekend preparing Easter eggs for our hunt with our Little and how much I loved making her basket but…..

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Let us not forget what Easter is truly about! Let us not forget Jesus’s rising to everlasting life secured our freedom from sin. God loves us so much that he sent down his only son to live as we live, to be tempted as we are tempted, to hurt as we hurt. Though he lived his life sinless he felt every sin and every hurt up to his death to GIVE US LIFE! to bring us from darkness into light. Four years ago this Easter I CHOSE LIFE, I CHOSE GOD. I CHOSE to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I celebrate and remember the sacrifice God made for us his children.

This weekend, Easter Sunday, as we remember our Savior’s triumph over sin and death, let us celebrate this truth:

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:34-36 ESV)

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Happy Easter to you and yours!

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