We have been going through tremendous difficulty, both in our country and around the world, due to Covid-19 or Coronavirus. Many businesses are shutting down as well as numerous cancellations and postponements of events we took for granted only a few short weeks ago.
Yet, let me remind you today that Easter is NOT CANCELED! Indeed, we may celebrate the Resurrection a bit differently this year than we ever have. Still, I believe because Jesus rose from the grave, we have tremendous hope for today, tomorrow, and all eternity!
We are coming upon that particular time on our calendar that we spend in appreciating what the Lord did for us on the Cross. Yet, beyond that, when He arose from the grave on the third day morning.
The women went to the tomb for the sole purpose of anointing Jesus' body with spices, as was the custom of the day.
Mark 16:1-6 (NKJV) 1 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away–for it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.
On that very first “Good Friday” over 2,000 years ago, as Jesus drew His final breath on the cross, He uttered those amazing words… “it is finished”!
He drank of the bitter cup of suffering and pain both before, and while He hung on the cross. His mission to come to this earth to provide hope and forgiveness of sin was completed both then, and now!
“It is finished” is the Greek translation of “Tetelestai.” It comes from the verb “teleo” which means “to bring to an end, to complete, to accomplish.” Yet, it did not mean that “He” was finished because there was, and still is, work to do!
Once again, we are about to celebrate our risen Lord!
Henry Morris said this: “The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the crowning proof of Christianity. If the resurrection did not take place, then Christianity is a false religion. If it did take place, then Christ is God, and the Christian faith is the absolute truth.”
While so many might only see bunnies and colored eggs, we know it goes so much deeper than this! This particular day is like no other!
I don't know about you, but I'm excited about the New Year!
The Bible says in Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Now, I realize, of course, the context of this Scripture applies to the Nation of Israel, yet I do believe that we serve a God who is “the same yesterday, today and forever.”
As we look ahead into the year 2020, there's not a person among us who can be sure of what the future holds. For that matter, there's not a person among us who can even say for sure that God will give them another breath to breathe!