Jesus Resurrected!

Easter Resurrection: What’s the impact on you?

It’s Easter 2015! Today, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God!

But what does this event of nearly 2000 years ago have to do with you today?  Everything!

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Jesus: Living Water

Easter Saturday: Jesus went to Hell?

In my post yesterday (Good Friday, a time to Pause), we explored briefly the suffering and abuse of Jesus, leading up to his death on the cross around 3 pm, when he cried out “It is Finished!”.  After the Romans confirmed that Jesus was dead, his body was handed off to Joseph of Arimathea.  Joseph was a follower of Jesus, and already had a nearby tomb where they could place Jesus’ body.

Due to the approaching “sundown” Sabbath restrictions on work, they hastily prepared Jesus body for temporary storage, and placed him in the tomb, sealing it with a large rock.  Additionally, we read that the Roman military placed guards on the tomb, to protect it from “radicals”.

And yet, even though Jesus’ body was dead, he was not!

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Jesus Praying

Good Friday: A time to pause

Today, we recognize a day titled “Good Friday”.  It’s a day to pause and remember the physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse that Jesus encountered, on his way to his “Good Friday” execution on the cross, nearly 2000 years ago.

Jesus wasn’t killed.  Jesus allowed himself to be sacrificed by the powers of the world, as a personal gift to you and me… and for ALL people through all ages.  It was a sacrificial gift from Jesus, that each of us are free to CHOOSE to accept, or to reject.  What is the choice that Jesus is offering us?

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A personal Palm Sunday

Some 2000 years ago, Jesus rode into Jerusalem, on the back of a donkey.  He did that intentionally. Kings, and Roman military leaders, rode horses – a symbol of worldly power and authority. Jesus’ power and presence is NOT of this world.

Jesus came to serve, heal, encourage, teach, and lead the people of our world, into a new way of living; a new way of being in relationship together, based on the foundation of “the greatest commandments”:  Love God. And Love each other, the way you love yourself!

There’s nothing wrong with loving yourself… as long as it’s a healthy, strengthening and encouraging love, led and empowered by the presence and guidance of God’s Holy Spirit at work in and through your life. With that level of “love of self”, you’re empowered to repent when you find you’ve made an error, seek forgiveness from God, self and others, choose to undo the damage of your errors, and enjoy the blessings of a fresh, new start.

This “foundation” allows us to grow beyond our past, to be freed from the burdens of our past, and to learn to “love” the person that God created us to become.  That love then, empowers us to love others in the same healing, forgiving way. Loving others demonstrates the Love that comes from God, generously poured out on each of us.

We cannot earn that love; we cannot deserve it.  It is available to us as a generous gift, available merely by accepting the gift! Jesus rode into Jerusalem with a new message of Love.  He arrived as a servant, not as a conquering king.

Today, Jesus asks to ride into YOUR heart and life, in a new way.  He brings the same message of Love, healing, hope, encouragement, and a new future.  That future is offered to you as a gift, unconditionally, through God’s Love.

Tomorrow does NOT have to be a repeat of yesterday! Jesus is not entering as a “conqueror” into your life, but rather as a servant/friend, inviting you onto a new journey, a new direction, with a new partner & guide.

As we approach Palm Sunday 2015 tomorrow, open the “gates” of your life… welcome Jesus with joy, celebration, and invitation.  Allow Him to show himself to you in new ways, through the community gathered in His name: Community of Christ.

You can find a welcoming, inviting, safe Community of Christ congregation near you.  We’re found in over 60 nations of the world.  Local congregations can be located here: http://www.cofchrist.org/find-a-congregation

Allow yourself to begin to experience the presence and ministry of the living Jesus on this Palm Sunday.  Let Him change your life in ways you’ve never imagined.  You’ll be amazed!

Come, and journey with Community of Christ, as we work together to change today’s world into God’s Kingdom on Earth, one life at a time!

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