A Very Special Easter

“And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.”  Mark 16:6

It is a special Easter.  A very special Easter.

Just a month ago, most of us were going about the normal business of life without the slightest idea that the world would be turned upside down to the extent we now experience.

In the days ahead I am sure we will see it as a blessing—one we could never have imagined—in spite of the suffering.  For those who know Jesus personally, there is nothing to fear.  This light affliction is not without purpose (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Just over two thousand years ago, Jesus rode through the streets of Jerusalem on a donkey while people laid cloaks and palm branches on the road before Him in honor (Mark 11:1-10).  They shouted, “Hosanna!  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"  Just days later, those same people shouted, “Crucify Him!”  Scripture tells us it was the chief priests who stirred up the crowd against Jesus, but who stirred their hearts to honor Him just days before?

Who is stirring your heart?

Jesus' crucifixion was a blessing—one we could never have imagined—in spite of the suffering.  For those who know Him, there is no longer anything to fear.  Jesus demonstrated just exactly what it means for death to be swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15:54).

This Easter, while we do not gather together in a building to celebrate the Resurrection, we do gather as one.  It is an answer to Jesus' own prayer for us, that we would be one (John 17:11).

How very special, indeed!

As I type these words, the birds sing as one in magnificent harmony outside my window. They aren’t concerned about pandemics or famine or war.  Jesus meets their every need, and they joyfully sing their song to Him.

We will, too.

Happy Easter.

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