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Far too many Easters past I have caught myself doing the same thing.  I put all of my eggs in one basket, so to speak.  Actually, what I have caught myself doing in the past is allowing my Easter celebrations to focus solely on the cross of Jesus Christ.

This is not a bad thing.  I could simply view it as just another Sunday – more services to plan, messages to prepare and deliver, buy something new to wear, etc.  There are times from a ministry standpoint that Easter closely resembles Christmas.  It just seems to get so busy!

Here’s the problem with what I said about the cross: Easter means more!  I remember hearing a story told of a monument being built somewhere that focused on the cross of Jesus.  Visitors would come regularly for holy moments of prayer and reflection.  This is a good thing; a real good thing.  However, after some time had passed, it was discovered that there were actually two monuments in place.  The second one’s path had been ignored and grown over.  Upon investigation, it was discovered that this path led to a second monument that signified and celebrated the empty tomb!

How sad it would be for us to recognize the fact that Jesus Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, and somehow miss the part that Jesus also rose from the grave, victorious over Satan and death!  Easter is a great story of salvation offered through our living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Do whatever it takes to admire the price paid for our sins.  Recommit and reconnect yourself with the risen Savior.

Another story is told of a minister who had suffered from losing his voice late in life.  Unable to speak, he wrote words similar to these: 

    How terrible to awaken on Easter morning and not be able to shout, “HE IS RISEN!”  Far worse it is to awaken with a voice, and not want to shout.

May our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, richly bless you as you focus this week on His great gift of salvation in your life.

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Easter, Holidays, Love of God

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