From Advent to Easter

Most people say their favorite time of year is Christmas, and I can understand that this awesome season of expectation and gift-giving is wonderful. If Jesus wasn’t born a babe, prophecies would not have been fulfilled, Jesus could not identify with us as flesh, and
ultimately his life of miracles and love in action would not be recorded for all to know him. Yes, Jesus’ birth is beyond special but, I beg to differ from the norm and say that I love Passover /Resurrection maybe even more!

Seriously, this season of Lent and advent to the crucifixion is so meaningful. When it is revered and savored, your heart will soar with a renewed joy of what Jesus has done. I particularly love to sing all the songs of victory over death and teach my kids about Passover and its significance!

I would love for more people to get excited about what our Savior has done but I understand that Satan doesn’t want anyone to know that HE WAS DEFEATED when Christ shed His blood as a sin offering for each and every one of us and then conquered death by rising from the dead.

I am sure Satan wants -what Jesus has done- to be kept a secret. He has done a good job of twisting Christmas to be about Santa, reindeer, and shopping frenzies. I propose we shout VICTORY, even more, this Resurrection Sunday and courageously tell our friends and family members that they can receive the free gift of salvation- and won’t be bound to sin and the shame that shackles any longer when they do!

When we are redeemed by Jesus’ blood, we can come into a wonderful covenant relationship with God the Father! If you know your history, man did not have access to God directly before Jesus died and rose from the dead. We had to pray via a priest in a temple. That is one of the mysteries of being a Christian; the Bible says that the only way to the Father is through the son, and that when the curtain was torn in two, access to God was available, tangible and life changing! Now Jesus is our high priest who lives in us, when we invite him, making our earthly bodies, temples of the Holy Spirit!

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 NKJV

“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.   Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.” Luke 23:44-46

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever,” Hebrew 6:19-20

Too many bunnies, baskets, and bonnets have crowded the holiday. But when you cut out the world’s frivolous replacements and focus on the true meaning of the celebration, you can clearly see the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice for you and me!

Mama, if you have never experienced the Joy of Resurrection Sunday, I pray your eyes and heart will be open to understanding Jesus as the perfect lamb of God who became our sin offering once and for all. I encourage you to spend time in God’s Word and in church this year, Resurrection might just become your favorite time of year too.

Rae-Ellen Sanders and The Help Club Team

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