“The Lord is risen, He is risen, indeed!” (Luke 24:34)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to
observe all the things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always,
even to the end of the age.” (Matthew
Sunday has dawned.
The rock is rolled away. The tomb is empty. Jesus is gone. The power of God has
won the final battle. He defeated the power of death and the grave. From this
day on, the world will never again be the same. A new meaning of the word faith
is entering the vocabulary of the disciples and followers of Jesus….they, and
those to follow for generations to come, will now believe through faith and not
through sight. In a short period of time, Jesus will return to His heavenly
home to be with His Father and those of us here in 2014, must now trust and
believe not in having Jesus physically with us, but in our hearts through the
Holy Spirit and through the evidence we have of His continued existence.
Christ is risen! I
told my family today that one of my favorite Easter memories is of the
community Sunrise services we had at my home church (Bouldercrest Baptist) and
the Cedar Grove Methodist Minister, Reverend Martha Forrest, would begin with
the bold and confident statement – “The Lord is risen, He is risen, indeed!”
Her voice would ring through the sanctuary and cause me to believe once again
that the Lord is now risen and alive in our lives.
Christ is risen! His
last instructions will come to us in the verse above which we call The Great
Commission. It is our responsibility, our obligation, our job to make sure that
our neighborhoods, communities, country and world knows of Jesus. Folks, it
isn’t a suggestion to us, it is a commandment. We are to go, to train up
disciples (followers) of Jesus and teach them of the ways of God and how they
Christ is risen!
Christians all over the world are celebrating today over this fact. But, what
happens tomorrow? Do we go back to our normal lives, eating leftover easter
eggs and jellybeans, ham, potato salad and put the ‘nice’ clothes back into the
closet? Do we continue to remember the story of Jesus and the wonders,
tragedies and miracles of the past season? Or do we just put it aside for
another year (or at least until Christmas when many head back to church again)
As for me, I have changed so much during my journey through the Lenten
season. As I’ve said before, I never anticipated the results in my life when I
began this way back on Ash Wednesday. The process of writing each day has
opened my eyes to many changes that needed to happen in my life and I thank God
for that and for giving me the strength to do so. I’ve also received many
positive comments from you, my friends, which continue to bless me more than
you’ll know. You see, I don’t see myself as a particularly good writer; I just
put down what’s in my mind and heart. It’s my therapy. But, if folks are
touched by something I say or write, then to God goes all the Glory. He is the
one who does it through me.
So, my friends, I am kinda sad for the ending of this period of
journaling, but I also know it is not an end of my journey and I hope that it
isn’t the end of yours. I am looking forward to the coming days and weeks with
expectation and excitement to see what God continues to do in my life and in
yours. Please let me know, I’d love to share in your walk! Continue to study
God’s word, follow His instructions, and above all….LOVE!
Thank you all for sharing these days with me. Please remember that these
are my thoughts and subject to your opinion, as they are mine. Check in on my
webpage occasionally, www.beinggods.blogspot.com and see what I’m up to. It’s
been my baby since 2004 and there’s a ton of stuff on there for you to read and
learn more about my journey with God.
Thank you again for hanging with
me and letting me invade your life for this season.
The LORD is risen! He is risen,
indeed! Thanks be to GOD!
And for today my friends, this
has been the gospel according to Jimmy.