Dear Friend,

Happy Easter!

There’s a lot of talk of brokenness out there. Just crack the latest Christian book, turn on the radio, or stream a sermon. Recently in a prayer meeting, some Christian women I was with were discussing what a mess and how broken they are. The other women were nodding and “hmmm-ing” in agreement.

It sounds so godly, so humble.

But every time I hear this, I almost come out of my seat. I long to holler, “No, no, NOOOO! You’re NOT broken and messed up anymore!”

We might feel broken some days or have bouts of old habits or messed-up behavior. But as believers the reality of who we are in Christ has been forever settled. And it is NOT a reality of broken, messed-up, failing ones. The glorious truth of grace tells a different story . . . a story revealed within the resurrection.

Christ sacrificed His life then rose to give you new life. At the moment of salvation, He makes you truly alive! (Ephesians 2:1-8)

That’s why Easter matters so much and why we celebrate the cross and the empty tomb. Jesus sacrificed His life and triumphed over death so we can have forgiveness, reconciliation with God, and the wonder of new life in Christ.

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
(Colossians 2:13-15)

It’s all about Jesus, from beginning to end.

So this weekend I plan to toast the wonder of new life with jelly beans and a happy prayer of thanks to Jesus. Hope you smile a little wider and enjoy Easter a bit more too, knowing who you are, alive friend.

Grace to you,

 

 

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