Resurrection Joy

I love Easter.  This is– hands down– my favorite holiday.  This weekend, I have taken some time to reflect on the cross of Christ, the darkness of the Saturday in between, and the power and rejoicing of the resurrection Sunday.

As someone who often finds it hard to ground myself in the present time– one who is always anxiously anticipating that which lies ahead for me– I stand in awe of my savior, who knew for all eternity that the cross would be the climax of his story.  How could he bear it?  Death must have been such a relief.

Perhaps it was that he not only knew what was ahead in the cross– but even further ahead, in the resurrection.  I am unspeakably proud of my rescuer.

Blessings on your Easter, friends.  May you find deep joy in this mighty rescue, peace in knowing that God understands our deepest sufferings, and power in the realization that the spirit that raised Christ from the dead is the same spirit that desires to live and work in us.

I am so proud to say that I belong to Jesus.


empty tomb2I. LOVE. EASTER.

Today I celebrate the event that makes everything– everything!— different for me!  Jesus Christ, who died, is ALIVE!

My purpose comes from the resurrection.  The resurrection puts weights in my shoes, tethers me from drifting into nothingness.  The resurrection injects meaning into my daily life like a holy syringe.

On Easter morning, I wake with this feeling of power and pride– pride in my Savior and joy in knowing that the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is living in me!  Makes me want to start throwing air punches along to the Rocky theme song!

Or how about this song instead?  This is one of my favorite songs about Easter, especially for the line, “The mouth of the tomb shouted, ‘Glory!  The groom is alive!'”  So. Good.

Enjoy, and may you truly REVEL in the delight of the resurrection today and every day.