4.02.2015

Why I'm Convinced that Easter is Really the New Beginning

Hello there!!

  It seems like only yesterday we celebrated New Year's, when in fact it was three months ago! Seems crazy, right? That means a quarter of the year has gone by! Where is time going, am I right?
  In the midst of all of the chaos of Easter, with the eggs, and the fancy dresses, and random rabbits coming in the middle of the night, there's something we have to remember: Easter is much, much more than all of that. 


      Tomorrow commemorates the day that Jesus died. The day he was tried, tortured, and crucified for our sake; for things He didn't even do! He died and was buried; He was resurrected three days later, we all know the story! We've probably been hearing this all of our lives, or at least every year since we've become Christians. Jesus died for you, Jesus was buried, Jesus rose from the dead. Yeah, we know it, yes, we claim to believe it, but are we really feeling it? Are we letting the weight of all of it sink in? Just think about it for a second. Someone literally died for you. He took on all of the guilt, all of the sin, all of the shame, and He took it to that cross, and it died on that cross with Him. 
 
                                                        That is monumental!
                                               
         I mentioned New Year's before, and you probably just read it quickly and didn't think it had much to do with this post, but it does. Because, I was watching TV yesterday and someone said, "It's never too late for a new beginning" and this thought struck me: We celebrate New Year's and make all of these resolutions to live better, and to try better, and to be better, but why is it the turn of a New Year inspires that? Maybe Easter is the real new beginning. 
        Think about it. It's no coincidence we celebrate Easter in Spring. Spring is the time of transition. A time of new life and new beginnings. Jesus' resurrection marked a massive change. He died so we could live. He was resurrected so He could prove He was who He claimed. Jesus' resurrection sparked a new life to live, for everyone!
  
        If you've failed on your New Year's Resolutions, or if you've told yourself it's too late to start over, it's not. Because through His sacrifice, we gain life. 

           "9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." -John 10:9-10 (NKJV)

     He came to save us, He came to give us life; abundant life! New beginnings and new life are attainable through the One who saved us. So maybe Easter is our new beginning. His resurrection sparks the recreation of ourselves. We can allow what He did to resonate into the deepest parts of our soul, until our outside mirrors what we're feeling inside. Because that's what this is all about. His saving us, our acceptance of that salvation, and the saved living like they've been redeemed, because they have! You have! We all have.

                                                    (feel free to use this, it's my own edit!)
               Jesus is alive, God is good, and you are SAVED!

                If I don't get to posting before Easter, I hope you all have a wonderful day and are able to find some quiet time to rest in His presence and soak up all that this day encompasses. He is risen!

                                               Love,
                                            Kelsey :)