I remember many sunrise services out in the cold, watching the sun peak over the horizon. Of course, a new dress was an important part of my Easter, growing up. As was the Easter lunch, with carrot cake for dessert. And I can’t forget the Easter Egg Hunt in the back yard. Such great memories…family traditions they define who we are as a family.
As good as traditions are, can they become a problem? Could there be a point when we are doing things for the sake of the traditions, but have lost sight of the real reason the tradition began?
As you celebrate Easter this year, don’t just enjoy the traditions, but consider the reason for the day.
His life…By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:9-10
His death...But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Romans 5:8-9
His resurection…that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, as believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:9-10
His living today...Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also interecedes for us. Romans 8:34
Living He loved me, dying He saved me
And buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day
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