We Have Him

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.  
Matthew 28:5-6 (NLT)

Happy Easter Everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  It was beyond beautiful here at the beach.  One of those weekends that makes you remember why it is you love Virginia Beach so much.  Sunny, low 80s, cool breeze…it doesn’t get more perfect than that. 

It was my first time in a while being with my family for Easter and I just loved being in our church together.  There’s something so special about going to the same church your entire life and seeing the traditions continue year after year.

Now Lent is over and Holy Week has come to an end; but the beautiful thing about Easter is that it’s message of hope, resurrection, and new life is one we can hold onto throughout the year. 

In our pastor’s sermon yesterday he mentioned how often when a child leaves for college, or a loved one passes away, the family won’t want to touch or move any of their things.  Their bedroom, closet, and belongings become a shrine of remembrance.  They want to keep things exactly in their place so they can remember how things were before they left. 

However, when Jesus died and was resurrected, His family and disciples didn’t have to go through the effort to memorialize the tomb, because they still had Him.  They saw Him.  Jesus conquered death and rather than mourn and lament the fact that He died, they rejoiced that their Jesus, the One they loved, followed, served, listened to, and believed was alive once again.

The takeaway for us?  We have Him too.  He is ours today, tomorrow, throughout the year and forever.

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20  (NLT)

 “Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:39 (NLT)

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
The Lord is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!