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Sunday, April 4, 2010

It is Finished!

What a wonderful Easter! As I get older, I start going back to my roots a little more. This morning I found a great song from my childhood on Youtube and played it for the girls- "He's Alive". The girls do not hear much Gospel Music in Hong Kong and I was pleasantly surprised that they were still singing it as we drove to church this morning.

During our service, I realized the power of the resurrection like never before. As we were reading scripture, the words "he defeated death" really stuck with me. I immediately felt a rush of praise and joy as I realized just how much Easter Sunday means to all of us, especially to our family at this time. If anyone ever wants to know how we can continue through the power of the Holy Spirit with our princess having a serious and potentially fatal disease, you just need to look at the empty tomb. The fact that Jesus defeated death gives us assurance that whatever the future holds, nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Years ago when I first went to the mission field in Egypt, I was talking to a very wise man about the future of having a wife and kids. If God continued to call me to other shores, how does a person deal with the potential loss like so many missionaries had to face in the past? He took me to this scripture Psalm 112; 7 "He (the righteous) will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD."

Today we celebrated the risen King who said on the cross "It is Finished". He is alive and for all those who believe in Him will have eternal life with Him just as the criminal on the cross cried out "Lord, Remember Me!". This is the essence of trust for us as believers and for our children as they believe. That Jesus will remember me (them) and they will go to be with Him in Paradise. Trusting in the Lord even with the potential loss of our princess is difficult, but it is not impossible. On Easter Sunday, we celebrated the fact that death no longer has a sting for us as believers. Death is defeated and in years past I have understood this fact, but today I fell into a deep affection with Jesus praising Him for defeating death so we do not have to fear bad news.

1 comment:

Jacob said...

This year I have decided that Easter (i.e. when we remember/celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus) is the most important time of the year for us as believers. The cross and the resurrection are absolutely essential...they are the core of our existence as new creations. Without them we would be nothing - we would be dead and hopeless. But praise God that He sent His Son to die on the cross and then He rose Him from the dead!

I've also been thinking about how important it is for us as believers to celebrate/remember Easter together...i.e. collectively. Again, it is essential to who we are as a body, therefore we should celebrate it together as a body.

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