April 5-Resurrection Day?
23Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. 24But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person. (John 2:23-25)
Happy Easter+1, the day after the world discovered Jesus had kept His promise, and risen from the grave. So, until this very day, I struggled with the math of traditional Easter celebrations. If Jesus stated He would be in the belly of the world, as Jonah was in the belly of the fish, for three days and three nights, why do we celebrate Easter on Sunday and not Monday, if we believe Jesus’ spirit was taken up at 3 pm on Good Friday? Well I found a video on the YouTubes that gives a very thorough explanation on the timeline. Click here to see that maybe our timeline for Good Friday is what is actually off.
End of the day, does it really matter? No, of course not. I mean, I am just trying to get an extended Easter holiday for us all, and who would not want that? But let’s be honest. We should be celebrating the miracle of Easter every single day. Easter was the miracle that enabled us to find eternal salvation through Christ and know that Jesus was the Son of God, so His word reigns supreme.
I pray you all spent some time this weekend praising the miracle of the Christ. I want to share one of my favorite songs ever in Christian music, it came up in “My Victory” playlist and I had it on repeat all weekend. It’s a great song to speak to the younger generations and get them excited about JESUS!
I will be sharing the Easter sermon from our local church tomorrow (or as soon as they put it on YouTube), but since it has yet to be posted, here is the great one’s word for Easter. Pastor Steven Furtick is not his normal fired up self, but this message is powerful and insightful, and a perfect way to start your Easter+1.
Reading plan: John 4:1-26
Deeper reading plan: 1 Kings 12, 13, 14
Prayer focus: Pray for America to take the peace, love, and hope celebrated on Easter and let it live in their hearts all year long.