Season of Reflection

The Easter story.

The gift of His transforming love.
The reminder of what Jesus has done for us.

His sacrifice brought us life.

There is sadness in the story.
There is pain in the story. There is death.

But there is more.
The whole story includes the beauty of Easter.
The triumph.
The joy.

His amazing grace.

He is risen.

-Devotional excerpt by Jennifer from (in)courage.

One Victorious Empty Tomb

One victorious empty tomb,
One life,
One death,
One world changed forever.

God's power is very great for us who believe...
the same as the great strength God used to raise Christ from the dead
and put Him at His right side in the heavenly world.
God has put Christ over all.
Ephesians 1:19-21 NCV
-Roy Lessin


Jesus is light...
Shattering all darkness.
He is Truth...
Silencing all doubts.
He is life...
Defeating death.

May these precious truths bring new joy and faith to your heart
as you celebrate Jesus' resurrection!

-Roy Lessin

Jesus saith unto him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me."
John 14:6

The Cross and the Empty Tomb

The cross means that we can look back and be thankful;
the empty tomb means that we can look ahead and be hopeful.

The cross fills us with gratitude;
the empty tomb fills us with expectation.

The cross means that He died for us;
the empty tomb means that He lives for us.

The cross means that the old has passed away;
the empty tomb means that all things have become new.

The cross is the triumph of mercy;
the empty tomb is the triumph of righteousness.

The message of the cross is, “It is finished;”
the message of the empty tomb is, “I am alive forever more.”

The resurrection allows us to look up, to look forward, and to look ahead.
When we look up we see Jesus seated at the right hand of God,
when we look forward we see Him daily guiding our steps,
when we look ahead we see Him coming again for His bride.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ brings the assurance
that the enemy of death has been defeated,
our home in heaven is secure, and our inheritance will never fade away.
How good He is, and how blessed we are to serve a Lord who is alive,
who is above all, and who loves us with an everlasting love!

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ:

Calms Our Fears
The angel said to the women,
“Do not be afraid,
for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
He is not here;

Confirms His Word
He has risen, just as He said.

Comforts Our Hearts
Come and see the place where he lay.

Commissions Our Lives
Then go quickly and tell His disciples:
‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.

Clarifies Our Vision
There you will see Him.’ Now I have told you.”
Matt 28: 5-7

-Roy Lessin

Eternal Choices

God gives eternal choices, and these choices have eternal consequences.

Isn’t this the reminder of Calvary’s trio? 
Ever wonder why there were two crosses next to Christ? 
Why not six or ten?  Ever wonder why Jesus was in the center? 
Could it be the two crosses on the hill symbolize one of God’s greatest gifts? 
The gift of choice.
The two criminals were convicted by the same system. 
Condemned to death.  Equally close to the same Jesus. 
But one changed and one did not.

You’ve made some bad choices in life, haven’t you? 
You look back and you say, “If only I could make up for those bad choices.” 
You can. 
When one thief on the cross prayed, Jesus loved him enough to save him. 
When the other mocked, Jesus loved him enough to let him. 
He allowed him the choice. And he does the same for you and me.

Then (the thief) said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
Jesus answered him,
“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” 
Luke 23:42-43

Max Lucado
from He Chose the Nails