As Easter begins to get closer my mind begins to think about all the ways we celebrate, some celebrate with fancy dresses and sunrise services, some with family meals and hiding colorful Easter eggs for the children and then some choose not to celebrate at all. I would like to share with you the reason I celebrate. The word resurrection means: (the state of those being risen from the dead).
Ephesians 2:5 tells us, "Even when we were dead and doomed in our many sins, he united us into the very life of Christ and saved us by his wonderful grace!"
John 15:16 says, "You didn’t choose me, but I’ve chosen and commissioned you to go into the world to bear fruit. And your fruit will last, because whatever you ask of my Father, for my sake, he will give it to you!"
I hear people always asking for a sign to see if the Bible is true and if the God we serve is really alive. Most of the signs they seek are that of theory and can be easily explained away by medical reasoning, or that it was just a coincidence. But I am fully convinced that the greatest miracle is that of a person who still has a heartbeat and is alive on the outside, but the chains addictions or abuse have them wrapped so tight that they cannot breathe one more breath. But God steps in somewhere in the middle of that last breath says, "Come to me that I might give you new life." What a loving God we have!
God has given me the privilege of having a ministry where I get to see a resurrection take place every time a new girl walks through the doors of the Hope Center for Women. I have seen many young women that were once dead come back to life, and also bring their children back to life. Once you have seen the dead raised to life through the name of Jesus, you know that this man is the real thing and not an imitation. I am so glad that I serve a God that will reach down and get me right where I am, wherever that is. I want you to know that this Jesus I am talking about is not scared to come inside the crack house or the jail house or in that last breath to give you new life. Jesus died so that we could not only go to heaven, but have a good life while we we are here on earth.
If you are reading this today and feel like you are about to be taking your last breath, I want to invite you to meet this man that has resurrected my life, along with so many others that were on their last breath. Jesus is as real as you are and He is waiting for you to ask Him for help. If you are at a place in your life that you need Him to step in, I ask you to pray this prayer.
God, I want Jesus, to come into my life, and change me from who I am today into the person that He see in my future. I believe He died to take away my sins. I believe that Jesus will forgive me of all my sin and save me from my present circumstances and condition. Jesus, I ask you to become Lord of my life and I want to begin to follow you.
If you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, then you have been reborn. Congratulations you have just been raised from the dead and now have the opportunity to live your new life the way Christ wants you to live it! Please begin to read God's Word. That is one way that He will begin to speak to you. Also, be in fellowship with others believers. Find you a church where people's lives are being changed and where people are growing closer in their relationship with Jesus.
My prayer for you this Easter is that each one that is reading this will experience resurrection in the areas of your life that need it. I encourage you to open your heart and mind and allow Jesus to speak life back into the places that you thought were dead and gone. God wants to perform resurrection in your life and all you have to do is let Him. There are things that you think have already passed away, but the Lord would want you to know that one word from Him makes all things new.
One word from Jesus makes ALL things new.