Early on Sunday morning, three days after Jesus died on a cross, a few faithful women went to His tomb to anoint His body. To their surprise, the large stone, which sealed his tomb, had been rolled away from the entrance. As they entered the tomb, an angel said, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said” (Matthew 28:5 – 6). Jesus has risen from the dead! We say and sing this a lot, but don’t let it grow old. It means our sins can be removed from us, and His righteousness can be given to us!
It’s EASTER!!! I encourage you to be intentional in preparing yourself to celebrate today. It is possible to celebrate even if this Easter finds you going through a difficult or lonely time.
» Be on lookout for Jesus.
Family, food, eggs, and chocolate will be part of the day, but don’t get so distracted that you fail to give attention to what Jesus has accomplished. Anticipate Him revealing His glory in worship in a powerful way today.
» Be on lookout for humility and joy.
None of us can look at the empty grave and rightly conclude that we are the hero. Easter invites many things, but never pride or boredom. So give yourself (and your family), some margins today to think about the resurrection and to examine your heart. If you find sin, confess it. A forgiven heart is a joyful heart.
» Be on lookout to share the gospel.
Our joy in anything is maximized when we talk about it with others. This is especially true of Jesus. Let’s all ask God for an opportunity to tell someone why we are so thankful to celebrate Easter this year.