He is Risen...So What's the Big Deal?

Okay, now that I wrote about the price paid for a treasure like you, I want to turn my focus to the fact that, when Christ died, just for you, just for me, He didn't stay that way! Thank you, Lord, for coming back for us! He is risen...

...but why? Why did Christ come back after He laid down His life for us?

Because He wanted to redeem us! That was His plan all along: to redeem man. He loved us so much He gave redemption so we could have eternal life. It was the plan from the beginning when Adam and Eve ate the fruit...God wanted to redeem them! The resurrection was a physical symbol of what God did for our souls. Christ took all our sins, once and for all, so we would no longer have to practice Old Testament rituals. Believers used to bring pure lambs into their homes, treat them as family, then offer them to God so He could wash their sins in the blood of the lamb. That was the only way they could be forgiven. But not us! Christ was our lamb. In His one, unfathomable act of grace, He took our sins and removed them from our lives, passed them through His resurrecting power, and drained them out clean, forgiven, becoming the ultimate Lamb of God.

Now that's a big deal!!

That is how much He wants us to live our new life in heaven with Him. Our father wants His children to come home. What a beautiful display of affection from our creator; our redeemer!

Easter is the day when Christians celebrate Jesus’ eternal life, and our own, by believing in him. And oh how I believe! I am proof that the mouths we've wrapped around man's lies and used to spit out their rebukes can be washed out with the blood of Jesus! The same mouth I've used for despicable things, is the same mouth I now use to worship my savior! Praise God for His gift of redemption!

Have you accepted your gift of redemption and eternal life from Christ? If not, I'd love to talk with you. If so, I'd love to hear about your journey from forsaken, to forgiven.

An Easter Gift for You!

Be encouraged, my beloved treasure. I have a gift for you today. It's not a new gift, but it's precious and dear to me all the same. It has been used. It's been battered. I found it abandoned, lost, searching for what, I'm not sure. But there it was, shinning bright beneath a layer of filth. When I placed this jewel beneath the living waters, I watched a stunning gift emerge. Are you ready to accept it? Here it is...

...YOU! YOU are a gift who's price was costly. Death. But it is because Christ paid so dearly for you that He wants your eyes open to the truth of your worth. Precious. Priceless. The sum of God's glory. That is what you are.

My gift to you can only be accepted one way...

Walk away from the computer screen, leave all your insecurities behind, and go stand in front of the closest mirror. Hurry- it is important that you don't let this gift pass you by again. Now, look deep into your eyes that were created in Christ's image and repeat to yourself, "I am a treasured gift. I am a treasured gift."

Repeat it again.

"I am a treasured gift. I am a treasured gift. I am a treasured gift."

Let it seep in how valuable you are. Don't you dare walk away from that mirror until you feel the weight of your words. Until you believe them. You are a treasured gift and it's about time you started acting like it.

Did you accept this gift as truth? Let me know, I'd love to celebrate your Easter gift with you!