Photography by: Megan Broyles
Because He Lives, y’all.
Think about how significant that is for a second. What happened to Jesus on the cross is the most sacrificial and beautiful thing that has ever happened or will ever happen. What happened three days later is the most glorious and defining moment in history. IN HISTORY.
Jesus died to save us – like He said He would. Then He rose again – like He said He would.
It was undeserved. Unfathomable. And all for love.
All just because God desires us – because He genuinely wants to know us and wants us to know Him. My immediate response to that is, “Why me? Why someone average like me? Why someone who can be so lame in their faith sometimes?”
That’s the beauty of it. He knows the deepest and darkest parts of us and calls it perfect. Perfect because of Jesus. And thank you, Lord, for that!
This year I decided to actually respond to Easter. In the past I’ve been so guilty of getting hyped for Easter plans and not much more. Where will we go to church? What will I wear? Will we do lunch with family after?
Yikes. I think it deserves more than that plus an hour long service of reverence. Jesus was on a mission when he came to earth. So often I go through my day 100% not on a mission for the gospel. I go through the motions of my schedule and sometimes I allot a big chunk for Jesus and sometimes it’s really small. Even if I’m able to dedicate an hour+ to studying the Word, I have to really plan for it. I fully recognize that life is CRAY CRAY sometimes and we should give ourselves grace – I’m alllll for that, sister. But in 2017 I challenged myself to enrich each part of my life, mainly my faith, so this is really something I need to work on.
So I’m challenging you to do that with me! Let’s give the resurrection it’s proper reverence. A few days later, weeks later. Let’s take what happened on that day and squeeze into each part of our lives. Let’s change our focus to being more mission-minded.
Before I wrap this up, I really wanted to share my notes from the Easter service we attended. We were discussing how pastors must feel some sort of pressure when they prepare Easter or Christmas sermons, but this sermon was out of this world. All four of us (Ryan, his parents, and I) walked away with a fresh perspective – something we maybe weren’t expecting! Here’s the jist of it.
Placing Our Hope + Faith in Jesus
Faith = something that you put your trust in right now
Hope = something that you put your trust in that’s in the future – 100% assurance of God’s plan
Faith for today, Hope for tomorrow
1 Peter 1:19-20
It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.
In this verse, Paul tells us 3 things:
1.God began the work in us and will finish it with us (Phil 1:6)
2.God raised Christ from the dead (Phil 3:9-10)
3.God gave Jesus glory in the resurrection – death has been defeated (1 Cor 15:55)
I hope you’re as encouraged as we were! This blog is teaching + challenging me so much more than I ever thought it would. I’m so happy you’re here and reading any of these words! Have a great rest of the week, y’all. See you Friday!
– Caitlin –
^lololol I don’t belong here