By Joan Clayton
Many thoughts come to mind when I think of Easter. I call it “Resurrection Day.”
I think of the great sacrifice Jesus made for you and me, the pain, the shame and the agony he endured. He came to give us “life and to give it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
How many of us have “real life?” To be lifeless in our minds, spirits and hearts is a wasted life. That’s why Jesus came, to heal the broken hearted. If you are heartsick today Jesus is the Great Cardiologist. He performs heart transplants all the time. The glorious message of Resurrection Day gives all of us the opportunity to come alive under the loving touch of Jesus.
I heard a story about an anxious man who went to the doctor. He desperately needed healing. “What you need is the Great Physician.” The doctor took a small Bible and marked certain passages. “Memorize these words and they will make you well.”
“How can words make me well?”
“Words form thoughts,” said the doctor. “Your wrong thoughts have made you sick.” The man did what the doctor told him to do and he became a different person. The man followed the doctor’s instructions and in time, his life changed. He joyously went about his way saying, “I am a resurrected man.”
The Resurrection is more than an historic event. It is demonstrated every day in the lives of hungry hearts. Receive that life today and resurrect from the deadness of just an ordinary existence. Come alive in Jesus. Miracles happen every day. Today could be your day.
The Resurrection is a demonstration of life. “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). Darkness can never overcome the light. Strike a match in the darkest place and light prevails. We are like that light. We are overcomers. Through Jesus our hopes, dreams goodness and faith guide our lives.
The world calls this special day “Easter,” but I call it “Victory” — victory over sin, victory over death and victory over the grave. Jesus came in compassion and mercy. He is our champion. His crucifixion for you and me demonstrates the depths of his love. I cannot fathom such love, but my heart is filled with praise and thanksgiving that on the hill of Golgotha, a man was willing to be nailed to a cross for the sins of mankind.
One of the great statements of Jesus, spoken in view of his resurrection, is found in John 14:19 … “Because I live, you will live also.” It is God’s seal upon the work of Jesus in behalf of lost humanity. It is proof that God has vanquished the powers of evil and death itself. It’s the resurrection life of Jesus’ triumph over sin, death and eternal destruction. It is the life for every believer. Be joyful today!
The child of God who has been laid to rest in a casket is not dead. He is only through with his earthly body. He doesn’t need it anymore. He has simply been transformed. Those who have gone on before us are alive in one form of life and we in another. When we cross over into that barrier, it won’t be into death. It will be into life, made possible through the incredible love of Jesus.
We are simply travelers in a journey of life. Because of Jesus, we can be citizens of another world, a land where no one is ever sick and never dies. It is a world where peace and joy reign forever. Resurrection makes a new world for God’s children possible.
The path of Jesus from Gethsemane to Calvary was marked with the saving blood of our Lord. It has been called the “Via Dolorosa,” the way of sorrow.
Look by faith into the empty tomb and tell others the wonderful news.
What a Savior.
He is risen.
He is risen indeed!
Joan Clayton is a retired teacher, writer and religion columnist living in Portales. E-mail her at: