An Easter Reading

An Easter Reading

Prepare your heart for this Easter with this reading. These reflective thoughts go together to form a thread of ideas that highlight what Easter is about, and how we can more faithfully enter its joy and mystery.

Read, Reflect and engage with the meditation to help focus your thoughts and prayers.

Making All Things New

Ephesians 1:7 We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ brought about redemption. The cross set in motion a work that continues to this day. Redemption is the restoration of creation to a state better than its original.

Redemption is both complete and ongoing. God invites us to this paradoxical process, but he won’t force us. The great mandate of the gospel is to become what you already are. We’re in Christ, but must set our affections and heart on Him.

This “already, not yet” tension is part of how God continues the process of redemption and transformation. The finished work of the Cross enables the ongoing work of transformation.

We praise your name, living Christ, for you have already, yet continue to, redeem us. You will complete the work You’ve begun.

The Gift

John 14:16-17 “16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another • Counselor to be with you forever. 17 He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you.”

becoming_1440x900wsThe sacrifice of Christ birthed a new relationship with the Spirit of God. The Spirit now dwells in the hearts of all those who say yes to God.

This intimate dwelling enables us to know Jesus in our spirits. We can know God at the core of our being. This dwelling also energizes us to live faithfully the call of God on our lives.

*Imagine your life without the strength of the Spirit.
*Thank Jesus for the sacrifice that makes this powerful, intimate relationship possible.
*Ask the Spirit of God to lead you into the way, truth, and life found in Jesus.
*Pray for more sensitivity to the Spirit as he leads you to follow Jesus more faithfully.

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