What a great Easter it was for our Freedom Family! We had our Easter Service at The Loom in Simpsonville. I loved the atmosphere! I loved the energy! I loved the worship! I loved that two people committed or recommitted their life to Christ! I love our people!
We went to church and most of us wore new clothes. We remembered the death, burial and resurrection of OUR Lord! Some of us took communion. We went home, had our Easter dinner and took a nap (I took 2). Some of us ate our kids Easter candy! Another Easter in the books! (screeching halt) NOT!
Easter is not an event to be remembered. Easter is an experience! An everyday experience. This was the take home for our Freedom Family!
Can you imagine a former relative who passed away showing up at your house one day? Well, that's what happened when Jesus rose from the dead.
Matthew 27:50-53 (TLB)
50 Then Jesus shouted out again, dismissed his spirit, and died. 51 And look! The curtain secluding the Holiest Place in the Temple was split apart from top to bottom; and the earth shook, and rocks broke, 52 and tombs opened, and many godly men and women who had died came back to life again. 53 After Jesus’ resurrection, they left the cemetery and went into Jerusalem, and appeared to many people there.
One thing we tend to forget is that Jesus' tomb was not the only empty tomb on that day.
There were many other miracles and empty tombs that day.
Why did all those people come back to life? Because God's Spirit RAISED THEM TO LIFE!
Romans 8:11 (KJV)
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
If we could just wrap our hearts and minds around that. If we could just get a revelation in our hearts. Stop! Meditate! Let that marinate in you!
THE SAME! THE SAME SPIRIT! THE SAME SPIRIT THAT RAISED CHRIST! THE SAME SPIRIT THAT RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD (and all those other people). DWELLS... IN YOU... AND.... IN ME!!!!!!
I don't think we really get that! If we did our lives would be so transformed we wouldn't recognize each other.
More importantly...the world wouldn't recognize THE CHURCH as it appears right now!
My encouragement for all of us is this: Don't let this Easter be an event that is remembered once a year. Remember that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you and quicken our humanity. It can quicken your mortal finances. It can quicken your mortal marriages. It can quicken your mortal relationships. It can quicken our mortal body. It can quicken our mortal thoughts. And it can quicken our mortal life.
Don't put this Easter in the record books! Live Easter everyday! Because HIS SPIRIT dwells in you!
Let it flow out of you like never before!