We are now thirty days from coming together as a church family to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God. It is a time when people of Christian faith reflect on God's great mercy and grace in sending Jesus, God incarnate deity, to pay the penalty for our sin through His death on the cross. We celebrate with great joy and thanksgiving Jesus' resurrection from the grave and His ascension to the throne of heaven where He rules and reigns as King and Lord over creation. We rejoice that right now Jesus is interceding for us, as believers our sins are forgiven, and we are welcomed as heirs into the family and Kingdom of God.
How should we devote our time then as resurrection Sunday approaches? I would encourage us to establish time for intentional devotion, Bible reading, and prayer. We need to reflect and clearly understand that once we were sinners and enemies of God, enslaved by the powers and evil of this world and could not by our own effort save ourselves or be reconciled to God. Jesus in Matthew 5:6 provides the right direction for our us in our devotions saying: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they will be filled." We must be intentional about our faith as the world around us descends further into spiritual darkness and moral decay. The church in America has been slowly drifting away, assimilating secular culture, practices, and values. As a result, the church has allowed itself to be infected with cheap grace. The author of Hebrews offers us a timely warning and motivation for proper understanding of the resurrection stating: "We must pay more careful attention to what we have heard [the gospel] so that we do not drift away...for how shall we escape [God's judgement] if we ignore such a great salvation."
HE IS RISEN!!