The week of Easter affords Christians a opportunity to recognize a calendar holiday that is uniquely our own. Somehow Easter has avoided the mark of secularization that hijacked Christmas from its original intent. Easter is exclusively about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, twin pillars of the Christian faith. My hope is to spend much of this week reflecting on my Savior’s life, His gracious offering to and for sinners, His triumphant resurrection from death and the grave and the promise of His return to Earth. Yesterday at Meadow we placed our attention on His merciful pardon provided for on the cross. He interceded for His executioners and asked God to show them gracious forgiveness for their acts. He told a hardened thief that the man would enter Paradise with Jesus that very day. On a personal note I am being repeatedly overwhelmed in recent weeks with the scope of His ongoing forgiveness for my own sins. He is relentlessly good and unwavering in His dedication to my full redemption. Waves of joy and gratitude keep finding me as I slow down and find quiet stillness wherein I am able to hear His voice over and over in reassuring tones saying to my overflowing heart, “I love you, Jeff. I will see you very soon.”
Today I let a few ladies from Meadow communicate it to us again. Blessed Redeemer. Hallelujah! What a Savior!
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