I LOVE Easter

I love Easter more than any of the other Christian holidays. Oh, don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, although some would tell you that I am a Scrooge at Christmas. It's not that I don't like Christmas, but rather that I despise what we have made it. I don't even mind the whole Santa thing. What I hate is how it is all about the gifts that WE give and receive and the message of our Savior is somewhere in the background at best, and completely pushed out of the picture at it's worst. Anyway... that is for another day. I love Thanksgiving too. I think the older I become, the more Thanksgiving means to me. Too bad most of the world is only thankful that one day a year. (heavy sigh)  Then again, I don't think most of the world is thankful that day either. Once again, we, as a nation, have turned it into a day of gorging ourselves, football and shopping. Still, I love these days. But Easter? Easter is special to me. In fact, if you know me, you know that I hardly use the term Easter. I prefer Resurrection Day. No, I'm not one of those hard nosed, hard headed folks who rant and rave about Easter being a pagan holiday. I simply want to keep the focus where it belongs. It's about my Savior. Not a dead Jesus, for if he had only died, then we, as Christians, are no different than countless others who have died for their cause. It was prophesied that the Messiah would raise from the dead. Jesus said he would. Had he stayed in that tomb, then we, as a people, have a good example, but nothing more. But he arose! He is alive! This should be real and alive, burning in the hearts of the follower of Christ every day of the year... but once a year, we celebrate and remind ourselves that we serve a RISEN Savior! And we are assured, that because He arose, so shall we! There is more to this life than what we live out in our years in the flesh. There is hope for tomorrow and life everlasting... and it is found in what was accomplished and fulfilled on Resurrection Day!
That's why I love Easter!

He Lives!
I serve a risen Savior,
He's in the world today;
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy,
I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him
He's always near.

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and He talks with me
Along life's narrow way.
He lives, He live, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives:
He lives within my heart.

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