Happy Easter - He has risen...

It's Easter and it is always filled with lots of candy, family, coloring eggs, egg hunts and the bunny bringing little treats(and we do all those really fun and memorable things :) but I am most thankful for the resurrection today!  Many of you know the story layed out in the bible.  This year we took time to celebrate Jesus for 12 nights with a set of "resurrection eggs".  I highly recommend them if you are looking to share with your children the meaning of Jesus's death, burial and resurrection!  Each night there is a prop inside of 1 of 12 eggs telling the story as well as accompanying scripture from Matthew.  I learned something new along the way as well!  A great reminder of the immense pain Jesus went through to pay the penalty of my sin.  He was sinless yet he died so that no man would have to be separated from God.  If you understand you are a sinner, repent of that sin and ask Jesus into your heart, you can be in heaven with Him forever - what an outstanding, priceless, precious gift.  No act of service is great enough to "earn" his love.  He gives it to us freely, we just have to accept it. 

My favorite story of the cross is of the sinner next to Jesus dying along side him.  He realizes Jesus is blameless and yet dying.  He realizes Jesus is the Messiah and repents and asks Jesus to "remember" him and Jesus promises him he will be in "paradise with him today"!  I love this story because it is never too late or your sin is never too big to be forgiven! 

I will leave you with this....

Living He loved me
Dying He saved me
Buried He carried my sin far away
Rising He justified, freely forever
And one day He's coming
Oh Glorious Day!
Oh Glorious Day!
~Casting Crowns (Christian Band)

May you find the blessed assurance of everlasting life by our one and only Savior this Easter!

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
John 11:25-26