From the depths of my soul this is my all time favorite holiday. I love Christmas for sure. Jesus coming to earth, God in human flesh fascinates AND humbles me. But more humbling is His willingness to take on MY sins and the sins of the whole world through His brutal death on the cross.
What does Easter mean to you? For me growing up, though we went to church religiously, my childhood memories involve a new dress, new shoes, eggs, bunnies, and candy. I was taught Jesus was the “real” reason for this holiday but was always excited to see if the “Easter Bunny” had left a new basket of goodies.
This year for the first time in my life I attended a Messianic Passover meal. This meal has been a Jewish tradition throughout generations since the first Passover story in Exodus 12:1-13. It’s the same meal Jesus observed with His disciples in the upper room, since He was after all Jewish. The intent of the Passover originally was to reveal the coming Messiah to the Jewish people. Sadly many Jews have missed seeing Jesus as Messiah. But Pastor Sam Nadler, a Messianic Jew, did a wonderful job leading us through the Passover meal and explaining all the correlations between Old and New Testaments, prophecy and fulfillment of prophecy through Jesus (Yeshua).
During this feast and celebration, there were people from many nations. As he gave in-depth explanations, I witnessed the scales being lifted from people’s eyes. Holy Spirit moved in the teaching, the blinders came off and people were moved to repentance. At the end of the Passover meal, in a room with hundreds of people from all over the world, many prayed to accept Jesus as their Savior. It was truly beautiful and made Easter even more meaningful.
My heart is full today as I reflect on what Jesus did for me and every other person walking this planet.
During Sam’s call to prayer and salvation, he reminded that a prayer won’t save, but a prayer prayed in faith will. Faith makes all the difference.
Throughout Jesus’ ministry on earth, He often said to those who came for healing or help, “Now go in peace, your faith has saved you.” I love those words don’t you? Simple, faith like a child, faith as small as a mustard seed, faith… that’s all it takes. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” (Hebrews 11:1). Jesus IS the resurrection and the life. Believe it! Put your faith in it! He raised Lazarus to life. He raised Himself to life, and He can resurrect YOU to life. The same God who rolled away that big stone from the tomb can roll away the stones in your life. Your soul may be like a grave of hidden things. He can roll away the stone over the grave of your soul. You may be up against some things that seem impossible, stones that seem too large to move. HE can move them, and HE can resurrect the decaying things to life…ashes to beauty.
How does He do this? He is God, of course. But how does He do away with all our decaying things, the sin that entangles us? It’s the blood. Because Jesus had no sin in Him, he was the perfect sacrifice. Like the unblemished firstborn lamb of the first Passover, you know the lamb they sacrificed and painted it’s blood over their doors so the death angel would pass over? Well in the same way, the blood of Jesus paints over the doors of our hearts. His perfect, unblemished blood covers our sin-stained lives. When God the Father looks at us, He sees the blood. He doesn’t see our sin. “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18-19). If you’ve never done it, take a walk of faith to the cross. Let Jesus’ blood wash over you. Be made pure in God’s eyes. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;” (Isaiah 1:18a). It reminds me of that old song I sang as a little girl in church, “Nothing but the Blood.”
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh precious is the flow that makes me white as snow.
No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.
If you’ve never officially done it, pray. Talk to God with an honest heart of faith. Ask Jesus to forgive you and be the leader of your life. He wants to hear from you. He gave His life for YOU!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”