Easter Sunday

April 21, 2019

In His Resurrection from the dead, Jesus conquered sin, death, and Satan.  None of these three have any power over those who are in Christ Jesus our Lord.  In Him we have eternal life.  In Him the enemy’s accusations fall away in the Truth.  In Him we have full forgiveness of ALL of our sins.

In Psalm 103:8-12, King David praises Almighty God singing:  

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger for ever.  He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor requite us according to our iniquities.  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”

Our God is merciful.  He has given us the free gift of repentance, and in His grace and mercy He has removed our sins far from us—as far as the east is from the west!

On this Easter Day, let us remember that God loved the world so much “that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  We all know this verse by heart, but do not miss the good news in the next:  “For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17).  He came NOT to condemn us.  He came to pour forth the Father’s mercy on us.

Let us conclude with the benediction given to us by our first Patriarch.  As you go forth this Easter, “always remember the Gospel: that God was in Christ Jesus, reconciling the world to Himself, not counting our sins against us.  God loves you, God has forgiven you, God is not mad at you and God will never leave you nor forsake you.  And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you forever. Amen.”

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One thought on “Easter Sunday

  1. The realization that the creator of the universe; the very One who said, “Light BE” and light was, the One who is perfect in all of His ways; did not come to condemn me (although He has every right to do so), but to call me to Himself humbling and, at the same time, somewhat terrifying. What can I “do” Lord to be worthy of such love? What can I “do” to show myself approved? What is MY part in this bargain? Surely there is some work, some THING that I am obligated to do? To all of those questions, He simply says, “If you love me, keep my commandments”. His mercies are new every day, and He pours them out on us without reservation or reason.
    Such a realization leaves me in a state like the prophet Isaiah. “Woe is me. I am undone. I am a man of unclean lips” (and heart, and conduct, and thoughts). And yet, through it all, He loves me and bids me to come to Him and be renewed.
    What an awesome God we serve.

    Thank you for these meditations Father Bill. They have been a source of encouragement and healthy self-examination over the past weeks. May God bless you, strengthen you, and guide you, as you continue in your calling.

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