EASTER

Easter. It’s really tough to write a blog after Easter, because nothing that I could write can adequately express the power or importance of Holy Week. I’ve started and restarted this post a bagillion times, and I feel as if my meek words will not do the Story of Christ’s Death and Resurrection justice.  So, I’ve decided to use some of my favorite hymn lyrics to do some of the talking for me:

And Can It Be, That I Should Gain | Charles Wesely

“And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?”

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross | Issac Watts

Love so amazing, do divine | Demands my soul, my life, my all”

These two songs break down the Easter story so well. First, by understanding what put Jesus on that cross—my sin. Second, by recognizing by He died for me—because of His Amazing Love. And finally, it shows what my response should be—my soul, my life, my all.

Recently, I met up with a friend, and she said something that has stuck with me: If God is the One who fills us, who is at the core of our being, then how can we not be talking about Him in all of our conversations?

Man, now that is a conviction. It is so difficult to give my life, my soul, my all–to Surrender All, and to give Him every part of my life. But how can I not try to do so, after witnessing his Amazing Love—so amazing that He rose from the grave and saved me, after my sin caused His (and my own) death?

I hope and pray that this conviction is something that is on the forefront of my mind, each and everyday. That it will change the way that I act and how I speak. That it will open my conversation up with others. And I pray that this same Story of Salvation will do the same for you!…Have a wonderful week, and let his Amazing Love overflow into every area of your life—including your conversations!

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“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

**Fun Fact: Charles Wesley, who wrote 6000+ hymns including Hark! the Harold Angels Sing, is claimed to have said that he would have given up all of his other hymns to have written “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”…. I’m just glad we have both (:

 

  • Elizabeth Smits

    Great post Jo! Thanks for sharing the picture of your little Easter bunny 🙂