Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter Everyone--He Is Risen!

Praise God for his amazing love for us, his goodness and faithfulness! What a joyous time Easter is when we focus on Christ's resurrection from the dead! Growing up, I always enjoyed getting up early to go to the Easter Sunrise service, but the church we now attend doesn't have a sunrise service so I'll go to the 8:15 a.m. one which is the earliest. Then, I'll leave a bit early to get ready to do our puppet presentation, "Nic at Night" for the kids while their parents are in the service.

It's a musical about how Nicodemus, a pharisee, came to Jesus at night to have a serious talk found in John 3. Jesus told him, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus asked, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?" Jesus went on to explain we need to be born of the spirit. Jesus told Nicodemus about the snake story with Moses, how that
as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
I am so excited to be a part of this puppet ministry to share the gospel in this special way with the children. It was on an Easter Sunday (I think 51 years ago) that I was born again into God's family by trusting Jesus as my savior. I know at least some of the readers of this blog are my brothers and sisters in Christ because they too have put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repented of their sin and asked Jesus to forgive them and save them as well. I look forward to meeting you in heaven some day if not on this earth.

 To those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus yet, I would love to introduce you to my Lord and try to answer any questions you may have if you are seeking the peace that only God can give and make this Easter special by opening your heart and receiving Jesus as your personal savior. I leave this verse with you:
But as many as received him [Jesus], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.--John 1:12
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Beth Ann Chiles said...

Have a joyous Easter, Karen. He has risen.

Sandee said...

Have a blessed Easter. :)

Rebecca said...

Wonderful post! Woohoo, He is risen!

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