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April 14, 2014, 12:51 PM

Easter Traditions?

Do you have any family traditions that you celebrate this week to help anchor the significance of the final events leading up to Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection?  Perhaps you attend special services at church, watch certain Christian movies such as the Passion, or use an Easter egg to capture the truth about the death and resurrection with your small children.  If you do, you’re not alone.  Both the Bible and church history are full of feasts, memorials, and “holy days” to remind us of what really occurred over 2,000 years ago.  Traditions that are grounded in truth help us grasp what God was up to in Christ Jesus and what He was really doing on that cross.    

Have you ever stopped to think how mind-blowing and radical what we Christians believe is?

God became flesh and dwelt among; He invaded our world and set-up shop.  Jesus showed us by His life who God really is and how good He wants to be to us.  God is not against us; He is for us.  Through His death and resurrection Jesus conquered the power of sin that separates us from God and sabotages everything.  Sin, and its offspring death, has been rendered powerless to those who embrace Christ (Romans 6:1-10).  We have been freed to freely worship God and experience Him.

2 Cor. 5:15 (NLT)  “15He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”

This weekend we get to celebrate with believers all over the world that we can live for Someone bigger than ourselves; we live for the One, who died and was raised for us.  Sunday is what makes Good Friday good. 

Shaping Hearts & Minds,

Dr. Chris

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