It is with great joy and inexpressible thanksgiving that we share this Resurrection Reflection. We hope and pray that your spirits be filled with a renewed and restored sense of hope this day and always. It is our prayer that we not only celebrate the unselfish, life giving, love sacrifice that our Lord and Savior made for us, but that we be inspired by and mindful of the purpose of His life. John 3:17 says “For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him”. Jesus walked the earth in obedience to God, professing the gospel and demonstrating the power of God. He showed us how to suffer and endure. He showed us how to be righteous and humble, to be holy and blameless for scripture says: “be holy for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Jesus died in his flesh and was raised in the Spirit to be reunited with the Father in Heaven; which is the goal of our faith. For it is written in John 3:16: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”.
It is clear that God showed His love for us in sacrificing the life of Jesus that we might live through Him. 1 John 5: 3 says “This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome”. Also, Romans 12:1-2 says: “Therefore, I urge you brothers, in light of God’s mercy, to offer yourselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- His good, pleasing and perfect will”. It is clear that self sacrifice and denial of the flesh is required.
1 Peter 4:13 it says: “But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed”. In 1 Peter 4:16-19 it says “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good”.
It is painfully clear that if we want to share in the glory and magnificence of Christ Jesus we must also submit to God and partake in the sufferings of Christ Jesus, even if it means losing that which we most cherish. After all, God sacrificed His Son and Jesus gave His life. The choice is yours; what are you willing to sacrifice?