Isn’t God the most wonderful artist and Creator? I have been
admiring his handiwork this spring. All of God’s creation
cries out His glory. In my church this past Sunday we had a guest
pastor, John Blanchard. You can find out more about him at www.johnblanchard.org.
His sermon was entitled, “The Five Most Amazing Words in the
Bible”. His text 1 John 3:1-3. The amazing five words he spoke
on were We shall be like him. One day we shall be like Jesus. What
a glorious day that will be! I have been chewing on those words
all week and it has been an encouragement. When we one day become
like Jesus there will be: no more physical pain, no more sin, no
more imperfections, no more falsehoods, no more emotional pain,
and the list could go on and on. Take great encouragement my dear
sisters in Christ, because one day we shall be like Him our precious
Article – The Pain and Joy of Easter
Several years ago the Passion of the Christ was shown at movie
theatres around the world. Watching a movie of our dear Savior being
brutally beaten was horrific to watch. Throughout my adult life
I have always been focused on the physical pain of the cross of
our Savior, yet in recent years I have discovered there was a pain
that was even worse than the physical pain.
Our Savior bore the full wrath of God on Him, the perfect son of
God. Our judgment and punishment was placed fully on Christ. He
bore and saw the multitude of sins of all people who would come
to know him as Savior. He also was separated from His Father for
the first time ever in thousands of years. Can you imagine (I truly
can’t) the perfect Son of God bearing all the sins of His
spiritual children? What agony that had to be in addition to the
Yet, because of Jesus being our sacrifice and paying the penalty
of our sin we can rejoice on Easter. We can have true joy. Our debt
has been paid in full. We have been declared not guilty! “For
our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we
might become the righteousness of God.” 1 Corinthians 5:21.
We are declared righteous in the eyes of God due to Christ righteousness.
To me Easter is the most important Christian holiday on the calendar.
Yes, Christmas is very important, but at Easter our Savior paid
our debt and soon one day, We will be like Him. Easter week is a
time to reflect on the supreme sacrifice of Christ and to rejoice
that He is Risen just as he said.
In teaching our children about Easter we have to emphasize our
sin and what cost it was to Jesus for us to live. Children early
on need to know their need of a Savior. My prayer for your children
and my own is that there will not be a day in their lives that they
did not know of Jesus. May Jesus and the things of God always be
on our lips.
Till next time,
Kimberly M. Chastain
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working
Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the
author of The Voices of Christian Working Moms, 2 ebooks and an
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