The One Where We Didn’t Burn Easter Dinner

Easter Sunday – one of the happiest days of the year. “He is risen! Hallelujah!”
But what about Monday?
The day after Jesus rose from the dead…guess what, He was still alive. 
We so often forget that.  We only celebrate His life on Easter Sunday, when the resurrection should be the JOY that fuels us every day of the year.
My pastor said last week that we need to preach the gospel to ourselves everyday.  I think this especially applies to the resurrection.  How would your life change if you were celebrating Jesus’ resurrection daily?  If the celebration of Easter Sunday was your daily attitude?
I’m reading a book for a class right now that I didn’t think I would like.  Turns out its amazing and I cannot put it down.  James Wilhoit says, “The gospel is the power of God for the beginning, middle, and end of salvation.  It is not merely what we need to proclaim to unbelievers; the gospel also needs to permeate our entire Christian experience.”1
I woke up Easter morning plagued with anxiety.  Will I have enough money to pay for everything? Will I be able to finish my thesis in time? Will we burn Easter dinner in the crockpot?!
It is Resurrection Sunday.  Jesus died and rose again so that I don’t have to battle fear.  So that I don’t have to feel pinned down by my sin.  When He died, our sin died, and when He rose, we rose again in freedom.
We are not the same.  “It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me!”
Fear can’t own us.  Death can’t defeat us. My favorite hymn shouts in celebration: “As He stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me, for I am His, and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ.”
The Resurrection did not just raise Jesus from the dead.  It resurrected us as well.  He defeated death, not just for Himself but for us all.  We too are resurrected.  We are a new creation, free to be who He designed us to be, free to live life and live it abundantly (John 10:10).
That is what it looks like to preach gospel to yourself.  Wake up every morning and remind yourself that not only did Jesus die so you could be saved, He rose again so you could live.  Fully and freely.  With no fear or shame or insecurity.  You are saved and loved and free.
Today? It is resurrection Monday. Oh glorious day.

(This song? Beautiful description of the events of Easter. Makes me cry.every.time.)

[1] James C. Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008), 29.

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I write to process, and sometimes send those thoughts out into the void. Passionate about Jesus and people and bringing those two together. Living in and loving Denver. Working with college students, who are the coolest. Seeking Jesus and JOY in everything.

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