He has not risen in order to sit in heaven; he is ahead of humanity on pilgrimage and draws us toward that final day when he will come to meet us. This means that from the time we accept Jesus; all past sins are gone as we became new creations through Christ Jesus.
That was on Ash Wednesday in 2004, if that tells you anything about the frequency of our outings to movie theaters. We have difficulties at work or at school.
"I can't forget this day", said Shabana, who added she lost her brother on last Easter at the same place. Jesus was blameless and lived a sinless life, a life that was flawless and a life that you and I could never live.
I am guilty there, too. "Let us rejoice in the glorious resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ on the auspicious occasion and pray for renewed peace and the prosperity to one and all". I would probably find myself wanting to add at least one more note or one more measure before I could say, "It's finished". Bright and beautifully painted Easter eggs are waiting for you on the table, and there are inspiring words for the soul - to quench the thirst and fill the hunger.
As a pastor and evangelist, I am in death's presence often, sitting and praying with people as they near the end and then preaching their funerals.
In some ways, it seemed we were lingering there in a show of respect or a now-what frame of mind. I've done that many times in my life, especially when I was in college.
In private, though, the lump forms in the throat when I think I'm an undeserving sinner saved by grace.
In fact, God appeared to Paul while on a journey to persecute believers.
More than 50 people, young and old, celebrated Easter by crossing the tidal causeway during the annual Christian pilgrimage.
According to a poll, "78 percent believe that Jesus rose from the dead; 75 percent say that He was sent to Earth to absolve mankind of its sins".
We must remember when problems come that our Savior Jesus Christ is our rock, fortress, refuge, shepherd, stronghold, shield and strong power (Ps 9:9, 18:2, 23:1, 94:22, 144:2).
Easter is a celebration of that revelation: that Jesus defied death forever and gives eternal life and a new beginning to anyone who calls on His name and believes in Him.style="text-align: center;"