I hope everyone had an incredible Easter yesterday! It's so cool to be able to set aside a day to celebrate Jesus, the greatest gift we've ever received. He loves us all so much, He has conquered death, and He has risen indeed!
I always love going to church on Easter; some of my favorite hymns are sung, the place is packed with people, and there's always so much joy. Yesterday was no different, but what struck me was the way the service ended. The pastor's benediction was simply the Great Commission. Before Jesus ascended He gave the disciples the command to, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Often times this message gets a little lost on Easter- I tend to think about what Christ has done on the cross and through the resurrection, and what that means in my life, but often don't think far enough ahead to what my response needs to be. Jesus didn't come to take our place on the cross, and to save us just so that we can keep that news to ourselves. We are called to go and spread the news that Jesus Christ has risen! He has conquered death, forgiven us of all of our sins as an atoning sacrifice, and loves us intensely. There's so much hope and joy felt on Easter, but one day of celebrating doesn't do it justice. We should be rejoicing for what Jesus has done for us unceasingly, every day, every hour, every breath. He is our Lord and Savior, He loves us, and we need to go and tell others about Him! Don't let the Easter celebration be confined to one day, make your joy in Him known always!
1 Thessalonians 5:16