Welcome to Girls to Grow on this week before Easter!
Our two daughters are flying in from college tonight to spend their Easter break here at home. That means I have a grocery pickup scheduled for this morning. I plan to feed them well while they’re here!
There are many things to focus on this time of year. It can take some effort to turn our thoughts toward the spiritual significance of this season which is the death and resurrection of Christ. Our salvation, our sanctification, our home in Heaven, all depend on this central part of God’s redemption plan for man.
As we sing the Easter songs, read the Easter verses, and hear the Easter sermons, I trust that our hearts will be overwhelmed anew with love for our Savior and celebration of His victory over sin and death.
Today I want to share five Easter-related truths to bring hope and joy to our hearts in this significant season.
1. God always has a plan but we won’t always understand.
In Mark 9:31-32 we read that Jesus told his disciples that he would die and rise again. It also says that they didn’t understand what he was teaching them. And we can’t fully know when each of them grasped that Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection was God’s plan all along.
God was in full control of every single detail, from the arrest to the trial to the crucifixion to the resurrection. God also has a plan for each one of us, a work that He’s doing in us and through us. Sometimes we can see how and why God is moving. But for those times when we don’t, we need to trust Him anyway.
2. You never know whose heart is ready to receive the gospel.
Out of the many people around the cross that day – some followers of Jesus, most who likely were not – there were two whose eternities were changed forever. One of the thieves crucified alongside Jesus believed on him and entered Paradise that day. A Roman centurion, observing all that was happening, declared, “Truly this man was the Son of God.” (Mark 15:39)
May we be attentive to the needs of people we come in contact with as we go through our day. We don’t know who God might put in our path that needs to hear about Jesus.
3. God keeps His promises.
Four times in John 19:23-37 we find events happening “that the scripture might be fulfilled.” Numerous prophecies made hundreds of years before came true on that day.
Is there a Bible promise you’re claiming in your own life today? Our God keeps His promises.
4. Things often look the darkest just before they get better.
Think about those women who came to anoint the body of Jesus so very early on that Sunday morning. Maybe their tears had dried by this point, but surely their hearts were still heavy with loss. The one whom they had loved and followed was dead.
But what a surprise awaited them when they arrived at the tomb. They found the angel of the Lord presiding over an empty tomb! Their sorrow was turned to amazement and then to joy. When we feel like we’ve reached rock bottom, let’s look up in hope for deliverance.
5. The same God that caused Jesus to rise from the dead has the power to help us in any of our struggles.
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his…But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” ~Romans 8:9,11
We can have victory over sin through the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. He is our Comforter and He makes intercession for us with God the Father.
You and I don’t serve an impotent God. He holds all power – including the power of life and death – and He can meet our every need and give us grace for every trial.
May we find renewed hope as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this Easter!!