“And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came forth from him and healed them all” (Luke 6:19).
Easter is a wonderful time of year, second only to Christmas. It is an opportunity for Christians to rejoice over the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Our Christ. Yes, I said rejoice. Consider this, had Jesus not lived, did not die, was not buried nor resurrected what would we be celebrating this holiday season? Nothing! No Jesus. No Joy! Know Jesus, Know Joy! Without Jesus there would be nothing to celebrate only “things hoped for.” Prophecies un-fulfilled and God’s covenant promises un-kept. Yes, we shall rejoice and be glad! Rejoice in the Lord always, his life, death, burial and resurrection.
The crowd today is similar to the crowd that sought to touch him two-thousand years ago as he rode into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey, fulfilling another prophecy. Both crowds represent a diverse set of believers from many ethnic groups and nations expressing their love and admiration for the Savior. God kept His covenant promise, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Immanuel means “God is with us.” And that scripture has four prophecies that Jesus fulfilled four reasons to rejoice this Easter season.
Jesus arrived as a man-child to live the human life experience, the good, the bad and the ugly. He would experience it all. Furthermore, God’s promise “that He may know to refuse the evil and to choose the good”is the foundation of Jesus’ human experience. The Son of God would have to make the same choices we make every day of our Christian lives. These choices are driven home during the Easter holiday season. The crucifixion of Jesus is before us in a powerful and vivid way asking; will you refuse the evil, the ways of the flesh, and accept Jesus as the Son of God, the Christ-Messiah?
If we accept Jesus our mission for the rest of our lives is to be just like him. That is exactly what it means to be a Christian, to be “Christ-like.” Just like Jesus, we were born into a sinful world, but we do not have to live a sinful life or in the grip of the fear of death. “I am he that lives, and was dead; and behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Revelation 1:18). How are we to know that Jesus lives? Because he lives within us, we should feel him, feel his spirit presence living and moving inside us. He has worked many great wonders in my life and I am grateful.
Just like Jesus we do not have to live a life of brokenness, through him we are delivered from brokenness. Broken-hearts are mended, broken-spirits are revived, and the broken-life has promise and purpose. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11). The blood-stained stripes of Jesus remove pain, suffering and illness. They do not simply relieve pain, they remove it. Jesus does not treat symptoms he treats illnesses. Jesus is the antidote, the antibiotic and the anti-virus, Jesus is the anti-whatever plagues humanity.
“There is therefore, now no condemnation to those who are in Christ, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”(Romans 8:1) Jesus’ command to walk according to the Spirit is the same as God’s promise of how he would walk among men. Jesus refused the evil and chose the good. Immanuel, God was with us, He walked among men and women, and he is coming back. Just like Jesus we all have a cross that we must bear. The challenge is to carry it with a determination of purpose and divine love, just like Jesus did. I thank God for blessing you to be a blessing to someone else in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- Those who believe in me, will live. (youthawake.wordpress.com)
- Easter: God’s First Love-2 (thethirdcross.wordpress.com)