Posted by: glorifyhim1 | March 31, 2013

All Things New

As a little girl I never really understood what getting a new outfit had to do with Easter. Oh, I looked forward to it. This was the one time a year that we always got a complete new dressy outfit, as well as shiny new shoes and even a little handbag to match…not to mention Easter baskets filled with candy and surprises. I just kind of figured that this was sort of the commercial side of Easter similar to Santa Claus gifts at Christmas. It was just something we did at Easter.

So, in like manner, when my kids were small, I continued the time-honored traditions. Every Easter Sunday was filled with family dinners, egg hunts with cousins, and of course, the trip to church all-dressed up in brand-new outfits.

And then, just this year, as I was reading about Jesus’s resurrection, something He said got my attention. In Matthew 28, the women had just been told by an angel to go tell Jesus’ disciples that He was risen from the dead and that they would see Him in Galilee. As they hurried to tell the disciples the good news, Jesus met the women and He told them: “Rejoice!”

Rejoice! Easter is a time for rejoicing. The crucifixion was horrible. Jesus suffered a cruel, agonizing death. But on the third day, He arose. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is something to celebrate. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, He triumphed over sin and death so that all who trust in Him can be made new and have eternal life. As the apostle Paul stated: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Even more, we can rejoice not only over what Easter means for us today, but also what it means for tomorrow. The final book of the Bible reminds us: “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new’” (Revelation 21:4-5a).

Easter reminds us that Christ makes – and will make – all things new. That is certainly something to celebrate and get all dressed up for, but, unfortunately, this Easter I don’t have a new outfit to wear. But that’s okay because when God looks at me, He doesn’t see my pitiful rags anyway. Instead, He sees me covered by the righteousness of His dear Son who gave His life for me. Matthew tells us that after Jesus told the women to rejoice that they “came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him” (see Matthew 28:9). What better way to rejoice at Easter than to worship the One who gave His life for us, the One who covers us with His righteousness, the One who makes us new?

 

 

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