Mercy Christian Counseling
|Posted by mercycounseling on April 7, 2018 at 9:35 AM|
EASTER IS OVER, SO NOW WHAT?
The Easter baskets are back in storage, DVDs back on the shelf. The chocolates and marshmallow peeps and egg hunts once again a memory, along with hams and family traditions. Photographs have been admired and shared. People turn from the hype of Easter and focus on the Next Big Event. Even the churches quickly change vestments looking forward to the next Sacred Season.
The day that Easter is supposed to commemorate is the greatest day in all of human history: Resurrection Day--the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead to reconcile sinful humankind to their Holy God.
So why is it that when the modern Eastern celebration hoopla dies down, nothing has changed? Because change cannot come from without; it must come from within.
It must come from within, because this is where God operates to bring about lasting, healing change. He does this by the work of the Holy Spirit, whose purpose is:
To “convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8 ). It is by the working of the Holy Spirit that we feel the weight of our wrongdoings and realize that the only way to be free is to repent and confess our sins to God through faith in Jesus Christ.
To save us “through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). When we repent and ask Jesus to be our Savior, in that very moment we are regenerated into a new being and our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. We gain eternal life.
To live in us. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16). The spirit of God literally takes up residence within us, to be our helper.
To give us the power and ability to serve Christ. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8 ).
For the saved (born again) person, Easter, or more accurately, the Resurrection, should be lived out on a daily basis through the power of the Holy Spirit living within us.
For the unsaved, Easter, Resurrection Day, should be a clarion call to self-examination and the realization that life without God is nothing but a terrible weight of vanity.
The Lord Jesus Christ did not live, suffer, die, and rise again for nothing.
He did it for us.
He calls now.
“Now what” depends on your response.