Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now!
1 Peter 1: 3, 4 (The Message)
He was all alone.
There were people all around Him—lining the streets as He slowly dragged the cross toward the hill at Calvary—but He was all alone. There were some watching this spectacle who were supportive of Him—some women actually—but most of those you would have thought He could count on at a time like this, had taken off for the woods when the temperature got turned up.
He was all alone—all the way to the Cross, nailed to the Cross, and laying in the Tomb.
All alone. We know the feeling, don’t we, of being all alone. I know the feeling. We’ve all been there—at any and every age in life. Too many times we have found ourselves facing something we hadn’t planned on, and couldn’t get beyond, hoping a ray of wisdom would fall from above. Instead the clouds continued to swarm, the sky darkened and the lights dimmed.
Too many times, we have found ourselves sitting all alone, walking through life, not sure which way to turn for help, not knowing who you can trust, let alone who could possibly help. Too many times we’ve looked down a long dark and winding road stretched out before us, uncertain of where it would lead, but knowing we had to go.
And then the stone was rolled away…the tomb was empty! He was risen! And we remember that we are not alone. In the midst of all the stuff of life that overwhelms us at times—knowing we are not alone provides us with the energy, even though faint at times, to continue to press on, to punch our heads through the gathering clouds—knowing that He will provide a way through into the sunshine of a brand new day.
He is risen! For you and for me. So that we are never alone.
That’s the message of Easter, which millions around the world gathered to celebrate again yesterday. But Easter is not about millions, or thousands, or hundreds gathering to celebrate and worship. Easter is about Christ—the Risen Christ—connecting with that one person in need. That one person struggling to take just one more step.
We’ve been there. Feeling all alone, with hopelessness circling around and around for the final descent. But the message of Easter is that today and all the way to the end of our lives and into eternity—Hope reigns. Hopelessness has been defeated.
We are not alone—Christ is Risen.
Feeling all alone? Look again—it’s not so. Do yourself a favor and never believe that again.
Christ is Risen! Christ is Alive!
That’s the message of Easter—that’s the message of the Risen Christ—that’s the message of today, tomorrow and forever.
We are not alone!
In His Name—Scott