By: Natalie Jean
Happy Easter, everyone! We are so thankful that we get to celebrate life with you, our beautiful community. This week has been quite a busy one for many of the core team members, preparing for the Small Business Owners Dinner and getting content prepped for the month of April but I wanted to stop for a moment and just reflect on something with you.
The season of spring is beginning; new life, new beginnings. Today is Easter and we all celebrate differently but I want you to finish this article with one take away. We all deserve grace. Easter is a time that we spend with family or loved ones. A time where we may go to church and worship. A time where we indulge our sweet tooth with a chocolate peanut butter egg or some jellybeans. A time that is a celebration of a new beginning and the most beautiful sacrifice ever made, on our behalf.
No matter what you believe or how you celebrate Easter, I wanted to just share with you this: You are loved and you have been redeemed by the blood of Christ. I have a book called "New Morning Mercies" by Paul David Tripp and I love it! In it he writes, "The cross is evidence that in the hands of the Redeemer, moments of apparent defeat become wonderful moments of grace and victory."
We have a hope and a future in Christ when we seek after him (Jeremiah 29:11-13) and that is something worth celebrating, I think. The Easter bunny and chocolate and family traditions are all so fun and exciting! But so is the concept of grace. The fact that we don't deserve all the blessings we have. We don't deserve the miracle that Christ performed by dying in our place and then 3 days later raising up from the grave to redeem us from all our sins? How beautiful is that gift of salvation!
"There is hope! The cross is not the end of the story! In God's righteous and wise plan, this dark and disastrous moment was ordained to be the moment that would fix all the dark and disastrous things that sin had done to the world. This moment of death was at the same time a moment of life. This hopeless moment was the moment where eternal hope was given. This terrible moment of injustice was at the very same time a moment of amazing grace... The capture and death of Christ purchased for us life and freedom. The very worst thing that could happen was at the very same time the very best thing that could happen. Only God is able to do such a thing." -Paul David Tripp
I want to wish you all an amazing Easter Sunday and just simply remind you that there is grace and that you are loved. Take comfort in that and rest in Christ's grace and promises today.