John 11:25, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live”
This devotional is written by Cindy Hess Kasper a writer for Our Daily Bread. It is very appropriate for this bright and joyful Easter Sunday morning when we celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Enjoy my brethren.
Last Easter morning when I walked into church I saw my friend and greeted her, “Happy Christmas!” I quickly corrected myself. “I mean, Happy Easter!” “Can’t have one without the other,” she smiled. How true! Without Christmas, there wouldn’t be an Easter. And without the resurrection, this day would be just another day. In fact, we wouldn’t even be in church. Christmas and Easter are the most joyful celebrations of the year for the Christian. In the first, we celebrate the incarnation (God taking on flesh and coming into the world). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son …” (John 3:16). In the second, we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. “He is not here, but is risen!” the angel said (Luke 24:6). From the beginning of time, these 2 days were inextricably linked in the master plan of the Father. Jesus was born to die for our sins and to conquer death so that we could live. Which is more important? Christmas, the birth of the infant Jesus? Or Easter, the death and resurrection of the man, God’s Son? Both are essential, and both are clear evidence of the Father’s love for us. So, Happy Christmas! And Happy Easter!
Jesus our Savior left heaven above,
Coming to earth as a Servant with love;
Laying aside all His glory, He came,
Bringing salvation through faith in His name. – Hess
Christmas and Easter – two chapters of the same Book.