Celebrating resurrection! (when you don’t feel like it)

Hi everyone! After a short break (because my computer was in the shop), The Up Devotional is back five days a week.


Last week my wife, Laura, was talking to a man in the grocery story about Easter. At the end of their conversation she said, “Happy Easter!” He replied, “I doubt it.”

We just celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. I don’t know about you but I found it harder to get pumped up about Easter this year. I think that’s what the man in the grocery store was getting at. We want to be happy, but because of everything that is going on in our world, we just don’t feel like it.

The interchange prompted a good discussion between my wife and me. We concluded that Easter is good not because of how we are feeling, but because of what God is doing.

1 Peter 1:3-4 says: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.”

Notice how the resurrection is life-changing not just for one person, but for every person and for everything. It has implications for all of us who belong to the risen Redeemer.

Light through darkness, love through hate, and life through and beyond death!

True, we’re not smile machines. But Easter is a mental reset, reminding us that God continues to renew and renovate all things through the resurrection of Jesus.

Easter is good, not because of how we are feeling, but because of what God is doing.


Notes:

–Today’s devotional is connected to my latest sermon which is based on Luke 24:1-12 and is called The Game Plan. Click here to watch or listen.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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