I trust that you all had a great Easter celebration; albeit while it may have looked and felt a little different this year than in years past due to restrictions on public gatherings that are put in place for our protection. I am confident that the Father has poured a special blessing of His grace and mercy upon us this Easter in the year 2020.
Because of His love for us and His desire to commune with each of us, He sent His only begotten Son into the world. His Son lived a perfect life, yet was crucified on a cross for all sins for all time. In that moment of weight, the Father had to turn away from the Son—the holiness of God could not be in the presence of Sin, but purposed for the Son to bear that shame, guilt, and ugliness of sin. The moment of separation, the sacrifice of the Son, cleared a path for us to have access to the Father in a relationship; the veil of separation has been torn from top to bottom. The price had been paid in full. 1
The Son’s sacrifice to bear the weight of sin, act as propitiation, was honored by the Father through raising His Son from the dead on the 3rd day—what we refer to as Easter morning. The same power that raised the Son is accessible for us today to give us a hope and a future.
“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places” 2
Paul’s prayer for the believers in Ephesus was for an understanding, a deep-seated rock-solid awareness of the hope of His calling on their lives. My prayer is the same for each of you today. I request that you come to know, afresh, the Father today through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Let the power of Christ through your submission be the source of your living hope today and tomorrow.
We still live in the physical realities of this world where there is sorrow and heartache. Until we are united with Christ in Heaven we will never truly escape this world or its cares. The weather forecast for Monday is calling for a warm day but with some unstable weather and high winds. We first pray for the protection of all those who may have to travel during the storm and responders to repair any damage that may be caused by the high winds. In light of this impending wind storm, I also want to encourage each of you to keep your eyes on the Father through the wind storms of life. Today, there are competing spectacles that can take our eyes off of Christ and the process of sanctification. I pray that each of us can find new momentum this Easter season to be renewed in our walk and hope found only through Christ to be ambassadors for Him every day.
I have been paying attention to the New York Giants offseason as a new head coach, Joe Judge, was hired in January. I have hope that they are on the right track rebuilding the team through smart free agency signings, finding great value in the NFL draft, and steady development of the current players on the roster, like Daniel Jones (aka, Danny Dimes). In this year’s draft, they have the 4th pick in the first round. The team has many needs on both sides of the ball, and in a sports podcast, I was listening to they were talking about Clemson Linebacker Isaiah Simmons. Simmons is a unique talent as he has no true defensive position. He can rush the edge, provide pass coverage, and stop the run. He just simply makes plays on the ball. When trying to thwart an opposing team’s offense, what else could you ask for? I am not sure what the Giants will do with the 4th pick—they have not yet called me for my counsel, but if they acquire a player with a perceived ceiling like Simmons it will be a great move.
In the same way, the Father has gifted each of us with unique talents and spiritual gifts to edify the body and larger community where He has placed us. It is time to get out and make plays. Let’s not allow the winds of the age to discourage us and give up hope for tomorrow. The hope of Easter morning is fully realized in the confidence that He has gone before us tomorrow.