Why ‘Easter’ Exists At All…

  May 3, 2016

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Tuesday

…it’s for this reason alone:

 

https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/e/d/3/7/1195437603301705135hairymnstr_nativity.svg.thumb.png  “4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. ” {Luke 2:4-11 KJV}

https://i2.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/a/8/d/7/119544552512408148Machovka_Christmas.svg.thumb.png   Therefore, it’s no stretch at all to proclaim that, first there needed to be the birth of Christ, which we refer to as  “Christmas  ” , before we could have the day we now call “Easter” .  Many Christians have rejected the title “Easter” , in favor of   “Resurrection Sunday” , since it’s the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead back to life, providing us with the chance for salvation for us, through our placing faith in Him, and what He did for us by living among us, a sinless life, then by dying in our place on that cross, to pay for our sins.  A debt we owed to God that none of us could ever have paid alone.  If not for what Christ did for us, we would be toast–burnt toast at that.

https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/9/d/a/2/1223613120608261365shokunin_easter_egg_single.svg.thumb.png  When it comes to genuine miracles, big and small, I think we need to first believe they are possible, and that it’s our heavenly Father who brings them about.  And, to realize that they occur to help strengthen someone’s faith in Him, or to help create faith in Him, inside of someone, due to what happens. 

King David said this about God and His mercy:

The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger and of great mercy.” [Psalm 145:8 KJV]

    I know many people seem to think one of two things about God[or both, God help them]:

1] That He allows suffering for no good reason, and He could help everyone, but He doesn’t want to.

2]That it’s so puzzling as to why God just allows people to suffer, yet He could prevent all suffering if He really cared.

https://i0.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/W/E/A/e/X/I/easter-egg-green-th.png    Both ideas are based on people’s lack of understanding, yet they will never understand if they refuse to trust in God and in His goodness and perfection, and in His wisdom that’s based on far more knowledge, and understanding that I believe is  impossible for us to ever possess.  He is also working out this gigantic plan that involves all of us–ALL of us–and, He also realizes that this popular saying is basically true:

                                     “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!”

Because human suffering is the only suffering that is worthwhile, and can be helpful and useful in helping to build character in us, and build in us strength of character as well, etc. It’s because human beings have the ability to UNDERSTAND what is going on and even why, then benefit from that understanding, when animals do not.

 https://i0.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/8/3/6/c/133063556180600121Pink%20Sriped%20Easter%20Egg.svg.thumb.png    I pray that those words will be all of ours, when trials and tribulations enter our lives, instead of getting angry at God because of those trials.  That we will put down any anger at Him over the tribulations, and at least try to trust in Him, so that we can ask Him to please help us through the trial[s] we are enduring.  That act of our showing Him that we love Him, so believe in His ability to know what is best always, is one that God loves.  Therefore, if we ask help from Him in all sincerity, He WILL respond, He WILL help us in some way that He knows is best for us.  Especially if we also ask Him to help us believe in Him, in the fact that He is real, and we are truly searching for Him, seeking His will for us, with our “whole heart” –He always answers that request from us.  And, if we, as unbelievers, ask Him to please save us, {as I did}, He WILL lead us to His Son Jesus.  Then, He helps us to understand that we truly do need to place our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, because Jesus is God’s ONLY  provision for our salvation.  Without salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, we can not live eternally with God. 

https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/e/6/0/c/1195445519820685918easter_egg_steve_karg_02.svg.thumb.png   It was Jesus who voluntarily paid the price we owe to God due to our sins:  we’ve all lied; we’ve cheated; we’ve stolen; we’ve gossiped; we’ve hated others unjustly; we’ve literally killed people in our own thoughts/hearts just because we’ve  hated them; we’ve coveted what wasn’t ours; we’ve literally committed adultery even if just in our own minds/hearts–and, the list continues on and on–NONE of us are NOT GUILTY–it was Jesus Christ who paid the price for our sins on our behalf–God accepted His paying that price for us, because God would not have accepted anything we might have done to try and make up for our sinfulness. God leveled the penalty of ‘Death’ on the heads of ALL human beings who live beyond the age of awareness.  {All babies and small children go straight to be with God if they die before they can understand what sin actually is]

   https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/3/8/Y/d/G/j/drake-egg-1-th.png  We, as adults, remain condemned to eternal death without Christ as our Lord and Savior.  He LOVES us, He DIED for us, He rose back to life from death and because He did, He can offer us forgiveness with God, and eternal life, through our having Faith in Him, and what He did for us.

  http://www.clker.com/cliparts/b/c/f/d/12065578821258618934mystica_Easter_egg_(Painted).svg.thumb.png   In one of my subsequent entries I want to recount another miracle that happened back when I was very small.  It also involves the baby son of my mother’s best friend–the baby that was supposed to be named Penelope if he had been a little girl.  I hope you will consider what I’ve said on the subject of our salvation through faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  I would also love for you to come back here to read what I have to write about miracles,  “both great and small” , in any and all of my following posts . 

To me, miracles are far more than just exciting–they are also faith-affirming.

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“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.” https://i0.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/8/d/8/7/13300526191153063996IrishMan.svg.thumb.png

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