Easter Has Come

“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.” A.W. Tozer

We are the people of paradox–the apparent contradiction that is not a contradiction at all because it is truth.

We live by dying to self. His strength shows in our weakness.

We are supposed to love our enemies, turn the other cheek, and rejoice when life has us down.

We are supposed to live without fear, to live with peace in our hearts.

Sometimes, we are the people of the wrong paradox. We fear when we should hope and trust. We lack peace because we fear.

He is the God of paradox. He won by losing.

When everyone else thought He was gone for good, thought His teaching was done, He won the greatest victory ever.

He won over death.

Don’t fear. Hold to hope. Find peace.

Easter has come.

Jesus will come again.

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Changing the World

Jesus came to change the world.

His followers were looking for change. They wanted to be free from Roman rule. They were counting on Christ to make that happen.

But Jesus died. And the world stayed the same.

This life wasn’t going to be the way His followers had hoped.

But Christ rose. He ascended. The Holy Spirit came down.

Then something else unexpected happened.

The followers changed.

The world has been changing ever since.

The battle for hearts goes on around us, even within us.

We want the world to change.

How willing are we to endure change in ourselves?

How willing are we to act, pray, love, give, serve, sacrifice to see the world change?

How willing are we?

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Nancy E. Head’s Restoring the Shattered is out in paperback! Get your copy here!

Permissions: You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this material in any format provided that you do not alter the wording in any way, do not charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction, and you credit the author.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the entities I have mentioned. Restoring the Shattered is published through Morgan James Publishing with whom I do share a material connection. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”