Don't Rush It

Are you excited for spring? I know that I am, even though the weather outside is only beginning to make its change into a more temperate pattern. While I’m excited for all that spring brings, my children, especially my son, are very excited for spring to arrive. One day this past week Nathan was looking out of our living room window and saw a rabbit in the yard. “Daddy! Come look! There’s a rabbit in the yard. Spring is here!” He was so excited. But the words that came up next were even more exciting for me. “That means Easter is almost here!” I’ve never heard it said with more gusto than in that moment.

Easter has to be one of my favorite days of the year. The church services are filled with a special joy and excitement as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead! We have parties, dinners, family gatherings, and the wonderful Easter Egg hunts. It is crucial to our faith that we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection—He conquered death and those who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior never need to fear death anymore! I can’t imagine a better reason to celebrate.

As I listened to Nathan and experienced his excitement, there was a thought that came to my mind. I began to question if it was good to rush to Easter without contemplating Good Friday. If you’re not familiar with Good Friday, this is the day when Jesus died on the cross for us. The Scriptures say that there can be no forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood, and Jesus did that for us on the cross. Without this horrific event, we’d have no opportunity to have our sins paid for and our salvation secured. Both Good Friday and Easter are vitally important and need to be a part of every Christian’s life.

I have noticed, though, that we have a tendency to either rush past or ignore Good Friday and head straight to Easter. While Easter is always a more pleasant thought, let me caution you against rushing past Good Friday. We need to take time to contemplate the incredible love, grace, and forgiveness that God displays on the cross. No one else has ever done such an amazing thing for you! Jesus did it on the cross. If we miss out on this time of contemplation and thanksgiving, we miss out on much of the redemption story. It is at the cross where our sins were paid for. It is through His blood that our relationship can be restored. It is through His resurrection that life is guaranteed and victory over sin and death is won. We need both. Don’t rush to Easter. Let Good Friday make your Easter celebrations all the more glorious this year.

Christ Our Healer


Spring is technically here, and Easter is on our minds. It is a time where we reflect on Christ, what He has done for us through His death and resurrection. We often think about the atonement at this time, which is what Christ did for us with His sacrifice, death, and resurrection so that we could be made right before God. This leads us to focus on Christ as our Savior, but what about Christ as our Healer? 

Scripture makes it evident to us that Divine Healing is from Jesus and His "substitutionary atonement", (His sacrifice for us to make us right with God). We see this in Isaiah 53:5, which was foretold about Christ at least 400 years before He was born, "But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds, we are healed." The Apostle Peter also talks about the atonement being linked to healing us when he says, "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed”. 1 

This Easter as you celebrate Christ's death and resurrection remember that when He shed His blood on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead that He not only saved us eternally from our sins, but through the atonement, He has healed us from our spiritual and physical sicknesses if we seek Him as our healer. 

So this month as you reflect on Christ remember that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."1 Which means that He can heal you of any sin that you need to overcome, or addiction, and He can heal you in your physical sicknesses if He would chose to do so, just like He did in the Gospels. He loves you, and you can come to Him with confidence in His healing power if you seek healing through what Christ did through the atonement. 


1 1Peter 2:24 ESV 

1 Hebrews 13:8 ESV 

Preparation for Easter


Lent is the time of preparation and reflection before Easter. During this time, we take time to draw near to Jesus and contemplate the incredible love, grace, and hope displayed on the cross of Calvary and through the Resurrection the following Sunday! This year, we were challenged to prepare and reflect on the message of Easter as we took the 45-Day Challenge through the Gospels. I am absolutely loving this journey and pray that Jesus would show you more and more about who He is as we undertake this journey together. 

We are now just about half-way through this challenge. I trust that you’re finding this experience rewarding. Reading Scripture never disappoints. The Bible is God’s Holy Word written directly to us. In it He speaks of great truths, messages of encouragement, and hope for a life spent with Him. While reading Scripture to know God more is a good idea, it’s not the real purpose of reading Scripture. I want to give you 3 things that take place when we read Scripture that go far above simple knowledge. 

  • We Read Scripture so that Jesus Can Transform Us. Simple knowledge isn’t good enough. If we were after knowledge, the Bible would be a textbook. But in fact, we see that the Word of God is used to make us into a new being; one that has encountered the True God and is being made like Him.
  • We Read Scripture so that Jesus Can Equip Us. The purpose of the message series, Knowing Jesus, is taking the opportunity for Scripture to impart life lessons on how Jesus would handle the situations in life so that our attitudes and actions glorify Jesus and draw others closer as well. May we be thoroughly equipped (2 Tim. 3:16-17) 
  • We Read Scripture so that We Can Be Encouraged. We all need encouragement. We all face difficult situations in life that cause us to question whether following Jesus is worth the trouble. But when we look to Scripture, we see the testimony of God’s faithfulness. He was faithful to believers of the past—ministering in times of distress and oppression. He is faithful to believers now and will continue to be in the future. One of the most encouraging things we see in Scripture is that Jesus tells us how everything ends—He wins. Sin is defeated, and an eternity awaits us. What can be more encouraging to our perseverance than knowing it all works out! 

This is what Scripture does. 

I want to encourage you to continue in seeking Jesus through the Scriptures. If you’ve fallen off the wagon of the 45-Day Challenge, let me encourage you to get back into Scripture. It’s never too late. God longs to transform you through the Word.