For those of us who believe in Jesus and who have just celebrated the death and resurrection of our Saviour what does Easter Monday mean?
So, on Good Friday we reflect on the cross and the price that was paid that we might choose to be reconciled to God our Father. On Easter Saturday we rest in the abundant love, grace and mercy of our God. Hopefully realising that the price can never be repaid and that the death of Gods Son on the cross is the end to us as humanity trying to earn our salvation.
Easter Sunday, we celebrate our risen Saviour. I have realised that only through he resurrection that Jesus Christ becomes the Saviour. If there was no resurrection, would it still be as powerful ? The price would have been paid and we would have rest from trying to find a way to the Father but what then? The resurrection overcomes humanities greatest fears - death, disconnection, unloved, not belonging and replaces it with hope, assurance, acceptance and undeniable love.... Takes away the impossible and makes all things possible for those who believe in Jesus Christ.
This is all great, but now what? Where do we go from this point on? What do we do with the reflections, rest and celebrations of who Christ is? I believe once we have reflected, rested, celebrated it is time to start living.
Easter Monday marks a new beginning. It's the opportunity to start a fresh, not waiting for or looking for the messiah but knowing and believing that He came, He lived, He died, He conquered death and gives us the opportunity to not just live but live a life of abundance, with hope in freedom offering His grace, mercy and love to others.
It is time to lay the burdens/baggage at the cross, recognising that Jesus paid for it and there is nothing that we can do to earn our salvation nor do we have to carry it anymore. If we are still carrying a burden, then either we are not acknowledging that what Christ did was enough or we are thinking we are not worthy of it. These deceptions/doubts/lies will not set you free and Christ gave His life that we may know Freedom and live in Freedom.
Yes, we all sin and fall short daily, this is why we take it to the cross. But we don't stay at the cross for His love, grace & mercy (blessings) goes with us, and is renewed daily (Lamentations 3:23). If this is a promise before the cross, just imagine the measure after the cross and empty tomb.
I encourage you to leave all that holds you back at the cross and now learn to enter the throne room. Through Christ Jesus we can come to our heavenly Father and as Jesus did we can seek our Father for direction. Now with the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the grave living in us we are able to follow the commands set before us by Jesus to go into all the world (Matthew 28:18-20). Your world might be your household, your street, your workplace, it is wherever you have been place to live life.
As Jesus reinstated Peter (John 21: 15-18), I believe He reinstates us to do likewise, once we have acknowledge our sin and believe in what Jesus has done for us. After Peter denied Jesus; Peter had time to reflect on all that Jesus had said. After the death of Jesus; Peter had time to reflect on what had been taught by Jesus. After the resurrection of Jesus; Peter had time to reflect, to rest and celebrated Jesus. After the Holy Spirit was sent to the believers; they started to live not unto themselves but unto God.
Today is a new day as each day is new and I encourage you to choose to live each day, each moment unto God through the empowering of the Holy Spirit and glorify God in so doing. For in glorifying God I believe we declare and celebrate who Jesus!