On Easters' past, I have celebrated my Risen Lord's sacrifice for me and for you so that we could be reconciled to God and have eternal life. But this Easter, I'm really, REALLY celebrating Jesus' conquering of the grave. You see, this Easter is different from all the other Easters before it. THIS Easter, my beautiful niece Hannah is celebrating Easter face to face with Jesus. What must that be like?
I don't think I've ever really wondered before how Jesus celebrates Easter. I'll bet there's lots of laughing, singing and dancing! I've also never really spent a lot of time wondering what Heaven is like. It was always in the back of my mind but always seemed so far away. I knew it was good, and that Jesus is there and I'm going there someday to be with Him and that was enough. But in the nearly 2 months since Hannah left us, my kids and I have talked a lot about Heaven. And the more people I love that go there before me, the more it just feels like HOME.
The most exciting part of the whole Easter story though is not just that Jesus rose from the dead. That's exciting but He didn't do it JUST so we could go to Heaven...He's got BIG plans! You see, my Jesus is coming back for me and you and when He does this earth will never be the same!
The Bible gives us this to look foward to in Revelation 21:
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
I love a happy ending, how about you?
If you don't know my Savior I'd love to introduce you.