Easter is the greatest feast of our Christian faith.  As children of God we are an Easter people, a people marked by joyfulness.  Jesus is raised from the dead.  He has conquered sin and death.  His victory is our victory.  His death means our redemption.  His resurrection means our salvation.  For Christians, every day is Easter!  Every day is a day to be joyful!  Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22)

This is a season to celebrate.  Yet sometimes our everyday lives feel so heavy that celebration is not a part of us. Critical illness in the family, loss of a job, loss of a loved ones, disappointment in a relationship and the burdens of everyday life can make it a challenge to feel particularly joyful – even in the Easter season. But the beauty of it all is that we can ask our Lord Jesus to redress us with garments of joy this Easter.

But the joy we are being invited into this season is beyond what we see in our everyday lives.  It's true that Jesus says “Come to me and bring me your burdens” Mathew 11:28 but we usually can’t believe it.  Maybe we don’t want to believe it.  If I really allow Jesus to come into my heart the way he wants to, will he ask me to change my life in ways that are too hard? How do I share the chaos of my life with Jesus?  If I keep him at arm’s length, my life might be difficult, but at least my problems are familiar.  What would it cost me to let go and change my life?

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.  3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished. 9He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. 11 After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied ; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Isaiah 53:1

How could a person not be filled with joy over such wonderful news? If we can overcome our fears, the real power of letting Jesus into our hearts is how free our hearts will become.  Suddenly, we are not afraid, not burdened and simply ready to serve with Jesus.

Jesus loves us - right now.  At this moment, Jesus holds each one of us in his warm and loving gaze and loves us so freely at a depth that our human minds can’t take in.  Whether we comprehend this or not, Jesus loves us endlessly and waits for us with his arms open, ready to hold and support us now and even when Easter celebrations are over because He’s risen and He bears all our iniquities now and forever more.

 

Comforting thought for us this Easter

As we receive His embrace and feel the peace and joy of Easter wash over us, lets us realize that the real joy in our lives is putting aside our own faults, challenges and difficulties for a while and allow Jesus to redress us with garments of joy as He takes out our graves clothes – our sorrow, our bitterness, our pain and hurts and embrace the joy of Easter and let us get transformed by the Easter event.  For our Lord Jesus Christ is risen all is changed:  darkness to light, doubt to faith, selfishness to generosity, despair to hope, sin to grace, and death to eternal life.

Blessed Easter for all of you dear readers from comfort inspirations family.