A stone is rolled away. That which would separate death from life has been removed. No more is there a divide. Jesus so beautifully taught us to pray, “On earth as it is in heaven.” And on Easter he has demonstrated that very thing. He demonstrated it because he himself knew that for heaven to be on earth he would have to bring it forth.
Though the women at the tomb that morning may have been perplexed by what they saw they had to be aware that something they had experienced in those moments would stay with them forever, that something extraordinary had changed and that they were a part of that change. Suddenly, the removal of that stone magnifies the message that though the things of the earth had previously been limited, the things of heaven are not.
How do we open ourselves up to allowing this new experience to become our new reality? Are we willing to roll away the stones of our doubt, the stones of our believing that things must always be as they have always been for us? Are we willing to roll away the stones of our worries, our mistrust, our pain and our unbelief?
Now we can affirm and know the Christ has created a new heaven and a new earth and they are, through his resurrection, brought together – brought together that our life upon this earth might have new meaning and a new purpose and a greater reality of Christ’s indwelling presence.
Christ is risen; he is no longer in the tomb.
May this resurrection spirit be the new energy that guides and directs our lives. It can be, if we will accept it, proclaim it, and live it.
“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.” (Luke 24: 1-3)
Affirmation: “On earth as it is in heaven. My eyes have been opened and Christ’s resurrection spirit shows up in my life today.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org
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