EASTER SUNDAY was never our final destination during Lent. Easter Sunday is a triumph, yes, but it serves as an inspirational staging area for what comes next. If we leave the church as confirmed Eighth-Day believers, then what we’re really doing is signing up to join Jesus in the re-creation business.
God is up to something significant, and we get to participate. …
So today … is the perfect opportunity to begin seeing ourselves as Eighth-Day believers – followers of Jesus who are empowered by the living presence of the Holy Spirit. Otherwise we don’t have a prayer of accomplishing any part of the amazing future that Easter Sunday makes possible.
We’re no longer spectators. We’re now participants in the new creation. If our journey through Lent together has prepared us for anything, then I pray it has prepared us for this.
– Derek Maul
Reaching Toward Easter
From pages 135-136 of Reaching Toward Easter: Daily Devotions for Lent by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2011 by Derek Maul. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What has Easter prepared you for? Share your thoughts.
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.
John 20:18, NRSV
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