…Why seek ye the living among the dead? He [Jesus] is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying “The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men , and be crucified, and the third day rise again. Luke 24: 5b-7
I wondered what Easter would be like in the midst of the great pandemic of 2020. I wondered, “Where is the Church on the most holy day of Christians?” With stay-at-home orders and fear locking us in our homes, Christians in my country are forbidden to congregate to give thanks and praise to our Savior. An unexplainable gloom had settled around my heart this week, this week before Easter. I wondered over and over, “Where is the church in today’s crisis?” Should we be locked behind doors and only visible through online services? I’m not sure; but my heart cries out against it. Didn’t Jesus touch the leper, eat with the sinners, and talk with the Samaritan woman? Yes. Yes, he did.
Today, I woke up with a joy inexplicable….and I want to share this joy with you!
Today, I want to extend to you The Great Invitation that Jesus still offers to each of us-whether rich or poor, old or young, strong or weak, and to every person of every nation, tongue, heritage, or tribe.
Jesus had a ministry for only 3 years upon the Earth, and he walked among men and women...all men and women. He didn’t discriminate because of wealth or age or power. To all he offered salvation to those who believed in Him. But he mostly connected to those who were needy, whether physically or spiritually, and offered to them Himself. It wasn’t that Jesus doesn’t love the rich just as much as the poor, but the rich didn’t have a need for Him. Anyone who believed, received. Isn’t that wonderful?
Do you have a need today? Are you sitting in darkness or fear? Are you alone or sad? Are you worried about your life? Are you lost? Do you need hope?
To those in darkness, Jesus says, “…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
To those who are fearful, He says, “Fear not little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
To those who need help, the Bible says, “Our help is in the name of the LORD [Jesus], who made heaven and earth.” Psalms 124:8
To those who are lonely, “…he [Jesus] hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5b
To those who are mourn, Jesus says, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
To those who worry about their life, Jesus says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7-6
To those who feel lost, Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” John 14:6
Do you have a need today?
Do you want rest for your sin-sick soul? He is standing at the door of your heart and knocking; He’s waiting for you to open the door and to hear you ask Him into your life.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man [or woman] hear my voice, and open the door , I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.Revelation 3:20
Are you asking, “Does that mean me?” I am too bad. I’ve sinned too much. I have been too ungrateful and lived only for myself. I have turned my back on Jesus my whole life. Does he really love me? Can I come?”
Listen to this glorious invitation by the Holy Spirit and by the Bride of Christ, his Church:
And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.Revelation 20:17
Did you hear that? There is the invitation….”Come!”
Who is invited? “…whosoever will…”
What is the cost? To you, God says to “…take the water of life freely!” It cost you nothing! But to Jesus, to Jesus, what was the cost?
To Jesus, it cost everything. It cost His life as he took the place in judgement for our sins on the cross. God, the Father, turned his back on Him that day. Jesus, for the only time in eternity, was separated from the father because of my sin…and your sin. Jesus died. Then, the Bible and history tell us that he was buried. But…but…three days later, the day we celebrate today as Easter, he rose from the grave. Death could not hold him. He shattered for ever the power of Death. Ha! What victory! Today, Jesus is alive and is sitting at the right hand of God. He’s sitting in victory! He is calling me and women…to “whosoever will”…to come.
Today, hear the invitation of Jesus as he says,
“Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart : and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, ad my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Yes, Easter is today, and Easter reminds us of God’s great invitation. Jesus is extending this invitation to you! Won’t you say, “Yes. I believe”?
Friend, please let me know if today you accepted the great invitation of Jesus. It would be my honor to pray for you.
“For God so loved the world [you], that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16