The 03/30/13 Joy Jar

29 Mar

Easter comes in the Spring, it is a floating holiday. It seems fitting that just as there is new growth in nature, there will hopefully be new growth for us. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the anticipation of Easter

The gifts of the Master are these: freedom, life, hope, new direction, transformation, and intimacy with God. If the cross was the end of the story, we would have no hope. But the cross isn’t the end. Jesus didn’t escape from death; he conquered it and opened the way to heaven for all who will dare to believe. The truth of this moment, if we let it sweep over us, is stunning. It means Jesus really is who he claimed to be, we are really as lost as he said we are, and he really is the only way for us to intimately and spiritually connect with God again.”
Steven James,

Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present.”
N.T. Wright,
Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.”
A.W. Tozer,
Preparing for Jesus’ Return: Daily Live the Blessed Hope

Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless.

Charles M. Crowe

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
Pope John Paul II

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