I just love Easter! I love the promise of spring and the celebration of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, my Savior. But this year....well, this.
This blizzard is happening today, April 3. Living in Minnesota, you have to be a little flexible with Easter. Most moms love to dress up their kids in color-coordinated, pastel colored outfits for church. Up here in the north, you have to take into consideration the weather. If your daughter is to wear a springy dress, you must have a sweater cardigan on hand, as well as matching tights. Most years, shorts for the boys are out. Sweaters are in. I've accepted this fact of life.
But this weather, snowing up to eight inches in April. It's no good!
Or wait, is it kind of perfect? (Stay with me!)
We celebrate all that Jesus accomplished on the cross when we celebrate Good Friday. And on Easter Sunday morning, we exclaim that God has risen Christ from the dead. He is risen! He is risen indeed!
God accomplished so much more than a work of supernatural power when Jesus rose out of the dead man's tomb. The power of sin was broken, once and for all.
Without the shedding of Jesus' blood on the cross, our debt of sin would still exist. Romans 3:23 says, "For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard." We would spend our entire lives striving for a way to be good enough in the eyes of God. This is something that we can never accomplish on our own.
"We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind" (Isaiah 64:6).
The best we can offer God is filthy rags. I have seen a lot of filth, as I'm sure most of you have. Right now, I'm picturing a rag that has been used to clean the dash inside of my husband's farm vehicle. I comes out pretty disgusting, caked with dried up bugs, dirt, and dust, maybe even some grease and oil.
That is all we can offer God: filth in comparison to His righteousness.
But when we turn to Jesus and acknowledge that we need Him to save us, a beautiful exchange happens. Our lives, our filthiness, are washed clean. We trade our filth for purity. We are washed white as...snow.
"Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."
Only the blood of Jesus can wash us as white as snow. Only the blood of Jesus can make us righteous enough to come before God. Only by the "precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God" (1 Peter 1:19).
So today, even though I'm grumpy with the weather, I'm going to look at the snow and remember the beautiful work that Jesus accomplished on my behalf.
Oh, precious is the flow
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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