Don’t Forget Easter this Christmas

Tiffany Ann Lewis

I’m a well-seasoned holiday veteran.  I have celebrated enough holidays to know that they are not just filled with love, joy, and peace but also, at times, filled with fear, loneliness, disappointment, anxiety, and regret.  I know that I need to fight the good fight of faith so that the “Grinch” can’t steal Christmas from my heart.  Nevertheless, once again, those negative emotions have crept in and threatened to steal my Christmas joy.

To help me fight these feelings, the Lord gave me a word that I pray will be a blessing to you this holiday, too.  He said, to my heart, “Don’t forget Easter this Christmas!”  Just typing that phrase makes me laugh out loud. Now the Lord wasn’t asking me to put some rabbit ears on Santa Claus, what He was doing was reminding me of the power of The Resurrection.

Let’s take a look at the 5th “I Am” statement of Jesus recorded in John’s gospel. Five is the number of grace and oh how we need this grace today!  The statement comes in the midst of a conversation between Jesus and Martha.  Lazarus, Martha’s brother has died and Martha is heartbroken.  The situation seemed hopeless.  Lazarus hadn’t just died, the body wasn’t even warm.  He had been dead four days and was now buried in a tomb with a stone sealing the deal!  O’ but God!  You see, the situation is NEVER hopeless when you have the Resurrection and Life with you.

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)  It’s interesting to note that Martha already stated that she did believe in resurrection. “Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” (vs 24). She believed that anything was possible with Jesus; “But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” (vs 22).

Do you believe this?  Hummm…what was Jesus getting to?

You see, when Jesus said, “I Am the resurrection and life,” He wasn’t just stating a fact.  He was making a bold declaration of His Divinity and His power.  The authority of the statement is revealed in Exodus when God had sent Moses to deliver His children.  Moses was concerned that they wouldn’t believe God Almighty had given him this task and would quiz him on God’s name.  So he was wondering what calling card God would give him to prove he was on a Divine mission.  God’s answer…I AM has sent you. (See Exodus 3:14)

The root of this name of God is hayah (Strong’s #1961) and has the fundamental meaning of: to exist, become, and to be. Yet it also contains the idea of an abiding presence, to accompany, or to be with. Most commentators understand this to mean that God is capable to responding to us and be whatever is needed.  Not only will He be with us in every situation that we face, but He will become for us what He, in His wisdom, knows that we need.

You see, not only is He here with us, he will be what we need at that moment.
Nothing is lost, nothing is gone, and nothing is so broken that it cannot be put back together again.  Resurrection is about restoration.

The question is, I guess…do we believe this?  I’m guessing you answered, “Yes.” Therefore, let’s allow the hope of The Resurrection to course through our being this Christmas and to fill us up with supernatural joy, supernatural love, and a supernatural peace that passes our understanding.

There is a popular song today called, “Mary Did You Know,” written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene.  The third verse of the song not only wraps up the song but places a glorious bow on top.  We can open this gift this holiday season and receive whatever we need from the Lord as we remember Easter this Christmas.

     Mary did you know
     That your baby boy
     Is Lord of all creation
     Mary did you know
     That your baby boy
     Will one day rule the nations
     Did you know
     That your baby boy
     Is heaven’s perfect Lamb
     And the sleeping Child you’re holding
     Is the great I Am

They didn’t know prior to The Resurrection, but this side of the cross of Christ we do.
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring yet because He lives, we can embrace the past. Because He lives, we can find purpose in today.  Because He lives, we can face tomorrow.

Merry Christmas.  Amen and Amen.

AUTHOR: Jenny Crawford
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