GOD works in mysterious ways ! He often calls people to a task ,that they either weren't considering or more likely would rather avoid ! This is a huge step of faith because rarely does the servant feel qualified to carry out His assignment. Add to that the effect it will have on your popularity publicly ! With that said I've been experiencing GOD's prompting and the voice of the Holy Spirit to accept the assignment of explaining the true meaning of Easter. GOD started reaching out to me by reminding me of this passage of scripture,John 12:42 & 43 . Here He was reminding me of other people who believed His Word but would not proclaim it publicly, because they valued the praises of other men more than serving GOD ! I started to wonder , where is this taking me ?
Then the assignment started to materialize ! I am a member of at least 6 Spiritual Active Rain Groups that have been a great source of fellowship, ministry and sharing ! Many days they have provided me peace and refuge. I don't believe it is by sheer accident that I wound up as a member in them. The Apostle Paul writes numerous love letters to the early Church through out the New Testament. Many times he writes to motivate a church that has become complacent in it's spiritual growth ! He tells them that at this point in their walk they should be eating spiritual meat, but because they've stopped growing they are still on milk( 1Corinthaians 3 ) ! In Romans chapter 14 he makes a clear distinction about believers being at different levels along their spiritual walk.
Next the Holy Spirit prompted me to consider Matthew 24:24 , where we are taught in the latter days many will come with all kinds of interesting messages and that even the followers of GOD could be nearly deceived ! How could this possibly occur ? Well GOD told us how earlier in Matthew 22:29, we don't feed on HIS Word ! Without it , we adopt the world's standards of making decisions and attempting to be politically correct(not wanting to make waves). For the sake of peace we will tolerate all kinds of philosophies that are taught by false religious figures or contrary to GOD'sWord ! Based on the assignment GOD gave him, what must the prophet Jeremiah be thinking right now ? Unfortunately I have seen this creep into bible believing internet groups !
On to my title, I will first remind you of the words GOD spoke through the prophet Isaiah. Look at Isaiah 43:10-11, Isaiah 45:5, Isaiah 45:21-22, Isaiah 46:9 . While I picked these to clarify HIS position, the entire Old Testament is full of such Holy declarations ! But what is Easter all about ? It's very simple. GOD became man, and walked the earth for 33 years ! HE allowed Himself to be offered up as ransom for our sin and spiritual disobedience. He was crucified for our transgressions and placed in the tomb. But on the third day he overcame physical death and rose again ! The grave could not hold HIM ! This is a claim that only Jesus Christ has accomplished, as HE was GOD himself ! All other religious leaders before HIM and after HIM are still in their graves ! Through HIS sacrifice a way was created to enter the family of GOD. By accepting this free gift and believing(without seeing) that HE is risen, He will enter your heart and life as LORD ! This is expained completely in Colossians 1:15-23 and 1Timothy 2:5 . We are also warned about false gospels in Galations 1:6-9 .
Well there is the true meaning of Easter ! As a servant of GOD, my life is not my own ! I have no choice but to follow the instructions of 2Timothy 4:2 . I close this post knowing clear well what the Word tells me in Galatians 1:10, that being a servant of the Living GOD will not always make us popular with people !