Monday: Reflections on Easter 2011

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves…” Philippians 2:3 (NIV)

Easter 2011.  I woke up yesterday morning feeling more empowered by the Holy Spirit than usual.  Yes, it was Easter and yes, it is my favorite holiday of the year, but for some reason I was more excited than normal.  Of course I always try to have an expectant heart every Sunday, but yesterday morning that level rose to an unexpected sense of anticipation that God was about to do some tangibly wonderful things.  I was not disappointed!

We arrived early at Lifepoint Church for the 11:15 service, as is my prefered custom.  I enjoy taking a few extra minutes each Sunday greeting and fellowshipping with people.  The 9:15 service was just ending, and one of the ladies at the “connections table” called me over, introduced me to a young 14 year old named Austin, and asked me to show him (with his connections card) to the first time guests table.  I did and he said, “No sir…I wanted to make sure someone knew about this…”  He flipped his card over to reveal that he had prayed to receive Jesus as his Savior.  Yep!  It’s started!  Turns out Austin was just one of a number of folks who made decisions to surrender their lives to the saving grace of Christ during yesterday’s Easter services!  Death defeated by life!

After church, my wife Barbara and I attended an event we had been invited to be part of and we could not have anticipated how our hearts would be touched.  A young 15 year old had the vision to show the love of this resurrected Jesus to his community and planned an Easter feast for the homeless.  While many were eating chocolate bunnies and enjoying ham and potato salad with family, Micah Strafford challenged his family and friends to serve some people who need hope and compassion.  Somewhere around 200 homeless were fed a sumptuous feast and not just a plate-full….all they could eat!  Once again…death defeated by life!

Easter is about victory…it is about new life…it is about death losing its sting.  Through two young men….teens….youth, the Lord showed us evidence of LIFE!  It’s Monday.  The tomb is still empty.  The One who emerged from it is still alive and still on His throne.  And, through a new generation He is still letting the world know…. “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10 NKJV) 


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