Jesus, The Survivor of the Perfect Storm

by Katy Kauffman

I knew Jesus was strong, but this Easter week I “see” it ever more clearly. And I love Him all the more for it. If ever there was a perfect “storm”—a combination of turbulent circumstances and heart-wrenching emotion—it happened in the Garden of Gethsemane. And it happened because of you and me.

 

He loved us. But He loved His Father too, and didn’t want to be separated from Him on the cross. Bearing our sin meant that Jesus would have to be separated from the other two persons of God—the Father and the Holy Spirit. It meant that He whose essence is love, would bear all that was void of love—all of our sin, guilt, and shame. It meant that the One who had perfectly walked on this earth—never accepting a bad thought, harboring a bad attitude, or initiating a bad habit—would bear the consequence of every depraved thought, hateful feeling, and addiction.

Easter, Jesus, the cross, the Survivor of the Perfect Storm, Calming the Storms Within, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Our Risen King and the Reality He Has Won

The battlefield had long been determined. Since the demise of Lucifer and his followers, the forces of Satan had warred against the hosts of the LORD. Yet one particular battle had been foretold—the suffering of a Servant, the payment of all sin of all time, the redemption of mankind. This battlefield was the cross.

Although Scripture doesn’t reveal to us the spiritual warfare surrounding the cross, the Gospels help us to know the struggle and agony felt by those on the scene. If we stepped into the story that has been recorded for us, we would hear the jeers of the crowd, the hammering of nails, and the likely weeping of Jesus’ followers. We would see the anguish of John the disciple and others who watched their Master dying. We would see a centurion torn between doing his job and coming to the realization that this Man nailed to a cross was the Son of God.

Easter, Good Friday, Jesus, Our Risen King and the Reality He Has Won, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Refresh Easter Issue: Celebrating Christ

I woke up with anticipation this morning. Not only is it my spiritual birthday, but it's the day before we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. ...

 

 

Easter, Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

The Joy of Easter

 

Every Easter, churches across the world celebrate the glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Joy swallowed up sorrow when Jesus stepped out of the tomb! The suffering and pain of the cross were swallowed up in victory. Every Easter, I celebrate that victory in a special way. The night before Easter is my spiritual birthday. 

 

 

Easter, Jesus’ resurrection, salvation, testimony, The Joy of Easter, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

What Easter Means to Me: The Greatest Gift

 

Tessa Emily Hall writes the last guest post in our Easter series this month. Tessa is a good writer friend who loves to write novels, act, and make crafts. Her creative spirit is inspiring, as is this post about the gift of Easter.

When I was a kid, Easter meant painting eggs and finding Easter baskets. It meant sneaking a few bites of my chocolate bunny before church, then going on an Easter egg hunt afterwards.

As I grew older, though, the real meaning of Easter became more than just a Bible story I was taught year after year. Easter became more significant to me than just another commercial holiday.

 

 

Easter, Jesus’ resurrection, What Easter Means to Me: The Greatest Gift, Tessa Emily Hall

Talitha, Cumi

The third blogger in our “What Easter Means to Me” series is Carol Akin, a dear writer friend from Virginia. She shares about something precious that is possible because of Jesus’ power and resurrection—healing and new life.

 

After Jesus confronted the woman who touched the hem of His garment and received healing because she believed, the ruler of the synagogue received news that there was no longer a need to trouble the Master for his daughter was now dead.  Jesus looked at him and said, “Do not be afraid;  only believe” (Mark 5:36, NKJV).  Jesus was sending a clear message. There is power in believing in Him. 

 

 

Easter, Jesus’ resurrection, healing, Talitha cumi, Carol Akin

The Miracle of Easter

Guest blogger Sherry Carter shares the second devotion in our series, “What Easter Means to Me.” May your heart be blessed as she celebrates the miracles of Easter.

Every year, Easter becomes more powerful!

What a miracle: the power of God raised Jesus from the dead, and that same power will raise me to eternal life! The longer I live, the more I hunger for that day.

Recently, I realized a joyous truth: the Resurrection is so much more than the promise of eternal life; it is the cornerstone of a miracle that began with Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

We are forgiven and cleansed: the power of sin is broken, and death is defeated through the glory of Christ’s resurrection!

Good Friday—as a young Christian, I couldn’t see anything good about it. Jesus died! He had to die because of my sins. I couldn’t get past the idea that it was my fault. Slowly I began to understand that Good Friday was good because of Resurrection Sunday.

 

Easter, Jesus’ resurrection, justification, new life, eternal life, Sherry Carter

What Easter Means to Me

Today's guest blogger Ginger Harrington starts our Easter series for the month of March, called "What Easter Means to Me." Her writing always encourages me. May your heart be blessed as she writes about the memories and grace of Easter.

When I was a little girl, Easter was all about the bunny.

And the basket.

And the dress.

As a child, I loved the pretty dress that always matched my sister. Some years we even had Easter bonnets. In our white patent leather shoes and frilly socks, we loved the thrill of hunting for Easter eggs, colorful and filled with sweet treasures.

I have years of special Easter memories stored away in my heart. Years of traditions shared with family. As I have grown older, I still love the sharing the traditions with my family.  Over the years the generations rotate as the crawling babies grow into teenagers and the young parents become grandparents. Easter is still one of the few times we gather as extended family, and it is precious.

 

 

Easter, Jesus’ resurrection, new life, hope, What Easter Means to Me, Ginger Harrington

What Easter Means to Us

Easter represents hope, glory, beauty, and life. Every Easter we celebrate the glory of Christ’s resurrection and the beauty of new life found in Him. As believers, we honor Jesus’ death which paid for our sin, and remember His sacrifice. But the story didn’t end there. Three days after He died, Jesus rose from the dead—a living Savior! For anyone who believes in Him, Jesus gives new life, eternal life. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

This month leading up to Easter, I’ve asked four friends to tell you what Easter means to them. Every Tuesday, I will post one of their devotions, and on the last Tuesday of the month, I will post my devotion describing what Easter means to me. I am excited to host a month-long celebration of what Jesus did for us and of His resurrection power! The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that God uses to work in us and through us (Ephesians 1:18-21). ...

 

 

 

Easter, new life, Jesus, a living Savior, What Easter Means to Us, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies