If you’re reading this EmpowerMoment, then you likely just finished celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection commonly referred to as Easter Sunday. Some of you may have travelled to various places to celebrate with friends and family. Some of you may have gone to sunrise service. Whatever you did, hopefully, it was a glorious celebration remembering the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ and its significance to you.
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” (Matthew 28: 1-10 NIV)
Now that I’ve had children, it has become more important to me to truly understand the entire meaning of certain holidays. It is up to my husband and I to teach our children accordingly. Commercialization can often cloud or diminish the true meaning of a holiday. In the case of Easter, we can get caught up in the new Sunday best attire, the Easter baskets, the egg hunts and the wonderful dinner that we forget to really focus on the glorious wonder of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ rising from the dead so that we may have eternal life.
Sure, the world may portray Easter in one way but as Christians it is our job to shine the true light on what Resurrection Sunday is really all about and make sure the message of salvation goes forth. Maybe you are reading this EmpowerMoment and you just aren’t sure if you’re saved. Maybe you are saved but have somehow lost your way. Maybe you are reading and want to be saved. Because of the sacrifice Jesus made for us, all of us can be saved! Jesus’ death and resurrection made it so! All you have to do is confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of your life.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10 NIV)
I can’t thank You enough for what You did for us on Calvary. I know that it is because of You I live and breathe. It is because of You I know that when I leave this place on earth, there is a home for me in heaven. Thank You for generously providing the opportunity of salvation for us. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Sisters, I EMPOWER you to think about what Jesus’ resurrection really means and what it really did and does for us! I EMPOWER you to become saved or become sure of your salvation if you are not! I EMPOWER you to know The Truth, The Way and The Light!
What does Jesus’ resurrection mean to you?
Mrs. Coretta Collins is a wife and mother who enjoys reading, writing, movies and spending time with family and friends. She is avid about health, healing and helping which serves her well as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a hematology and oncology practice. Striving to be led by the Lord throughout life and having overcome significant challenges, her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Coretta is a member of St. John A.M.E. Church, Birmingham, Alabama. She resides in Calera, Alabama with her awesome husband and two wonderful sons.