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FAMILY FAITH:Accept the free gift of grace Easter brings

March 31, 2007|By KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN

Easter will be upon us next week. On April 8, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What He accomplished for us cannot be replicated. There is no substitute. It is simply a free gift of grace. When we accept it, we gain salvation and eternal life.

In Luke, chapter one, we foresee the birth and life of Christ; His call and resurrection. The birth of John the Baptist is also foretold. John leads the way for Christ. His parents are told that he will be, "a joy and delight to you," (Luke 1:14) and that, "he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous — to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Luke 1:17).

When John's mother Elizabeth was six months along in her pregnancy, her relative, Mary, came to visit. Elizabeth exclaimed upon seeing her, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!" (Luke 1:42). Verse 45 goes on to read: "Blessed is she who believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"

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Mary did believe, and it came to pass. Do we? Do we believe Jesus died for us, that we need to accept Him into our hearts as Lord and Savior? Do we consider that He is still able to do the impossible? "For nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37).

When we are tired and weary and our souls ache too terribly to utter more than a quiet prayer, do we trust that He is able to answer? Jesus came to this earth to live and die for us, to conquer spiritual death so that we might live. He is no discriminator of man; all may participate in this gift. But it must be done on His terms. One must pray and ask Him to be Lord and Savior of their life, then walk with Him. John 3:16 tells us, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

The word "believe" here does not simply mean that one believes Jesus exists — for even the demons do that (James 2:19). It refers to allowing Jesus to be your master and walking in a relationship with Him.

Jesus is still the God of the impossible.

Focus on that this Easter. And praise the resurrection of Him who saves our souls and assists us in all earthly matters, even when they appear impossible.


  • THE REV. KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN can be reached her by e-mail at holyhouse9aol.com or by mail at Holy House Ministries c/o the Rev. Kimberlie Zakarian, 9641 Tujunga Canyon Blvd., Tujunga, CA 91042.

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