With these theological truths evidenced in Scripture, how can we, as Christians, help but to not only believe in Him, but obey His commands? Giving Him His due praise 365 days a year, not just on Christmas and Easter? How can we only kneel before Him when we have need, and not also kneel when things are going well, giving Him praise and lifting petitions up on the behalf of others?
Even those who do not share this faith, often show respect for a man who lived His life morally. It is this day that we can remember what Jesus really did for us when we have accepted Him as Lord. He died a tormented death so that we may have eternal life — but we must accept Him as our Lord, not simply our Savior — and we must “confess” Him as this Lord with our mouths and believe it in our hearts (Romans 10:9).
The end of the worship song that I have been singing in my own life this season has this chorus, “I exalt thee. I exalt thee. I exalt thee, O Lord.” Yes, Lord Jesus, you achieved victory over the grave. You are, in fact, exalted and at the right hand of God, waiting for us, much as we wait for your return in the Second Coming. “. . . neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
My prayer for all of us is as follows, “So as you, Jesus, ascended to heaven, you will come back one day. We celebrate you. We adore you. We believe, and we choose to begin to obey you in all things. For you sacrificed more than we can fully comprehend. Thank you, Jesus, for giving your life for us, so that we might see you one day, face to face. Amen. Have a blessed and heart-changing Easter.
The Rev. KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN can be reached by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at Holy House Ministries c/o the Rev. Kimberlie Zakarian, M.S. La Vie Counseling Center, 650 Sierra Madre Villa, Suite 110, Pasadena, CA 91107.