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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hebrews 11:1 Thought/Prayer: “Easter & Faith” Easter Devotions–A Week of Reprise. Topics: 2@end.

Easter Devotions – A Week of Reprise

Posted April 2, 2013 “Easter and Faith”

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  AKJ (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)

Nowhere does faith show itself as real than at Easter.  Congregating together to celebrate the risen Savior and singing in fellowship with those who believe is a certain testimony to faith.  Why is faith showcased at Easter?  Well, the celebration is dedicated to the One who brought faith to us:  The Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  And there are reasons as to why faith is brought forward so much at Easter.

If we had lived centuries ago and had been fortunate to see the risen Christ in Person, that would have been the beginning of faith in Him as resurrected, as the One who overcame the cold grip of death.  But time marched on, and Jesus left this Earth for Heaven within a relatively short time after His resurrection.

This is where the faith aspect begins:  Jesus Christ is no longer physically present with any of us.  And so, we must believe.  We must believe in Someone who cannot be seen on Earth.  And now this is where the “faith is the substance” comes in.  We believe in the substance of Jesus Christ, even though we cannot see Him.  We know that he had a physical body when on Earth (many eyewitnesses report this in the Bible). 

And, faith being the “evidence of things not seen” comes in also.  Really, how can there even be this “evidence”?  Evidence is supposed to be things that can be seen.  What court of law accepts as evidence the invisible?  Ah, but courts to not routinely deal with faith’s evidence.  And this is as it should be.  Evidence in a court must be able to be seen or heard.

But when we believe in the Resurrected Lord, and thusly celebrate this victory on Easter, our faith does show up in evidence-not-seen.  The evidence is in our hearts.  It is evidence of a non-material nature, it’s true; but try to talk me out of my faith . . . ?  The evidence is solid in my life and in the lives of Christians world-round.  The work of Christ in our lives and hearts is that evidence, not seen.

And so, on Easter, we with one heart and mind and voice, celebrate.  The evidence, the substance of our Lord, is there; and at some point in some Easter services His Presence can perhaps be noticeable, palpable.  We celebrate the Lord; we attest to his substance and the evidence of it in our hearts.  Then we praise Him through our lives and bring the proof of Him and His care to others.

Topics:  Praise the Lord for being the substance and evidence of Himself to this planet Earth and for the ability to share Him with others in distress or troubling times.
Pray for faith to bring decisions toward LIFE for those who struggle.

Posted by Gail Richardson on 03/22 at 03:32 PM
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