It was the dawn of a new day when Jesus said,
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witness unto me.” –Acts 1:8
Today is Easter Sunday and it is the dawn of a new day in the life of Jesus Christ.
I read a book a novel in fact called Crime & Punishment written by the great Russian
Writer, Fyodor Dostoevsky and the central character of the novel is a very evil man
named Raskolnikov, and this very evil man was talking to a woman whom he loved and he said to her:
“Sonya! Do you know what’s going to happen to you?
One day, you are going to slit your throat or you’re going to jump off a bridge and kill yourself.”
But that’s not the way it happened; because Sonya picked up this book I have in my hand, this Bible
and she began to read the gospel of John. Sonya read the story of Lazarus and she discovered she could
find new life in Jesus Christ. So can we all find new life in Jesus.
Some live their whole life in error but I’m here today to say, there is new life in Christ.
When we are broken and it looks like we are beyond repair, there is Jesus!
There is the dawning of a new day for us and we need not to continue to live in error
for we can be made whole by the sacred blood of Jesus.
History is filled with great moments of transition.
Moments when an era or a century comes to an end and another begins,
All the great transitional periods of history there is none that equals that
which we celebrate today, Easter.
Easter reminds us of the dawn of a new day…Jesus is alive!
Oh! God! He is risen!
Yes and because He is alive each of us can find new life in Him.
I’m reminded of the conversion when Saul (Paul) was on his way to
Damascus and he heard a voice crying:
“Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” Said the Lord.
“Who art thou?”
And the Lord said:
“I am Jesus!”
“What wilt thou have me to do?”
And the Lord said:
“Arise, and go into the street which is straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, or Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, And hath seen in vision a man named Ananis coming in,
and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.” –Acts 9:11-12
My brothers and sisters we walk each day in a broken world and many signs that you see
in this broken world lead straight to hell. Saul (Paul) received his sight from God and on that great day Paul was born a new man in Christ Jesus.
Easter…why is this the greatest day of transition you ask?
On this day, Jesus overcame death and He also wiped away our sins;
Jesus came into a broken world to give each of us new life and make us whole.
In the name of Jesus most sacred, most merciful, may the sacred heart of Jesus be
glorified, preserved and loved on this day of Easter throughout the world,
now and eternal.
“Jesus is risen.” –Matthew 28:6