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Happy Resurrection Sunday family!
Do you remember when I used to offer a Sermon Share Day reserved for Sundays? It was years ago and eventually I discontinued that and the Saturday Recaps (that provided summaries of what was covered in Breaking Bread from Monday through Friday).
Well today I decided to scroll back to March 31, 2013 to find the Easter church service from that day. I highlighted the First Church of Christ, Scientist (Boston) and I shared part of the sermon shared that beautiful Easter Sunday.
Today I will share the message again as we reflect upon and celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and demonstration that there is no death in the spiritual sense, only a transformation; and that even in the appearance of death in the physical sense, God has the power to rise up any body that was once lifeless.
Jesus’ mission was to fulfill God’s plan as prophesied, and He sacrificed all so that you and I might learn from and practice all that He taught in His few years as Teacher and Master of man—so that we may one day also transcend from our limited scope of understanding to an ever-encompassing presence and relationship with God—as fully evolved spiritual beings.
Today, take moments to reflect on your “reality” in comparison to God’s, and consider the balance that Jesus had to find to unveil God’s Truths through practical application while disproving man’s falsities.
Enjoy your day of festivities and find ways to turn what has become childhood traditions into learning lessons for our youth.
The Easter Egg Hunt can symbolize the blessings that God has for each of us, but when we walk with blinders on we oftentimes don’t see and embrace them. Sometimes they are in plain sight and other times we must put effort into securing them—for not all things good come easy, for where would our growth come without positive friction and resistance?
The Easter Bunny can also represent the Holy Spirit who serves as the Comforter and Guide after Jesus’ ascension.
It can also be equated to the gift of life that God provides, in that, rabbits birth large litters of bunnies (and they continue to reproduce large litters over and over) and those litters of bunnies could represent us. The rabbit then sends the bunnies (us) out to claim the blessings (eggs) set aside for us.
The rabbit reminds you of those blessings and symbolizes the innocence, purity, love, life, and constant birthing process.
No one looks at a rabbit with disgust. It is one of the few creatures that upon looking at it a smile forms on our face and we are filled with joy and giddiness. Now of course farmers and hunters may see the rabbit as a crop-destroyer, pest and nuisance. But for the rest of us, we see meekness, warmth, and life.
This is one of many ways that you can make sure that you reinforce the “why” in celebrating this special day, so that it is never minimized and cheapened to only be associated with a rabbit, candy, and colorful eggs.
In all things we must find balance, to speak and demonstrate the Truth without ever losing integrity through falsehood.
So now let’s go back in time to March 31, 2013 and look at the Easter sermon provided that day.
Today’s Subject: Reality
Today’s Scripture selections are from:
Luke 24:13, 15-20, 27-32
I Corinthians 15:12–14
I Corinthians 15:20
Colossians 3:1, 2, 12, 14
NOTE: All taken from HCSB version
Highlights from Today’s Sermon:
-Even after Jesus told the disciples and followers what stages of the prophesy would be fulfilled, when things came to pass they were amazed, questioned and doubted him, and some were fearful.
-Jesus resurrected and made himself known to Mary Magdalene but his disciples did not believe what she told them. He then appeared to two disciples who immediately told the other disciples, and once again it was not believed. So all that Jesus prepared them for seemed to be in vain.
– The story of the Emmaus Disciples shows us how Jesus walked with them disguising himself and it wasn’t until he broke bread and blessed it at dinner were their eyes spiritually opened to the reality of who he was, and at that very moment he disappeared. Proves that Jesus could be conversing with you at any given moment and you would only know when he wanted you to know.
– If you say that Jesus Christ rose from the dead then you should also believe that others can be resurrected. If you believe that humans can’t be resurrected, then that means Jesus never was. If that’s the case then all of this preaching about resurrection has been in vain—-and our faith is also vain.
Final Words From Natasha
Have an amazing week family. Remember that our reality is not God’s reality. We need to get on His page if we’re going to get this right.