He is risen!
Today, Christians around the world celebrate the most important day of the church year — Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. And while the circumstance in which we find our country and world is one that breeds anxiousness and uncertainty, today particularly, we are comforted knowing that in Him we have a life that is stronger than death.
Easter Sunday has always been my favorite time of the year because of that message of hope, particularly coming on the heels of the somber season of Lent. For forty days prior to Easter Sunday, we focus on the sufferings of Christ, only to find that today the stone has been rolled away and the tomb is empty!
But this year, because of the unusual time we find ourselves in, there are many traditions of Easter that will sadly be missed.
Normally we would witness nearly 30,000 Americans walking the lawn of the White House for the annual Easter egg roll, an observance that started in 1878.
Fifty-seven percent of Americans would typically be visiting with friends and family today.
And of course, we would ordinarily be sharing this day with our church families in our houses of worship, not in our homes watching from afar on a screen.
Though we long for what is familiar, this rather unfamiliar circumstance should not take away from the important message that Easter brings, and the unique time in which this message comes to us.
Hope is powerful, and so needed. It should surprise no one that hope comes to us right smack dab in this time of confusion, anger, and angst in our country.
I have certainly been angry and full of angst too. But not because of a virus, but rather because of the reactions of far too many elected officials.
I’ve never looked for hope in man and certainly not in government, but these last few weeks have only served to validate why we never should.
The tyranny of too many elected officials in their response should remind everyone that we are always only one step away from a government that is happy to take our freedoms and liberty under the guise of “protecting us” and this should only solidify our resolve to be ever vigilant in our fight to protect our rights, which come from God and not government.
Remember, a government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have. And take, it will.
And that is why I do not put my hope in man, but rather my hope in the One who actually granted us our rights and why I vow to be ever vigilant in this fight to preserve them.
Scripture says “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
I cannot put it better than that.
May your day today be a blessed one full of hope and conviction in the knowledge that there is only one who can truly protect us and it is in Him that we put our faith and no other.
He is risen! He is risen indeed! Allelujah!
P.S. This coming Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 12PM I’m going to be doing a live online presentation about liberal bias in Texas news media. It’s so important that we understand the problem and what we can do about it as everyday Texans. Click here to sign up and join me!