Sharing Sunday: It’s Easter. So, what’s with the grave clothes you’re wearing?

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A day of celebration.  Remembrance of the sacrifice. 

The reason for the good news. 

The Lamb of God is risen.

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No longer on the cross.

And no longer in the grave.

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Our pastor recalled the story of Lazarus from the eleventh chapter of John.

The compassion of Christ is clear.

Jesus wept.  (John 11:35)

A petition to believe is offered.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die—ever. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

An invitation for the dead to live.

After He said this, He shouted with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  (John 11:43)

And be set free.

The dead man came out bound hand and foot with linen strips and with his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him and let him go.”  (John 11:44)

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Today, many will celebrate Easter.  And some will recognize the resurrection on this one day out of the entire year.

Yet, because of the Cross of Christ, a petition to daily believe is offered.

An invitation for the dead to live. 

And if we believe, we are set free.

Newness of life.

Freedom to walk out of the tomb and hear His words, “Loose him and let him go.” 

A release and disentanglement of sin.  That which had us bound tightly. 

An undeniable liberty accompanies one who follows Christ.

Regardless of emotions and beyond what one has felt.  

No longer constricted by the taut power of sin.

Even if having not experienced such.

It is dangerous to build your theology around what you experience. (Keith Royal)

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While some will only celebrate a holiday, many will receive.

The petition to believe and the invitation to live.

Having once been dead, now fully walking a new life.

Dumping the old grave clothes.

Enjoying daily fellowship with Christ now. 

So they gave a dinner for Him there; Martha was serving them, and Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.  (John 12:2)

And for eternity.

About Cristal

Living life fully as the wife of one, a mother of two and follower of The One.
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10 Responses to Sharing Sunday: It’s Easter. So, what’s with the grave clothes you’re wearing?

  1. Judy says:

    A wonderful thought for Easter: “Take off the grave clothes…” Easter blessings to you!

    • Cristal says:

      Thank you, Judy. I pray I keep that thought on the front of my mind every day — being unbound from the power of sin. I hope you had a blessed Easter!

  2. Thank you for sharing your beautiful post, Cristal. May we all remember that Jesus Christ conquered death and “Whoever believes in the Son will have eternal life…” (John 3:36).

    • Cristal says:

      Thank you, Danielle. And amen! I enjoyed reading your blog post about becoming courageous. Thank you for sharing your heart and walking us along a journey toward maturity.

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  4. Desiray says:

    I just love the fact you give people something to really think about…

  5. Vince Chough says:

    “While some will only celebrate a holiday, many will receive.”

    How true. I am amazed at how the world can even steal this celebration and distort it into something not of Christ. But thankfully, many will receive.

    • Cristal says:

      It is amazing, Vince. Yet, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, based on what the Word tells us will permeate our world (evil distortions). Even so, it’s disheartening to see our church packed to the brim on Easter Sunday and Christmas day (and sometimes Mother’s Day) with people who think the church attendance is simply part of their holiday celebration. I am thankful, though, for any opportunity they might find to hear the Word (even if only three times a year).

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