Pastor's Corner

 

Read:  Revelation 3:5, 20:12-15, 21:27; Daniel 12:2, 13

 

            The Easter season is upon us and our church choirs are ready to raise their voices to celebrate the Resurrection morning.  New store bought Easter and old standby outfits are being readied for church entrance on Easter morning.  This is part of our traditional preparation for the celebration of the Easter or Resurrection celebration.  However, there is a more serious preparation we need to be about at Easter celebration.  And that is to know where you are in Christ Jesus (Psalms 95:7).  There is the Book of the Lamb we have to deal with (Revelation 21:27).

             One may start off on the wrong foot, so to speak, in the Easter celebration, if one look to the cross.  The “empty grave” should be the believer’s inspiration and praise.  The “cross” can only remind us of the pain, shame, and death our Lord went through giving emphasis to defeat.  The empty tomb is the indication of Jesus’ permanent victory over the devil and our assured victory for eternal life through Jesus.  There is judgment against non-believers (Revelation 20:15).  Their names will not be found in the Book of Life.

             God is very clear on who He wants to celebrate His son in any circumstances.  Christians should take care not to get the “cart before the horse.”  The Bible is very clear on who The Father wants to worship Him.  God seeks those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth (John 4:23).  The Resurrection speaks of life restarted.  The Greek word resurrection means “to stand up again.”  Being that sin has knocked all of us down on a permanent basis, we sinful creatures needed help to stand up again, thus God’s love ordered the Cross and the Resurrection. 

             It is difficult to gage the true depth of God’s love for us when we read the following scriptures:  Revelation 3:5 -“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but will confess his name before My Father and before His angels,” and Ephesians 1:4 -“just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ Himself according to the good pleasures of His will.”  God’s love and will for us cannot get any plainer than this.  God destined us for eternity way before He laid the foundation of the world.  Yes, in the beginning God gave us eternal security for life.

             Did not Christ die on the cross to give us eternal life?  Did we not already have eternal life since the foundation of the world? Yes we did have eternal life before the foundation of the world was put in place.  However, there was an ugly incident which took place in the Garden of Eden which put a hold on the “before-the-foundation-of the world eternal life” declaration by God.   Christ had to come down and die on the cross for us in order to reestablish God’s declaration which He had declared before the foundation of the world- and that is we were all destined for eternal life before God laid the foundation of the earth and put it in place. 

             With God’s declaration of predestination, God also puts our names in the Book of Life.  If your name is not in the Lamb’s Book of Life one will not be a part of eternity, which is punishment. The “Book of Life” and the “Lamb’s Book of life” are one and the same.

             Our celebration at Easter should be centered on making sure that our names are in the Lamb’s Book of Life and not singing to the cross.  God’s children must take advantage of the empty tomb and seek a closer and personal relationship with the Father.  This is done by repenting, obeying, fasting, praying, praising, thanking, and believing in Christ and having faith in Him and that He died for our sins.  And the taking away of our sins clears the way for God to re declare our eternity with Him. We have to walk the straight and narrow in faith and assurance of getting our names back into the Book of Life.  Due to the fall of man in the Garden, many names were wiped out of the Book of Life by sin.  God doesn’t remove names from the Book of Life, sin does.  Previously, the fall of man started the deletion of many names out of the Book of Life.  If we walk with God daily, He will let us know if our names are in the Book of Life (John 10:3).

             Celebrating Easter will be of no real value or joy to us today if our names are not found in the Lamb’s Book of Life.