He is risen

He is risen. He is risen indeed.

This morning I felt compelled to reread a verse that I underlined in my Bible a few weeks ago. It’s found in the tiny book of Zephaniah – only 3 chapters long – after Habakkuk and before Haggai in the Old Testament.

“The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17

This verse, while completely wonderful, didn’t immediately turn my thoughts towards Easter. After all, it’s not a verse that’s typically linked to this time of year.

But as the words worked their way into the fibers of my heart, it dawned on me that this is exactly the message of the cross.

God is mighty to save. He has and he does.

He delights in us…that’s why Christ’s redeeming work on the cross was so significant. He chose the path toward Calvary intentionally, to draw us near because he delights in us.

He will quiet you with his love. God took the barren places of my heart – and yours – and scattered seeds of hope, peace and love. He took our sins and gave us himself in return.

He will rejoice over you with singing. The end of the story is written. And it’s a happy ending. Christ enthroned at the right hand of the God the Father, rejoicing over us as we worship him.

I can’t think of a better Easter message than that, can you?

Let’s talk? How did you celebrate Easter? What verses are meaningful to you at this time of year?

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