The Promise of Easter

The Promise of Easter, 2 Key Verses: (1) Colossians 3 : “1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (2) Romans 7 : “24…Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

We know that Easter is the celebration of Jesus being raised from the dead. But we should also remember that it is the celebration of our new life, too, of our resurrection, for we have been raised with Christ, as Col. 3 says. By embracing Jesus, we have died to our old self-involved, ego-dominated ways of living—and been delivered from living according to our own strength and our own understanding. The struggle between the old self and the new self is a repeated theme throughout the New Testament. The old self is self-centered and self-oriented. But the resurrection of Jesus provides us with a new self, one centered in God, not in our ego. Receiving our resurrection self is simple; it just costs everything. We surrender all that we are and all that we have. Then we can declare along with Romans 7:25 , “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

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Scripture Readings for Sunday, June 24

First Lesson Haggai 2:6-9
Psalm Psalm 107:1-9
Second Lesson James 1:2-11
James 1:16-18
The Holy Gospel Matthew 7:7-14
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