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From Sadness to Gladness

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“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen:” Luke 24:1-6

We have just celebrated Easter, when our hearts are turned towards the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many people who never go to church any other time of the year, attended services on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. Others had no thoughts about the real meaning of Easter but celebrated with bunnies, eggs, and chocolate. For them it was just another holiday from work and an excuse to have a good time.

For those of us who know the Lord, it was a blessed time. Our saddest day and gladdest day were just three days apart. (saw this on a calendar quoting church signs). We are so thankful that Jesus took our place on the cross, carried our sins, and shed His blood so that we could be forgiven. Then on the third day He rose again, the first fruits of the resurrection and gave us the hope that we too shall rise. He broke the chains of death, hell and the grave, and through Him we have eternal life.

I am thankful that we celebrate Easter not just on a weekend in the Spring but all year around. He is our hope and our salvation. Through Him we have life and our sadness has been changed to gladness.

Prayer: Jesus we thank you for your sacrifice for us, and for the hope we have of spending eternity with you.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

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