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Ongoing blessings from our risen Savior

Posted on Mon, Apr 29, 2019

Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come.” (Revelation 1:4) 

Sadly for most people Easter 2019 is ancient history.  They have moved on in life, are thinking ahead to events this spring or have even forgotten what last Sunday was all about.

hands-2667461_1920Our verse for this week reminds us that long before and long after Easter 2019, there are blessings which we continue to receive from our risen Savior.  We are talking about blessings which are ours in addition to assure of the forgiveness of sins and our own resurrection which are blessings which we usually associate with Easter.

John lists two blessings which are reinforced as being ours through our risen Savior.

Grace is often defined as God’s undeserved love shown to us in Jesus. We usually associate that with Jesus dying on the cross to pay for our sins.  But there is so much more which we have received through God’s undeserved love.  Just try to realize all the physical blessings which God has thrown your way.  We don’t deserve a single one of them and God pours them into our lives in astounding abundance. What we will speak about in the rest of the devotion is also a part of God’s gifts of grace.

Peace. So often the peace we associate with Easter is being able to die in peace knowing that we will be raised again.  Easter peace is that and so much more.  It is knowing that we can be at ease in any circumstance in life because Jesus conquered all our enemies and is in control of our lives and our destiny.

But there is one more blessing which we cannot forgot to lay hold of from this verse “him who is, and who was, and who is to come." All of that can be summed up in one word – eternal.  In order words Jesus has always been around and will always be around.  Our assurance in that is that there has never been a moment in time when Jesus was not around and in control of things.  Think of how often we think or feel that our lives are spinning out of control or seem to be aimlessly drifting.  The next you want to let your thoughts drift in that direction, grab on to the peace which Easter gives you and let is settle your anxious heart!

The devil would love nothing more than for us to let Easter be gone and have us lose the blessings which it gives us not just one day a year, but all through our lives and all through time.  Grab on to those ongoing blessings which God desires to give you!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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