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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Easter Truth

"Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but usually manages to pick himself up, walk over or around it, and carry on." Winston S. Churchill
Churchill knew this about as well as anyone in recent history, seeing the west deny what Hitler was really trying to accomplish until it was almost too late despite his persistent warnings. I don't know Churchill's religious convictions, but as we approach Good Friday and Easter, I'm reminded that Jesus told us that He is "the way, the truth, and the life." Because of our sin, as a result of the fall, we stumble over Him, but too often pick ourselves up and carry on as if nothing at all happened. Again, the Spirit knew we would, and inspired the Biblical writers to tell us that Jesus would be "a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense."

This Easter weekend, there is one question that matters - did Jesus rise from the grave? Is the resurrection a literal, physical reality, or just the imaginations of some men roughly 2000 years ago. If it is the latter, then Paul the Apostle says Christians are of all men the most to be pitied.

But if it is real, then Jesus the Christ has conquered death and is putting all enemies under His feet. If it is real, then there is a life and a kingdom beyond this world that has broken into this world. If it is real, then we can suffer and endure tribulation in this life because, as Bob Benson said, we are going to a celebration. Instead of eating, drinking, and being merry in this life, we have a joy and a peace that passes all understanding, because we will feast (whatever that may mean for perfected saints) eternally when the Bridegroom returns for His bride.

The resurrection is God's promise to us that Jesus' sacrifice was sufficient to cover our sins. It is the new rainbow. When the Father looks at the Son seated at His right hand there is an eternal reminder that sin's debt has been paid, that sin's penalty has been meted out. Easter reminds us that Jesus is the first fruit from the dead, and one day death itself will be destroyed.

Happy Easter!

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Blogger HeavyDluxe said...

He is risen indeed! Happy Easter to you and yours my friend...

10:24 PM EDT  
Blogger Chris said...


Welcome back to the blogosphere, Taliesin.

12:39 PM EDT  
Blogger Taliesin said...

Thanks gentlemen. Good of you to drop by. I'm going to try to post more regularly (though I doubt I'll get back to nearly daily posts). I'll also stop by and see what you've been up to.

10:34 PM EDT  
Blogger Craver Vii said...

That must have been quite a superbowl party, Bud. I'm glad to see you back.

12:17 AM EDT  
Blogger Taliesin said...

When it takes that long to get there, you celebrate all the more :).

It's been a long three months (or more). As I noted above, I'll probably not post on as often as I did before, but I hope to be a regular (at least weekly) poster again.

10:51 PM EDT  
Blogger Even So... said...

Church find a pastor?

3:31 PM EDT  
Blogger Taliesin said...

Long story, J.D. One that's not really appropriate for the internet. In short most of the old leadership left in January (including me). There is an interim pastor now, and I'm hopeful that God is bringing healing and a future to Beacon.

I'm visiting Grace and Peace Church (PCA) in Indianapolis. It has been good for me in a number of ways.

10:04 PM EDT  
Blogger Even So... said...

My prayers are with you for your new home and old one as well...

10:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Taliesin said...

Thanks J.D. Both places I know appreciate it.

11:19 PM EDT  

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