“God’s Not Dead!”  The title of a popular movie in theaters now.  A bold statement of the TRUTH of Easter.  Our reason for absolute JOY!

As I write this, it’s 2:30 p.m. on Good Friday afternoon.  I always like to pause at this time of day on Good Friday to reflect on what Jesus really did suffer in a REAL human body on the cross.  Incarnate love.  Jesus showed it to the ultimate degree.  His death in real human flesh made Him a worthy substitute for ME … and YOU …  and ALL people.

By Lawrence OP

But, that’s NOT the end of the story.  The incarnate love of Jesus didn’t end in the cold stone tomb of Good Friday.  Easter is just around the corner.  That’s the day that we see incarnate love in it’s full, beautiful and glorious splendor.  GOD’S NOT DEAD!  Jesus DID rise in the flesh.  Death could NOT hold Him down.

It’ s just awesome to consider the incarnate love of Jesus.  He chose to enter into hell in our place.  I’m humbled.  I’m saddened.  Yet, because of Easter I’m also OVERJOYED!  We honor Jesus and give Him the appropriate praise as we’re filled with joy over what He gave us.  We show Him our thanks and praise as we pass on His love to the world in the flesh.  Incarnate love.  We can’t be perfect at it as He was, but we can do an awful lot to show it to the world as we relate to one another in His way.  We can also tell the world about the glorious news of Easter … that GOD’S NOT DEAD … that we will live even though we die.

Jesus IS ALIVE in the flesh.  He WILL raise us from the dead in the flesh.

Incarnate love.  That’s the story of Easter.  That’s OUR story forever.