Raised from the Ashes: Easter Sunday

Raised from the Ashes: Easter Sunday


“The Lord your God is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love;”

Zephaniah 3:17

Read Zephaniah 3:14-20

empty tomb Christ is risen

What is the one thing in your life you wish you could do, but don’t know how you will ever be able? Think about it for a minute. Nothing is impossible with God; Easter Sunday proved that statement. The resurrection of Jesus should not have happened, but it did. He was dead, completely dead. Satan had won, or so it appeared.

But, there was always one thing Satan hadn’t counted on. God, by virtue of who He is, cannot die…completely. All Satan could do was kill the flesh of Jesus, His incarnate person. But, because Jesus is also God, He had the power to raise himself from the dead (John 10:18). And, when we believe in Christ and die to ourselves, we too are raised in that victory.

On Easter Sunday, we not only celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, we celebrate the victory we have in Jesus; victory over temptation and sin, and yes, even victory over death. If we live for Christ, then we will die with Him, and if we die with Him, we will live forever with Him.

So what is it that you wish you could do in this life, but don’t think you can? Jesus is your victory over all obstacles. If what you desire is what God desires for you…He will do it. You need only live surrendered to His will, seeking His will for your life, and believe.

Jesus’ cross and resurrection was not only the greatest act of love, it was a gift, a gift of victory and power. St. Paul reminds us that we can know Jesus in the power of His resurrection (Phil. 3:10). But, you must not forget that you will often come to know that resurrection power through fellowship in His sufferings. Things won’t always be good. Things won’t always work out the way you want or think they should.

However, if you live completely surrendered to His will, you will always have victory. Jesus is your warrior. He never stops fighting for you. He rejoices over you, and renews you in His love. Today, celebrate the greatest gift, the gift of eternal life won by His victory over the grave. His victory has raised you from the ashes!

Grace & Peace for a Holy Week,

Pastor Brad

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

Matthew 5:6

2 thoughts on “Raised from the Ashes: Easter Sunday

  1. Thank You Pastor Brad, for writing another great Devotional. You have a great gift. I Thank God for You & Rhonda & Family.
    I wish I knew how to pray for my husband, he says he believes in God, and he says that he think he going to heaven. But his beliefs are so much different then mine. I don’t know how to explain what I am trying to say. That is why I need to talk to someone. I Love Jesus & I want to fellow Him, but there are some things
    I feel like I should do but I don’t think that I can.

    Have a Blessed Day.

    Judith Sheldon


    1. Judy,
      Praying for your husband is a beautiful thing, and it is the greatest thing you can do. God’s Spirit draws everyone but everyone has a free will to respond to his wooing. Don’t worry about how to pray for him, just pray. God knows your heart before you even ask. If you love God and are surrendered to His will, you can’t pray wrong. Trust your husband’s salvation to the Lord. He loves him more than you and He won’t abandon him. Please feel free to call me and set a time to talk. I really appreciate your reading my posts and your encouragement!

      Your are a blessing!


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