Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thankful Thursday - Easter!!!

" And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom."

Mark 15:38

Easter is truly one of my favorite times of year. It was at Easter, 23 years ago, that I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. For quite some time, I had been living my life as a "double agent." At church, I was a good girl, always doing my Bible Study and being so nice and sweet. At school (I was a junior in high school - you can do the math), I was a foul-mouthed, boy-crazy, not very nice girl.

But that all changed that Easter weekend. I had gone on a high school retreat with our church. Our speaker, Tim Kimmel, challenged us to really be pure vessels for Christ. He helped me to understand that it wasn't enough to be "mostly" devoted to Him - we are called to be completely sold out.

It was the beginning of my new life, on Easter Sunday. Every year when Easter rolls around I am reminded anew of the life God wants me to lead and the sacrifices Christ made for me, so that I might have eternity to spend with God.

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I am thankful that Christ gave up Heaven to come to earth as a helpless baby.

I am thankful that Christ lived a sinless life in order to be a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world.

I am thankful that Christ preached so thoroughly as to leave us a "road map" for the Christian life.

I am thankful that Christ submitted His will to the Father's in the Garden of Gethsemane.

I am thankful that He extended mercy to the thief on the cross, offering hope to those of us who sin. Our God is a God who forgives until the end.

I am thankful that Christ fulfilled the prophecies of the Messiah.

I am thankful that death could not hold Him, that sin could not bind Him and that my Savior rose from the grave on the third day and even now sits at the right hand of God.

I am thankful that I will be judged, not by what I do, but by who I am - a child of God.

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I chose the verse above because it represents the very real "tearing of the curtain" between man and God. Where once there needed to be a representative to stand before the people and plead their case, now we are blessed to be able to go to God directly. Hallelujah!!

For more wonderful Thankful Thursday posts, please visit Iris, the wonderful host. Have a very blessed Easter!!!


Denise said...

This was very lovely sweetie.

twinklemom said...

Thank you so much for sharing with a sweet and honest heart! Wonderful TT post.

Dana said...

What a beautiful list! I loved it.

Jenileigh said...

Very touching! Happy TT!

Angie said...

Happy almost Birthday in Jesus!
I loved your thankful post! Encouraging!
Have a blessed Easter and celebration of your life in Christ!

Heather said...

Have a blessed Easter. Isn't it wonder how God gets a hold of us. God is good.

eph2810 said...

Wow - what a wonderful celebration - to receive Christ as Lord & Savior on Easter Sunday. I think that some off us need a little while to get Christ's saving grace - myself included :)

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us.

Blessings to you and yours...He is Risen!


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