Something New For Easter {for the ones who need new}

Imperfectly Brave

 

Easter makes me want to be honest with Jesus. His sacrifice leaves me with just enough breath to utter only the truth. The pierce of His gaze hanging on the cross let’s me know that His love really does run deep – so deep that my human (frail) mind may never fully comprehend.

 

And I like it this way.

 

I like honest.

 

Because, truth be told, I used to sprinkle Jesus on to my life. Like how you might sprinkle nuts over a chocolate sundae or granola over yogurt.  I still do this some days. Some days I still walk wide-eyed into the world, ready to fiercely attack what comes at me in love and in grace, without any thought of the

 

Cross.

 

Or the empty grave.

 

Or the Throne Room of Heaven.

 

So, today in our honesty, I want to start somewhere different. Before you and I weep over the cross, why don’t we stand in awe of His glory? Can we plant our feet firmly in His Throne Room before we go and dance in His tomb?

 

Because His Throne Room is worth noting to make the cross feel heavy and the empty air of the tomb worth noting.

 

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city.” (Revelation 22:1-2)

 

Can you see it? The River?

 

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(Photo credit: Ales Krevic |Unsplash)
(Photo credit: Ales Krevic |Unsplash)

 

And, maybe, we have to squint our eyes as we peer into the gates of splendor because He is the light. You see, in His Throne Room there is no need for light because He radiates light. Darkness runs from Him. Light grows. Darkness suffocates. Light breathes. And finally, our soul breathes.  Our soul can finally take big gulps of holy air and something feels new in us again. And this is good-new. God-new.

 

“And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light and its lamp is the Lamb.” Revelation 21:22

 

And as if that isn’t enough for our human hearts, we understand this: That there is no temple within those gates because He is the temple. And He broke His body to give us the temple, make us His temple — His holy dwelling grounds.

 

“And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.” Revelation 21:22

 

My darling girl, woman of the Lord — God left this place — this Throne Room

 

For you.

 

He sent His perfect Son

 

For you.

 

This Son, named Jesus, was misunderstood because His love was so raw and real. His love that He freely gives

 

For you.

 

And then they took this man, Jesus, and accused Him for being the King of the Jews. They flogged this man. Mocked this man while hundreds wagged their heads saying,

 

“Save yourself!”

 

And He didn’t.

 

For you.

 

Because, you see, He wants to save you. He wants to bring you into His home. He wants to call you into His Throne Room and show you the seat He’s made just for you. In fact, He wants you so badly that He died

 

For you.

 

But this man, wasn’t just a man who hung on a cross. This man was Jesus. God. And in three days He conquered death and rose to take His rightful place on the Throne of Heaven

 

For you.

 

And He wants you to sit beside Him. He wants to clothe you in the best linens. He wants to give you the most full heart. He wants to sing over you and bend down to listen to you. He wants to woo you. He is wooing you. The cross is part of the romance. It’s where He whispers,

 

My body – for you.”

 

It’s where He groans,

 

“My blood – for you.”

 

And then the empty tomb. Oh! The empty tomb.

 

It’s where He pulls you in close and says,

 

“Eternal life – for you! It has all been for you!”

 

And then you sit with Him in the heavenly places and stay woo-ed because He is enough. He will always be enough.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – it is by grace you’ve been saved – and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places of Christ Jesus. “ Ephesians 2:4-6

 

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(Photo credit: Ales Krivec | Unsplash)

 

So, let’s start here, my sweet friend. Let’s start in the Throne Room. Let’s enter His courts. Let’s understand what He left to pursue you and what He created to adorn you. Maybe this can be the first Easter that the Throne Room becomes the First Room. The Worship Room. The Woo-ing Room.

 

And then we can sit under the cross and dance in the empty tomb.

 

PS And So With All That I am I Will Worship Him

(video of our King Jesus, the One who left everything to give you everything).

 

 

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