Rick PaladinComment

Rediscovering the Ultimate Gift

Rick PaladinComment
Rediscovering the Ultimate Gift

It was typical chilly morning with my usual morning routine in full swing: up early, drank coffee, had devotion time, prayed through my schedule, in and out of the shower and getting ready for the day. As I finished getting dressed, something awesome happened! I reached into my pocket and realized there was a neatly pressed and folded $20 bill in my hand! Not sure what your response is when things like this happen, but my response was full of joy!

It wasn’t as if I didn’t know how it got there or whose it was. That was clear! What made this incident so ironic was it felt like someone gave me a gift, but in reality it was mine all the time. I simply rediscovered what was mine already, and wow, the joy that it produced! 

This is exactly what Easter Sunday is all about!

In every country around the world there is a universal symbol of Christianity. It’s the cross. Of all the shapes and symbols that could set us apart, this is the one.  The cross offers us hope, a second chance, joy, peace, eternal life and so much more! It’s all ours and available, all because of the cross! They are ours!

I Corinthians 1:18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.

How funny it is that Easter falls on April Fools day this year! I wonder if many people will be going around all day, knowing what they have in their possession is already theirs. If they could only reach deep down and realize all the blessings that are available and theirs to claim because of what Jesus has done!

The age-old story takes on life, meaning and purpose when we rediscover that God has good intentions towards us and for us! The cross is this reminder! As Easter approaches, I encourage you to do what I’m doing: ask God to put a fresh perspective inside of you for who He is and His intentions for us. Look to Jesus Christ as a demonstration of this, who suffered one of the most humiliating, horrendous deaths known to man, simply because God loved you and me that much!

Allow God to put a big crisp brand new $100 bill in your pocket this Easter! Break up your routine, reach down and rediscover the wonder, power, and amazing love of God expressed in the cross!

Easter Sunday becomes an even bigger deal when we realize that God is for us! After all, heaven and hell are real, and that makes this day a game changer! 

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