Easter Dawn by Pastor Ken Damstrom
Everyone must walk the Calvary Road in order to fully understand the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ for our Christian lives!
He walked that road to shed His blood that our sins might be completely forgiven. Unless we come to grips with why Jesus died on Calvary our search for real meaning in life is lost. What greater sacrifice could a man give than to lay down His life for another! The hymn tells us that Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.
Another wonderful, truthful hymn, used to be sung in Spirit-filled gatherings, to accentuate the importance of the shed blood of Jesus. It went like this; ” Would you be free from the burden of sin? There’s power in the blood, Power in the blood Would you o’er evil a victory win? There’s wonderful power in the blood. There is power, power, wonder working power, in the blood of the Lamb, there is power, power, wonder working power, in the precious blood of the Lamb.”
Just think of Jesus not as a warrior, not as a soldier, but as a Lamb, being hung on the cross for each of us. What power! What love! Not just the Old Testament sacrifice of all those lambs or goats, when the blood was shed and sprinkled upon the altars, but a sacrifice and fulfillment once and for all, for the sins of humanity. “The Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
James Stewart, a famous Scottish preacher of the 20th Century, has remarked, “that we are living on the wrong side of Easter.” We do not have one Easter, but fifty-two Easters. As Christians, we are a creation of Easter. Without the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, true Christianity would not exist. We have so much to celebrate, no matter our surroundings or situations, Praise the Lord!
The tomb is empty this Easter, because He Lives, and we can live because He is alive forevermore. That is an in-dispensable truth, that no one can cancel! Luke 24: 13-35 is a marvelous exposition of the truth of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. After the cross and the burial, the disciples of Jesus were heading back to Emmaus, West of Jerusalem, a few miles. They were so sad and disappointed in the great loss of their Lord. It had been the third day after the crucifixion, and as they walked and talked in despair and what we might call depression, someone walked along with them. The Bible says the disciples could not recognize the one walking with them. Cleopas asked if the stranger had not heard about the death of Jesus and all that was happening around them. Jesus said, “What things?”, as the two began to tell Him about the death of Jesus and how the women found the burial place empty. They showed their dismay and confusion as to what it all meant. Then Jesus strongly reminded them of the Prophets, and Moses, and all that was said about how the Christ would have to suffer, die, and enter His glory.
As they entered the village of Emmaus, the Scriptures said, “their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight.” vs.31 After Jesus opened the Scriptures to them, they got up and turned around and began to walk back to Jerusalem, where they met the eleven disciples assembled, excited, expressing their newfound joy in the Resurrected Christ.
When the disciples were heading to Emmaus, they were heading West, where SUNSET occurs. After their encounter with the Risen Christ, they went back to Jerusalem, heading East where they were facing the DAWN and where they began to praise God with the eleven disciples for Jesus had Risen! They told how “their hearts were burning within them” when Jesus opened The Scriptures to them as they walked along.
Allow me to suggest that anytime God’s Word takes over our hearts, we turn from the darkness of the sunset, to the brightness of the dawning of a new day, in our lives. Until Jesus Christ rose from the dead, all people were facing West towards the sunset. We can, however, make the choice as followers to turn around, go East and face the dawn. The dawn of a new day in our lives! You and I can face a new day because He lives! Things do not have to remain as before because He lives! A new day has dawned, because He lives! We do not have to hide behind closed doors any longer, because Jesus lives! We do not have to huddle in fear, pandemic or no pandemic, because He lives!
We no longer have to weep over lost causes in life, because He lives, we can shout the victory! Many flowers grow best when facing the morning sun, so it is we shall blossom in spirit as we bravely face the dawn and let the fresh winds of the Holy Spirit blow across our daily lives.
The resurrection is all about victory! Yours and mine! Power to live. To love. New hope and glory sparkle on the horizon as misery fades into the sunset.
We cannot make our lives secure or our futures sure by ourselves. No matter how secure you think you are, you are not safe. The ONLY security is in the victorious, resurrected, living Jesus Christ! All else becomes futile!
“Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There’s power in the blood
Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide
There’s wonderful power in the blood
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb…” (There is Power in the Blood- Lewis Jones, 1899)
In communion we honor the dying Christ, we meet the Living Christ!
BECAUSE HE LIVES! HAPPY EASTER! -Pastor Ken