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Not the End

It’s a new day.

“Easter is not the end.” This is the word I heard clearly on Easter morning as I sat with the Lord before the day began.

Oh, there are ways in which Easter seems to be the culmination of God’s great plan of salvation.

It’s the end of death’s tyranny.

It’s the end of the grave’s victory.

It’s the end of the enemy’s triumph.

But it all took place on a Jewish holiday—Firstfruits.

How can something be the end if it happens on a day called first-anything?

Jesus prophesied of His own death with this proverb:

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. - John 12:24 NASB

Paul speaks of Jesus this way in Colossians 1:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. - Colossians 1:15

But then Paul goes on to tell us,

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. - Colossians 1:16-17 NASB

So Paul was not saying Jesus was a created being. NO. In fact Jesus is Creator. All things were created by Jesus. Or as John puts it,

All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. - John 1:3 KJV

So how then could Jesus be the firstborn of all creation? That sounds like a created being.

Well you just have to read one verse more.

He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. - Colossians 1:18 NASB

Jesus is firstborn “from the dead.” He was the Firstfruit of the grave, “born” as it were from the womb of the tomb.

Hallelujah!

Easter is not the end. It’s the beginning.

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. - Romans 6:4 NASB

We are the harvest, born from the dead, following our elder Brother, the Creator of all things.

Today is our day to walk in newness of life.

Rise up Church and walk today. This is just the beginning!

BenHeadshotThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon.

Ben

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