Karen's Devotions

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As a 25+ year homeschooling vet, post-cancer, math prof, mother of five, master's track and field athlete, and certificated private pilot, I have a lot to share about what God has done in my life. In 2000 I began writing devotions as something to try when it seemed like accoustic pianists were becoming an endangered species at church. I have since found great blessings from writing and sharing. God is good.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Risen Indeed!

First Published 4/14/17
Matthew 28:6
He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.

Last summer I heard a recorded 2013 sermon by Tim Martin of Covenant Community Church entitled “She is Risen.” Yup, like you, this caught my attention. I even thought a typo had been made. I listened…

Tim began this Easter sermon by exclaiming, “He is risen!” The congregation responded with, “He is risen, indeed!” Next Tim declared, “She is risen!” to which you could hear a lone voice question, “She is risen, indeed?”

The point of this message was to show us that Christianity has spent too much time in “me” mode.  What can the Christ do for me?  What prayers will God answer through Christ for me?  Me. Me. Me. We have lost sight of the big picture, the church in Jesus Christ.

With the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb, the church was re-established to include the adopted believers who profess him Lord and Savior.  He did this for his “bride”. As an analogy Paul describes this relationship in his letter to the Ephesians.

Ephesians 5:24-27
… just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.
So Church, do we act like we are cleansed? Do we present ourselves as the bride of Christ? This Easter, let us recognize the wonderful resurrection that allowed us to reconcile with God and that allowed the church collectively to rise!  This is our One Foundation. She is risen, indeed!

The Church’s One Foundation
The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
She is his new creation by water and the Word.
From heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride;
With his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

                                                                                                                                                  S.J. Stone 
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