“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” – Revelations 22:13
On Sunday, April 17th, 2022 we will be celebrating Easter. In many countries, like Greece, Easter is a more important event than Christmas because it embodies the rising of Jesus from the dead and fulfills God’s promise of life everlasting to those who believe in His Son.
But Easter promises more than just life everlasting, it promises heaven on earth!
I remember celebrating Easter Sunday on April 14, 1968 while in Vietnam. I was serving as a forward observer with A-Company, 2nd Battalion, 501st Airborne Infantry Brigade of the the 101st Airborne Division. We were still engaged in heavy combat operations due to the North Vietnamese Tet Offensive.
God and soldiers walk hand-in-hand.
I remember after many battles to free the ancient city of Hue my unit finally took the western wall. Our company created its headquarters in a two story home that was on the corner of the Perfume River and the moat which surrounds Hue. Shortly after setting up our headquarters a Vietnamese man and his pregnant wife arrived and docked at the house we were in. Our Vietnamese translator said that the woman was giving birth and needed help to deliver her baby.
I stood there and watched as our medics helped this wonderful new life come into the world. This moment was especially poignant because we had all seen so much death and destruction since February and this birth was both transforming and transformative.
I thought to myself that this new Vietnamese baby boy was God’s way of saying that the world must go on.
I also remember that our brigade chaplain came to our location to conduct a service for those who wished to attend. It too, like the birth of the little boy, was a special, come to Jesus, moment in my life.
Fast forward to 2022 and my passion to write about Easter and what it really promises.
Today, I find that many people seem lost and without a real purpose in life. People don’t really know what to do next and are seeking advice in all the wrong places. Some people will celebrate this Easter Sunday by staying at home, or perhaps with family and friends looking for mythical easter eggs and giving children mythical chocolate easter bunnies. Easter isn’t about bunnies at all. So where did the myth of the Easter bunny come from?
According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping.
What is Easter Really About?
Easter and the rise of Jesus and his ascent into heaven is really about His second coming.
In his book “Face to Face with Jesus: Seeing Him as He Really Is” Randy Alcorn askes you and I,
Where is Christ? At the right hand of God (Hebrews 12:2). In terms of his human body, Christ is in one location, and only one.
But despite his fixed location at God’s right hand, Jesus is here now, living within us (Galatians 2:20). If he indwells those who are saints and yet sinners now, how much more will he be able to indwell us in the world to come when no sin shall separate us from him?
Mr. Alcorn then states,
On the New Earth, we might regularly hear Jesus speak directly to us in the unhindered two-way conversation, whether we’re hundreds of miles away in another part of the New Jerusalem, thousands of miles away on another part of the New Earth, or thousands of light years away in the new universe.
Mr. Alcorn is talking about the second coming of Jesus. You see if you believe in Jesus it’s just natural and realistic to believe in the second coming where Jesus will bring heaven to us on earth and beyond.
This isn’t science fiction, it’s Biblical truth.
You see not only is the Holy Bible the most read book in the world, it is the most sold and the most stolen book in the world. But why?
The Holy Bible is not only an historical book, it’s also a deeply profound series of stories, parables, psalms and life lessons in addition to being a wonderful inspirational read.
There’s nothing you may have read yesterday, will read today or tomorrow that’s not told or foretold in the Holy Bible.
Today, in the Ukraine there is a thirst and overwhelming demand for copies of the Holy Bible. Why is this? Because there’s no other choice and no other book that brings one hope and true comfort like the Holy Bible.
The people of the world, like the Ukrainians, are now looking up to God for the answers! His answers. That’s His gift to us just as was His Son who is the truth, the light, the word and the vine. It’s not about us at all, it’s about Him!
Prayer is powerful. Praying can bring about miracles. Praying is comforting in troubling times and when faced with difficult circumstances.
Easter is powerful because of its promise of heaven on earth.
Remember, God and His Son are bigger than any and all of us. They’re our last best hope!
We wish you and your family a blessed Easter 2022. Remember He is the Alpha and Omega.
©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.
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