Sunday, April 16, 2017
It’s Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day, a day that should give everyone hope because it was on this day over 2,000 years ago when Jesus rose from the dead to claim victory over death – the greatest victory, the most incredible comeback, mankind has ever witnessed! The Resurrection is what underpins the Christian faith and makes it unique. The Resurrection is an irrefutable fact of history, and it’s why Jesus is indeed the way, the truth and the life. And the same Spirit who allowed Him to conquer death can dwell in each one of us, if we so choose. That’s a message of hope for everyone this morning as we all face challenges in our lives. With Jesus all things are possible as Scripture repeatedly states.
As exciting as it is to see our favorite stocks explode to the upside, or as gut-wrenching as it was to experience the 80% decline in the Venture between early 2011 and the beginning of 2016, as investors we should never let money or our stock portfolios control our lives or rob us of our joy. Yes, easier said than done, but that’s one reason God has provided a Helper for each of us.
True happiness – peace and lasting joy – can’t come through being in open rebellion against God. It can only be found by knowing and serving Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died on the cross at Calvary and rose from the dead 3 days later on this day (Easter Sunday). He is risen, indeed. This is why we celebrate Easter. This day is not about the Easter bunny or chocolates or Easter egg hunts or enjoying a day off work. It’s about Jesus and what He did. He suffered and died for us, out of His love and mercy for us, and actually conquered death. That is so powerful and should give hope to us all. Think about it. He also modeled the values, including humility, that He wants each of us to embrace for our own good and to help improve the lives of others around us.
Nothing is more important in our view than one’s relationship with God through Jesus. He is the Creator of all things, including every mineral and every resource we write about here at BMR. He has also provided us, through His precious Word, all the guidance we need for our daily lives, including of course how we should approach the handling of money, investment matters and relationships – business and personal.
This special day is a great opportunity for each of us to put some time aside and reflect on what Easter Sunday is really all about and why we celebrate it. And draw closer to God in the process. Each of us is very imperfect, but as sinners we have redemption through the precious blood of Jesus.
John 20:29: “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
From our families to yours, have a joyous Easter Sunday.