On this Easter Sunday I feel grateful for the many blessings in my life. Above all, I am indebted to Jesus Christ for saving my soul from sin and despair. I am an imperfect person but with Christ I can be forgiven and be made whole. It took a God of the world, a perfect person to atone for mankind’s sin but that is exactly what Jesus did. In agony He bled from every pore and hung on the cross, so we could be forgiven. He felt the anguish of every sin, sorrow and moment of grief ever felt by any human ever. It’s one of those things which is tough to explain but nevertheless true. I have experienced moments where I felt alone and confused- where I felt weighed down by my own sins and shortcomings. In those moments Jesus Christ has testified to my heart that He is real, He does live, and He did die for me.
It is this knowledge that has helped me move through difficult times to the happy life I currently lead. I say this knowing others have faced far worse; however, my challenges were still hard for me to experience. Part of the reason we have been sent here is to be tested and grow strong- how can we do that without some faith-testing opportunities? Through it all, the Savior has never forgotten me. I know that He loves me. I know He listens to my seemingly small problems. I know these things because I have prayed and gained confirmation for myself that they are true. I have felt Jesus Christ’s presence as an active force in my life- purifying, comforting and forgiving me each day.
I can’t tell you what comfort it gives me when the world criticizes my life, my appearance, my faith, to know deep down inside that I am loved- and not loved by just anyone but by the God of the Universe, by Jesus Christ. I feel privileged to have such knowledge but it is by no means limited to me. All men and women can gain a testimony of the atonement of Jesus Christ through faith, prayer and repentance. I hope He knows I will do whatever it takes to follow Him. I love Him and on this Easter I say with the angels “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11)
Let’s not stand gazing into heaven- let’s get out there and make a difference. Whether it is speaking out on faith-based issues, finding a day a month to serve, calling an old friend, doing an extra load of dishes unasked, smiling when we want to complain, and so much more. I believe He wants us to look at His example and then “go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). None of us can be saved without His sacrifice and resurrection, but we can all be His helpers down here to spread His gospel. He has asked us to “be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). I hope you feel His love in your life. Your life does matter. A high price was paid for it. Let’s try and give back in any small way we can! He truly shall reign forever and ever! God bless you and thank you for being my friends and reading my blog. Happy Easter. Love, Rachel.