An Easter Revelation
One of the greatest blessings in my life is being able to come to my Heavenly Father and know that He is there, and that He cares about me. Growing up, I was afraid of my earthly father. As a child, I interpreted his harshness and anger outbursts as a sign of not caring or loving me. He worked in the steel mill and was laid off many times during my growing up years. I was afraid to ask him for money or for anything I needed, and often trembled when he confronted me on any issue. It was not until his later years that he began to mellow and became a Christian. As a result of my early impressions of my earthly father image, I thought of God, “the Father” as uncaring and unreachable. I carried this belief well into my adult years. Going back to school as a Psychology major, after my children were grown, I learned about the brain — this wonderful, incredible organ that God created to help shape and mold my life.
Our childhood interpretations of our father’s behavior and teaching have a profound effect on the way we see our Heavenly Father. I was a living example of this truth. I needed to replace this false image in my brain with the truth. The truth that God so loved me that He gave His son’s life to bring me into a Father and daughter relationship with my Heavenly Father.
Easter is such a reminder of the sacrifice that God gave to all of us. I love I Peter 3:18 because it makes this truth so clear. Yes, He died to forgive us of our sins and yes, he died because He loves us. But, what took Jesus to the cross was God wanting you and me to have a relationship with Him. When that truth became real to me, I began to reach out to God and trust that He really did love me and wanted a relationship with me.
What a blessing to know that we can go behind the curtain into the Holy of Holies and fellowship with our Father who cares so much for us. Everyday he waits to hear from us. He longs for us to fellowship with Him. He paid a great price to have a relationship with us.
Rejoice and be glad this Easter that Christ’s sacrifice allows you to experience the forgiveness and amazing love of your Heavenly Father as you fellowship with Him.
I Peter 3:18 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.”