Resurrection Sunday shows the character of God. Even in the midst of our hurt and suffering, this day provides hope and healing.-Ken Nash, Lead Pastor, Cornerstone Methodist Church, Caledonia, MI, CornerstoneMi.org
The Year of the Lord’s Favor, Isaiah 61, NIV
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners;
2 To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion,
To bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
The oil of joy
instead of mourning,
And a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.
5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
6 And you will be called priests of the Lord,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.
7 Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
8 “For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them. 9 Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”
“Hush my child, I am with you,” God says. “Do not fear.”
Darkness around us is easily found, but so is good all around us, Heaven on Earth. Look for the good and you will find it. Be a light.
The truth is there. The choice is yours.
Jesus is real. God’s promises remain true. Do not forsake the light, but instead make yourself a part of the light.
Isaiah 59: 21
“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.