Seeing Through New Eyes.
By Mavis Tipton
It was April 6, 1969, our first Easter as brand-new Christians. Just three and a half weeks earlier on March 16th, Buddy & I had surrendered our lives to Christ Jesus and made Him Lord of our lives.
I was raised to go to church. My family believed in God, and in Jesus. We knew the Christmas story of Jesus being born of a virgin, and the Easter story of Jesus being crucified, and then raised from the dead.
However even though I believed in those stories, I had no clue to their true meaning nor of the significance they could make in my life. I did not understand, because I had not been taught, that I needed to repent and turn away from sin. (After all I was a good girl, so I thought I was ok.)
In the blink of an eye Jesus forgave and transformed me and set me free of all my sins. He put a love in my heart for Him. A desire to live for Him with all my heart, mind, body and soul.
I had come to a place where I couldn’t trust Buddy to do what he would say and promise to do. Jesus instantly replaced distrust for trust (which only Jesus can do.)
For the first time in my life I saw the celebration of Easter through new eyes and I was filled with thankfulness.
I realized the great price my heavenly Father paid to send His only son to be the sacrificial lamb for the world. The price Jesus paid by bearing all my sins and the sins of the world upon the rugged cross. For the blood He shed to cleanse each of us of our sins. For the stripes on His back for our healings.
That was only the beginning. Jesus has been my Lord and Savior for 49 years. He has picked me up when I was down, healed me when I was sick and has kept me in His loving care as only He can do.
He has forgiven me when I have failed, He has filled me with His Holy Spirit, used me for His glory and kingdom. Provided for us each step of the way. There is no other god that can do what my God can do.
If you are like I was and only knew the stories of the Bible, but not the truth, I invite you to stop right where you are and simply ask Jesus into your heart to forgive you and be Lord of your life. Surrender it all to Him, don’t hold back anything, because all that He has to share and give to you is far greater than anything else you could possibly obtain in this world.
May you see Easter 2018 through new eyes, which will compel you to share His love everywhere.
P.S. there is a bonus that comes with becoming a child of the King and that is Eternal Life with God the Father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit for all eternity.
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found,
Was blind but now I see.