Set The Scene

In a season synonymous with resurrection and transformation, we find ourselves in the midst of an emotional, spiritual, financial, and organizational crisis. Typically, there’d be crucifixes, Palm branches, Easter lilies, bunnies, and colored eggs everywhere, but with the closure of retail outlets and houses of worship, these items are less prominent. This Easter, the nation struggles as we search for sustenance, peace, deliverance, order, and balance.  Some are hungry, sick, homeless, unemployed, anxious, and confused. In thinking about the resurrection of Christ and the glory of the season, I began to think more on the Easter bunny and the colored eggs. What, if anything, do they have to do with Easter?

The more I thought on the relationship, the more I realized that colored eggs and Easter bunnies have nothing to do with the resurrection of Christ. However, as I thought about the function of the bunny and the egg, I gained a totally different perspective regarding their semblance to what’s going on in the world around us. A bunny symbolizes movement and the colored eggs symbolize vibrancy and birth. Movement, vibrancy, and growth are things this nation has experienced very little of in the past few weeks as the nation has come to a standstill. It’s a stark contrast from how we welcomed the New Year and new decade with a spirit of excitement and expectancy.

If the resurrection of Christ brings about restoration and transformation, the world is in dire need of a double portion anointing! In order to make it through this season, your focus and perception must be fine tuned. During this time of quarantine, don’t focus on the things that have been taken away or what appears to be held up. Focus rather on the goodness of Jesus and the power of His resurrection. Thank Him for His selfless act and for what He did for you as He hung on the cross. Jesus wasn’t concerned about what He had to give up. He understood that the suffering He endured was temporary, and all He had to do was stay focused on the purpose and plan of God. In doing so, He would gain His rightful place as King of kings and Lord of lords. When the suffering was over, Jesus knew that a crown and a kingdom would be waiting for Him. 

The world can learn a lot from the life of Christ. It’s no coincidence that leading up to the first resurrection Sunday of the new decade, also the year of double double, the nation is on pause. Businesses, schools, and governments have all been closed. Typically, major retail outlets are closed on Easter, but this year, religious structures are closed as well. During this time of quarantine, the Lord is giving us an opportunity to personally and collectively make things right and get our lives in order. Habbakuk 2:20 NKJV reads:

“But the Lord is in His holy temple.
Let all the earth keep silence before Him.”

We are not alone in this pandemic. God is with us and God is for us. We must continue to honor and bless Him regardless of our circumstances. In spite of what things look like, God wants us to quiet ourselves and set our eyes on Him. He has already given us everything we need to get our lives back on course and emerge wiser, stronger, and better equipped than we were before. Isaiah 9:6 NKJV reads:

 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

This resurrection weekend, while the earth is silent, rest in the fact that the government is on the shoulders of Jesus. Whatever you need, God has and will become to you. Justice, righteousness, and equality are on His shoulders . Economics and epidemiology are there as well. As you think on the cross, thank the Lord for being a healer, restorer, and deliverer. As you put the Lord first in every aspect of your life know that protection, prosperity, and peace will come. God is setting the scene . . .

The time has come
To set the scene
To focus all attention 
On the Kings of kings.
The world is chaotic,
The earth is void,
Many are running around
Confused and paranoid.
Looking for answers,
Seeking a sign,
So heavenly minded,
But worldly intertwined.
Look no further
The King is here,
In the glory of His majesty,
He shall appear.
Will you accept Him?
Will you allow
Him into your heart,
Invite Him now!
If you’re hungry,
Sit down to eat,
Feed on His word
You’ll be full and complete.
If you’re weary,
He’ll soothe your soul,
Only He can comfort and make you whole.
If you’re tired,
He’ll give you rest,
He’ll  bring restoration,
And remove all stress.
If you’re out of work,
Let Him employ
He’ll make a way out of no way,
As He gives you joy.
If you’re homeless,
Let Him cover you,
He’ll be a shelter
And a shield around you.
Whatever the issue,
Whatever the need,
Jesus came so that we all might be freed.

Set the scene –

Can you picture in your mind,
The agony of the Savior
As He hung there confined?
Affixed to a cross
For me and for you
To give us victory over everything
In life we’d go through.
With nails in His hands,
And His arms stretched wide,
With nails in His feet
He bled and died.
A crown of thorns
Upon His head
He was sneered and mocked at
And left there for dead.
The sins of the world,
All borne by one Man,
Fulfilling prophecy etched in God’s divine plan.
In love and humility,
He gave up the ghost
Your Savior, your Redeemer,
The One who loves you most. 

-Set the scene

Inspirational Prayer: Lord, thank You for setting the scene in each of our lives. In this time of resurrection, thank You for restoring us to right relationship in You. Renew our strength and restore our faith. Forgive us of our sins and help us to walk in submission and obedience to You. Thank You in advance for transforming our lives. Have mercy on us all and grace us to endure this season. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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