5 Things Jesus Wants You To Know This Easter

5 Things Jesus Wants You To Know This Easter

Easter is about True Love and how ultimately, True Love wins.
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1. I died for you knowing you might never love me back, and I would do it all over again if I had to.

I've been guilty of looking upon the cross and not feeling anything...but it's amazing when you stop and look at the cross to think about what Christ did for us. He created the entire universe, galaxy upon galaxy, and yet, He became a human being knowing full well He would die a death far beyond what He deserved. He did it knowing we would mock Him, forget Him, blame Him, despise Him, and hate Him. But He died for us willingly, and He would do it all over again - a million times over - if He had to.That is true love.

True love looks past all faults and sees a person's innate value apart from how they look or what they do. True love will lay down his life for the sheer reason of wanting to bring true goodness, blessings, and joy to the other person. True love lays himself down so that we can receive all the good that He deserves,and He receives all the bad that we deserve.

1 John 3:16
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

This is amazing grace.

2. I didn't just rise from the grave, I did much more than that - I conquered death itself.

During those 3 days He was in the tomb, no one could understand what was going on. People were deeply saddened that Christ died so tragically and unfairly.

But it was 3 days later that Jesus CONQUERED death. He defeated it once and for all so that we no longer need to fear it. He paid the price so that we could have life and have it more abundantly - in this life and the next.

He died so that we could live to tell EVERYONE that they can have a seat in His Kingdom if they receive salvation as a gift, that they will receive a crown of life if they come into His kingdom, that they are forgiven FREELY and their sins are remembered NO MORE. He died so that in this life, we can have true peace and be rest assured that God accepts us as we are and that we no longer need to be condemned by our past, present, and future. He died so that we can live confidently, placing our complete trust and esteem in the fact that we are Loved by the Father and that is enough.

He died so that we would no longer be afraid, knowing that God is always with us and has conquered death for you!

1 Corinthians 15:55-57

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

3. I took upon myself all of your pain and shame. I was broken and crushed so you wouldn't ever have to feel that way.

When Jesus died on the cross, many medical experts report that He actually died of a broken heart since blood and water flowed from His side when they pierced Him. His heart ultimately broke because of the enormity of sin and the sorrow and pain that comes when sin separates one from the perfect love of God.

But Christ endured all of this because He wanted to take our pain for us. In His great love, He never wanted us to endure ultimate heart break and a crushed spirit, so He took all that pain for us.

I know that in life, we are all going to make mistakes, fail, and have people or circumstances make us feel broken. But do not allow these feelings to overcome you, for you have a God who unconditionally loves you and who proved that on the cross. He was crushed so that you would rise above crushed circumstances. He was broken so that He could put you back together and restore you so that you are more better off than you were before you were broken.

When you truly experience God's love for you, you realize that no person or circumstance has a power or hold over you. God's love for you is greater than any of the pain you will ever face and His light will drive out all darkness. He is a good, good Father, and you are Loved by Him. He endured the pain of the Cross because He knew that one day, your life would need to be touched by His love.

Psalm 34:18

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.

4. I overpaid the price for your sin so that you could have a completely NEW life - not just so that you could call yourself a 'Christian.'

I know Christians are known for saying nice things and for pulling common Christian clichés and Bible verses out of nowhere.

But the truth is if our lives aren't changed...and we are no different than the person next to us, saying all those nice things doesn't make a difference.

I'm not saying that it's time to get your act together. The truth is we can't. That's why Jesus came. He came to abolish religion because all it ever says is "DO." Jesus says, "I've already DONE it. I've already paid the price. I've already set you free from everything that's holding you back from living a better, different life."

When Christ is in us, we naturally are changed. The old has gone and the new has come! That is some good news because there's a lot of selfish and shallow parts of myself that I want out.If you ever feel like you're returning to old habits that are keeping you in bondage, remind yourself that Christ paid a hefty price to set you free from that already! Spend time with Him so that He can remind you of how he has forgiven you of EVERY wrong and how he loves you too much to have you remain the same. Not only has he saved you, but He wants to change you. He wants to change your life for the better, but the choice is all up to you. Ask, that your joy may be full!

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

5. You've heard that I love you, but it is a love that far exceeds any love you've experienced here on Earth.

Jesus loves you, but what does that even mean? Have you ever stopped to realize how radical this kind of love is? Have you experienced His love in your heart or is it just a phrase that you've heard a million times in church?

And really, who is Jesus?

"In chemistry, He turned water to wine. In biology, He was born without the normal conception. In physics, He disapproved the law of gravity when He ascended into heaven. In economics, He disapproved the law of

diminishing return by feeding 10,000 people with 2 fishes & 5 loaves of bread. In medicine, He cured the sick and the blind without administering a single dose of drugs. In history, He is the beginning and the end. In government, He is King of Heaven and a Prince of Peace and He came not to put people in bondage, but to set them free. In society, He defied all norms by befriending prostitutes, tax collectors, and fishermen- even going as far to wash their feet. In religion, He said no one comes to the Father except though Him and that loving God and neighbor far exceeds all religious laws and duties. Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master. He had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher. He had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer. He had no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today."

Not only does He love; He IS Love. This is so radical because we have experienced love from people in the past, but they can only love us at a limited capacity since they are only human, making their love flawed and imperfect. But Jesus Himself encapsulates and is the very essence of Love. Love Himself came down in the form of a human being so that human beings could experience Love in the Flesh. It almost seems like a Love too good to be true, but it is true because He IS truth!

Jesus rejoiced over you on the day of your birth, He carried you when you were weary, He was kind to you when you ignored Him, and He wiped away your tears and stored them when you thought no one saw them. He will love you when you don't even want to love yourself. He will love you no matter what.

1 Corinthians 13:7

Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

He will love you until the very end.




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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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Why Would A Good God Bless Your Enemies?

The people that have hurt me need my authority to control me.

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You know that feeling you get in your heart when you're scrolling on IG and you see what appears to be happiness on the face of someone who has hurt you, betrayed you, talked about you, stirred negativity in your life or forsaken you?

You know that feeling of uneasiness in your stomach when they post about their new promotion? or job offer or new home? Or maybe a caption they used that completely contradicts the version of them you've experienced?

I don't believe it's unjustified to not want to immediately clap for them when you see them getting blessed. I think that makes sense that when you see someone who has hurt you in the past being happy that you might feel to get defensive. Because why should they be happy and be blessed when they mistreated me?

Why would God bless them with this guy that completely fits 'my type' description or something I wanted when they mistreated me? Why does it seem like God allowed this to be set up in such a way that I HAD to see them get blessed after they hurt me? What kind of God does that?

A good, good father is the kind of God that does that.

I encourage you to drop your guard right now and let this word of encouragement live in your life. You know how many times I've been placed in these situations with being mistreated and watching them get blessed or watching God give someone something I wanted? Too many to remember. Why would He do this?

So you can be free.

God wanted my heart to be free because "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Matthew 5:8). He didn't want my heart to have to live at the mercy of what the people around me. He didn't want my heart to have to live at the mercy of what things I have or don't have. He didn't want me to have to live at the mercy of what was in His hand.

He wanted my heart to be pure so that I can see Him. When I see Him then I'm able to hear Him, see how He wants to use me and perform my part in His will.

As God, in his goodness, has wrestled with me to get this understand I have gained this indescribable freedom in the face of people that have mistreated me, betrayed me, talked about me, attempted to speak negativity over me or forsaken me. I've decided to live by what God says to me so when I see people win I can cheer for them now even if they have hurt me.

I LIVE in this, therefore, Haters can't have my heart because it belongs to God. I refuse to allow anyone hating on me to have my heart. I refuse to live in bitterness and allow my mood or perspective to be set by negativity because my heart belongs to God.

So even when someone talks about me and I see them win, envy and revenge can't have my heart because my heart belongs to God. So when an opportunity comes to have fear, it can't have my heart because it belongs to God.

So when you do me wrong, or try to incite me to get upset or try to come out of character by playing dirty, I'm going to LIVE by what God said because you can't have me. You can't have my heart. You can't have my joy or my peace. You can't have my faith.

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