All Who Are Out Are In Free

Sunday morning I picked up my daughter from an overnight birthday party at the Hilton Hawaiian Village…the best playground in Waikiki.

I had to negotiate her wearing an Easter Dress. “I don’t wear dresses” says my 8 year old. My final tactic, just do it for Daddy.  Gosh she’s pretty in pink.

What does that have to do with the miracle of the resurrected Christ. As WAR says “nothing, absolutely nothing”.

Our Bible study focused on better understanding why we believe what we believe about Sunday Morning 33 AD, the day after Passover Sabbath.

One detail we focused on was the fact that the Gospels report that the disciples Peter and John entered the empty tomb with the covering rock rolled away and found the cloth covering the face of Jesus was rolled up neatly on the slab.
One forensic question is, if the body was stolen why would they leave the cloth, and why would they fold it neatly.

My weird sense of humor popped up and I said “I’m going to use this fact to shame my children.” Daddy ” You know when Jesus rose from the grave, he took the time to fold his cloth neatly, why can’t you do that when you just wake up in the morning”

But really…consider that Jesus arose and was fully clothed when seen. The Bible promises to exchange our ‘filthy rags” with a new robe of righteousness from God that lasts forever and stays clean! Ain’t no laundry in Heaven.

Jesus’ new clothes are an extension of his new resurrection body, a body that is a material body that is filled with and manifests eternal life.  This same body takes the elements of the earth up to Heaven when Jesus ascends, paving the way for the final reconciliation of Spiritual and Material, Heaven and Earth that is goal of Gods plan.   “The Kingdom of Heaven has become the Kingdom of Earth” cries the angel in the Revelation of Jesus Christ…the last book of the Bible.

My Jewish mother came to the Easter Service. Later she brought over some Matzo ball soup. I helped her make it…and relayed the story of why Matzo is unleavened bread. I learned more about the Jewish story after I became a disciple of Christ then I ever knew before…the Bible after all is the main source of information on the history of Israel.

My kids and I dyed Easter eggs and I hid them throughout the yard. Hide and seek being there favorite game they love the Easter egg hunt.  When I do a home bible study with them they always ask to play hide and seek…at the end. This comes from the lesson we did on Adam and Eve and how they hid from God once they had sinned against Gods word and warning.   Still we hide from God in the bushes as if God has no idea where we are…and He calls to us by name , Bruce where are you and why are you hiding?

But on Easter morning in the great cycle of hide and seek God says “All who are out and in free!” Come out of those bushes…its time to home…

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