An Easter Devotional, by Elyse DeVries
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…”
Growing up, you probably heard the Easter story a million times, gone Easter egg hunting more than once and have awaited the much anticipated Easter bunny. How has your growing up changed your view on the Easter story? What does it really mean to you now that you’re older?
Now that you have grown up a little, you may see that Easter was not all flowers and sunshine. Jesus really did suffer a terrible death. Imagine how the disciples felt. They were probably terrified, thinking that they could be next. In the garden of Gethsemane, every single one of them fled in fear. In Jeremiah 29:11, it shows us that we don’t have to worry about what will happen. God is in control, so we don’t have anything to worry about.
I absolutely love this verse. It helps me not worry as much about what the future might hold. I can really get anxious at times. The same thing happened with the disciples. After Jesus had died, they were afraid of what the Jews might do to them, so they locked the doors of the place that they were in. But Jesus’ death was not the end, it was far from that. Jesus has risen from the dead, and he is alive and well, living in us! How cool is that! Jesus brought us so much hope and freedom form sin that we now have something to look forward to in the future, and look forward to the plans that he has for us. Look forward to Easter as a chance to celebrate his resurrection, a chance to thank him for all he has done for you, and to take a step closer to him. Think of it, the creator of absolutely everything, loves you enough to die for you. To me, nothing is cooler than that. Happy Easter Everyone!