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Easter Sunday Devotion - Are You Awed By God?

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easter.jpgDo you know the two words God speaks to humans more often in Scripture than any others? Two words: "Fear not." His angel spoke them to those who came to the tomb of Jesus on this Easter Sunday morning (Matthew 27:5). But they were not the first.


God spoke them to Abram when he first called him (Genesis 15:1). He said them to Hagar in the desert (Genesis 21:17). He said them to Isaac: "Fear not, for I am with you" (Genesis 26:24). He said them to Jacob: "Fear not to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there" (Genesis 46:3).


He said them to Moses when he was afraid of his enemy (Numbers 21:34). Gabriel said them to Zacharias in announcing the coming of John the Baptist (Luke 1:13); he said them to Mary in announcing the coming of the Messiah (Luke 1:30); the angels said them to the shepherds in announcing the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:10). Jesus said them to his disciples when he called them to fish for men (Luke 5:10). God said them to Paul before his shipwreck (Acts 27:24). The exalted Christ said it to John on Patmos: "Fear not" (Revelation 1:17).


Why must God so constantly tell people to "fear not" when they meet him? Because when people see God as he really is, they are awed by him. When Isaiah saw the Lord he cried out, "Woe to me! I am ruined!" (Isaiah 6:5). When Jeremiah heard his call he responded, "Ah, Sovereign Lord! I do not know how to speak—I am only a child" (Jeremiah 1:6). When Ezekiel saw the Lord he fell facedown (Ezekiel 1:28). When Daniel received the vision of God, he says that his face "turned pale" (Daniel 7:28).


When Jesus first demonstrated his miraculous power to Peter, the burly fisherman pled with him, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!" (Luke 5:8). When Paul encountered the risen Christ he was thrown from his horse and blinded for three days (Acts 9:1-19). When John saw the glorified

Jesus he "fell at his feet as though dead" (Revelation 1:17).


Do you see the pattern? Every time someone sees the living God as he truly is, that person responds in awe, fear, and reverence. Does God want us to do the same on this Easter Sunday?


If I could show you God as he truly is—if I could pull back the curtain separating us from him, time from eternity, this fallen planet from his glorious paradise— we would all fall on our knees before him in awe.


If I could show you the horrors of hell, the eternal damnation from which his Son saved you, you would be awed by God. If I could reveal his angelic beings all around us right now, this moment, we would be awed by God. If I could show you all that God has done for you and all he will do for you, his providence and protection and grace, you would be awed by God.


But my words cannot do him justice. So I'd like you to hear from another preacher, one far more eloquent than me. We began this year's Lenten guide with the words of Dr. S. M. Lockridge, one of the greatest preachers in Christian history. His sermons continue to move hearts all over the earth.

Let's close with his description of the God who seeks to transform us by his omnipotent mercy today:


*God is greater than all the superlative statements of supremacy ever shared.

*No far-reaching telescope can bring into focus the shoreline of his unlimited supply.

*No deep-digging dredge can discover the depth of his determination to deliver you.

*He stands alone on the solitary pinnacle of his omnipotence.

*He is unparalleled and unprecedented, unique and inescapable.

*He is the cornerstone of all civilization.

*He is God's Son, our Savior.

*He can meet all your needs, and he can do it simultaneously.

*He gives you hope when you're hopeless, help when you're helpless, peace when you're in pain, strength when you struggle, rest when you're restless and courage when you cry.

*He sees and sympathizes.

*He guards and he guides.

*He heals the sick, cleanses the leper, sets the captive free and forgives sinners.

*He is the key to knowledge, the wellspring of wisdom, the doorway of deliverance, and the pathway to peace.

*He's the roadway to righteousness, the highway to holiness, and the gateway to glory.

*He is the master of masters, the captain of the conquerors, the head of the heroes, and the leader of the legislators.

*He is the Governor of governors, the Prince of Peace, the Prince of princes.

*He is the Lord of all lords, the King of all kings.


I wish I could describe him to you. He is indescribable, irresistible, irreplaceable, indisputable, invincible. His word is all you need. He is love, and it never ends. His grace is sufficient, and his mercy never fails. His yoke is easy; his burden is light.


I tell you, you can't outlive him, and you can't live without him. Pilate couldn't stop him, Herod couldn't kill him, death couldn't handle him, and praise God, the grave couldn't hold him.


for reflection:

Are you awed by God?


As we have walked through Lent with those who were transformed by the crucified and risen Christ, now it's our turn. I encourage you to make time on this Easter Sunday to be transformed by God—time to worship him, to listen to his Spirit, to meet him in his word, to see him in his creation. Stay in his presence until you know you have met him, and you cannot be the same.


Mother Teresa told her students that if they would spend time each morning praising Jesus, they would have all the power they needed for the day. Easter is not intended to be an event but a lifestyle.


When last were you awed by God? Will you be transformed today?

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