“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NKJV)
From Ashes to Rejoicing: The Story Is Not Over!
We as Christians understand the story of Jesus’ resurrection. Because Christ died on the Cross, we thank God, his story did not end at the cross, it was just the beginning. When thinking of ashes, the ideology that comes to mind is something has been destroyed and the ashes are the remains. When you have ashes normally they cannot come back together as they once were. Some people thought once Jesus died on the cross, that Jesus story was over, but that was not in God’s plan. God raised Jesus from the dead and gave him life eternal with Him. Ever since the day of Jesus resurrection, we have victory, hope, and rejoice that we have a right to the tree of life. We celebrate from ashes to rejoicing! Let us remember that we serve a risen savior, Jesus story continues to this day and he will return! Amen.
Our Father which art in heaven, let us always be cognizant of the fact that we serve a risen savior! We have hope in you! Thank you for loving us so much that you gave your son to save us!
Rev. Dr. Pamela Barnes-Jackson
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