The Resurrection: what it means and what it doesn’t.

This weekend we celebrate the unfathomable:

Easter resurrection John 11-25
the Son of God’s sinless and selfless life on earth,
His sacrifice and substitutionary death for our sin, and
His defeat of death, hell and the grave.

His resurrection from death secures our hope of eternal life.

It doesn’t secure a more prosperous life here on earth.
It doesn’t secure physical healing.
It doesn’t secure freedom from consequences.

It secures hope—a confident hope—of eternal life in the presence of God, of a life we can’t imagine. 

Only then will we experience a life free from poverty, disease, and injustice. A life free from heartache, violence, abuse, terrorism, political posturing, human trafficking, etc.


We wrongly look to earthly authorities to provide what only God can, what only God will.

Share Peter’s inexpressible and glorious joy on this Resurrection Sunday.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is by his great mercy that we have been born again,
because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.

Now we live with great expectation,
and we have a priceless inheritance—
an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled,
beyond the reach of change and decay.
And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power
until you receive this salvation,
which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though
you must endure many trials for a little while.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine.
It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—
though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.
So when your faith remains strong through many trials,
it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when
Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

You love him even though you have never seen him.
Though you do not see him now, you trust him;
and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:3-9 (NLT)

Susan Stilwell

Susan Stilwell consults, writes and speaks on a variety of topics. Her clients appreciate her technical expertise and attention to detail on their websites, projects, and social media strategies. Technical "how-tos" are Susan's favorite articles to write. You can find her working as a blog designer and contributing writer at Fistbump Media. Susan also serves as a hospital chaplain associate and is a voracious scripture memorizer. She's a conference speaker and passionate expositor of God’s Word, and active on Twitter, Facebook, and

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One comment

  1. Yesterday was Easter Sunday and we were spending time together as a family at home together for the first time in five years.. “Enjoying” the day. Not only for what it was, but for the fact that our family is healing from the loss of our daughter, sister, and friend.
    Our home has become a safe haven to friends of our daughters as well as ours.
    In a laughing conversation a comment was made that this has become the Island for Misfit Toys. Thus the search has begun.
    However in searching for the perfect portrait. We have seen the photo of the little girl dragging the lion and she so reminds us of our daughter.
    How? Is there any way?? to purchase this photograph? It warms our heart so. Then reading your blog to go with it. There’s no words to describe.

    Karen, I do look forward to hearing from you.
    on behalf of
    Dedra, Jamison and Elijah Turney

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