I am excited to share with you today what God has laid on my heart. It all started when my husband brought home an Easter lily. This past week. Several days, um, BEFORE EASTER. You know, you may think this is weird, but I felt guilty smelling that lily. I mean, BEFORE EASTER! (Deep breath here.) I had to take a moment and remind myself that as a Christ-follower, every day is Easter! It’s okay to breathe in the wonderful smell of that fragrant flower. (Breathe now, and smell the loveliness.)
The smell of that lily reminded me of the joy of going to worship at sunrise on Easter mornings past. Oh, the excitement I experienced. Mom and I would get up super early and join the choir to lift our voices together in worship. Just two days before Easter, we had solemnly celebrated Jesus’ death on the cross. What an unbelievable sacrifice! The Saturday before Easter has always been, in my heart and mind, a day of not-quite-joy-filled-but-anticipating, because we must wait for it…
Sunday! We entered the church in the pre-dawn darkness. In the midst of that darkness rose the sweet aroma of lilies lovingly placed around the altar, beneath the cross. The sun would soon rise as it does every morning. But this day, THIS DAY is Easter! It’s time! It’s finally time! Time to proclaim the age-old Good News—the best news the world has ever heard. Very early in the morning on that first Easter, just as the sun rose, the Son rose! Jesus, the Son of God, conquered the grave! I know! It’s amazing! HE ROSE! Through His death and resurrection, He declared VICTORY over the darkness. Yes, the lovely fragrance of those lilies reminded me:
GOD GIVES US THE VICTORY!
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15)
Oh God, thank you that You use the smell of the simple white lily to remind us of Jesus’ victory over sin, death and the devil through His death and resurrection. Thank you for tangible reminders, for Your great love, and for Your continuing work in our hearts. Right now, this moment, (even if it’s before Easter), we declare with all the saints around the world…
CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN, INDEED! HALLELUJAH!
Oh, the sweet, sweet smell of victory through Jesus!
God bless you, my friends,
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future.
And life is worth the living, just because He lives.