This morning, my family and I join Arizonans across the state in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his victory over sin and death. The Apostle Paul invites “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1) And in the same passage he continues: “Ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Galatians 1:13-14) “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) Would our neighbor recognize Christ, the giver of good gifts in us?
Easter is a time for us to reflect on the sacrifices Christ made for all of us, His children, and reflect on our sacrifices we make personally in holy gratitude and similitude of His offering of Himself. Above everything else, Easter is THE holiday of hope. After a dark night of loss, the joyful morning comes! This is an exceptionally special Easter for me and my family as we celebrate the birth of my first grandchild, Charlotte Amara Boyce. After a night spent in laboring pains, there is a new life to welcome, to celebrate with joy and wonder. This is what we labor for now in preserving our God-given rights, an “inheritance of liberty” that the next generation may be secure in their liberty. We must unceasingly, teach this next wave of torchbearers to value and safeguard their religious and civic freedoms.
Our newly-begotten granddaughter is a great blessing for me and my family, and she is a reminder of Christ’s eternal love, “whom having not seen, (we) love; in whom, though now (we) see Him not, yet believing, (we) rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. (1 Peter 1:8)
We will meet little Charlotte soon, and as the Apostle Peter says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again into a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:3-4)
May you all have a blessed day with family and friends. “Christ has risen; He has risen indeed!”