Daily Devotional for Monday April 6, 2020

It is Biblical to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ!!!

(Matthew 28:1-8)

***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please help me to live this day honoring You in my thoughts, words, and deeds. Help me this day to live my life pleasing and acceptable to Jesus. Allow me to use my life to help someone else during this day, and be kind to everyone I come across no matter how they may treat me. Let Christ shine through me throughout this day oh Lord, be glorified through my life! In Jesus name I pray...AMEN!

***THE DAILY LIVEPRAYER TV NUGGET: The all-out assault on Christians by the media is ON! Last week I shared with you how the New York Times decided that when the dust settled, China was not to blame for the Wuhan Flu...Biblical Christians were! You can read that in the Liveprayer TV Nugget section of the Saturday March 28th Daily Devotional. Well, that opened the floodgates for the media attack on Biblical Christians. You know, we are the anti-science, un-educated, toothless rubes who cling to our guns, Bibles, and God. The Bezos Washington Post claims that “toxic masculine Evangelicals” are to blame for the deaths in the US. MSNBC attacks Biblical Christians calling them “Christian nationalists.” The Bezos WaPo uses the word “toxic” since it identifies our beliefs that defy the lies of satan on every issue the culture has embraced. We are called “masculine” since in their warped view of Christianity women don’t exist, only men. It is always amusing to me the theological ignorance of those who propagate this foolish belief. The Bible clearly teaches that men and women are 100% equal, they simply have different God-given roles to perform. The often abuses passage how women are to be “obedient,” conveniently leaves out the FULL CONTEXT that tells men to love their wives as Christ loves the church! Like satan, the media takes Scripture out of context to make claims the Bible DOES NOT support! MSNBC uses the phrase “Christian nationalists” as a pejorative to further the narrative that President Trump is a puppet of the Christians. The “evil” Christians put President Trump in office to make the United States a Christian theocracy. Again, such claims are fantastical since true Biblical Christians are commanded to be good citizens of the state, and to pray for those in authority over them. However, the media views Christians as their only opposition in advancing a satanic-inspired cultural agenda whose hallmark is death, slaughtering innocent babies and euthanasia, while proudly waving our American flags in opposition to their globalist dreams. People have called me paranoid for over 2 decades as I have tried to explain the level of hatred and hostility this world has towards followers of Jesus Christ. NOTHING HAS REALLY CHANGED SINCE OUR LORD WALKED THE EARTH 2,000 YEARS AGO AS THIS HOLY WEEK DEMONSTRATES! The media is the mouthpiece of the culture, a culture we sadly abandoned for the most part 4 decades ago, and they are no longer hiding their contempt and disdain for Biblical Christians. BLAMING TRUE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE WUHAN FLU CLEARLY SHOWS THE DEPTH OF THEIR LOATHING FOR US AND OUR BELIEFS!!!

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Every year at this time, I get inundated with emails that read like doctrinal dissertations on why a Christian should NOT celebrate Easter. They mostly come from cults, but also from some Christian groups, primarily Messianic congregations that in recent years have been hijacked by Gentiles and preach and teach a very legalistic doctrine focused solely on the Old Testament. For the record, Passover is a Jewish Feast and NOT a Christian celebration. Jesus became the "perfect one-time sacrifice" for the sins of mankind.

These groups make arguments about the pagan roots of Easter, the evils of Easter eggs, the satanic nature of the Easter bunny, and many other reasons why a Christian should not celebrate Easter. To those people I have only one thing to say, "You have sadly missed the point of this special time of year!!!"

Listen, everyone knows that the word Easter is not in the Bible (actually Easter is in the KJV, but is an incorrect translation of the Greek word that should say Passover) and originates from the pagan goddess Eostre. Do we stop using the names for the days of the week and months of the year because they also have pagan roots?

I have yet to meet anyone who worshiped an Easter egg, only ate them. If you are old enough to be able to read this, you are old enough to know that there is no Easter Bunny. These are simply symbols that the world uses in regard to this holiday. There is only ONE REASON a Christian celebrates Easter, and that is to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

One easy solution to those offended by the word "Easter" is to simply call Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day!

Christians SHOULD celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus! It is right and good that we take time each year to remember this blessed event. It is a well-documented, historical event chronicled in all four Gospels and supported by the historians of that day. It is easily the GREATEST EVENT IN HUMAN HISTORY! Think about it. God Himself, the Creator of the heavens and earth, came to this earth as a mere man to live with His creation.

He came as a baby, born of a virgin in a humble manger in an obscure little town. He would grow up to die on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. Three days after His death, God would raise Him from the dead as a sign to this lost and unbelieving world that He was exactly who He claimed to be-the SON OF GOD!!! His life would literally transform the lives of every man, woman, and child for the rest of human history. THAT is why we celebrate Easter. THAT is why, as Christians, we MUST celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord.

I love you and care about you so much. I realize that most people who say not to celebrate Easter mean well and are trying to live their lives in a way pleasing and acceptable to God. But they have missed the point of Easter. Easter is about only one thing, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus.

It is one of those times of the year that we gather with family and friends and share our faith in Christ. Easter is also VERY BIBLICAL. All four Gospels gives us the account of the very first Easter. Now, some 2,000 years later, we will set aside time this Sunday to celebrate the day that God raised our Lord from the dead.

I pray today that you will never forget what Easter is really about and why we celebrate this day. Of course, anything that the world gets involved with becomes perverted. The world has taken this sacred time of the year and turned it into a time of commerce. We must never allow ourselves to get so caught up in the commercialism of the Easter season, to forget what it is about . . . a time to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. THAT is what Easter is really about, and THAT is why, as Christians, we MUST celebrate the greatest event in human history!

Prepare to have a most blessed and special Resurrection Day this Sunday!!!

In His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller