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We are inclined to think of the last week in December as the greatest gift-giving time of the year, but we are not now thinking about monetary gifts..

This Easter Gift is no less than the Gift of Life itself:

A Life which brings us into a relationship with God. A replace- ment of the Life which man lost in the Garden of Eden.

The Gift of Life is the fulfillment of God’s promise to redeem us to Himself – to buy us back to that original relationship we had with Him before the fall. It was accomplished through the death of Jesus on the cross when He said, “It is finished.”

Yes, Jesus gave His life for us. That is the Gift!! A Life for a life. But death on the cross was not the end.

On EASTER Sunday morning, the grave was empty. Jesus had Risen, in a Resurrected Body; sometimes touchable, sometimes invisible, but with New Life, which no one could ever take from Him again.

Doesn’t this make us hold our breath in awe? Thanks- giving? Here is the evidence of God’s great love made clear to us in our history book, the Bible? HE IS RISEN! -- HE IS RISEN!

This Great Gift has been purchased, paid for, and presented for us to receive. Isn’t this reason enough to make us celebrate??

Read about it in Matt. 26-28, Mark 14-16, Luke 23-24, John 19-21.

We have the opportunity to either accept this Greatest of Gifts, so lovingly provided for us, or just set the day aside as an annual Holiday. May we think seriously about reaching out for this treasured gift of Life and enjoy it for Eternity ! John 1:12

(In comparison with the coveted Oscars of Hollywood, or the treasured gold of the Olympics, this greatest of all Gifts, Eternal Life, cannot be equated with anything this world can offer.)

From my heart to yours, I wish you a truly


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Elsie Young

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