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He is Risen!
Easter at TJS
Happy Easter from The Journal Sentinel staff.

Easter is this Sunday, April 17 and is the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We also think of spring when Easter arrives, and we have already been enjoying the burst of blooms. Just as Jesus arose and gave us new lives in Christ, so does the blossoming of God’s glorious flowers and trees remind us of the birth of a new season.

Two years ago, we were not able to meet together for our Easter observances. Even last year, some observances were not held.  However, now we are once again able to celebrate this season with family gatherings and church fellowship events. Of course, prayer and worship do not need a structure, since these are within our hearts.

Christians know the Easter celebration is held to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus, which happened three days after He was crucified, dying on the cross to save us all from our sins and opening the door to Heaven for those who believe in Him.

What a comfort to know that Jesus still lives in our hearts and souls.  With Jesus in our hearts, no trial is too much for us or burdens too heavy, since we never need to carry them alone. As humans, we stress and worry about certain situations, but this exhausts our energy, since these are burdens we need not carry.  Yes, God does expect us to adequately plan, but unnecessary worry wastes so much of our efforts when Jesus can carry our burdens. We simply have to turn to Him and have faith.  Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only saps today of its strength.

During the past two years, as we have seen the pandemic rise and ebb at times, His presence in our lives has been a source of comfort and peace. Our hope reigns eternal, and Easter is the event that provides that for us.

If you have not accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you are needlessly suffering through your human travails. Life’s struggles are simply part of living, and we all have them - but the roads are much easier to travel with Jesus at our sides.

We hope your Easter holds the promise of eternal life.  We also hope that you will worship at the church of your choice this Sunday or attend an Easter sunrise service in our area.  You will be blessed!