"He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all. If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God."

This week is so special for all us. I love the week of Easter. Every year it seems to mean more to me than the last year. Jesus sweet Jesus chose to give His life for ours! What an amazing gift for all of us.

There was one special point for this week's thought. Jesus came to replace religion, rules, and rituals! Jesus came so that we could come directly to the throne to our heavenly Father! Isn't that an incredible act of love. Jesus hung on a cross with nails in His hands and feet so that we could come right into our Father's arms.

Also, Jesus came so that He could clean us up from the inside out. Like the scripture says above He set us free from all of our blemishes and dead end efforts trying to earn our way to heaven. There is NO way we could ever repay Christ and our God for this extravagant gift- the love of Christ by giving His life for us.

My challenge this week is: make this week a special week in your personal life. Each day this week reflect on the cross as much as possible. Think of the pain that Jesus suffered all the way up to the crucifixion. He was mocked, beaten, rejected, abused, and so much more so that you and I could have eternal life. Go to the cross and rededicate your lives to Christ in a deeper way. Keep your thoughts on heaven like never before this week and God will honor every thought you offer Him. Remember this week what an extravagant gift God gave you-- His only Son so that we all may be set free and live eternally with our Father in heaven one glorious day!

I love you all! Livin Lively, Laine