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“Color of Easter”


Good Morning!  The Lord has blessed us with another beautiful day! Take a look around. Have you
noticed all the signs of springtime? Even here in the desert climate of Las Cruces, New
Mexico, the trees have started to blossom, and leaves are starting to grow on once barren
branches – the colors of springtime abound — telling us that Easter is on its way.
Our loving God has given us this season for a reason. It represents the time of a new
beginning. Take the time, wherever you are this day to give thanks to God for the
beautiful creation that surrounds you – His glory on display! In fact, this is a day that the
Lord has made – just for you! Praise the Lord!

As we enter the Easter season, the “Color of Easter” comes to mind. Below is a heavenly
object that might be fitting for this Easter season with its pastel hues. Don’t you think it
looks like a “cosmic” Easter egg? This particular image was taken a few weeks ago from
our JMSM Observatory near Mayhill, NM.

The fact is… This is an object in our own Milky Way Galaxy! It is called “The Crab
Nebula”, technically named M1 – a super nova remnant. This super nova is the result of
a star that exploded thousands of years ago. Amazingly, God not only created M1, but
He created all the stars as well – and He calls them all by name. What an awesome God
we serve!

“He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and
mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.” (Psalm 147:4-5)

Let’s widen our “field of view” and take a look at the beautiful collection of colorful stars
that surround this unusual object. You might say that this is God’s Easter basket!

This interesting object certainly has some unusual colors that serve to show its intricate
internal structure. It was taken with the use of three different optical filters (Ha, SII, and
OIII) to allow a very narrow slice of light (6nm) to fall on the CCD imaging detector.
The light you see in this image occurred thousands of years prior to the Resurrection of

This super nova remnant was so bright when it first formed, it could actually be seen with
the naked eye during daylight for 23 days by Chinese observers, as recorded on July 4,
1054. This object is located in the Constellation of Taurus, and is some 6,300 light years
distant from our earth.

God’s Light in the heavens is amazing! “The heavens declare the glory of the Lord.”
(Psalm 19:1)  

“We all are equal at the foot of the Cross.” 

The coming of Easter always gives rise to special thoughts, and it’s not uncommon to
think of the wonderful variety of colors associated with the Easter season – a time of

More importantly however, with the coming of Easter, we commemorate and celebrate
the Resurrection of Jesus. For if Christ has not risen, there would be no Christianity! By
Christ’s Resurrection we are justified and are given power to live the Christian life
(Romans 8:33-34); we are given a living hope (1 Peter 1:21) and our lives are raised in
obedient service to Him, for He died for all and rose again (2 Corinthians 5:15).

He is Risen! He is Risen! Hallelujah, He is Risen!

So also, consider some other colors that relate to the sacrifice made by our precious Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ. Consider that our loving God has made a way for us by sending
His one and only Son to the world to die for our sins, and not just our sins, but the sins of
the whole world. “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours
only but also for the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)

Red was the color of the sweat that poured from the face of Jesus as He prayed in the
Garden. (Luke 22:44)

Red was the color of the blood that fell from His forehead when they beat Him and
placed the crown of thorns on His head. (John 19:2)

Red was the color of the blood that flowed from Jesus’ body when they pierced His side
on the Cross. (John 19:34)

Purple was the color of Jesus’ back, beaten and bruised for our transgressions.
(Mark 14:65)

Purple was the color of his garment as they scorned Him. (John 19:3)

Black is the color of the sin, the price that Jesus paid on the cross. (Mark 15:25)

Black is the color of the hour that fell over the land as He called out to His Father.
(Matthew 27:46)

White is the color of the linens that lay over Jesus in the tomb. (Luke 23:53)

White is the color of the Light found in Jesus. (John 8:12)

Of course, these colors are quite a contrast to the beautiful pastel colors we typically see
at Easter. It is good to celebrate with both as a glorious reminder of the grace of God, the
redemptive price paid by Jesus for the sins of the world, and the blessed hope we have in
Christianity. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of His grace… ” (Ephesians 1:7)

By this, know that as you “walk in the Light” toward the coming of Easter Sunday, that
your sins have been washed away by the blood of Jesus. “But if we walk in the light as
He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ
His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

Realize too that Jesus’ sacrifice was “made once” for eternal redemption, that by the
grace of God, the repentance of your sins, and your faith in Jesus Christ, you have an
eternal inheritance – for as it says in Hebrews 9:12-15,

“Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most
Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls
and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying
of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit
offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve
the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means
of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those
who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”

That’s right… Jesus is a superior sacrifice! Jesus paid your sin debt when He died on the
Cross and rose again. Jesus is your Redeemer, and you have been washed clean by the
blood of Jesus!

Rejoice in your salvation and walk in obedience to God. Rejoice in the Holy Spirit that
dwells within you. Rejoice in the Body of Christ, for you are living an eternal hope in
Christ Jesus. Rejoice in the fact that Jesus will come again soon, for there will be a great
judgment, and everyone will know that Jesus Christ is Lord.

“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was
offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will
appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” (Hebrews 9:27-28)

In closing, let me encourage you once again to take the time in the days approaching
Easter, to deeply consider the significance of the Sacrifice and Resurrection of Jesus. Let
the “Color of Easter” take on a new meaning in your life as you reflect on what Jesus did
for you, and how He has made a difference in your life. Most of all, consider the “Color
of Easter” as an opportunity to share your faith in Jesus with others – for that is what
Jesus commanded us to do.

It is my prayer, that as you walk in the Light as the Body of Christ, that you will place
your trust and obedience in the One True God and seek His guidance. May the Lord give
you strength to be a Christ-like example to others as you carry your own cross toward the
coming Easter Sunday, and throughout your life — always lifting up the name of Jesus
and giving glory and praise to God.

Remember… Regardless your worldly situation or circumstances, “We are all equal at
the foot of the cross.” Fix your eyes on Jesus!

Have a great day, and may the Lord place someone in your path this day, that you may
share the Good News of Jesus.

Your brother in Christ,
Mike Sherick

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