Happy Easter, Julian Jacob Worrell (2016)

The Resurrection of Jesus,

“He is Risen”

This morning is Easter, the day that Jesus was resurrected from the dead thousands of years ago after dying on the cross to save us from our sins,that all who believe that He is the son of God–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (The Holy Trinity). 
I like to picture you waking-up in a few minutes in your pajamas with sleepers in your eyes while you burst out of bed to rush into the living room to find a giant Easter basket filled with delicious treats, a couple  books or even a video game or movie you have been wanting, Hot wheels, a  silly bendy rubber bunny wrapped around the top of the basket, edible (eatable) pink, yellow, and green Easter grass to hold all the colorful confetti and plastic  Easter eggs filled with the wonderment and mystery that is chocolate, candy, or even some change or dollar bills to a nine year-old boy. 
Of course, your basket, in Mommy’s (my) imagination, definitely includes a super soft, plush Easter bunny (like “Bun-Bun” that you used to snuggle with at night after we said The Lord’s Prayer together after flossing and brushing, but not before pulling a disappearing act to try to avoid it (ha-ha)!
That reminds Mommy that the last time we saw each other, I gave you an Easter basket with a bunny that I hope you are allowed to cuddle with every night.  It makes me think of how I used to tell you every night, “Jesus loves you, and so do Mommy and Daddy (my Uncle Chrissy used to say that to my cousins–your second cousins, Ashley and Ryan every night, too).
Now that you are past halfway through with third grade (nine years old), you could probably use a bigger bunny, but only if you’re not too big for that.  I wish there was a way I could at least get your school and sports pictures. 
May the Lord make sure you get this message on this glorious Easter Sunday.  There was a plaque, well, several, on Pappy (Clarence/”Rich,” or “Red” Gilliland, from the name, McGilliland) and Grandma Nancy’s (your great-grandma Nancy, your Grandma Sue’s mommy) wall with Bible verses. 
I still vividly recall walking up that steep stairwell covered with light, sea-foam green carpet to match the lighter green painted walls that still hold your pictures from preschool.  At the top of the stairwell was the simple Psalm (“song”) from The Holy Bible that read, “Today is a day in which the Lord hath made.  Therefore, be glad and rejoice in it (Psalm 118:24).” 
I hope you do the same today.  I do every day when I thank the Lord for the miracle that is you (which could not have happened without meeting your Daddy).  I love you, Julian.  Please do not ever forget that!  Don’t give up.   Neither will I, my little love. 
Remember that whenever you’re having a tough day at school, at home, or you maybe you feel like crying (if nine year old boys do that?), know that it will always be okay.  No matter what anybody may said or do to you, or the other way around, Jesus loves you, and so do Mommy and Daddy.
Blowing you kisses in the air right now and praying for God or his, or your, guardian angel/s to deliver them to you in Tomball, Texas (if that is where you still live).

Happy Easter, Julian Jacob Worrell!

With love, eternal–For all of Time,

Your Real Mommy, Joni Faith Saloom

(March 27, 2016)

Scripture References to the Resurrection

Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-49; John 20:1-21:25.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, excerpted from The Holy Bible (Synopsis)

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ - small_frog / Getty Images

Biblical depiction/picture of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour, Rising from the Tomb after having been Crucified/Nailed to the Cross on “Good” Friday before he had to Descend into He_ _ (double hockey stick) on Saturday to suffer for our –the world’s sins–but then to Rise/Resurrect on what we now refer to as Easter Sunday (a universal symbol of re-birth and re-generation–a celebration of life, not least).   Jesus had to come down here to live among us so that He could experience the pain and suffering in this “valley of tears” (quoting The Holy Bible) so that he could feel compassion, unconditional love, mercy, kindness, and forgiveness for  all of mankind, no matter bad he or she might sin/make mistakes that are human error because our souls, hearts, and minds that make up our real spiritual selves are subject to temptation of the flesh (the skin) because they are trapped in a human body while we are here.

After Jesus was crucified, Joseph of Arimathea had Christ’s body placed in his own tomb. A large stone covered the entrance and soldiers guarded the sealed tomb. On the third day, a Sunday, several women (Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Joanna and Salome are all mentioned in the gospel accounts) went to the tomb at dawn to anoint the body of Jesus.

A violent earthquake took place as an angel from heaven rolled back the stone. The guards shook in fear as the angel, dressed in bright white, sat upon the stone. The angel announced to the women that Jesus who was crucified was no longer in the tomb, “He is risen, just as he said.” Then he instructed the women to inspect the tomb and see for themselves.  Next he told them to go inform the disciples. With a mixture of fear and joy they ran to obey the angel’s command, but suddenly Jesus met them on their way.

They fell at his feet and worshiped him.

Jesus then said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee. There they will see me.”

When the guards reported what had happened to the chief priests, they bribed the soldiers with a large sum of money, telling them to lie and say that the disciples had stolen the body in the night.

After his resurrection (rising from the dead), Jesus appeared to the women near the tomb and later at least twice to the disciples while they were gathered at a house in prayer. He visited two of the disciples on the road to Emmaus and he also appeared at the Sea of Galilee while several of the disciples were fishing.

Why Is the Resurrection Important?

The foundation of all Christian doctrine hinges on the truth of the resurrection. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11:25-26, NKJV)



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