A couple of weeks ago, Bruce Binkley and I enjoyed lunch together at a local restaurant and shared some good Christian fellowship and meaningful, brotherly conversation.  Bruce was sitting to my right, a detail that will help you visualize what happened next.

As we were nearing the end of our meal, I felt something touching the inside of my left arm, which was resting on the table.  I glanced down and noticed some tiny little fingers that were gripping my sleeve just above my elbow.  The fingers belonged to a beautiful little girl with curly, brown hair and big, dark eyes that sparkled with reflections of the lights in the restaurant.  She was looking directly up at me.  When my eyes met hers, she broke into a huge smile, tightened her grip, and pressed her face snuggly against the outside of my arm.  I had never seen the little girl before, and, to my knowledge, she had never seen me. 

The little girl and her mother had been seated next to us for their entire meal, but somehow I had not even looked that direction.  They were in the process of leaving their table when I had the opportunity to make a new little friend.  Her name was Anastasia and she was three years old.  She told me her name and her age in a soft, sweet voice, but it took a repetition of that information by her mother for me to clearly understand.  Her Mom said, “Her name means resurrection,” a fact that I remembered from my study of Greek.  “Her middle name is Zoe,” her mother continued, “from the Greek word that means life.”  I said, “You must have been an Easter baby, Anastasia!”

After a few more “arm hugs,” Anastasia and her mother left, but the encounter kept a smile on my face for the rest of the day. 

Anastasia Zoe.  Resurrection Life. 

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will never die” (John 11:25).

Our confident assurance of eternal life is founded on the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ and His victory over sin, death, hell, and the grave. 

It’s not just “Happy Easter!” It’s “Blessed Easter!”