Rejoice ! He is no longer in the garden tomb ! I actually said that out loud the other day in Target and had a lady turn her head so quickly to see who the outspoken Christian crazy lady was that had just said those words in public. I just smiled and continued shopping for the Easter candy I was excited to put in my cart. I actually didn’t know someone was close enough to hear me because I was focused on reminding myself of the importance of Easter, not trying to make a scene in the local Target. You see I love all the fun commercial things about Easter too and it can easily become all about me. What am I going to wear, how fun can I make the kids Easter baskets, what beautiful centerpiece am I going to create for the dinner table… I need to remind myself about the true meaning of Easter. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord !
I’m not asking you to replace your long lasting family traditions with obligatory religious duties. I am encouraging you to stop and ponder this week about the truth… the love that God has for you and how we have HOPE in our lives because of what happened at Easter.
Yesterday was Palm Sunday and I am reminded of how Jesus entered Jerusalem. He was given the ceremony of a King. He had a triumphant entry into the city as people were laying down their cloaks and palm branches to cover the dirt so the King was shown his due honor. People were shouting “Hosanna to the son of David !” ” Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”. The people were excited to think the prophecy of Zechariah was being fulfilled. But these same people would bow to political pressure in just a few days and they would desert him.
The good news for us is that Jesus was fully aware of his purpose – He would offer himself as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind.
As we enter into the Holy week, I encourage you to stop and ponder what really happened all those years ago. The triumphant entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem, the fact that Jesus was betrayed and disowned which led to his suffering and crucifixion. Do not forget the most important fact, Jesus arose from the grave three days later – that is why we celebrate Easter !! He is Risen – He is Risen indeed !! He did all of this for you and me so that we too may have eternal life !
Enjoy this glorious holiday – remembering that God loved you so much He was willing to give you His son.
HAPPY EASTER !! Blessings !
Hebrews 12:2 – Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.