Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

It’s Easter morning and Carlee gave me a bit of a challenge last night and so did Connor.  I think I caught about four hours of sleep last night.  This morning, I am sleepwalking, Easter baskets have been discovered, and Connor is enjoying a breakfast of a chocolate bunny ear and an airhead candy.  (It might be a long day).   Even sleep deprived, I do love Easter!  Soon we will get ready to go to church in our dressy outfits, have an egg hunt, lunch with cousins and family, and it looks like we will enjoy this beautiful day! 

This is the first time that we have missed sunrise service in a while.  That is usually my favorite service of the year because I am reminded of the True Meaning of Easter as the sun breaks over the horizon.   It is a beautiful time to remember that ‘Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit.’ Romans 1:4. 

This is such a beautiful time when Spring is settling, and little girls wear hats and white gloves and little boys wear suits and ties.  It puts me in a good mood.  But, Easter is also a sad time when I think of all the events that happened before Christ was resurrected.  I often wonder why Jesus had to be so brutally killed?  Why did it have to last so long?  Why did He have to be criticized, abused, scared, hurt in front of all of his family and friends?  Everyone suffered.   And, when the dust settled as He was hanging on the Cross, He had to take all of our Sin….the shame, the bitterness, the hurt on a man that had never experienced sin.  Why did it have to be that way?

He was the Son of God….Couldn’t it have been easier to just wave a miracle and plant a garden in our name?  Why not just agree that we would be Forgiven and Saved?  Why not something easy?  But the thing is, it wasn’t easy, it was the ultimate sacrifice the sacrifice of God’s Son.  Could you imagine watching your innocent child suffer through anything so horrible for someone else?  Had He did anything else we wouldn’t even begin to understand the love He had for us, the sacrifice, the Gift He gave….. and I don’t think we could ever truly understand it anyway.  “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace.”  Ephesians 1:7
As we know, there was a beautiful miracle “The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."   Matthew 28
I wish you all a Happy Easter and I hope you enjoy this beautiful day knowing that although we are undeserving… no matter who you are, where you are from, what you do… can accept His gifts.  He is Alive and We are Forgiven.  We are Loved.  Our Needs are Provided.  Our Worry is taken away.  We are Blessed.

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