This week is Passion week…the week before Easter. It seems like everyone is on Pinterest finding the prettiest way to dye eggs or the best way to decorate the dining table for Sunday dinner…myself included. I just discovered this weekend that you can dye eggs with silk neck ties and make beautiful intricate designs that food coloring would never get you! And I love a fuzzy bunny and a yellow baby chick as well as the next person. But this week is so~much~more than that.
We really should pause every day of the year to consider the true meaning of Easter. Rather than focusing on how to make a pretty tablescape, we should be focused on what Jesus did on the cross for everyone who chooses to accept Him. But if I am honest sometimes
days, okay weeks, go by when I love Him and try my best to follow Him, but it is just easier not to dwell on his pain and suffering for us.
I think if we truly knew the extent of His sacrifice, it would be hard to do anything but worship Him. And one day worshiping Him is all we will do! One day we will understand with glorified eyes what He did in dying on the cross. In taking all of our sins on His holy self and conquering the grave. Because God came to earth as a man in Jesus Christ, lived a sinless life, gave His ALL and took the punishment for our sins when He died for us, we can have eternal life! The Bible says that one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. But the difference in where we spend eternity will be determined by whether we bow to Him before or after we see Him with our own eyes.
But for now, we are bound by this place and time, where moths and rust destroy. Where keeping our hearts clean can be as hard as keeping a house clean with little ones underfoot.
It’s not easy to see the pain and hurt, the ugliness and the evil, that plague our world today and understand that God is still in control. Our finite minds want to ask why. Why do innocent children get abused or terminally sick? What makes someone think they have the right to take another person’s life? Why do the rich get richer while the poor die of hunger? Honestly, there are a lot of things I just don’t understand. And it would be easy to decide there must not be a God if He allows such bad things to happen.
That’s where faith comes in. We don’t have to understand. We don’t have to have all the answers. We just have to trust that God is good…all the time. When we can’t see His hand, we have to trust His heart. We just have to trust that His ways are higher than ours and He has reasons that won’t make sense until we see Him face to face. We have to understand that bad things are the result of sin in our world and that by God giving us freedom to choose whether to worship Him or not, we also have freedom to choose whether to do right or wrong. Sadly, not everyone chooses to do right. But that freedom also gives us the chance to have faith that He really did die on that cross for us and He really did come back to life three days later!
God saved you by his grace through faith. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. ~Ephesians 2:8
Salvation is a free gift from God. There is no way for me to be good enough. If I could, I would be able to get to heaven on my own, without Him. And that would mean that the death of Christ was useless. Now why would God send His only son to die for no reason? The truth is, He wouldn’t. The fact that Jesus died in your place so that you might live, is Truth.
Which means Easter is so~much~more than bunnies & egg hunts. I have nothing against egg hunts. I am sure my four littles will make sure we have a few. And they will get an Easter basket of goodies too. But…we are also spending the week focused on the cross, the death of Christ, hanging our homemade Easter Story ornaments on twine garland, and remembering that He is the reason for celebration, not the Easter bunny.
Will you please pause this week to reflect on Jesus? To really focus on Him and how much He loves you? If you know Him as your Lord & Savior (& He knows you), take a minute to say thank you. Maybe even spend more time with Him than you do on Pinterest, Facebook, or Etsy. (~~~Insert stepping on my own toes here.~~~)
If you don’t know Him as your Savior, why not ask Him to show you the Truth? What could it hurt to be open to Truth? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
One of my very favorite songs is “Oh, Glorious Day” performed by Casting Crowns. Somehow, they are able to sum up the Easter story in fewer words than I would ever be able to. No matter how far my wayward heart has wandered, this song always brings me right back to the reason for my hope. So, in honor if Him this week, I made this printable for you. Feel free to print it and hang it where you can see it this week, and in the weeks to come, as a gentle reminder of what He has done for you, and that He is coming again, one glorious day!
Print your Glorious Day printable here: Oh Glorious Day