This week I desperately wanted to write an amazing post about Easter, hoping to add some awe inspiring, mind blowing content to your life this weekend — but I don’t.
Yes, I could go through the play by play of the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection, but I couldn’t do it justice like the men who were actually there. I could try to paint a vivid picture for you of those three days, but I feel it would be a gross understatement. I could break down the greek and hebrew translations and tell you what commentators say about those three days, but I just don’t believe that’s what I’m suppose to do today.
So what I do have to share with you my friend, is this — remember. Go back and remind yourself exactly who this man, named Jesus, was and still is.
Remind yourself of all those who were blind that regained their sight by the touch of his hand. Remind yourself of all of the deaf that received their hearing because of him. Remind yourself of all the lepers who’s spots were removed because of his healing words. Remind yourself of every paralytic who walked again because he entered into their lives. Remind yourself of every mentally unstable person he gave a sound mind to. Remind yourself of every dead person that Jesus brought back to life.
Remind yourself of every detested tax collector that Jesus considered a friend. Remind yourself of every socially undesirable that Jesus showed value to. Remind yourself of every blue collar employee that Jesus saw potential in to be his disciples. Remind yourself of every unclean heart that he didn’t throw stones at but gave them a new life, value and purpose.
Remind yourself of how he fed the multitudes with a few fish and a few loaves of bread, because he felt compassion for them. Remind yourself how he taught those who followed him what the Kingdom of heaven is really like. Remind yourself about how he valued people. Remind yourself how he valued the ones society labeled secondary or unimportant. Remind yourself of all of his teachings though words and deeds.
Remind yourself not only that he died on the cross on that Friday over 2,000 years ago, but three days later he rose from the grave! Remind yourself that he conquered death so that you and I could live! Remind yourself that he gave us freedom!
And then remind yourself that Jesus did all of that for you too…we have only scratched the surface!
I encourage you to remember, so that, the sacred things don’t become familiar.
It’s a dangerous spot to be in, when Easter is just another day. Don’t forget. Don’t go through the motions this weekend, instead remind yourself of God’s faithfulness, grace and love for you. Then live your life in a way that responds with a grateful heart…and may we not limit our grateful heart to just one weekend!
I have been a Christian for 21 years, and I know how traditions can lull you into a religious stupor. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want that! I not only want to remember but I want to live my life in a way that daily celebrates what he has done!
So if your with me, then I encourage you to remember all he has done for you. Once you have done that, choose to respond in a way that celebrates that victory — daily.
Happy Easter my friends,