Not only with spring comes flowers and bright green grasses, pretty hats, and new shoes for Easter. But what comes in this season, is the story of Jesus and his walk to the cross. The path to Calvary,from Gethsemane, the rejection, hurt, pain that he endured.
The Easter bunny is known throughout the country and the world, books are written, plays given in your elementary schools, and the stores are flooded with all sorts of candy and brand new shiny shoes with pretty bows, and hats for the ladies and the little girls. The bunny will even take a picture with your child for a fee. Well, commercialism, just like Christmas, the toys the parties you get it.
Jesus was born into this world, not to condemn it , but to save us from our sins, give us new life with him. He walked the dusty roads from Nazareth to Jerusalem. He healed the blind man, raised the dead, fed the five thousand, so many miracles , and the love that he showed to his fellow man. How can we forget what he has done for us all? The love it took to hang on an old rugged cross, with nails in his hands and feet, the crown of thorns that pierced his skull until the blood spewed, with any head injury, it is known to bleed profusely. The spitting in his face, and the plucking of his beard, the stripes, oh those beatings, one can only imagine the torture and the excruciating pain he felt. There were shards of stone, and glass, at each swing , it ripped apart his flesh. I believe you get the picture I have tried to portray for you. We would never really now just how he looked, and felt, we were not there, but many watched him to be humiliated, and torn into shreds by the hands of men he loved, and may have healed.
Easter … well this is a day reserved for my Lord, his goodness towards me and to every one of this world, he offered his body a living sacrifice. The prayer he prayed at Gethsemane, the sweat of his brow poured out like great drops of blood, how he must have agonized at the thought of what he must have to go through for me and you.
The Prayer in the Garden
32 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”
Betrayal and Arrest in Gethsemane
18 When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered. 2 And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples. 3 Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons
Betrayal and Arrest in Gethsemane
Matthew 26: 46-48
47 And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.”
he twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him.
Jesus was with his friends, and one of his friends betrayed him. The others fled and left him. Peter denied him thrice. How lonely and horrible he had to have felt. He knew before he came to this earth, what he was going to do. He set out to live and die for each of us.
Jesus Christ him crucified, died for you, and me, so we can be set free from the bondage of sin. To live life eternally with him, he not only died for us, but when he arose and ascended into heaven, he gave us a gift, a gift of life, and now a Comforter to the Holy Spirit, to see us through out our daily lives. To walk with us, to guide our hearts, to convict our hearts, to renew our minds, to give us knowledge by way of discernment through his Holy Spirit by way of reading the word. The word, Jesus is the word, the living bread, he is our Lord and Savior, so this Easter, think about what he has done for you. Not the Easter bunny, that is just a pagan image, manmade. Give your children the Lord on Easter and everyday.
It Is Never Enough
I cannot relate exactly what Jesus did for us all. I can only give a thought, and example, or an idea of what it may have been like. No words could every portray, no mortal tongue could ever say, just what Jesus did. No artist could every portray the love of Jesus. Do you know Jesus? Ask him into your heart today, he loves you so very much, you know he died for you. He will forgive you of all your sins, and give to you a new heart, new life in him. Wont you ask him in your heart today? He is a whisper away.
Thank You Dear Sweet Jesus Christ, My Savior