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Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Isn't About Eggs

Good Friday.

I woke this morning with a couple of friends on my mind. I prayed for them and then set about my day as usual. Then I remembered it’s Good Friday. My thoughts immediately went to my Savior. I’ve often wondered what He must have felt, what wars raged emotionally and mentally His final week of life as a Man.

As is Satan’s custom, he redoubles his efforts to defeat us the closer we are to success. Can you imagine what went on in Jesus’ life the last week, and leading up to this day…the day of His crucifixion? How many times was He tempted to chuck it all in or cry out for angels to deliver Him? He had the power. He chose to control that and save humanity.

Let’s bring it closer to home.

With an ultra-liberal media who’d rather invent stories than investigate and report real ones, it’s easy to lose sight of the truth of Good Friday. Jesus was murdered is the human view. Jesus laid down His life for us is the real reality. No one took His life. He gave it. In fact, this was the sole purpose for His coming to us in the flesh. He said He looked forward to the cross with joy. I’ve mulled that over many times—with joy.

It’s easy to grasp the concept that He died for everyone. That sanitizes it and keeps Him at a safe and manageable distance. It’s another reality to know He died for you. You. Right where you are. Reading this blog. In your loneliness, betrayal, abandonment, defeat. You. He died in your place. His back took your stripes. His hands and feet took your nails. They mocked Him instead of you. He died instead of you.

What are you going to do with that?

Easter is the time we commemorate, appreciate, and celebrate His greatest victory. Culture has commercialized it, packaged it in chocolate eggs and marshmallow chicks. We’ve even sanitized His death and made it remote and clean so that we don’t have to feel uncomfortable. We should feel uncomfortable if we ignore or reject so great a gift. His death was His purpose. He opened wide the door to freedom.

This is what Easter is about.

 What are you going to do with that?

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