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Friday, March 29, 2013

Reflecting on Easter

It's here! Spring is in the air, fingers everywhere are stained in an array of colors, colorful eggs are filling baskets and most of America plans to go to church this Sunday. Easter is my second favorite holiday next to Christmas, and not just for the "fun" aspects of it, but for the profound meaning of the Resurrection day. This day signifies the most important event to happen in our faith's history! It's more than just going to church, baskets, and brunch gatherings...it's the day the work on the cross was completed! If Jesus hadn't risen on the third day, our faith would be meaningless.
Today is Good Friday, the day we remember when Jesus died on the cross. He didn't just go through the physical pain and torture, but emotional pain and public humiliation. He endured what no other person on this planet in all history could endure, bearing the full burden of the world's sin.
"So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns  and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. Then they said, 'Hail, King of the Jews!' and they struck Him with their hands." John 19:1-3
"Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away. And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the place of the skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center." John 19:16-18
After His body was in the tomb, He rose from the dead on the third day, (John 20:1-16) defeating sin once and for all. Easter marks the anniversary of the third day; the Resurrection Day. Because He indeed rose as He promised, He proved that He was everything He claimed He was, The Son of God. He went to that cross for you and I, He became sin, the ultimate perfect sacrifice for our every transgression and to take that passively is to spit in His face.
I can't begin to fathom the depths of His love for me, a wretch, but I am forever in His debt, and that's why I live for Him. I am not perfect, I fail daily, but by His grace I endure the race. Please know that His sacrifice is real and so is His love for you and its not His desire that any should perish! (John 3:16) If you don't have a personal relationship with Him, don't hesitate a moment longer, tomorrow is promised to NO ONE and your eternity is at stake. He died for you, why not live this brief life for Him?? And for all my fellow believers out there, I wish you and yours a very blessed Easter! May you all be filled with His spirit as you remember and celebrate this amazing day! God Bless <3