As Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow and Tin Man made their way threw the scary forest in the Wizard of OZ, they were worried about encounters with “lions and tigers and bears – oh my!”.
At this time of year, little children are looking forward to encounters with chocolate bunnies and chicks and eggs. But as Christians, this time of year should be about so much more than sweet treats. Just as the real reason for Christmas has become over-shadowed by sparkling decorations, gaily wrapped presents and turkey dinners, so has the real meaning of Easter been overshadowed by gaily coloured baskets filled with sweet treats and images of cute bunnies and chicks.
I think that of the two celebrations, Christmas and Easter, the latter means the most to me. It means that a kind, loving and innocent man, Jesus, was betrayed, falsely charged, unjustly convicted, cruelly tortured, and put to death in an excruciating manner, to pay for the crime of sin that I committed. He willing did this so that, not only would I not have to pay the penalty and go through the punishment for my crime, but my record would be wiped clean – forever – and so that I would be able to have eternal life filled with blessing beyond my comprehension and live in the presence of my loving Heavenly Father. Jesus went through all the horrors so that I could become the glorious creation God meant me to be and have the glorious fellowship with Him that He has always wanted.
Easter is not about big family dinners and fun and games; it is about betrayal, rejection, false accusation, and injustice.
Easter is not about chocolate and candies; it is about beatings and scourging.
Easter is not about cute little bunnies and chicks; it is about a barbaric, slow, agonizing, bloody death on a wooden cross.
Easter is not about pastel pinks, blues, yellows and purples; it is about the red colour of blood, the purple of bruising, the blackness of the tomb.
While Easter is filled with these scenes of tragedy, sorrow, horror and death, it is also filled with the brightness of the glory of the resurrected Saviour, Jesus Christ. And the resurrection of Jesus fills us with the beautiful colours of joy, hope and everlasting peace. For not only did Jesus die for us so that our sins were forgiven, He also rose for us so that we also would have the hope of a resurrected life, a life eternal lived in glory with Jesus and God. OH MY!!
Isa 53:3 Men made sport of him, turning away from him; he was a man of sorrows, marked by disease; and like one from whom men’s faces are turned away, he was looked down on, and we put no value on him.
Isa 53:4 But it was our pain he took, and our diseases were put on him: while to us he seemed as one diseased, on whom God’s punishment had come.
Isa 53:5 But it was for our sins he was wounded, and for our evil doings he was crushed: he took the punishment by which we have peace, and by his wounds we are made well.
Isa 53:6 We all went wandering like sheep; going every one of us after his desire; and the Lord put on him the punishment of us all.
Isa 53:7 Men were cruel to him, but he was gentle and quiet; as a lamb taken to its death, and as a sheep before those who take her wool makes no sound, so he said not a word.
Isa 53:8 They took away from him help and right, and who gave a thought to his fate? for he was cut off from the land of the living: he came to his death for the sin of my people.
Isa 53:9 And they put his body into the earth with sinners, and his last resting-place was with the evil-doers, though he had done no wrong, and no deceit was in his mouth.
Joh 11:25 Jesus said to her, I am the Resurrection and the Life! He who believes in Me, though he die, yet he shall live.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been joined together in the likeness of His death, we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection;
THANK YOU JESUS!
I have included a link to a great music video, I hope it is okay to use it. If not, I am sorry. For The Cross