It’s spring here and the calendar is full. Spring sports and other family obligations are in full swing. During Sunday night’s dinner I took out my planner and showed our kids. “Well, here is our schedule for the next five weeks, see you towards the end of May.” I was joking of course because our days are home and often slow-paced but our evenings are going to be an adventure. Can you relate? Thankfully it’s a season for us and maybe for you as well.
Do you know Easter is this Sunday?
Yes I know, it kind of snuck up on me as well, even though it falls later this year. For some reason holidays are sneaking up on me faster than I ever remember before. Maybe it’s the full schedule of raising four kiddos or my aging brain but Easter is a big day and I don’t want this one to slip by.
As a kid I remember this day being a day we would get a beautiful new dress. Sometimes mine would match my sisters in design but would be a different color. We would dress up and go to church and then come home and have ham and an Easter egg hunt. It was fun and I still love the idea of new clothes for Easter and eggs to hunt but as I have grown older I have realized really what this day of celebration is about.
This day is a day of hope for those of us who have accepted Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior.
If you know the story then you know the pain, the anguish, the sacrifice that Jesus did for us on the cross. As I was reading to my kids the Easter story from the bible the other day, this scene in the garden before his arrest made me teary.
He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Luke 22:41-44
Sweating blood. Have you ever sweated blood? I haven’t. I have been broken to a point of shaking in tears but to sweat blood? That would be intense. Stay here a moment. Can you visualize this moment of anguish?
Jesus knew what was coming and he was feeling the weight of it all on his shoulders to a point of asking his Father to take it away but He also knew He had to walk through this horrific death because redemption would be on the other side.
The part that got me teary is this, He did this for me, for you, for all creation, because He loves us so. When I personalized it and thought about the things in my life where I had messed up or fallen short and knew I didn’t deserve anything, Jesus says, “I love you Alesha I died for you so that when you repent and believe in me, you can come spend eternity with me. I sweated blood for you because I love you.
Friend, this hope and love is not just for me. It’s for you too. He sweated blood for you, He loves you. Pretty amazing right? Do you believe it? It’s hard to comprehend sometimes, especially if we haven’t had someone in our life love us this way, but it’s true.
As you go into these next couple of days before Easter, may I encourage you to take some time and think about the sacrifice that was done for you. Death was conquered and the biggest miracle the world has ever seen took place. Hallelujah!!