We like to entertain the thought of a scene such as the one above. Sitting on a bench by a beautiful ocean or body of water and asking our Lord to give us rest from our worries and fears. However, on this Easter weekend we need to think about the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf so that we might be able to rest eternally from all our worries, fears, pain, anxiousness and on the list could continue.
Jesus died a cruel death on the cross of Calvary. It wasn't a pretend event, it actually happened. So many that live in a Cinderella world, of whom I am one, like to place the horrific turn of events that happened to the Son of God on what is termed by many as "Good" Friday, in a box and tuck it away only to slightly remember the false accusations, the beatings and the blood covering the stones where He was beaten. After all, that is too graphic for us to bring into our remembrance, right?
But it happened. It's recorded and there are documented letters that are included in the New Testament to verify His existence and the death He suffered. The one point that has non-believers stumped concerning the Easter celebration is the resurrection of Jesus Christ...Victorious over death! Oh, many celebrate Easter as long as it can be limited to an Easter bunny hopping around and delivering eggs and baskets filled to the brim similar to Santa and the gifts left under the tree on Christmas morning. But the most miraculous....and I repeat miraculous, not magical, is the birth of the Christ child is the true meaning of Christmas and His resurrection on Easter morning after being dead in the tomb for three days.
This portrayal was foreshadowed when Abraham took his only son, Isaac, to be sacrificed on Mt. Moriah. The angel of God spoke before Abraham's knife came down on his son and a sacrificial ram was provided in the bush to be used instead. What a beautiful foretelling of what God would do for us; however, God did allow His only Son to be that sacrifice because only Jesus was the unblemished, perfect Lamb that would take away the sins of the world.
And let's not forget about the events surrounding God's deliverance of His people from Egypt. The night the Death Angel passed over the land and all the first born were killed except for those whose doorposts and door frames were covered with the blood of the lamb. God's people were to stay in their homes until the Death Angel had passed and as a result of this occurrence, they walked into a new day, victorious and free from bondage.
Does that put Easter in a similar visual for us? Jesus shed His blood so that we might be covered and protected from eternal death. As we accept Him and the sacrifice He made on our behalf, we walk from the bondage of sin through those blood stained doors into the Light of a new day provided by our Lord and Savior. We have victory over death in Jesus.
Yes, this weekend is so much more than a bench by the ocean on a sunny day as we find rest in Jesus. It is remembering the sacrifice He made and sharing that knowledge with others. It's bringing more non-believers to the cross and praying they become believers of our Lord.
Have a blessed Easter celebration, my friends and family.....may Jesus be alive and well as you gather at those tables full of food and laughter. May He be given thanks......