“You, Lord, art high above all the earth: You art exalted far above all gods.“
What do you celebrate on Easter Sunday? Looking at the secular side, for many families, it is all about the fun of having the children hunt for colored eggs, chocolate candies, stuffed bunnies and other small gifts hidden around the yard or house. It’s not the dead of winter, so Santa Claus is nowhere in the minds of toddlers and tykes. But since it is Spring, it’s the Easter Bunny they like. At first morning light, they start scurrying about, while the parents sit watching though they’re totally wiped out. And, like Christmas or Thanksgiving, the family gathers around the table for a nice big breakfast or afternoon feast. The youngsters show off their magnificent finds and treasures in their new baskets. Then they scamper away to fill up on their sugary snacks.
For Christian families, we look at the core of Easter. This is a three-day event. Friday is the celebration of Christ’s crucifixion. I know some may cringe at the thought of celebrating someone being crucified, but when you think about it, this was the reason, Christ was sent to the earth. If it were not for Christ dying on the cross, we would still have to lay up blood sacrifices on the altar (Hebrews 7:26-28); Nor would we be set free from all of our earthly bondages (John 8:36); Or be able to stand spotless before the Lord (1 Peter 1:18-20). You know, Jesus did not want to die. Remember, Jesus cried out to His dad, saying, “You can do anything, PLEASE take this assignment from Me, but if it is Your will, then so be it.” Obviously this was a paraphrase, but the heart-wrenching plea was made by our beautiful and wonderful Savior (Mark 14:36). Of course our hearts ache for how Jesus felt at that moment, but I know, we are all very grateful for HIs sacrifice. Although, we have to remember He was human. Maybe, He had plans. After all, He could see that there was plenty of work to be done, and lots of people to “get on the right track,” so to speak. He was, possibly, in love. He could have been scared, because He knew what He was facing.
Looking at all these possibilities why Jesus DID NOT want to be crucified gets pushed aside by why He submitted to God’s Will and carried out His assignment. He willfully and obediently subjected Himself to BE crucified. Why did He do that? He did it because ABOVE ALL other matters, He loved His Father, so He obeyed His Father’s will. Oh, and let’s not overlook His Father. His Father LOVED His Son. I know it was HORRIFYING to see His son up on the cross, taking on ALL of the illnesses and diseases; ALL of the sufferings and sorrows; ALL of the curses and infirmities; and ALL of the sins and transgressions of the ENTIRE WORLD, laid upon His Son before He died. But, ABOVE ALL of these issues and the trials and torment each of them suffered through, they went on and carried out the task. Why did they do that? Because Their love abounded. They pushed EVERYTHING aside that could have hindered the process, and ABOVE ALL things placed their love for you and me first (John 3:16). We were more important to them ABOVE ALL other matters. Whatsmore, Their love was not just for Their present followers but for ALL of mankind (2 Peter 3:9). That is why, when Jesus arose three days later, He arose a VICTOR, and so did we! We are more than conquerors – Now, we can arise as champions! (Romans 8:38)
!! HAPPY EASTER !!