I love this time of year, the cold is about to go away for a few months, well it is suppose to get to 60 today but I think it will have to hurry. After having lunch with the Heaven’s Handiwork ladies (wonderful ministry of ladies here at White River Christian Church), running (ok, I have to be truthful, it was a fast walk) back to get into my car, I kept thinking about how it didn’t feel very warm, just kind of a dreary day with no sun shining. Generally, this time of year helps us to be reminded that spring is here and warmer weather is coming. Spring is a great season and we are excited to see the bright colors, the pretty flowers, grass turning from drab brownish color to a pretty shade of green, and trees are starting to bud. It is just the best to go out and breathe in the fresh air of spring or go for a nice walk to enjoy all that God provides for us to enjoy this time of year.
When I reflect on what this time of year means to Christians, it is a bitter sweet in remembering Easter. We need to reflect on what took place before Jesus was crucified. People despised and rejected Jesus. He was handed over to the Jews for them to take him and crucify him, even when Pilate found no basis for a charge against him. Jesus was beaten, he was mocked, and people turned their backs on him and did nothing. Doing nothing could have been part of what people do out of fear of what would happen if they did help. Bottom line is that people didn’t care enough to help. Pretty harsh words, but, even today we are guilty of doing those same things. When we don’t walk the path He has laid out for us, sometimes means we are looking in other directions and making decisions on our own. Do we really care enough to not do the things we shouldn’t? Do we remember how Jesus took all of our weakness, our sorrows, and our sins and paid the ultimate price for us? Jesus was the blameless, spotless Lamb of God as stated in 1 Peter 1:19 and God sent Him to pay a ransom to save us.
We are reminded in Isaiah 53:3-6 of the things we have done and also how Jesus has taken all our punishment that we deserved, so we can be made whole, healed, redeemed, and allowed to live with our Lord in all eternity! Now, as hard as all this is to reflect on, it is such a blessing to know that through all of His suffering, something great came out of all that pain and punishment. So let us not get caught up in all the hoopla that goes into Easter, without remembering the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. Remember to thank Him for His sacrifice that was paid for you and I.
Now, go out and make it the best Easter ever! Tell another person what He has done for you and you just never know how your story will help another individual hear about Jesus. The yard signs are a great ice breaker with your neighbor, maybe they don’t know Jesus and you can invite them to our church next weekend. Remember our Thursday service is about remembrance, Saturday and Sunday services will be our awesome Easter services. Also, if they are leaving town, share with them how they can livestream the sermons by going to wrcc.org, the application is easy to load. We don’t want anyone to miss the good news and we certainly want this to be an Easter to remember!