Sunday, April 5, 2015

He Is Risen

In homes across America today, smiling, laughing, hyper-excited children squealed with joy as they discovered the baskets full of candy, toys, and other goodies surrounded by bright plastic grass left by the Easter Bunny.  There are cries of "Mommy, Daddy! Look what I got!".  These are exciting moments for children and we love to give our children exciting moments which usually are the result of giving them "things".

Today in in our house there are no baskets full of goodies, there was no egg hunt this weekend, there are no bunnies made of chocolate (insert sad face here....I love me some chocolate!), there are no egg-shaped candies, there are no pictures of perfectly-groomed children (or children screaming in terror) sitting on the lap of an over-sized pink bunny.  There aren't even little girls in new fluffy, pastel dresses and shiny white shoes (and I love to dress up my little girls-even though the pastel colors usually turn rusty orange at some point during the day...thank you NC clay!).

There is only this:
Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning,
they, and certain other with them, came to the tomb 
bringing the spices which they had prepared.

But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 

Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this,
that, behold, two men stood beside them in shining garments.
Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth,
they aid to them,

"Why do you seek the living among the dead?"

"He is not here, but is risen!  
Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee saying, 
"The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, 
and be crucified, 
and the third day rise again."

And they remembered His words.

Please do not misunderstand, I am not judging the way anyone celebrates the Easter season.  We have spent a fair share of years hunting eggs, scrambling to put together baskets late on Saturday night (we tend to be procrastinators...), forcing adorable and uncomfortable clothing on reluctant children.  This is simply a choice we have made this year to focus fully and ONLY on the message of the gospel.
Love and blessings,