Happy Easter! I’m sorry I didn’t get the very last Reflections from Lent post up on Friday–this weekend has been all about family, being in aunt-mode, and catching up on things. I didn’t want to abandon the post altogether since it was late, so what better way than to post on Easter Sunday, marking the end of Lent and giving us great reason to celebrate. Jesus is alive! He is risen!
Over the last few years, as I have experienced loss of loved ones and having gone through sorrow with other people, the weight and importance of the cross has grown to mean more to me. Not that I didn’t believe in Easter in years past, but I just don’t think that my heart could fully grasp what happened. Jesus died. His disciples, friends, and family watched Him die and grieved for Him. I can’t even imagine being in that position and having to expereince His death, but I feel that pain now. It’s the pain of having to keep going on with your life, knowing that you will never see someone who you love again and trying to make sense of it all. Because of the pain that Jesus’ family and friends felt, it makes the day He resurrected unbelievable, miraculous, joyful, hopeful, and just utterly wonderful. I also can’t even begin to imagine how everyone felt when they heard the news that He was alive and when they saw Jesus Himself.
And when I think of this, I think “Jesus did that for me.” Jesus did that for my family, my friends, and the rest of the world. It makes me speechless, humbled, and amazed at the incomparable love that Jesus has for the ones He has created. I hope it makes you stop and reflect on that also because it is incredible.
Here are some scriptures that I have been thinking about this weekend as I’ve had these other thoughts:
Isaiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”
Mark 11:9 “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord !”
I hope you have been blessed by these Reflections from Lent posts and that you have had a wonderful Easter Sunday. If you’re interested in reading more themed posts like these, let me know–I have enojted writing them so much!