A Lot Can Happen in a Week!
Have you ever wondered if you would have been among the group that recognized Jesus as the awaited Savior singing “Hosanna to our King” on Sunday or would you be among the angry crowd that shouted “Crucify Him, Crucify Him” on Friday? Ideally, we all would like to believe that we would never have been among that angry crowd calling for His death. It would have been a different story if we had been there. The truth is, it could not have been different.
God wanted to reconcile the sin that separated Him from His people. The Easter miracle of Christ’s atonement and resurrection was the only way to accomplish that.
The miracle of Easter is that the saddest say on earth was followed three days later by the most miraculous day on earth; signifying that there is unending hope for all people. It is proof of God’s Love for us. Our ability to return to the cross time and time again and claim the resurrection allows us to start life anew. If we dare to imagine ourselves among those in the front row of the angry crowd that condemned Jesus, we would find from Him, just like they did, love instead of hatred, mercy instead of judgment, joy instead of sorrow and peace instead of fear. “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”.; The atonement is for all people.
He is Risen! Now, every day, we can be risen too, making our imaginary association with either group of people in the Easter story irrelevant. Alleluia! Alleluia!
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The Crimson-Bright Easter
What does it mean to me personally~~
the stone rolled away,
the empty tomb,
the angel’s message,
He is not here; He is risen.
This, surely this~~
that on the final page
of my brief life
it shall not read
in dull, dark black,
indelible and shining there,
To Be Continued!
~~Helen J. Fricke