What a fantastic weekend. Beautiful weather and all the rest.
Just curious. What happens now?
It’s about to be Monday after Sunday being Easter.
Hopefully this will not be seen as critical. Either way, here goes.
Here is how I approach this past weekend each year. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Friday – Good Friday. A day for me to be reminded how sinful a creature I remain. On this day iinwardly I beat myself to a bloody pulp attempting to once again look into the mirror of my heart and see what stil lies there that is not Christ. Sadly, it’s not a pretty picture.
Saturday – Hopefully some Christians will not have heart burn as to how this day works for me. On this day, where Christ is symbolically in the grave I doubt everything and rebuild my foundational beliefs. Was there a Jesus? Was he the son of God? Did he in fact die for all of mankind to bring about a redemption that we do not qualify for but it is offered to us anyway?
I approach this day as Christ’s followers probaly did then. All that they believed in had been taken from them. Everything was in question. That is how I approach the Saturday between Good Friday and Resurrection Day. It is merely an exercise which I use to bolster my foundational beliefs.
Sunday – Resurrection Day. This is the most positive of the three. However, I bet, and again, this may be concerning to some, how many pulpits across American either hammered the sheep for their sinful ways, which actually should have been Friday’s service, or they preached that Jesus suffered and died and because of that he wants you to be rich, fat and happy? As the last drop of blood oozed out and rolled down to the end of his feet and dropped to the ground, I am pretty sure that what was on God’s heart and mind was not your future checking account. The arrogance of those who falsely teach this message astounds me.
When today should have been about, yes, we are sinful creatures and you need to come before God and throw yourself on the mercy of God. But then, in a crowd of any size I would love to hear these statements.
1) If you have failed God, yourself and your family there is forgiveness through the Resurrection power of Christ. He rose so you do not have to sink.
2) You may have unrealized dreams, callings and desires that are put there by God. Through the Resurrected Christ he died so that you might live and live more fully and realize every dream, calling and desire that God has put within you. Don’t give up. Realize the potential of his death.
The list could go on and on.
So, as Monday rolls around, don’t lose the power of the Resurrection. Continue forward, continue upward, continue, continue, continue.
Jesus does not turn into a pumpkin because the clock strikes twelve and Easter Sunday ends.
And neither should you.