Many of your enjoyed my post, "What Christmas Means To Me" from December, and I thought I would follow that up with an Easter missive as well. In that post, I wrote about how amazing it is that God, in all of his power and glory and awe, would come to the world as a tiny baby just so he could walk with us and us with him.
Easter is similar to Christmas in so many ways, and I believe that is something that few people really take the time to think about. I am equally awe-struck by it.
Easter, much like Christmas, is shocking. Would God really do that? God is all-powerful, omnipresent, and forever glorified, and He actually sent his Son as a crying, naked, helpless baby? Why would God do that? It doesn't make any sense. Fast forward a few decades, and now Jesus has followers. A ministry. He's healing the sick and raising the dead, and we could say to ourselves, "Okay, that's better." But just as we begin to get comfortable with the idea that Jesus is the amazing Son of God, he's betrayed, arrested, and crucified. We find ourselves asking the same question. Why would God do that?
The answer is the same-
Because He loves us. God loves us more than we are even capable of comprehending.
God knows how to get our attention, doesn't he? He knows his creation, and understands that sometimes we need to be shocked to really stand up and take notice. Easter is shocking, and I believe God did that on purpose, so that centuries later we would still celebrate it. Over the years people have added eggs and bunnies to it, and tried to shift our focus to daffodils and lilies to soften the blow of Easter. While teaching our children about rebirth and new life through eggs and baby chicks helps teach them about Easter, don't forget to be shocked by it as well.
We are meant to be shocked by Easter. When you really dig into it, it's mind blowing.
Don't be afraid to be knocked over by Easter. It's God's love that is bowling you over.
Easter and Christmas also show us that we can trust God to do what he say's he'll do. The prophesies told exactly how Jesus' birth would take place, and it happened just like He said. The prophesies also foretold his death and resurrection, down to the details. If we can read and trust that, we can trust the words, "I go to prepare a place for you." Think about that. God has a place for us! When we are at our lowest, feeling like we are in a rut that there is no escape, God knows where we are and where we are going to be, and that can be just as shocking as lowly baby who changed the world dying on a cross. God loves us that much.
Easter may have passed on the calendar, and Christmas may be several months away, but everyday is the perfect day to go and shock someone with God's story. God's love may bowl them over and rock them to their core, but that's okay.
It's supposed to.