With all the hustle and bustle and media hype in our modern world it is all too easy to forget the true meaning behind even our most sacred holidays. We forget we are celebrating Holy Days. Even Good Friday and Easter are trivialized and commercialized in our society. Good Friday is treated as just a day off from work or school and Easter calls up visions of the Easter Bunny, egg hunts and candy. Our celebrations often have little to do with the reality of Good Friday, the crucifixion of Jesus and His resurrection from the dead on Easter.
As Christians, it is important for us to slow down and contemplate the true meaning of our precious Holy Days. That doesn’t mean we don’t have fun getting decked out in our Easter best, watching the kiddies hunt eggs and loading up on Easter treats. It does mean taking some time to ourselves to remember how much God loves us. God sent his beloved Son to die a horrible, agonizing, humiliating death on a cross so that our sins could be forgiven and we could have eternal life with Him. As a parent, I can’t even imagine loving someone so much that I would sacrifice one of my children to save them. The idea that God would do that for me, a sinner, is mind-boggling.
During this Holy time contemplate Good Friday, the crucifixion of Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins. Remember what he suffered for you. Meditate on the miracle of the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday and rejoice in our salvation!!!
(A bit of a flash-back Friday, with a painting I made for a Lenten series a few years ago.)
Remember, faith works!!