Easter Week Thoughts
This week we will contemplate the events leading to the death of Jesus on the cross as well as His triumphant resurrection.
When thinking about Jesus’ time in the garden before being arrested, Max Lucado states, “The Bible is the story of two gardens. Eden and Gethsemane. In the first, Adam took a fall. In the second, Jesus took a stand. In the first, God sought Adam. In the second, Jesus sought God. In Eden, Satan led Adam to a tree that led to his death. From Gethsemane, Jesus went to a tree that led to our life. Satan was never invited to the Garden of Eden. If he has invaded a garden in your life, then invite Jesus to reclaim it. He will enter and do what He did at Gethsemane. He will pray, and He will protect, and He will reclaim.”
When people are no longer living we focus on the past—remembering good times, memorable stories, and activities we used to do together and perhaps wishing to make some changes in our relationship but knowing we can’t.
When people are alive, we can take ACTION in doing things together, talking together, spending time together, and replacing “I wish” with “I can.”
These thoughts cause me to wonder that even though I absolutely believe in Christ’s resurrection and the fact that He is alive, am I conducting my life as if He were dead because I am only remembering the past?
Am I simply remembering stories of Him, His great actions and pondering thankful thoughts of how He has influenced my life in years gone by; as opposed to being involved with Him daily, talking to Him constantly, spending time with Him and taking intentional, action filled steps to have Him right in the center of my life every single day?
How true that we should allow Christ to tend to the garden of our souls and not to “leave Jesus in the manger, or on the Cross, or in the tomb. He is alive, and even now He wants to walk beside you every day.” –Billy Graham
I hope you will purposefully reflect on what Christ went through this week—from his exciting entry into Jerusalem and his time in the temple, to the Last Supper and the time he spent with his disciples, to Gethsemane and the time he spent in prayer, to his arrest and crucifixion and ultimately his triumphant resurrection and perhaps most importantly to his present and active role in the lives of His followers. Jesus Christ is risen; He is risen indeed.
Happy Easter, Church Family!
Becca Hungerford, Children’s Ministry Director