Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Blessings

I am very sorry I am late with this post.  Easter is almost gone and I do not have a thing to write.   That is not true.  I was busy.  My day went just like most Christians on this day.   It was a day of reflection.  Not self-reflection of sorts, but a reflection on one person named Jesus, and what he did for you and for me.
In case you do not know the Easter story, let me explain to you in a few sentences, if you do not mind.  First of all, the story is told in the following text of the Bible:  Matthew 28: 1-20, Mark 16:1-19, Luke 24:1-53, and John 20: 1-22;25.   I will go over highlights.   Jesus was considered a prophet by all accounts.  He healed the sick, raised the dead, and perform miracles such as feeding the 5000 with only 2 fish and 3 loaves of bread.   Well, it did not set well with the high priests of the area, so they plotted to have Jesus killed.   So they contacted Pilate to have Jesus arrested and bring him to trial.  Jesus knew of this, because this was foretold according to the scriptures.  In fact, He spoke of this during the last supper.  After He had the last meal with his disciples, He told them that Peter will deny Jesus three times before the rooster crows, and Judas will betray Him.  Jesus prayed in the garden for God to take this burden off of Him, but at the end of the prayer, Jesus said to God, “not my will, but thy will be done.”  At that time, Roman soldiers along with Judas came to take Jesus to Pilate.
At the trial, Pilate asked crowd to release Jesus and have a man named Barabbas crucified, because he found no fault in the things Jesus did, but the crowd wanted Jesus dead.  So Pilate pleased the crowd, and a crown of thorns was placed on His head, and he was given a purple robe.  Jesus was given a cross to carry, but the weight had gotten too much for Him, so a man volunteered to carried it for Him.  Once they got to the place to put the cross, Jesus was placed between two thieves.   During that time, soldiers tormented Jesus, and even asked at one point,” If you are the Son of God, why don’t you save yourself?” Jesus did not say anything to them.   At the end, Jesus hung His head, and died.   This is only the beginning.  The rest of the story is what happened after He died.  The curtain in temple was torn into two; there was thunder, lighting, and an earthquake.  Only then did people believed that Jesus was the Son of God. Three days later, Jesus rose again.    
The stone of the tomb he was in was rolled away.  Now Jesus did not have to do this, but He fulfilled a promise according to the Old Testaments.  For that alone, I am glad that Jesus died for all of our sins.  It is a wonderful feeling to know that he cared so much.
Well, after church service, I ate at my parent’s house and we sat around.  I was sleepy, but perked up when my brother came by with his youngest child.  My brother and fiancee was expecting their second, and now it is not going to happen.   My prayers go out to them.  They had only found out two weeks ago that she was pregnant.  After he and the baby left to go home, we ate some dessert, watched the Amazing Race and The Good Wife.
Well th at was my Easter and my lesson.   I will talk to you later.

1 comment:

  1. It is a wonderful feeling to know he care so much. I'm sorry to hear about your brother's lost baby. That's such a sad thing to have happen.



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