I wanted to wish you a happy Easter weekend, spending time with family and friends you love.
As believers in Christ, we know that Easter is not about the Easter bunny, eggs, Peeps marshmallow candy, or even the cute chocolate bunnies we buy as gifts in colorful baskets for our kids. (Yes, I just bought all our kids and grandkids their gifts!)
We know it’s about the simplicity and the difficulty of the Cross.
We’ve often read the story of Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection. Sometimes we try to pretty it up with sentimental, lovely Easter cards for loved ones, or even wearing ornate, beautiful cross necklaces around our necks.
But the cross of Jesus Christ was not pretty. It was brutal. It was torture. It was a horrible, excruciating death.
And He did that for you and me. Because He loves us that much. To give us abundant, forever life.
This Easter, reflect on that kind of God and that kind of love.
“Our tendency in the midst of suffering is to turn on God. To get angry and bitter and shake our fist at the sky and say, “God, you don’t know what it’s like! You don’t understand! You have no idea what I’m going through. You don’t have a clue how much this hurts.”
The cross is God’s way of taking away all of our accusations, excuses, and arguments.
The cross is God taking on flesh and blood and saying, “Me too.” –Rob Bell