Easter...but Not for Just the Eggs

Today's not a normal day for me. I don't do the Easter egg hunts or buy bunny stuffed animals, although I love and collect stuffed teddy bears, dogs, cats, bunnies... and I think Easter egg hunts can be fun, but no today is more than that to me...much more. It's the day my Savior, Jesus Christ, rose from the grave and went up to Heaven having paid for my sins and for the whole world.

Yesterday as I was taking my daily walk, I pondered what His death, burial and resurrection really means to me. We've all made mistakes in our life and our choices affected our relationship with our Creator. His love for us is greater than we can fathom and why He did it...well we may never really know in this life. I'm just glad that He did. I can't begin to count the number of times I've grieved Him with my selfishness and wanting control of everything. How many times I thought I could help Him out cause He was moving too slow answering my prayer...and how many times did I make the situation worse by interjecting my finite help!

He only wants the best for me and sometimes that meant I had to submit myself to an uncomfortable place. But I have NEVER been disappointed because He always paid me in dividends at the end. I have miracles in my life, right now, that I can go back to forever and remember what Jesus did in that situation. It has increased my faith and trust in Him that He always knows best and I do NOT. I know that if I hadn't obeyed (after a lot of kicking and screaming!) the outcome would not have been the best and in fact, it could and has been going from the frying pan to the fire.

And yet, though He knew beforehand how hard it would be to get us to line up with Him, He still died on that cross for us. He still went through all that horror to bring us back to the garden...to bring us back in fellowship with Him. To give us eternal life cause friends...this life we are just passing through. There is another life for our souls when the body is done. And I want you to live with Jesus at the end.

Everyday He gives me, I want to make it a day I don't let Him down. It wasn't in vain that He took my sins and paid my price to redeem me. I'm just in awe when I try to think of what the cost was for Him. He humbled Himself even to the cross..."And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross." - Philippians 2:8 (NKJV). What a horrible way for the Creator of the Universe to meet His death. But, but...He didn't stay in the grave, on the third day, He rose! I love this verse in John 10:17-18 (KJV) which says, "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father."

My Savior lives forevermore and sent back His Holy Spirit to live in every believer's heart to help us become more like Himself. He is our example and what an example?! Easter is not just for the commercial stuff, let's not forget the real reason we celebrate this day...


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