Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

Easter Sunday

March 31, 2013

Today is Easter Sunday.

Yes, we know all about the pagan traditions attached to Easter: Bunnies, chicks, eggs, even the name “Easter”!

So, many people prefer to call it “Resurrection Sunday” in order to delete the paganism and keep the Christianity in it.

We aren’t here to judge, so we’ll let you do what you wish with it. HOWEVER… we still want to point out the importance of this day’s observance.

Today is the day in which we meditate on, and appreciate the incredible thing Jesus Christ did for us: Although He never deserved it He took the mockings, took the beatings, took the blasphemy, and took the death, just so we could be forgiven and have a chance to dwell in the Kingdom of God.

He certainly did not owe this to us.
And yet He did it, even though all of us today weren’t even born yet.
In fact, we wouldn’t be born for many generations at that time!

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for tolerating such pain and humiliation for us.
Thank you for giving us the only chance we could have.

 

 

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Friday, At The Cross

May 27, 2012

Friday: At the Cross
Gloom, the grey dread dreary darkness
Settles starkly on God’s fair land.
Cold, the wind of death blows sadness
Through my heart, tis evil’s madness.
Dead, my Lord, evil’s plan.

His hands tacked tight, Oh mocking praise
His glazed eyes gaze to heaven’s void
While at his feel the jester’s raise
Their chilling cheers; their rage filled craze.
All goodness, there, destroyed.

Saturday: Alive in hell
“There is no help for you in God,”
Within the subtle voice speaks clear.
Awake, fatigued, in darkness shod
Through night’s drear path alone, He trod,
With no friend to be near.

This anguish deeper enters in,
Piercing past all sense and reason.
The screeching laughter mocks within,
“You have no friend; you’re wrapped in sin.
Hell is your new season.”

Christ my Lord, to this has fallen.
Here into this hell He’s chosen
To descend in isolation.
Here the damned in sleepless calling
Moan their godless mock and cursing,
Forever here now frozen?

Christ the Lord to hell descended
Lost the radiance; holy glory.
We the guilty, we offended,
We who are on sin dependant
We, in shame, now tarry.

Descended here in godless hell
Into our drear when joys are few,
The savior comes, Emmanuel.
With loving whispers, now he tells,
“In hell I stand with you.”

Easter
Warm this morning sun is rising
Breaks the grip of cold and darkness
More than metaphor this rising
Life from death is now surprising
Jesus our forgiveness

A different dread now fills my mind
As at death’s door I stand alone
For coming to the grave I find
The door of death is opened wide
Nothing is in rhyme

(Written by Rev. Dr. James W. Kerr)

Quotes of Remembrance

April 24, 2011

If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise!
Clarence W. Hall

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.
St. Augustine
Confessions.

The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.
Henry Knox Sherrill

Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.
Floyd W. Tomkins

On Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer.
Douglas Horton

This is the promise that He hath promised us, even eternal life.
Bible, 1 John

“Christ the Lord is risen to-day,”
Sons of men and angels say.
Raise your joys and triumphs high;
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply.
Charles Wesley

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
Bible, Matthew
I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
Bible, John

In the bonds of Death He lay
Who for our offence was slain;
But the Lord is risen to-day,
Christ hath brought us life again,
Wherefore let us all rejoice,
Singing loud, with cheerful voice,
Hallelujah!
Martin Luther
Angels, roll the rock away;
Death, yield up thy mighty prey:
See, He rises from the tomb,
Glowing with immortal bloom.
Thomas Scott
Easter Angels.


The Easter Season

April 10, 2011

First, my apologies for not blogging so much lately. As I’ve stated several entries ago, I am working on a new website and book, which is taking a lot of my time (because I still have to go to work, be a mom, be a wife, etc. etc.). These projects will be finished by the end of this month, and then I’ll be able to blog more often.

In the meantime, the Easter season is coming up very quickly, and I simply cannot ignore it.

What is Easter to you?
Personally, I prefer to call it “Resurrection Sunday” because, well, to be honest I’m put off by the title “Easter”. More on that in another post.

The word “Easter” evokes many mental images to people, and there are three ways that people view Easter:

ATHEISTS/NON CHRISTIANS: Eggs, bunnies, candy baskets, decorations, and bunny cartoons on the t.v.
BIBLE THUMPERS: (that’s me) Church services, crosses, Bible readings, and Jesus movie DVD’s on the t.v.
REGULAR JOES: Eggs, bunnies, candy, decorations, bunny cartoons, church services, Jesus movies, and Bible readings.

I want to make this abundantly clear:
Although I am an admitted Bible Thumper, I do not judge those who are less conservative in their views.

That being said, each and every one of us (you and me) still need to take time out to deeply consider what Easter is to each of us as individuals. It is so easy to get caught up in the daily grind, getting busy with errands, and work, and life and stuff that we only take a passing thought on the topic, not taking some time to really let it sink in: Jesus Christ, a sinless man, died in order to pay off our debt of sin.

Between now and Easter (which is April 24th this year), I ask each and every one of you to take out a mere 15 minutes each day to stop and consider the meaning of Christ’s sacrifice, and how blessed we are to receive such mangificent love. Consider the abuse and torment he endured. Consider his emotional state as he went through each stage of the process between his arrest and his death. Consider his feelings towards his friends, family, and the strangers around him.

Fifteen minutes each day is doable. Let’s not reduce Christ’s sacrifice to a mere passing thought.


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