He is Not Here for He is Risen From the Dead

We all love Easter with its chocolate bunnies and colorful Easter eggs and fun with family and friends.  Most Americans are busy with preparations for whatever their Easter traditions entail.  But for many Christians, the Holy Week observances that begin with Maundy Thursday take on great weight and significance.  There are those who see these days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday as days of comtemplation and meditation, of considering seriously the Passion of our Lord and what Jesus endured for the sake of obedience to his calling as Savior of the world.  Others do not observe these days at all.  

Yet to rush toward Resurrection and toward the many Hallelujahs and ringing hymns of praise is, I think, to miss so much of what really happened before Easter.  We cannot properly understand the Resurrection without the pain of impending separation felt during the Last Supper, or the anguish and despair of the Crucifixion.  Jesus did not bypass the Cross and neither should we.  To rush too quickly toward the Easter Celebration is to forget, at our own peril, the sacrifice that Jesus made for us -- a sacrifice rooted in love, lived out in his Passion, and made a blessed declaration with his glorious Resurrection!

 

O dearly, dearly has He loved,
And we must love Him too.
And trust in His redeeming love,
And try his work to do.

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