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April 10, 2006, Herald Journal

Jesus found great love for all


One day, while shopping, after going to many stores just to buy a few items, I came across a bench in the mall. The bench looked so inviting that I decided to rest a few minutes to catch my breath and relax before venturing on.

An elderly man approached the bench, with bags in his hands, and he, too, looked tired from all his shopping.

He started rummaging through his bags, and got my attention. He then pulled out a box.

I smiled at the elderly man as he held the box in his hand. I looked at the box, kind of wondering what was in that box that was so important to him.

Then, I saw that it was a chocolate candy Easter bunny, decorated really cute.

The man looked at me and said, “I remember, years ago, buying the solid chocolate Easter bunnies. Then, there seemed to be a more solid understanding of what the Easter celebration was all about. Nowadays, most of the Easter bunnies are hollow on the inside. When shopping, there seems to be a hollowness about the holiday.”

I smiled and replied, “Things just aren’t like they used to be at all.”

Looking in another direction, he pointed his finger and said, “Look at that window display over there. Easter eggs, Easter dresses, Easter hats. Easter baskets, Easter flowers, Easter grass. Easter lights, and chocolate everything!

“There’s more to Easter than hollow chocolate and a hollow perception of the Easter holiday. The question is, have we missed the point of Easter and hollowed out its real meaning?”

I thought a moment and replied, “We should hope not. We should always remember that Easter is a time to celebrate the greatest events this world has ever known.”

“Did you know that the Easter season is one of the two most important holidays in the Christian calendar, the other being Christmas?” I asked. “These two holidays are like bookends.”

“I never thought of that,” he said.

I explained, “Christmas introduces us to the human life of Jesus Christ, and Easter brings together the final purpose of His life on earth.”

“You are right,” the man replied.

Digging in my purse, I found a piece of paper on which I had written some Easter thoughts. I opened up the paper and read, “The cross is the foundation that the Christian faith is built upon. Easter is an encompassing celebration. Easter is a time to acknowledge His great love that He had for all of us.

“As Jesus stepped into the garden, you were in His prayers. As Jesus looked into heaven, you were in His vision. His final prayer was about you. His final pain was about you. His final passion was you.

“Jesus found great courage for all of us, as He found strength to endure His mission for all of us. And most important, Jesus found great love for all of us, as His hands were nailed to the cross for all of us, for our sins.”

“That’s a very brave statement,” the man said.

I paused, and replied, “I think that, even more, Jesus’ actions of dying on the cross left us with a very brave statement of what great love He had for all of us.”

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