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From the cradle to the cross

March 29, 2010

by Pam Fiecke

Every year as Easter approaches, we look forward to seeing Easter baskets filled with jelly beans, colored eggs, and chocolate in all varieties.

Everything about Easter gives us a calm, soothing, fresh thought of a new beginning.

Easter is special because it’s a time to celebrate the greatest events this world has ever known.

It all started in a wooden stable, where Mary cradled Jesus in her arms, and then to the cross. It took a tree that was once rooted to become the wooden cross. It took three nails to hold him to the cross, and a crown of thorns to prove to us that he had completed his work in the world. Out of all of this, the greatest need was mastered. Our greatest need was forgiveness.

Easter brings together the conclusion or final purpose of Jesus’ life on earth.

Looking up at the cross, we see a humble man, a man who performed works of creative brilliance no other man could possibly attain.

Over and over, we hear about the numerable parables of Jesus. These parables were most often focused on that four letter word . . . love.

Three great stories of love that come to my mind are the Good Samaritan, Prodigal Son, and the Widow’s Mite.

The first story describes the power of compassion that echoes down through the ages. The second story captures the unconditional love of a father and son. The third story shows how much it means when someone who has almost nothing gives a small contribution.

Jesus had a genuine, creative way of resolving disputes and offering resolutions. He had a unique, creative mind and innumerable moments when he expressed humor.

Jesus had immense reverence for nature and the surroundings. He spent much of His time in quiet natural settings or on the sea.

He constantly showed reverence for the everyday life of the family. There were known religious leaders that bestowed equal status on children. Jesus welcomed the children with open arms, held them gently on His lap, and wrapped His arms around each and everyone of them.

Jesus’ heart went beyond, as He responded to those who would otherwise have been stoned to death.

There wasn’t anything that could make Jesus act in a way contrary to compassion, not a busy schedule, or social stigma. He just did what compassion required, whenever and wherever.

In interacting with others, Jesus was extraordinarily attentive, showing a humble willingness to respond in a depth to what others had spoken.

In many healings, people cried out to Him in need. This act of kindness was simple for Him. By listening, and a touch, He offered them hope and wholeness. He listened carefully to His enemies and responded to them thoughtfully.

Jesus didn’t just help people. He inspired others to follow His steps and encouraged His example to live on in the hearts of others.

His love for mankind encompassed the world by what He taught and left for us, to carry on in His footsteps.

Looking up at the cross, we see a humble man, that went from the cradle to the cross and lives on in the hearts of many. Those many hearts, now, carry on in His footsteps the humbleness and compassion He taught and left behind.