Inspirational Thoughts
Carry on in the footsteps of Jesus
April 14, 2011
by Pam Fiecke

This year, Easter is being observed the latest we have had in many years. We still will look forward to seeing Easter baskets filled with jelly beans, colored eggs, and chocolates in all varieties.

Easter is special because it is a Christian observance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his resurrection days later. It is one of the oldest observance within the Christian church.

Easter is one of the two most important holidays within the Christian calendar, the other being Christmas. These two holidays are like bookends. Christmas introduces us to the human life of Jesus Christ, and Easter brings together the final purpose of His life on earth. Everything about Easter gives us a calm, soothing, fresh thought of a new beginning.

It all started in a wooden stable, where Mary cradled Jesus in her arms, he then, later on, miraculously taught us about eternal salvation, and then he went to the cross for the love he had for each and every one of us. It took a tree that was once rooted to become the wooden cross. It took three nails to hold him to a 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, forgiveness.

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.

Jesus was known to have 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 his surroundings. He spent much of his time in quiet natural settings or on the sea.

He constantly showed reverence for the everyday life of family. Jesus welcomed the little children with open arms, held them gently on his lap, and wrapped His arms around each and every one of them.

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

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 behind for us to carry on in His footsteps. We all need Jesus in our lives, for He is our anchor throughout our life.

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