Every year, families look forward to attending the many community Easter egg hunts that are offered. The children how they use all their energy to run for those hidden eggs and when they find an egg, their face lights up with a glowing smile.
Then comes Easter Sunday. How all of us enjoy seeing Easter baskets filled with jelly beans, colored eggs, and chocolate in all varieties.
Set aside all the treats for a moment, to realize that Easter is special because it is a Christian observance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his resurrection days later. It’s one of the oldest observances within the Christian church.
From young on, we were taught in our parochial school that Christmas and Easter 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.
Looking up at the cross, we can’t help but see a tree that once was rooted and became a wooden cross that Jesus was nailed.
We can’t help but see a crown of thorns, three nails, one in each his hands and one in his feet.
We can’t help but see a humble man, who took our sins upon Himself and died for us, because of the love he had for each and every one of us.
We can’t help but see a humble man, who performed works of creative brilliance no other man could possibley attain.
Over and over, we hear about the numerable parables of Jesus. He constantly showed reverence for nature and his surroundings. He spent much time in quiet natural settings or on the sea.
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. It never entered his mind to laugh at them and walk away when they were hurt, disabled, or sick. He helped them gently in all areas to become whole again.
He also 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.
When your world comes tumbling down, let Jesus be the rock on which you stand, for he is our anchor throughout our life.