Easter is a wonderful celebration of life, victory and genuine love!! And it seems to me that there is often a little bit of a “let down” after Easter. – kind of like, “Whew! Jesus rose from the dead, glad that He conquered death, let’s move on.” This year, however, is a little different for me.
I’m reminded what Jesus told His disciples in John 16:7 that it was to their advantage for Jesus to go away so that the Helper could come & give us HELP. When Jesus was raised from the dead, He breathed on His followers in John 20:22 and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit!”
So here’s the overwhelmingly GREAT NEWS about Jesus raising from the dead – not only did Jesus conquer death but we now have the great Helper with us in our daily living! Let’s never minimize the importance of the Helper being with us!!
“Eat My flesh and drink My blood.” As we come into the Easter season (a little early for my Orthodox friends), we are often reminded of these words of Jesus at the Last Supper.
This statement about eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking His blood has raised many questions over the centuries:
Was Jesus anti-vegan or opposed to a vegetarian lifestyle?
Was this Jesus’ way of promoting a gluten-free lifestyle, emphasizing the consumption of meat & blood?
Was Jesus advocating a type of divine cannibalism?
As you read these questions & probably think of a few more, please don’t think that I’ve suddenly lost the plot & become obsessed with some new type of eating lifestyle. My goal with this post is to raise your awareness that we are coming into Holy Week, when we celebrate Jesus’ death & resurrection, around Jesus’ central words at the Last Supper, with His closest followers.
From my point of veiw, Jesus’ words about eating His flesh & drinking His blood show us in a really powerful way that Jesus love for us runs so deep that He invites us to not only revel in His strength & resurrection, but also to fellowship with Him in His suffering, pain & death – Phil 3:10. Let’s fully enjoy all of Who Jesus is during this Easter season!
Easter is a GREAT day & I love it for lots of reasons:
it reminds me that Spring is imminent
it always makes me appreciate what it means to have a fresh beginning
it’s a day that infuses HOPE into any dark spots in my life
it reminds me that literally NOTHING is impossible
it is the ULTIMATE victory – rolling into one giant success March Madness, World Cup Soccer, the Superbowl, World Cup Rugby, the World Series and even more, making me aware that my team wins for time unstoppable
it is a tangible expression of the power of genuine love
personal resurrection – no situation in my life is exempt from the resurrection power of God
These are a few reasons why I love Easter! In what ways is Easter meaningful to you???