Part 1: The Preparation
Are you preparing for Easter? Most people I know are doing so. Of course, things may look a bit different this year, but preparations are still underway. There is a bit of hustle and bustle, planning and buying, hoping and anticipating. But beyond the calendar and the events, is there a deeper preparation taking place? Are people preparing their hearts? Are you? Am I?
Why would we do this? Why take the time to prepare our hearts for Easter? Well, think of the gravity of the situation. Think of what Easter is really all about.
Think of the weight of our sins. Think of that weight being placed upon the sinless shoulders of Jesus Christ.
Think of the things Jesus gave up for us.
• He left His throne room to hang on a cross.
• He set aside His crown as King of all the universe to wear a crown of thorns.
• He set aside His vestments as Lord of all Lords, to be stripped and beaten, mocked and humiliated, tortured and killed.
• He gave up the company of His Father so He could die alone, covered in our sins that the Father could not look upon.
As He labored for His very breath, He labored for our very souls.
Yes, Jesus gave up much so that we could have much. He gave up His very life so we could have life. And not just any life, but life abundant and life eternal.
Easter was not a random event. It was not comprised of random circumstances. It was not set into motion by random people. Easter was very much planned and was an act of the heart.
God prepared for Easter: He sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. God readied His heart with love and offered us a relationship with Himself.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 NKJV)
Jesus prepared for Easter: He surrendered to death on the cross in order to save souls. Jesus readied His heart with grace and offered His life in the stead of ours.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more
abundantly. (John 10:10b NKJV)
How will we prepare for Easter? Will we ready our hearts for God’s great plans for them? Will we give our very hearts to God?
For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
(Romans 10:13 NKJV)
©Text and photo Francee Strain, April 9, 2020