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Mar 2015

Bunnies, Baskets, and Blood

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory. – 1 Peter 1:8

Easter is full of distraction. For children, it is a time that can easily be about bunnies and baskets. For the rest of us, it can easily become a brief remembrance of an often told story; a small bump of religious observance along the road of life. However, what we remember in Easter is the most essential and profound event of all time. The death and resurrection of Jesus, with all its implications, should shake and affect us to the very core of our being.

As we take time the next two weeks to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus, our prayers should be that we do not simply remember the truth and facts of the events, but rather that we are moved, shaken, disturbed, grieved, and overwhelmed with the glory, majesty and holiness of our Savior.

We should be horrified at the brutality Jesus was subjected to.

We should be shaken with grief and sorrow at the realization that our sin nailed Jesus to the cross, tore the flesh from his back, and mocked his divinity.

AND we should be filled with inexpressible joy at the glory and majesty of Jesus as he conquered Satan, sin, and death, as he rose from the dead.

If we are not dramatically moved in mind, heart, and will, and if these revelations and remembrances do not work themselves out in physical response and action as we talk to one another and sing together, then maybe we need to ask ourselves if we have either missed the truth of scripture, or suppressed the work of the Spirit.

Don’t let this special season pass you buy in a flurry of music, and bunnies, and baskets, and religious observance. Take time to behold the glory of Jesus, and allow the Spirit to affect you in the deepest way possible that everyone you come in contact with would see the glory of the Savior in you. Listen to Charles Spurgeon:

Behold your Savior in His passion, offered without the gate! Gaze upon His five bleeding wounds, His sacred head so wounded, His face so full of anguish, His heart bursting with the agony of sin! Can you see that sight and not praise God? Behold redemption accomplished, sin pardoned, salvation purchased, Hell vanquished, death abolished and all this achieved by your blessed Lord and Master! Can you see all this and not praise Him? His pre- cious blood falling on you and making you clean, bringing you near to God, making you acceptable before the infinite holiness of the Most High! Can you see yourself thus favored and behold the precious blood which did it and not praise His name?


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