Easter Reflection – Maundy Thursday

No recipe posts this week.  We are preparing for Easter ’round these parts…

What dresses should the girls wear?

What am I going to wear?

What am I going to cook?

Coloring eggs

Easter egg hunts

Argh…there I go again filling my head with everything other than what I need.

For Christians, all of our hopes are hinged on this holiday.  Jesus was crucified, dead and buried.  On the third day He rose from the grave.  And in so doing, he conquered death and my sin once and for all.  Christ reconciled me to God through the shedding of his own blood.  Through his death, I am free – free to make mistakes, repent and rest knowing that I’m still His.  God went to the darkest place imaginable to make this rest mine.  As my pastor Robert Cunningham so beautifully wrote about God’s separation from his own Son…

“The pain of love lost is directly dependent upon longevity and intimacy.  The longer you know someone and the more intimately you know someone, determines the devastation of losing someone.

If so, then love has never suffered more than the moment these words were spoken.  Infinite knowledge and flawless intimacy, the perfect fellowship of the holy Trinity, was abandoned.  None but the Triune God will ever know the agony of this moment.”  (Subscribe to this blog…it’s awesome and read the full version of this post here)

I fail in the daily grind to remember what God abandoned that Good Friday to make me His.

Remind me, God, that my position in your family came at a price.  A very costly one.  Your own son. Put to death.  For me. To make me yours.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” 

Matthew 27:45-54

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