You may recall that on April 1st, I wrote a post about the resurrection entitled, “Is it a Joke?” Well I’ve just been reading a book called “Holy Humor” and found out I’m not the first person to have that idea. A number of early church theologians including Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and John Chrysostom wrote that God played a practical joke on the devil by raising Jesus from the dead. There’s even a name for it: Risus paschalis” which translates as the Easter laugh.
So who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor. And what an amusing way He has of getting and keeping my attention!
Well the month is ending and we will be going on to a new category for April, Rebirth/Resurrection. I am excited for the month to come and all the wonderful things God has in store. I will not be giving a bible with with this blog, I just wanted to take the time to thank Jesus for all he did for us, by guiding us with our writings. Through the writings this month we have learned different ways/meanings of sacrifice and can find ways to apply them to our lives. I have enjoyed your comments and likes and look forward to a new month of revelations for the new topic. Once again, thank you for taking your time to support us and I hope you will continue to do so.
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6
What made this particular point in history and in the life of Jesus the right time? I’ve been pondering this since Easter Sunday. I’ve heard teachers speculate that the Roman Empire and the system of roads created allowed Christianity to spread in a way that couldn’t have happened before. Maybe that’s right. It’s one of those things the Bible doesn’t tell us, so we don’t know.
What about Jesus? Why did he “set his face” to go to Jerusalem on this particular Passover? He knew what was going to happen; He even told the disciples He would die. It didn’t make sense to them, so why was he so convinced? Well, there’s only one answer, plain and simple. He did it in obedience to God. He never allowed anyone or anything to interfere with the Father’s will for His life.
It makes me realize that if I’m going to imitate Christ, I have to try to obey at the right time: in other words, as soon as God asks. This is hard for me. I have a million excuses: I’m not ready yet, I need to prepare; it’s not practical, nobody thinks I should do that; I need to finish this other task first; and even, is that really you, God?
The Bible tells us that our times are in God’s hand. He is the one who knows the right time for everything in our lives. We need to pray the prayer that cannot fail, “thy will be done.” Then we need to step out in faith and do whatever He is calling us to do.He will take care of the results.
The title pretty much sums up what today is. It isn’t the chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, ham or any of the other rituals we call Easter. The only additional thing I would like to add is – Thank you Jesus for taking my sins and washing me in your blood to be reborn and clean.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?” Psalm 22:1
At our Good Friday service last night we looked at the bare wood of an altar that had been stripped of all the usual ornamentation, and we heard about the special sacrifice Jesus made for us. One we don’t think about very often. When Jesus took the sins of the world upon himself, he was temporarily separated from the Father and the Holy Spirit. He was stripped of the companionship that He had enjoyed since birth. He became in one final way like us: separated from God. He was utterly alone.
Although I have often heard about the physical sufferings Christ endured on the cross, I don’t think I had contemplated this deep emotional pain before. Think about it. Even when the earthly friends of Jesus did not understand Him, or deserted Him, He had his union with the other two persons of the trinity to comfort and sustain Him. Now he lost that, too.
I’ve been married for 44 years, so I have become accustomed to this union with my husband. When we are separated for just a few days, I feel uncomfortable. I want to talk with him and I can’t; I need some help and he is not there; I long for a hug and he is out of reach. If my husband were to die, I would experience deep grief and pain. Probably greater than any other pain I can imagine. Multiply that many, many times and it still doesn’t come close to how Jesus felt. His union was perfect and continual. Jesus knew this would happen. He contemplated it in the garden. Yet He still submitted to His Father’s will. He made this sacrifice for me and for you. How does this make you feel? What are you willing to give up for the one who sacrificed so much for you?
“Although He was a son, he learned obedience through what he had suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, …” Hebrews 5:8-9″