“…They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). There they offered JESUS wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is JESUS, the king of the Jews.” ~ Matthew 27:33-37
We have a Christian responsibility to play the part of main character in “The Love Story Of Life.” If we really want a Happy Easter Day…, we have to be about our Father’s business each day. Our role involves spreading good cheer… spreading AGAPE LOVE – to keep the world reminded about what true love is.
Yet, as I ponder my thoughts on this Good Friday, and reminisce about the true meaning of the Easter Holiday… it brings me an array of mixed emotions that’s both happy and sad at the same time. Here’s why…
I’m happy in the sense that JESUS hung, bled and died on the cross for the sins of the world… and eventually rose again – so that mankind might become recipients of everlasting life through Him. However, I’m saddened by the way JESUS gets ignored in our society. Not just sometimes… but all the time. Everything seems to get more attention than JESUS does. Have we forgotten about GOD? Have we summed Him up to be only a centerpiece of several holidays that are important to us… and at the same time, treat Him secondary to other characters we’ve put in place to make those holidays more appealing… and then totally forget about the important things GOD wants from us throughout the other three hundred or so days the rest of the year?
We love Easter… but to the world, it’s a hated love story. Regardless, JESUS lives… and, spiritually, the only way for us to keep Him alive in the world… is for us to HELP STOP THE BLEEDING in His side, which is the result of fresh wounds we’ve applied to His body because of the indifference to His teachings… in our society. We have to find a way to keep the life in the love He brought into the world… by sharing witness of Him to others.
President Abraham Lincoln, in his Proclamation Speech on April 30, 1863 (National Day of Fasting)… had these profound words to say:
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown.
But we have forgotten GOD. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us!”
And the former President is right in saying so. Our life has to consist, not in the pursuit of material success, but in the quest for worthy spiritual growth and value. Many of us are discarding JESUS against better knowledge. We grew up in a Christian home. GOD-fearing parents taught us about GOD and how to you to pray. We were accepted as church members at a ripe age… we learned Bible stories and sang on the choir. Some of us became leaders in youth groups, and even officials in our congregations. It wasn’t long ago when we were happy to sing in the choir, attend Bible class and work actively for the spread of the Gospel. Now, many have turned away from JESUS, lost the faith… and for years; have not seen the inside of a church… or care to do so.
We also have to remember that our entire earthly existence is only a transitional stage in the movement toward something higher (HEAVEN) and we must not stumble and fall, nor can we afford to fruitlessly linger on one step of the ladder – thinking we are still climbing upward. Man-made laws alone cannot define our life or give it direction. The laws of physics and physiology will never be able to reveal the indisputable way in which GOD the Creator, day in and day out, participates in the life of each of us, unfailingly granting us the spirit of existence.