Friday, April 06, 2007
I forgot it was Good Friday today...and I thought going to Wal*Mart at 11am would be a safe time!! WRONG!! Oh my goodness it was PACKED... all I needed was batteries and a smoke detector for our home inspection today! ( yeah nothing like waiting the last minute). As I walked around I kept wondering why so many people were here... as I tried fitting my shopping cart down an isle and couldn't move it DAWNED on me... It's Good Friday.. something I don't celebrate... Yes I realize what this day means but being a born again Christian.. I guess you could say we just don't follow those traditions. I watched as people of all ages loaded their shopping cars with PEEPS, Chocolate Bunnies, Jelly Beans, fake grass, baskets and $1.00 toys to Celebrate Easter Morning. Part of me feels guilty because this year.. I'm not doing that for my kids... but then again.. several years ago.. many families didn't celebrate Easter that way.. They Celebrated it family and a nice meal.. and maybe a few Easter Egg Hunts...But it doesn't seem like that anymore.. and if they are Easter Egg Hunts it's only for the glory of the treat inside... But not for the Glory of God....."Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!. In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" 1Peter 1:3 I once said to a co-worker that Easter has to be the second most important holiday of the year... one that should be celebrated.. and I remember her laughing and giving me a funny look... I personally didn't see anything funny about it...but I left it alone. Seriously though.. think about it... if there was NO resurrection... there would be no future for us that believe.... We wouldn't be dancing in heaven... We wouldn't see the fingerprints of God up close and personal... What if Jesus didn't die..? Personally I don't think about the wouldn't.. I think about the DO's!! I can't imagine the severe death that HE endured for us because HE loves us soooooo much!! Can you imagine having that amount of love for EVERY human being on Earth? Each breath that Jesus took on that Cross was one of the most painful experiences. Each breath of air for life He had to LIFT his body up to take... could you do that? With nails in your hands and feet? Most of us don't even want to think about it... Could you take the place of this Man? Could you take the nails from His hands??? Honestly as a human I would have to say "No"... Jesus Died for us.. for ME.. for you... That has to be the MOST amazing gift in the world... There are days I think that my son's "I love you mom, you're the best" notes are enough to melt my heart.... but seriously.. the greatest gift of all is Salvation.. and I hope that I can pass that on to every generation that comes after me!!