Easter is about the death, burial and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. The events leading up to that resurrection actually took place in a physical location and in our recorded history. Click on the map of Jerusalem and then click on the “pins” to get a description of what happened in each location. Sometimes, I think we get so caught up in the “holiday” mood that we either forget the meaning of the holiday or else lose sight of it’s historicity. So I was particularly delighted to see Justin Taylor’s blog in which he highlights the events of each day along with the biblical texts that explain these events.
I was also moved by the words to the anthem we sang at church on Sunday to focus on Christ’s ride on the colt of a donkey into the city of Jerusalem:
In lowly pomp ride on to die; O Christ, thy triumphs now begin o’er captive death and conquered sin.
The angel armies of the sky look down with sad and wondering eyes to see the approaching sacrifice.
Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh; the Father on his sapphire throne expects his own anointed Son.
In lowly pomp ride on to die; bow thy meek head to mortal pain, then take, O God, thy power, and reign.
For me, the week stirs every imaginable emotion: sadness, because a righteous man was treated so unfairly; rage, because of the brutality of the arrogant people in authority; guilt, because my sin(s) brought about the tragic sacrifice; awe, because I can’t wrap around the love that would move a God to sacrifice so much on my behalf; joy, because I am free to enjoy a personal relationship with God; surrender, because that’s what He really wants to see in me; peace, because all the ultimate questions about the meaning and purpose of life are answered; and excitement, because God chooses to use me for His purposes.
What emotions get stirred in you by this week’s events?