Friday, April 22, 2011

thankful.

Today is a very reverent day, and it really makes me thankful.

While I'm excited to come together with family, eat a wonderful meal and wear my new Easter dress, I'm more thankful than anything.

Thankful that Easter isn't just about Easter bunnies, dyeing eggs and finding that one egg with the $5 bill in it. While that is all well and good (and fun!) to do those things, Easter is about being thankful that someone loved you SO MUCH (before you were even born, thousands of years ago) and loved you enough to give up his life, in the worst way possible...for you and me.

I'm getting emotional just writing this, because I can't imagine having to die in the way that he did. He was nailed to a cross by his hands, almost naked, with a crown of thorns pushed into his skull. His mother watched as people mocked him. Spit on him. Called him names.
All for me. A horrible, terrible sinner.

"Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and aflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes, we are healed."
 -Isaiah 53:4-5


But the true miracle in all of this is that He ROSE AGAIN, and He died so that we may live.

"After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week [Sunday], Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven, and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was light lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He is risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He is risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you.'

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid, yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. 'Greetings,' He said. They came to him, clasped His feet and worshipped Him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."
-Matthew 28:1-10

"Afraid yet filled with joy." Can you imagine? You're walking to go see someone in a tomb, and then this massive earthquake happens [I'm thinking, in my own head, like the recent earthquake in Japan] and all of a sudden this beautiful angel rolls away a huge stone covering the tomb and just sits on it like it's nothing. Then, he tells them, "He's not here. Just as he said, He is ALIVE." That, is what I imagine as, "afraid yet filled with joy."
His promise was fulfilled, and now we may have life. What a miracle. A true miracle.

I couldn't help but think of two songs today as I was getting ready for work. The first was the hymn, "He Lives." I'm sure you've heard it, or sang it at your church. The chorus goes:

"He lives! He lives! Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and talks with me, along life's narrow way. He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart."

The second was the song my aunt sang at my wedding, "Captivate Us." It's such a beautiful song, and if you haven't heard it, please Google it and listen to the beautiful words. I'm going to paste the song lyrics below.

Have a wonderful Easter, friends. Remember why we celebrate this weekend.
I'm thankful today.

"Your face is beautiful, and your eyes are like the stars. Your gentle hands have healing, there inside the scars. Your loving arms, they draw me near, and Your smile, it brings me peace. Draw me closer, oh my Lord, draw me closer Lord to Thee.

Captivate us, Lord Jesus. Set our eyes on You. Devastate us, with your presence, falling down. Rushing river, draw us nearer, holy fountain, consume us, with you. And captivate us, Lord Jesus, with you.

Your voice is powerful and Your words are radiant bright. And in your breath and shadow, I will come close and abide. You whisper love and life divine, and Your fellowship is free. Draw me closer, oh my Lord, draw me closer Lord, to thee.

Captivate us, Lord Jesus. Set our eyes on You. Devastate us, with your presence, falling down. Rushing river, draw us nearer, holy fountain, consume us, with you. And captivate us, Lord Jesus, with you.

And let everything be lost in the shadows of the light of Your face. Let every chain be broken from me, as I'm bound in Your grace. For Your yoke is easy, and your burden is light. You're full of wisdom, power and might, and every eye will see you.

Captivate us, Lord Jesus. Set our eyes on You. Devastate us, with your presence, falling down. Rushing river, draw us nearer, holy fountain, consume us, with you. And captivate us, Lord Jesus, with you.

Captivate us with you."

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