Friday, March 21, 2008
I hope you don't find our display to be silly but, rather, simple. We want so much for Jonathan to understand what all the fuss over Easter is about--that it has nothing to do with eggs and bunnies. So this is one way we hope to make the events of that last week of Jesus' life as a man real to him.
As for me, I'm so thankful that the events of that day which truly were terrible and almost unimaginable ultimately were a part of God's good and sovereign plan. Those who sought to commit the ultimate evil by killing the Son of God couldn't have known just how the Father was working to bring freedom to so many.
I'm happy that I can say with Paul:
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. --Romans 5:6-8
I hope you can rejoice with us as we remember the rest of the story over the next few days.
We've adapted this idea from a book called Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper which contains many ideas for and thoughts about keeping keeping a Godward focus during our celebrations throughout the year.